Tales From A Broad: An Unreliable Memoir [NOOK Book]

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When a frazzled New Yorker who is mad, bad and dangerous to know lands in Asia, life is never quite the same again - for anyone … Fran Lebowitz cheerfully admits that she is intergalactically self-absorbed, a little crazy and really, really hard to please - just ask her eternally patient and bemused husband, Frank. But when her life in the fast land falls apart - again - it's time for a miracle. Reeling from the worst week of her life, topped off by her most important client stabbing her in the back, Fran ...
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Tales From A Broad: An Unreliable Memoir

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Overview

When a frazzled New Yorker who is mad, bad and dangerous to know lands in Asia, life is never quite the same again - for anyone … Fran Lebowitz cheerfully admits that she is intergalactically self-absorbed, a little crazy and really, really hard to please - just ask her eternally patient and bemused husband, Frank. But when her life in the fast land falls apart - again - it's time for a miracle. Reeling from the worst week of her life, topped off by her most important client stabbing her in the back, Fran realises that she's almost forgotten what her family looks like. She wants out of the rat race and her hectic life as a literary agent - and time to be herself, a real wife and mother to her two small children. Good old Frank delivers what seems the answer to her prayers - to escape for three months to Singapore while he does some business. But what starts out as a little break and a very big culture shock for all concerned marks the hilarious beginning of the end of the old Fran - and a whole new life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789814358453
  • Publisher: Monsoon Books Pte. Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 248,331
  • File size: 796 KB

Meet the Author

Fran Lebowitz worked in the book publishing industry in Washington D.C. and New York for fifteen years before moving to Singapore with her family. She remains active in all fields of writing and editing and including her humor column in the Singapore American. She has a husband and two children who beg the reader not to believe any of Fran's 'unreliable memoirs.'

Biography

Fran Lebowitz' New York City sensibility has been called "urban cool" by scores of reviewers, and while she definitely embodies the sarcastic and the bitter, she makes us laugh throughout. Lebowitz floated between odd jobs before breaking into the literary circuit in the early 1970s, when Andy Warhol hired her as a columnist for his Interview magazine. Nearly overnight, Lebowitz became known as a sharp-witted, irreverent humorist, and she added magazines such as Mademoiselle to her resume.

In 1978, Lebowitz collected a series of essays and released Metropolitan Life. Hilarious and luxuriously dry, Lebowitz' cynical outlook on the oddities of New York City during the 1970s included observations on human nature ("Humility is no substitute for a good personality") to her ongoing struggle with writers block ("Contrary to what many of you might imagine, a career in letters is not without its drawback -- chief among them is the unpleasant fact that one is frequently called upon to sit down and write"). Metropolitan Life quickly became a New York Times bestseller because of its ability to speak to readers in middle-America as much as those in New York City.

Her second collection of essays, Social Studies (1981) delivers more of the same sardonic humor, with her fearless approach to exposing human weaknesses. Another New York Times bestseller, readers are treated to the bittersweet doses of reality they know and love, such as "Remember that as a teenager you are at the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you."

For more than 20 years, Lebowitz fans waited for random columns or interviews to get their fix of her classic one-liners. In 1994, The Fran Lebowitz Reader was released, combining all of her essays from Metropolitan Life and Social Studies into one riotous, cohesive publication. Reading Lebowitz in the 1990s, many of the essays, with titles like "Success Without College" and "When Smoke Gets In Your Eyes...Shut Them," still delivered the big laughs, proving that her deflating humor was still viable decades after they were originally published.

Lebowitz also published a children's book in 1994, Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas, about the treasures to be found in the secret passageways of a New York City apartment building. It appeared on the Publishers Weekly juvenile bestseller list.

Like Dorothy Parker of Algonquin Round Table fame, Lebowitz is best known for her lightning-fast, scathing comebacks. Her sophisticated pessimism and all-too-human humor make her a joy to read, whether it's done all in one sitting or one essay at a time.

Good To Know

Lebowitz worked many odd jobs -- including bartender and taxi driver -- before being discovered by Laurie Colwin at Dutton.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Frances Ann Lebowitz (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 27, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Jersey

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    Posted April 29, 2013

    Loved it

    I could not put it this book down. You have go have a good sense of humor and try to understand how adjusting to living in a different country can change you as a whole and having to find out what worked and what didn't. She is funny and can relate to some aspects of parenting, and marriage. I would not hire a maid, but that's just me.

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