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If nineteenth century power brokers could understand the meaning of "gene pool," they would be appalled that the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of tycoon Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt would disparage her bloodline. It be impossible for them to believe that the descendants of that this masterful entrepreneur had become a clan of alcoholic, drug-using wastrels. Yet, if we believe Wendy Burden's irreverent memoir, it was true. Her own mother, for instance, was a case study in dysfunction; an emotionally distant woman who coped with the suicides of two close relations by starving and nearly drowning herself in drink. Daughter Wendy was perhaps more imaginative: She dealt with the disconnects by becoming a macabre goth and, eventually, by approaching familial cacophony with candor and winning wit. Imagine a more zestful, feminine Augusten Burroughs. Now in paperback and NOOKbook.