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The Fran Lebowitz Reader | [Fran Lebowitz]

The Fran Lebowitz Reader

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.
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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

What the Critics Say

"Hilarious...an 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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    susan Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 11-07-12
    susan Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 11-07-12 Member Since 2011

    I like to weed and read at the same time.

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    "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'.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark R. Trost Minnesota 02-26-13
    Mark R. Trost Minnesota 02-26-13

    Author of "Post Marked"

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    "Her Writer's Voice Matches Her Speaking Voice"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Lebowitz's dry wit coupled with her dry delivery create an unforgettable entertainment experience. She's a joy to read; she's a joy to hear. She alone can breath the necessary rhythm into her words.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fran Lebowitz Reader?

    The entire listening experience is memorable.


    Which character – as performed by Fran Lebowitz – was your favorite?

    It's autobiographical.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    THOMAS Malvern, Australia 02-26-13
    THOMAS Malvern, Australia 02-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The voice New York in the 90s"

    This is wonderful collection of what amount to short quips and observations written in a highly entertaining way. However, even with Ms Lebowitz's rich voice it remains a work far better read on the printed page. After about the 30th short piece that familiar pattern -- which is amusing in the printed work -- begins to become a little annoying.

    Still, these pieces are just so wonderful that they certainly surpass most offerings on Audible. In particular the piece on how to tell if your child is a writer is intensely funny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drake United States 01-19-13
    Drake United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Laugh out loud funny"
    If you could sum up The Fran Lebowitz Reader in three words, what would they be?

    Dry, Witty, Entertaining


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a collection of short comic essays, so no ending


    Which character – as performed by Fran Lebowitz – was your favorite?

    Fran herself!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The book does not lend itself to being a movie


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 01-10-13
    Diane United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Outdated, but still worth a listen"
    Any additional comments?

    If you're not familiar with the brilliant and funny Fran Lebowitz, this book is a good introduction. In the preface Fran acknowledges that many of her stories are outdated, which they are. The book was written several decades ago. Some stories have remained relevant, others have not. But the chapters are short so less interesting ones pass quickly. I wouldn't recommend that you drop everything and get this book, but I also don't regret having purchased it nor having spent the time to listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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