True Prep Its a Whole New Old World
|Author:||Birnbach Lisa & Kidd Chip|
Now in paperback from Lisa Birnbach, the author of "The Offi cial Preppy Handbook, "comes "True Prep, " which looks at how the old guard of natural-fiber-loving, dog-worshipping, G&T-soaked preppies adapts to the new order of the Internet, cell phones, rehab, political correctness, reality TV, and . . . polar fleece.
"[T]his book touches many bases. And it's funny without exactly being satirical. The authors take their mission sort of seriously and approach the prep ethos with obvious affection . . . "True Prep" makes a point of flaunting the sexual, racial, ethnic and class diversity that were in short supply the first time around . . ."
--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"
""True Prep" is a hilarious send-up of the frills and foibles of the elite and privileged. It's satire, of course, but it's cringe-inducingly on target at times."
--Lylah M. Alphonse, "The Boston Globe"
"[T]here's something very interesting going on in "True Prep" . . . One need no longer be white, Protestant, heterosexual--or even accomplished at tennis--to be a preppy . . . [T]here's a sense in the book that the contemporary iteration of preppiness has far more to do with savoir faire than pedigree . . . [T]o dig beneath the surface of this thing that's been labeled 'prep' is to arrive at a surprising and perhaps even counterintuitive theory about the whole gestalt. Perhaps preppiness is less about demographics and style than it is about living decently in an often indecent world . . . [P]reppiness at its core is ultimately about self-respect. It's about pulling your pants up . . . It's about knowing that you don't necessarily need to have money to have class. And what better time to be reminded of all this than now?"
--Meghan Daum, "Los Angeles Times"
"The first thing you notice about "True Prep" . . . is its design. Chip Kidd, a celebrated graphic designer, has made this book a visual pleasure, with precise illustrations, vivid photographs and a colour palette that would make Kate Spade swoon. Paging through this book, which considers the current state of the North American "preppy" style, the words "gift material" come to mind. This isn't to undersell the writing. Ms Birnbach has a sly wit, an editor's eye and an excellent vocabulary. Every sentence is quotable. Reallye