In Tales from the Back Row, Cosmopolitan.com editor Amy Odell takes listeners behind the stage of New York's hottest fashion shows to meet the world's most influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers. But first, she has to push her way through the crowds outside, where we see the lengths people go to be noticed by the lurking paparazzi, and weave her way through the packed venue, from the very back row to the front.
As she describes the allure of Alexander Wang's ripped tights and Marchesa's Oscar-worthy dresses, Amy artfully layers in something else: ultimately this book is about how the fashion industry is an exaggerated mirror of human fallibility - reflecting our desperate desire to belong, to make a mark, to be included. For Amy is the first to admit that as much as she is embarrassed by the thrill she gets when she receives an invitation to an exclusive after-party, she can't help but RSVP "yes".
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"A sharply amusing fashion memoir." (Kirkus)
As a fashion outsider it was phenomenal to learn about the fashion world from an insider who still maintainers her "outsider eyes." The book was funny and entertaining. I loved it.
Amy O'Dell is a funny, smart woman and a very good writer. If the fashion industry interests you, but you don't fall for all the bullshit and are one to say, "The emperor is wearing no clothes!", then this is the book for you.
C. S. E. Cooney is a terrific reader and this audio production is a good reason why most authors should let a professional narrate their books.
The performance seemed forced and contrived. The author is very preachy. A much more interesting and better written fashion memoir is Kate Betts's My Paris Dream.
Not much for fun or spicy insight into fashion industry. Author tends to drone on about herself in clunky, unnecessary internal, descriptive monologues. There is little humor or joy in this book.
As an author myself, dyslexic, and ADD, I need something that grabs me. Non-fiction on things of interest to me, educates, & titillates.
between a 1 and a 10 I give it 8It's one of the lighter books I've listened to.
The interview with Anna Wintor
Lilt, she has the perfect voice and effortless timing when reading the book. She make you think she is the author.
If you love the fashion world and satire, you will find it both, along with anhonest perspective of the industry and the people in it.
Funny, honest, witty
Devil Wears Prada, How To Be A Grown-up
Just about anyone. She does that "sexy baby" voice that may work for YA books.
Fashion from the inside out.
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