The official preppy handbook

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Workman Pub., 1980 - Education - 224 pages
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A facetious guide to emulating the look, speech patterns, thinking, and lifestyle of those who attend prep schools and are a part of high society

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User Review  - Oreillynsf - LibraryThing

The empress of the handbook genre. It was a Bible for many of the would be Preppies who bought it in the 1970s. And it is largely spot on, but rather dated in its recommendations and suggestions. But ... Read full review

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User Review  - eenerd - LibraryThing

Because I am a Jen Lancaster fan, I was OBLIGATED to find this book so I could read it and finally get her references to it. I had to go online and purchase a copy, and it was totally worth it. This ... Read full review


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About the author (1980)

Lisa Birnbach is an award-winning broadcaster and author. Lisa graduated from Brown University and went to work at The Village Voice, where she co-wrote the ''Scenes'' column. Birnbach accepted an offer from Workman Publishing to write a book on preppies. The book, The Official Preppy Handbook, became a bestseller and Lisa quickly became a media darling. Birbach began writing for such high-profile publications as Glamour, TV Guide, and Rolling Stone. She also went on a college lecture tour and put her vast knowledge of college life to use when she wrote Lisa Birnbach's College Book. Lisa went on to be a consultant on the classic film, Dead Poets Society. In the '90s, she began writing comedy for television and cable specials. Between all of this she found the time to write or co-write 20 books. Birnbach is a contributing editor at Parade magazine and is co-creator and co-host of Zero Hour on ABC-TV and co-writer of the off-Broadway revue, Loose Lips.