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