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"Wake up, Muffy. Were back." From Lisa Birnbach, the author of The Official Preppy Handbook — and designer Chip Kidd — comes a whole new take on the prep world that Birnbach turned into an international best-selling phenomenon thirty years ago. True Prep: Its a Whole New Old World is a contemporary look at how the old guard of natural-fiber-loving, dog-worshipping, G&T-soaked preppies adapt to the new order of things. Birnbach considers the prep attitude towards money (ambivalent), schools (good investment), wardrobe (now your clothes fit), work (some careers will never be prep), decorating (ask mummy), scandal (including rehab and prison), and food and drink (with some classic recipes for both). She also looks at weekends (and what to do to get asked back), entertaining, sports (including sailing and shopping), weddings, etiquette, the Internet and electronic gadgetry, political correctness, reality TV, and polar fleece. And last but not least: a do-it-yourself eulogy. Birnbach is a contributing editor at Parade magazine and the author of more than 20 books, including Lisa Birnbachs College Book. She lives in New York with her three children.
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