Welcome to Wisteria Lane: On America's Favorite Desperate Housewives

Overview


Revisit the first season of the hit television show Desperate Housewives, with its outrageous humor, absorbing mysteries, and deliciously naughty images of suburbia. What was behind the show's immediate, widespread appeal? Why did the show strike a chord with modern women?

Welcome to Wisteria Lane's contributors take on everything from sex to suburbia. Television Without Pity recapper Evany Thomas takes on female friendship, and Desperate Housewives as just latest incarnation ...

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Overview


Revisit the first season of the hit television show Desperate Housewives, with its outrageous humor, absorbing mysteries, and deliciously naughty images of suburbia. What was behind the show's immediate, widespread appeal? Why did the show strike a chord with modern women?

Welcome to Wisteria Lane's contributors take on everything from sex to suburbia. Television Without Pity recapper Evany Thomas takes on female friendship, and Desperate Housewives as just latest incarnation of the female foursome. Beth Kendrick takes on mothering and motherhood, and predicts Susan, Bree, and Lynette's kids' fates. Lani Diane Rich explains how Desperate Housewives is not, and is, a typical soap. And much more!

Not a typical fan guide, Welcome to Wisteria Lane takes you right back to the beginning and the question that was on everyone’s mind: Just what is it about these Desperate Housewives that holds us all in thrall?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932100792
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: Smart Pop Series
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Leah Wilson graduated from Duke University with a degree in Culture and Modern Fiction and is currently Editor-in-Chief, Smart Pop, at BenBella Books. She lives in Cambridge, Mass.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : why America is desperate for Desperate Housewives 1
The good of the group 3
Why I hate Lynette, and that could be a compliment 11
Ritalin, rivalry and the rat 21
Growing up Wisteria 29
Is suburban living hazardous to your health? 37
Girl power witty or cat fight city? 45
Sex and the television suburbs 51
Why the best nighttime soap ever is not a nighttime soap : damnit 59
Will the real Bree Van De Kamp please stand up? 69
Desperately seeking Susan 85
"I bet you were a cheerleader" 93
A morality play for the twenty-first century 105
Oh, give me a home 115
America the superficial? 125
The lost boys of Wisteria Lane 137
Something familiar, something peculiar 149
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