Handbags and Gladrags

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The fashionably funny new novel from the bestselling author of Pants on Fire.

Cross Bridget Jones with The Devil Wears Prada and you have this engaging romantic comedy about love, sex, friendships, and relationships...with a lot of style.

Emily Pointer, stylist for Chic magazine, has a rule about fashion: never wear anything older than six months...unless it's so old you can pass it off as vintage. And never, ...

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Overview

The fashionably funny new novel from the bestselling author of Pants on Fire.

Cross Bridget Jones with The Devil Wears Prada and you have this engaging romantic comedy about love, sex, friendships, and relationships...with a lot of style.

Emily Pointer, stylist for Chic magazine, has a rule about fashion: never wear anything older than six months...unless it's so old you can pass it off as vintage. And never, ever fall in love, unless it's for a killer pair of Manolos.

With a witty and biting insider's take on the fashion world; the crazy circuit of the New York-London-Milan-Paris designer shows, and the most humbling of all experiences, love, Maggie Alderson delivers a poignant, funny novel of success and revenge, friendship and flirtation, passion and Prada that's as fresh and rejuvenating as an afternoon at Bliss Spa.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425202784
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/7/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,104,893
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2006

    Alright...

    This book started out extremely SLOW. So much so that I didn't even think I could finish it. It was so boring that even bonafide fashionistas would have a hard time plowing through all the lengthy descriptions and boring anecdotes that is the main character's signature throughout the first half of the novel. I found that I was asking myself, 'why do I care about this?' and 'what's the point?' but I eventually waded through the mindnumbingly boring parts and found that it had a surprisingly good ending! It really picked up speed, and honestly I couldn't put the last half of it down. Overall, this book was alright, because it did finish strong but the beginning seemed insurmountable at times. I enjoyed this book marginally, and to a woman interested in the fashion or magazine world, it's definitely worth a read, but it wasn't a lasting literary achievement that would grab the attention and interest of anyone off the street.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Teens should read this

    Chic Magazine fashion expert Emily Pointer would rather shop till she drops instead of dining on food or men though she makes an exception with Australian photographer Miles McCrae, who scores more often with her than her spouse sees her. Of course Miles has more opportunities as both attend the same international shows..................... Still Emily wonders about all the one night stands in Milan, Paris, New York, London and Plant Tharg, etc that she has with sexy Miles. Even more so she begins to panic as she starts questioning her clothing theory of women that the garb makes the female so nothing is worn that is between the age of six months to a couple of decades; older that that might start a fad while younger is the hip chic chick trend. As Emily ponders is that all there is, she also dissects her non-relationship with Miles and that guy she is married to, what¿s his name?..................... Though the audience might consider Emily as a shallow clothing hound, she is much deeper as she struggles with her lifestyle feeling more inadequate daily. The story line focuses on her in a chick lit style, but also provides insight into the fashion world from design to runway to the fantastically dressed rich and famous. Maggie Alderson writes a droll sexy story starring a superb spirited soul struggling with HANDBAGS & GLADRAGS as the meaning of life........................ Harriet Klausner

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