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True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World (Anglais) Relié – 7 septembre 2010

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“[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. Really . . . True Prep is frivolous, but comprehensively, amusingly, and intelligently so. All too few books fit that description. Like its predecessor, this is a fond and inventive satire for the ages.”
The Economist
“Birnbach . . . and Kidd, well-known as book-jacket designer, novelist, and natty dresser, have produced a book as witty as, and more thorough than, the original . . . The most important change from The Official Preppy Handbook to True Prep is the more capacious sense of who is preppy . . .  True Prep is as noisily inclusive as The Preppy Handbook was quietly exclusive . . .”
—Mark Oppenheimer, Slate
“[W]hat was once a rarefied blue-blood clique has become a bona fide social phenomenon . . . The basic prep values—politeness, sportiness, and adherence to tradition—have, however, remained the same.”
—Jennifer Wright, New York Post
“Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd’s long-awaited sequel to The Official Preppy Handbook is good for a laugh, no matter how many pastel polo shirts you own.”
Parade magazine
“Birnbach is back with True Prep, an updated field guide to the preppy lifestyle in 2010. You know, things like rehab (the new boarding school) and texting (not at the dinner table). There’s vital information on how to keep that sporty tan in an era when overexposure to the sun is frowned upon, without resorting to Snooki-type tanning salons.”
—Jura Koncius, The Washington Post

True Prep . . . is a slyly written and debatably satirical take on what it means to be “preppy” in today’s age . . . It makes a great gift for your favorite Sperry-wearing Yalie, or someone that just enjoys a quick read and an easy laugh.”
—Benjamin Clymer,

Présentation de l'éditeur

“Wake up, Muffy. We’re back.”

From Lisa Birnbach, the author of The Official Preppy Handbook—and designer Chip Kidd—comes a whole new take on the prep world that Birnbach turned into an international best-selling phenomenon thirty years ago.

True Prep
is a contemporary look at how the old guard of natural-fiber-loving, dog-worshipping, G&T-soaked preppies adapt to the new order of things. Birnbach considers the prep attitude towards money (ambivalent), schools (good investment), wardrobe (now your clothes fit), work (some careers will never be prep), decorating (ask mummy), scandal (including rehab and prison), and food and drink (with some classic recipes for both). She also looks at weekends (and what to do to get asked back), entertaining, sports (including sailing and shopping), weddings, etiquette, the Internet and electronic gadgetry, political correctness, reality TV, and . . . polar fleece. And last but not least: a do-it-yourself eulogy.

With more than 200 original illustrations and photographs, True Prep promises to be a whole new, old sensation.

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Commentaires client les plus utiles sur (beta) HASH(0x93afd1f8) étoiles sur 5 156 commentaires
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HASH(0x96a0800c) étoiles sur 5 A Travesty of A Classic 14 septembre 2010
Par Daniel Orr - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book does for the Official Preppy Handbook what Jar-Jar Binks did for Star Wars.
220 internautes sur 245 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x94042eac) étoiles sur 5 True Disappointment 24 septembre 2010
Par Catechumen - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The Official Preppy Handbook ("OPH") was, by its own terms, inclusive, "[l]ooking, acting, and ultimately being Prep is not restricted to an elite minority lucky enough to attend prestigious private schools......[y]ou don't even have to be a registered Republican. In a true democracy everyone can be upper class....[i]t's only fair." Of course, by its own terms, this is farce; not everyone can be upper class, but what the OPH did was satirically "break the code" of the "preppy" tribe. In the name of humor, certain characteristics were exaggerated (pink and green being the most obvious), but as with all good satire, it was built on kernels of truth. Further, in some cases, the OPH gave good advice - especially with respect to matters sartorial. Published in an age when Disco was still going and polyester still held sway with large swathes of the American population, the OPH gave reliable advice on classic clothing, natural fibers, appropriate shoes, ties, belts, outerwear, etc. It's easy to forget how the OPH and the preppy trend of the early 80s helped save middle-America from the fashion monstrosities of the 70s.

So thirty years later, along comes "True Prep." What a disaster. My first thoughts consist of 1) the excellence of the OPH must owe a huge debt to Jonathan Roberts, Carol McD. Wallace, Mason Wiley et al. because Lisa Birnbach could not have written a majority of the OPH and then turn out True Prep, and/or 2) Chip Kidd must have held huge sway with Lisa Birnbach and caused her to override her better judgment, and/or 3) Lisa Birnbach has grown incredibly cynical and has simply chosen to jump on the preppy resurgence and cash in while the getting's good.

Hey, it's America so, she should have a right to cash in - the problem is the book doesn't hold the charm, nor the integrity of the OPH. It's galling in its PC propaganda, vulgar in its blatant product placement, and depressing in its embrace of modern/trendy sensibilities. In short, it's crummy sequel to the OPH and reads more like a sequel to the Yuppie Handbook The Yuppie Handbook: The State-of-the Art Manual for Young Urban Professionals or Bobos in Paradise Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There where the sole criteria for "membership" are large amounts of discretionary income and a kind of vapid, trendy, PC mentality. True Prep is about Yuppies or Bobos or, as Paul Fussell called them, "Class X" (See Class: A Guide Through the American Status System)

One need only look at "The True Prep Pantheon" and look at the characters listed therein to see how far afield this book has gone. There are no explicable rules of admission other than to be an "in your face" break with the list in the OPH. Who, until reading the assertions in True Prep, would have ever thought of Yo-Yo Ma, Barack Obama, or Uma Thurman as preppy? I've read the justification - I remain unconvinced, with them as well as others.

When one looked at the men's clothing section of the OPH, one saw references to Weejuns, Brooks Brothers, and Gucci loafers. I dislike Guccis and Weejuns aren't what they were in the 80s, but still respectable choices to this day. In True Prep, one sees, in what can only be a joke or a form of cruel misdirection, fugly Hilfiger loafers which no sane man, let alone a prep, would wear along with almost equally loathsome Bass, Prada, and other atrocious forms of loafers. There's a picture of a ludicrous, multi-colored pair of Sperry Top Siders which are in such bad taste that I can only assume that Sperry paid for the photo to be placed in the book. And, speaking of product placements......J. Crew? Does any man over the age of 21 really wear J. Crew? Yet, True Prep asserts that a prep is dressed head to toe in this trendy, arriviste of a company - Uh, preps no longer wear Brooks Brothers, J. Press, Andover Shop, H. Stockton, Cable Car Clothiers, Bean, etc? Apparently, they couldn't afford the product placements so, J. Crew it is - head to ankles.......and Cole Haan loafers? Please.

As for the PC stuff - it's suffused throughout. Apparently, everyone in the world can be preppy except for Republicans (odd, since in OPH Republicanism was one of may potential indicators of preppiness - see quote at beginning of review). Aside from the cheap shots at Bush, we also have the asinine inclusion of Barack Obama's "Dreams of my Father" on the Preppy "Master Reading List" to make the author's leanings all too clear. How was it that Birnbach was able to put the OPH together without political attacks? So, open and all inclusive is True Prep (except for the aforementioned Republicans), that the authors include a one page interview with a Muslim chaplain at Brown University - I'm sure there are preppy Muslims and Buddhists and Hindus, etc., but the placement of this page, again, seems preachy, so PC, and so very out of place - just out of left field. It's as if nine years after 9-11, the authors are concerned that Muslims in Nantucket Reds might become victims of hate crimes and that the authors must "teach us" that, hey - they can be preppy too. And, they've even included a nice little condescending essay to let all the preppies out there know that adopting babies is OK, too. Thank goodness they gave us their imprimatur. Again, preachiness, smug moralizing (as if we didn't know adoption was a good thing) - not humor.

Others have commented on the disorganization of the book. It really is all over the place. A hodge podge of essays, oddly placed, with narrow margins. I was alive in the 80s - I seem to remember divorces, remarriages, rehab, face lifts, etc. existing back then too. Why the authors felt compelled to mention these issues when they weren't addressed in the OPH is beyond me especially, when they are not, per se, preppy issues and especially when their inclusion takes away from the "escapism" and humor that the OPH provided.

So, in short, this book is a profound disappointment. I'd return it, but it's not worth the shipping cost to send it back to Amazon for the refund. Do yourself a favor and get the OPH. There's more to dislike than to like in this book. It could have been so much better. They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but, in this case, you can. Compare the cheesey, girlish cover of True Prep to the classic looking OPH - the same difference resides on the inside.
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HASH(0x961ac7bc) étoiles sur 5 I wanted to give it more stars but... 5 septembre 2010
Par *Caligirl_08* - Publié sur
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
I wanted to give it more stars but...I was just so disappointed. I guess I shouldn't be comparing this book to The Official Preppy Handbook but i couldn't help it. The old book was so much fun and tongue-in-cheek but this book read more like a magazine cataloging products for prep-wannabees to buy in order to pretend to be preppy rather than a comical look at present-day preppies. With the old book i remember reading about the people and being like 'yeah i know someone exactly like that!' i was expecting this book to be just like the old one but updated to reflect life in 2010.

When i read about the people in this book i was like....... 'what's so *uniquely preppy* about this? everyone i know and even people i don't know but see on tv are like this whether they are 'preppy' or not.' Just one example: The chapter on food was weird, the idea that preppies are now all about being foodies is dead on but then you have the 'what's in the pantry' list and it looks it belongs in the book from the 80's not this book. All the preppies i know shop at Wholefoods and buy organic expensive health food... Maybe I'm wrong. I suppose Southern California preppies aren't the same as East Coast ones? I just didn't have as much fun reading this book as i did the old one, this new book seemed confused both in it's content, message and point.

And... Tory Burch...? Really?

9/20/10 - I am reducing my rating of 3 stars down to 1 just because I am so annoyed at the sheer ignorance of some of her articles. She has one article about a preppy man who has decided to convert to Islam (oh yes Muslims can be WASPs too... Wait, doesn't WASP stand for White, Anglo-Saxon PROTESTANT? Oh, never-mind.) She goes on to muse about the basic nonexistence of white Muslims. Really? Tell the Serbs, Bosnians, Turks, Albanians, Bulgarians and others that they are either a) no longer considered white or b) must not be real Muslims since they are white. I am so disgusted by the incredible stupidity of this! She goes on to quote her interviewee saying things like how a Pakistani man COULD wear Lacoste (um... thank you for your permission??) but could not get away with wearing an argyle sweater??? OH MY GOD?? You guys pretend to go to Ivy League schools! Are you telling me that you have never seen a Pakistani kid in argyle at Harvard or Yale??? It's like they pop out of their mothers wombs with the collared shirts, argyle sweaters, khaki pants and dork-glasses permanently glued on! Should I forgive her? It's obvious she hasn't been to a college campus since the 70's! Don't even get me started on her claims that she's visited every school in the country to find out what the preppies one is.

No matter how "yes even you non-white people can be preppies too!" attitude she pretends to have the feeling that non-whites will never truly belong to the culture (she herself pretends to belong to) is disgustingly clear.

One last nit-pick and I'm done.

She used the non-word 'natch' (as shorthand for the word 'naturally') AM I READING THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA?? I wish I was! Even the crap puked out by Lauren Weisberger is better than this FAKE FAKE FAKE embarrassment of a book.

Wait wait, one more!
Page 69 - Apparently KIM KARDASHIAN is a prep (because she went to the Buckley School) because you know putting out a sex tape where your boyfriend pees on you is so very preppy.
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HASH(0x94b95960) étoiles sur 5 Old is Right 18 septembre 2010
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I cannot express how disappointing this book was. It was so bad, I tossed it before I finished the second chapter. I was looking to see what changes to the original handbook had been made - I wasn't looking for a trip "down memory lane". I almost wish I had spent the 225$US for the original that is now a classic and priced like one! What a waste of time and money!!!
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HASH(0x961ac774) étoiles sur 5 Not nearly as good as the original 9 septembre 2010
Par Justin Mccarthy - Publié sur
Format: Relié
The book is ruined by political earlier reviewer had it right: the blue blood has run out.
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