True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World

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Now in paperback from Lisa Birnbach, the author of The Offi cial Preppy Handbook, comes True Prep, which looks at how the old guard of natural-fiber-loving, dog-worshipping, G&T-soaked preppies adapts to the new order of the Internet, cell phones, rehab, political correctness, reality TV, and . . . polar fleece.
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Overview

Now in paperback from Lisa Birnbach, the author of The Offi cial Preppy Handbook, comes True Prep, which looks at how the old guard of natural-fiber-loving, dog-worshipping, G&T-soaked preppies adapts to the new order of the Internet, cell phones, rehab, political correctness, reality TV, and . . . polar fleece.
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Editorial Reviews

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“[T]his book touches many bases. And it’s funny without exactly being satirical. The authors take their mission sort of seriously and approach the prep ethos with obvious affection . . . True Prep makes a point of flaunting the sexual, racial, ethnic and class diversity that were in short supply the first time around . . .”
—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

True Prep is a hilarious send-up of the frills and foibles of the elite and privileged. It’s satire, of course, but it’s cringe-inducingly on target at times.”
—Lylah M. Alphonse, The Boston Globe
 
“[T]here’s something very interesting going on in True Prep . . . One need no longer be white, Protestant, heterosexual—or even accomplished at tennis—to be a preppy . . . [T]here’s a sense in the book that the contemporary iteration of preppiness has far more to do with savoir faire than pedigree . . . [T]o dig beneath the surface of this thing that’s been labeled ‘prep’ is to arrive at a surprising and perhaps even counterintuitive theory about the whole gestalt. Perhaps preppiness is less about demographics and style than it is about living decently in an often indecent world . . . [P]reppiness at its core is ultimately about self-respect. It’s about pulling your pants up . . . It’s about knowing that you don’t necessarily need to have money to have class. And what better time to be reminded of all this than now?”
—Meghan Daum, Los Angeles Times

“The first thing you notice about True Prep . . . is its design. Chip Kidd, a celebrated graphic designer, has made this book a visual pleasure, with precise illustrations, vivid photographs and a colour palette that would make Kate Spade swoon. Paging through this book, which considers the current state of the North American “preppy” style, the words “gift material” come to mind. This isn’t to undersell the writing. Ms Birnbach has a sly wit, an editor’s eye and an excellent vocabulary. Every sentence is quotable. Really . . . True Prep is frivolous, but comprehensively, amusingly, and intelligently so. All too few books fit that description. Like its predecessor, this is a fond and inventive satire for the ages.”
The Economist
 
“Birnbach . . . and Kidd, well-known as book-jacket designer, novelist, and natty dresser, have produced a book as witty as, and more thorough than, the original . . . The most important change from The Official Preppy Handbook to True Prep is the more capacious sense of who is preppy . . .  True Prep is as noisily inclusive as The Preppy Handbook was quietly exclusive . . .”
—Mark Oppenheimer, Slate
 
“[W]hat was once a rarefied blue-blood clique has become a bona fide social phenomenon . . . The basic prep values—politeness, sportiness, and adherence to tradition—have, however, remained the same.”
—Jennifer Wright, New York Post
 
“Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd’s long-awaited sequel to The Official Preppy Handbook is good for a laugh, no matter how many pastel polo shirts you own.”
Parade magazine
 
“Birnbach is back with True Prep, an updated field guide to the preppy lifestyle . . . You know, things like rehab (the new boarding school) and texting (not at the dinner table). There’s vital information on how to keep that sporty tan in an era when overexposure to the sun is frowned upon, without resorting to Snooki-type tanning salons.”
—Jura Koncius, The Washington Post

True Prep . . . is a slyly written and debatably satirical take on what it means to be 'preppy' in today’s age . . . It makes a great gift for your favorite Sperry-wearing Yalie, or someone that just enjoys a quick read and an easy laugh.”
—Benjamin Clymer, Forbes.com

Janet Maslin
…a surprisingly worthwhile sequel…this book touches many bases. And it's funny without exactly being satirical. The authors take their mission sort of seriously and approach the prep ethos with obvious affection.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Thirty years after The Official Preppy Handbook was published comes this new how-to, updated to incorporate such 21st-century givens as gay marriage, dad's new wife, and rehab, all while underscoring the importance of tradition, which ought to be as reliable as those monogrammed L.L. Bean canvas totes. From what to keep in the pantry (box of raisins, food dye for Easter eggs, etc.) to how to not talk about money, the terse advice and blue-blood humor throughout make this a good stocking stuffer for all those 20-somethings who may have no idea what they've inherited with their Sperry top-siders. And tried-and-true Izod fans, who were around the first time, will appreciate the novelty that much more. Especially worthwhile are Edmund White's contribution on "Where do gay preppies go," a "real" prep's response to Gossip Girl, the spot-on Edith Wharton quotes throughout, and the drawings of Randy Glass. Illus. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375712012
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 266,419
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 5.64 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Birnbach is a contributing editor at Parade magazine and the author of more than twenty books, including Lisa Birnbach’s College Book. She lives in New York with her three children.

Chip Kidd is a designer and writer at Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked since 1986. In 1980, when he was in the tenth grade, The Official Preppy Handbook changed his life. Now he wants to return the favor.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Okay, now where were we? Oh, yes. It was 1980 ...

1 Psst! Pass It On 2

The True Prep Manifesto

2 We Don't Talk About It 42

If you know what we're talking about

3 That's Where My Brother Went 60

Schools: pre-nursery to grade 20

4 I Just Found It in My Closet 80

The preppy's wardrobe exhumed and explained

5 Unhappy Hours 116

What we do during that endless stretch between breakfast and dinner

6 We Call It House 128

The dogs live there, and so do we

7 Poor Mrs. Astor 142

This sort of thing happens to us, too

8 Drinks Before Dinner 154

And drinks and Dinner: The True Prep Cookbook

9 Happy Hours, Part 1: What We Do 168

We are an entertaining breed

10 Happy Hours, Part 11: What We Watch and Where we go 198

Should we use our box seats or should we watch it on TV?

11 We Don't Do That 210

People skills for the 21st century

12 T.T.F.N. 224

Tough decisions Your dog will face

The Timeline What Happened in the Last Thirity Years? 235

Acknoweldgments 242

Credit 244

Cool Then, Cool Now 248

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

    Must Read

    Everyone should have a copy of this book at home. It is a book capable of teaching valuable lessons and that was designed to fit everyone in the family. True Prep is the Bible to preppy life.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

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    Preppies don't age ...

    ... they just move with the times. If you read The Official Preppy Handbook when it first came out -- THIRTY YEARS AGO -- you'll know what to expect. This update of the prepster classic made me laugh out loud several times, and nod knowingly all the way through. Muffy and Trip have gotten older, but she's still wearing pearls and Prada loafers, and he's still carrying his [father's] Mark Cross briefcase. IF, that is, he's still employed.

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  • Posted June 6, 2014

    Great, but read the original too.

    Lisa birnbach updated the official preppy handbook with true prep. It's better to read the original book if you can get it.

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    Posted May 12, 2013

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    Name- Selene Bates • Apperance- long brown hair, green eyes, tall, tan, huge smile, super sporty • godly parent- Athena status-single • loves- happieness, sports, nike socks, falling in love, and knowlegde

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