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Publisher's Summary

The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two best sellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, by an "important humorist in the classic tradition" (The New York Times Book Review) who is "the natural successor to Dorothy Parker" (British Vogue). In "elegant, finely honed prose" (The 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.
©1994 Fran Lebowitz (P)2012 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

" 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 on Metropolitan Life)
"Her humor made me laugh aloud and call friends to read passages to them." ( Newsweek on Metropolitan Life)
"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 Social Studies)
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By susan on 11-07-12

Wonderful in her own voice.

My daughter read this and gave up less that half way through. I think you have to hear her deliver her own prose. She is a master. I adore her. I get her humor even though I'm not a New Yorker but I am an ex smoker. She makes me laugh out loud. She writes very well-although I understand she had a long period of writer's block. Until I read this I thought she was famous just for being all over the social pages of Vanity Fair. I hope she writes and narrates more for 'our listening pleasure'.

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By yikes10036 on 09-20-16

Absolutely Hysterical

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fran Lebowitz Reader to be better than the print version?

They're equal.

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One of the most diverting and unbelievably witty collections of her best. Will be listening to it for a third time soon. Fran Lebowitz has a keen, satirical look on society that is universal. I sum it up with this. “Do not allow children to mix drinks. It is unseemly and they use too much vermouth.”

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