Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir

Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir

by Wendy Burden
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Dead End Gene Pool 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
AlanaWilliams More than 1 year ago
I rarely write reviews but this book was so bad that I felt like I needed to warn people. I struggled to finish Dead End Gene Pool. I have no idea how this thing got published. The first couple of chapters were okay but that was it. This writing seemed so over done and cold. I wanted something fun/light to read but this book was depressing and the writer seemed self absorbed. When I finished it I was upset at myself for putting money in this womans pocket-after reading 250 pages of her complaing how hard it was to be spoiled I realized she obviously didn't need my money.
CTavare More than 1 year ago
In spite of the okay manner in which this book is written, I found myself becoming bored very quickly because NOTHING HAPPENS! The anecdotes are slightly amusing, but it has no depth, story or Insight into any of the characters. I enjoy reading about rich people as much as the next person and I love trash, but "when I was 7, when I was 8, when I was 9, when I was 10..." can get very tiresome. I am giving it two stars and not one because I enjoyed the first chapter. After that it was a total snooze.
fitz12383 More than 1 year ago
Author Burden takes what is in reality a sad family situation full of neglect and lacking any sort of parental direction, and spins it into a funny tale reminiscent of Augusten Burroughs and David Sedaris. The cover of this book is definitely what reeled me in, and Burden hits the ground running with jokes about her flatulent grandmother and her jet-setting absentee mother. Although the book definitely has its witty moments, the jokes and the incessant effort to make a bad situation funny become tiresome after awhile. I also wonder at the accuracy of certain parts of the memoir. Nobody I know remembers this much about their childhood! I think I was hoping for more of the Vanderbilt family backstory, not just how messed up Burden's parents and grandparents were. Certain stories in the memoir that were supposed to make me chuckle simply made me cringe or shake my head. Needless to say, this one fell flat for me. If you want a truly funny memoir, check out Burroughs instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing - Betrayal of Author's family secrets
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and thought it was great. She has an excellent writing style, funny, irreverent, and interesting. This first chapter gets a little bogged down as she details her relation to the Vanderbilts but after that, really engaging and I was sorry when it ended.
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LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
This book was charming and really funny! I don't normally read memoirs, but this one came so highly recommended that I gave it a try—and I'm glad I did! For most of us, the lifestyles of the obscenely rich are a complete mystery. Building multiple homes with 20+ rooms each, flying everywhere on the Concorde, having staff to do everything for you including but not limited to wiping your rear end! Wendy Burden's family is a branch of the Vanderbilts—she is the great-great-great-great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt. The good part is that her branch has for several generations married “out” of the family—no cousins marrying like her ancestors. The bad part is that the family is full of alcoholics and suicides, bizarre behavior and overbred, overfunded, overeducated people who have no goals or ambition or ability to take care of themselves. The Vanderbilt family is somewhat misogynistic—sons are everything, daughters are not valued at all. And of course it's the sons who are prone to suicide or stupid fatal accidents. Wendy's father kills himself and her mother is now free to pursue the sun and a social life. She leaves the kids to be brought up by the grandparents, periodically taking them back to keep them in squalor. Well, “squalor” compared to their previous accommodations. They have to do chores, OMG!! Neither parent seemed to have any maternal/paternal instincts. The grandparents are fabulous caretakers in comparison, but the job is mostly done by a huge staff of nannies, chefs, butlers, maids, etc. The grandparents treat their granddaughter with a cheerful sort of neglect, being not really interested in her because she's not the HEIR. While she asks for a pony for every birthday and Christmas, one is given to her brother, because HEIR. Somehow Wendy seemed to grow up relatively normal, she tries to have relationships with her family members in spite of their strange behavior and lack of affection towards her. While the book stops before this happens, she appears to have ended up happily married with children. It's Wendy's voice, and her self deprecating humor that MAKES this book. It was fascinating and completely engrossing. I felt like I liked her, and wanted to be her friend. Recommend to anyone who likes to read about messed up families, or the “uber-rich”, or simply anyone looking for a good read!
kooper More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book although it wasn't what I expected. I did find it extremely disappointing that the pictures from the book I looked at were not available in the nook version. It makes me less and less inclined to use the nook for books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom and I purchased this book at the recommendation of a friend. There are a few humorous scenes, but overall, I couldn't stay with it. I don't think my mom finished it either. With 100 pages to go, it didn't seem to be leading anywhere.
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At live first result (involves nook s*x)
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Is bored
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