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3.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 5 3.12 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fran Lebowitz Narrator: Fran Lebowitz Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9780385366243
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The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two bestsellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies—by an “important humorist in the classic tradition” (New York Times Book Review) who is “the natural successor to Dorothy Parker” (British Vogue). In “elegant, finely honed prose” (Washington Post Book World), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life—its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, she is always wickedly entertaining.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Unique.... Lebowitz offers vocational guides for aspiring heiresses, popes, empresses; manuals for landlords; guidance to the rich who wish to meet the poor. Vogue
  • On METROPOLITAN LIFE
  • Hilarious...an unlikely and perhaps alarming combination of Mary Hartman and Mary McCarthy.... To a dose of Huck Finn add some Lenny Bruce, Oscar Wilde and Alexis de Tocqueville, a dash of cabdriver, an assortment of puns, minced jargon, and top it off with smarty pants. The New York Times
  • Her humor made me laugh aloud and call friends to read passages to them. Newsweek
  • On SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Right on the mark.... Among the things she hates this time...baggage-claim areas, high tech, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. Newsweek

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 2/13/2014

    " Short, witty, biting and completely caustic...I love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Feltskog | 2/11/2014

    " Fran Lebowitz is a very funny woman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virginia Albanese | 2/1/2014

    " Have heard her on tv and great comedian, but the stuff just doesn't come across funny on the printed page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blair Andrews | 1/29/2014

    " This paperback is a collection of short essays originally published as two bestsellers in the 1970s (Metropolitan Life and Social Studies). Back then, her books defined knowing, urban cool. Guess what? They still do. If you were a mite too young to appreciate Leibowitz's take on that libertine decade the first time around (like me - I was just a toddler), now is an excellent time to make her acquaintance. The pieces still hold up as good writing and deliver plenty of sharp laughs. Some of the topics she lambasts with sardonic yet laugh-out-loud humor include baggage-claim areas, high tech, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, and anyone who is unduly tan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 1/18/2014

    " ah, fran. the book is a bit uneven, but when she is on she is ON. as a fellow curmudgeon new yorker, how can i not love her? she is, at times, hysterical and brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasonspaul | 1/5/2014

    " I enjoyed Lebowitz's snarky and short chapters, mostly, but found a lot of her humor to be dated-references to obscure 70s/80s pop references went over my head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Meyers | 1/5/2014

    " This collection of the two Fran Lebowitz books is as fresh & funny as ever. Some of the surface details of life in NYC have changed but the wit & the wisdom are still strong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Briana | 11/1/2013

    " A wonderful writer with a distinct style. I just wasn't too interested in her subject: a journalist's perspective on the Me Decade in New York City. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Moul | 10/21/2013

    " I've always found her funny, but the essays are decades old now, and the humor is (except here and there) dated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 9/23/2013

    " Dangerously, I had expectations for this one. I was hoping for timelessly witty incisiveness! And I got latter-day Woody Allen's cutting room floor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 6/7/2013

    " It's very difficult for me to determine how much a reader who was not born and raised in NYC in the same era as the author would enjoy this book. I loved it and found it extremely amusing, actually hilarious in some places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariha Hart | 4/13/2013

    " She is HILARIOUS and I now worship her. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dina Marie Gangale | 2/9/2013

    " I expected it to be much better! I would much rather listen to Ms. Lebowitz talk! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Iris | 12/19/2012

    " If you love to laugh and love NYC, then this is the best book! NYers have a terrible attention span, so these short humor essays are the best way to get through an afternoon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 12/6/2012

    " Picked this up in Greenwich Village on Bleecker St. Seemed appropriate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bambi | 9/6/2012

    " Skimmed it...bored...I guess not for my present state of mind. Maybe I'll pick it up again some other time.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 8/31/2012

    " Endlessly witty. So so rare nowadays. Very much enjoyed, laughed out loud. do read it! "

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About the Author
Fran Lebowitz still lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.