Monday, August 30, 2010

Check Your Friends' Book Sale Shelves for this 'Special Value'

Link to August 30 New York Times Books of the Times, "Preppily Perplexed? A New Guidebook".

Excerpt: In 1980 “The Official Preppy Handbook” arrived as a field guide to the habits of the cotillion-hopping, madras-wearing, loafer-shod upper crust. Was it a valentine, a joke or a prophecy? This much is clear: It began life as a $4.95 paperback and stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for more than a year. Copies were plentiful, yet asking prices for used ones today can easily top $100 and sometimes exceed $1,000. Somebody must think it contains useful information.

As LINKcat indicates, perhaps lightning doesn't strike twice.

Related article:
The Official Preppy Handbook:  Unable to leave well enough alone.  (4/4/2010)

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