Unlimited [Children's Book] ç Elements of Style - by Wendy Wasserstein Ý

By Wendy Wasserstein | Comments: ( 497 ) | Date: ( Feb 29, 2020 )

From the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and author of the essay collection Shiksa Goddess Utterly delicious Judith Thurman , a dazzling debut novel, a comedy about New York s urban gentry living in a post 9 11 world the arbiters of fashion and the doyennes of charity balls about the rich and the nouveau rich er , the glamorous and the desperate to be We meet FrFrom the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and author of the essay collection Shiksa Goddess Utterly delicious Judith Thurman , a dazzling debut novel, a comedy about New York s urban gentry living in a post 9 11 world the arbiters of fashion and the doyennes of charity balls about the rich and the nouveau rich er , the glamorous and the desperate to be We meet Francesca Weissman, the Upper East Side pediatrician rated number one by Manhattan magazine, who takes us into the upper strata of privilege and aspiration she s originally from Queens with a father in hosiery life on the fringes of glittering New York is fine with her Samantha Acton, thoroughbred descendant of the Van Rensselaers and the Carnegies, who defines the social order in the great tradition of Mrs Astor and Babe Paley Judy Tremont from Modesto, California, daughter of a cop her life s work, her obsession, is New York society and its richest families Barry Santorini, Republican, moviemaker, winner of twelve Oscars, and his wife, the Italian supermarket heiress and former media rep for Giorgio Armani and many As Elements of Style opens out, we see a madcap mosaic of the social lives and s of twenty first century Manhattan of romance, work, family, and friendship Satiric, fierce, touching and deliciously Wasserstein Pure Wendy She effortlessly makes the leap from stage to page with a novel that is loving, compassionate, flat out funny Wendy loved the word scintillating, which is the best way to describe her stunning Elements of Style John Guare Wasserstein gets the trappings and tribulations of friendship and of romance right, making her depiction of the rich and fab trying to connect with one another witty and entertaining Publishers Weekly Bold, nimble, and funny to its fingertips, Elements of Style is a delight, a triumph A book that no self respecting New Yorker should be without Those cursed with the hell of multiple residences will self evidently need several copies and spares, for houseguests Flora Fraser

  • Title: Elements of Style
  • Author: Wendy Wasserstein
  • ISBN: 9781400042319
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Wendy Wasserstein

Wendy Wasserstein was an award winning American playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor at Large at Cornell University She was the recipient of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Comments Elements of Style

  • Nicholas

    It's sad to read this four years after Wasserstein's early death. (Apparently the book itself was published posthumously as well.) It's not necessarily moving, but Elements of Style is very funny. In my estimation there's only one character for whom the reader is supposed to care (Dr. Frankie Weissman, with whom the book begins and ends), which has clearly made it difficult for many reviewers here to care about the book as a whole. But if you take this as a skewering of the world of the Upper Ea [...]

  • Ashley Ward

    I have been reading a string of really bad books lately. So while this one was also really bad, at least it was marginally entertaining. I need to stop checking out books off the "recommended" shelf at my local library. Clearly, whoever picks those books and I have completely different tastes.Anyway, I was in Wendy Wassterstein's play called "The Heidi Chronicles" in college, and it is a story very near and dear to my heart. I loved its focus on a woman on the edge of the feminist revolution str [...]

  • Ann

    I'm not entirely sure what the author's point was for this book. I guess maybe to show the depravity and shallowness of New York socialites? I'm not sure. It also dealt a lot with uncertainly of life in New York after 9/11. Maybe I should think of this as naturalism? I'll decide someday. This wasn't exactly chick-lit, but it seemed to be a close cousin, and it was entertaining on a long car ride. But I was still confused by many choices the characters made. Two characters randomly began an affai [...]

  • Kim

    This book was awful. I'm not even quite sure why I finished it, but it did. It was so dumb, i can't even find anything even remotely intelligent to say about it. It was set in a post 9/11 NYC about this group of fashionistas, men and women. And the reason that I know it was about a post 9/11 society was because they said it EVERY OTHER PAGE!!!! Ugh!Actually, that's not quite accurate. It was almost like this author wrote the novel and then opened the pages and threw her finger down and said, "He [...]

  • Simon

    What a mess. Wendy trains the Big Guns on a sitting duck, i.e. the sort of women (the male characters only exist as appendages to their consorts with one exception) who staff the upper echelons of New York City "society", something that has been a pain in the ass to the rest of the country since Mrs. Astor's fabled 400. As if the shallow, narcissistic harpies that Wasserstein drags out aren't overkill enough, she sets them in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, but even that doesn't really do it. S [...]

  • Alice

    Very funny book about shallow members of New York society. Eventually some of the shallow characters get insights into their lives--and those are also quite shallow. The problem with the book is that shallow characters get predictable after awhile. I think I might have been fascinated by this if it were my introduction to New York socialites, but this has been done before. Wasserstein is better known for her plays--this is her first novel. She is best known for depicting middle-aged women who su [...]

  • Christie

    First off, there will be spoilers so if you want to read this book and don't like to know anything before you read it (like me) then don't read on! What was this? I love Wendy Wasserstein as a playwright. I couldn't wait to read this book! I thought that it would be a witty satire on New York's "finest" (not the firefighters, the Upper East Siders) after 9/11. I was sorely mistaken. The first few chapters are delightful and engaging, but soon, you long for the book to go somewhere 307 pages late [...]

  • Bookmarks Magazine

    Critics felt traitorous calling Wendy Wasserstein's debut novel, published so soon after her death, a bit of a disappointment, but many agreed that what works so well on stage (the Pulitzer Prize? and Tony Award?winning play The Heidi Chronicles) does not translate well to prose. Some critics thought the novel possessed the verve and "charmingly neurotic" heroine (USA Today)__a Wendy stand-in__of her best-known work and praised Wasserstein's keen eye for social satire. Others called Elements of [...]

  • Melissa

    Clearly written escapism, "Elements of Style" draws you in with well-crafted indulgent, ridiculous, and highly unlikeable characters more obsessed with their Upper East Side social status than anything else. Their lavish lifestyles are intriguing, if not unbelievable, and I was quickly intrigued by each character's personal story. I would have completely loved this book if not for some completely over-the-top plot points. Yes, rich people also have problems, but plaguing every character with see [...]

  • Taryn

    I think the characters were all meant to be despised, but I'm still not sure that's what the author wanted to have happen. Maybe she wanted them to seem real by all of their flaws, but they just came off as selfish, snobby, and immoral. I kept waiting for a redeeming factor and it never really came.

  • Jessica

    Loved it! Light and delightful at first, but Wasserstein's insights into human nature are quietly observed. I deeply admire her ability to show multiple aspects of her characters, so that in varying turns I felt compelled, repulsed, and compassionate for the same character.

  • Marlies

    It was a little lame, but I still liked it. I was expecting more from Wendy, but the poor thing is no longer with us, so .

  • Heather

    This is decent chick lit. I'm sure the world expected more of Wendy Wasserstein, but I'm not going to judge her. It was snooty and insightful and entertaining. I liked it for a quick read!

  • Kristina Howard

    Fun and light, but didn't love the ending.

  • retronerdSteinkuehler

    Yarda yada ya. Blah blah blah DNF. Went no where fast.

  • Karen Nickelson

    A quick read and entertaining. Mostly about New York society.

  • Aparna Kamath

    Super easy read w interesting and annoying but still interesting characters.

  • Christine

    really fun story about really rich socialites in Manhattan after 9/11

  • Anna

    I forgot how crazy we went after 9/11. We need more Wassersteins. Many didn't like the characters but, yes, such as in life a-holes often come out of things unscathed and life isn't fair.

  • Julia

    I love Wendy Wasserstein's plays. I've recently read An American Daughter, Uncommon Women and Others, Isn't it Romantic, and The Heidi Chronicles and Other Plays. I'll read The Sisters Rosensweig also, soon. And not a play, but also recommended Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein.But the bright, flawed, terrific, neurotic women we care so much about in her plays aren't in this novel Well, there's one maybe, but you question her for wanting to spend her time around the [...]

  • sendann

    I went into this expecting a delightful and undemanding girlie read, and I got it, but this is not a standard guilty pleasure lady book, like that one I read a few months ago about the ladies in hollywood and their divorces - I've forgotten the name but I think I reviewed it. This is the first thing I've read by Wendy Wasserstein, and I've learned just a little bit about her from other reviewers, who on the whole found this book to be kind of superficial and non-awesome. Contrarily, I have found [...]

  • Chloe Lee

    I was slightly wary when i first picked up the book, seeing the amount of rather negative comments on it. However, the novel turns out to be a pleasant surprise and I would like to speak up in its defense. As "The Chicago Times" points out (and quoted on the cover of my version), this is a modern day Jane Austen. However not a lot appreciate the beauty and sophistication of Austen, and seemingly Wassestein might also have to be reduced to a chick-lit writer or had to rely on her other works to s [...]

  • Katie

    This book was horribly hard to get through, many gaps in the 'plot' if it could be called a plot, the grammar and spelling mistakes made it worse, and the jumping around from character to character was also hard to follow. I picked up this book solely based on the cover, and I know I didn't pay much more than a few dollars for this book, and honestly, it just isn't worth more than a few dollars. There was absolutely no plot line that I found throughout the book, and nothing that implored me to k [...]

  • Sara

    I liked this book. After reading Wendy and the Lost Boys, a biography of Wasserstein, I was interested to read some of her writing. This book has been criticized as being only chick-lit. I ask - what's wrong with chick-lit? Certainly some of it is very bad, but some of it can be very, very good. This is a genre that has a much broader scope that embraces human interaction on many levels, not just romantic, although romance does play a big part. But what is romance after all? It is love. This is [...]

  • Sam

    Like others, I expected this to be easy, fun reading with a critical eye exposing the upper echelon of New York City money. Unfortunately the story fell far short of my expectations, particularly in the critical aspect. The structure of the story does not lend itself to this criticism, except through the obvious commentary by the author in her descriptions of monetary excess, and her editorializing through the "thoughts" of her characters. Almost all of the characters feel flat and used as caric [...]

  • Greta

    Wasserstein is one of my favorite playwrights. The plays I've read of hers - "The Heidi Chronicles," "Isn't It Romantic," "Uncommon Women and Others," and "Third" - have all stayed with me as heartwarming and meaningful. I've actually LIKED the characters, despite and because of their flaws. This novel was a sore spot for me - choppy dialogue, relationships that don't break the surface, barely an individual that exhibited anything more than a selfish and vapid way of life. It really reminded me [...]

  • Leslie

    If this had not been a reading group book, I never would have picked it up. I always enjoyed reading interviews with Wendy Wasserstein and seeing the couple of her plays that I did, but I would have passed on this.Turns out, I was rightr myself, at any rate. The writing was fine, but the story revolves around too many status-seeking social climbers whose main preoccupations are their looks and shopping. Don't get me wrong--I realize that these characters were supposed to be over the top and funn [...]

  • Jean Perry

    The first third of this book was so "satirical" - that's what everyone thinks Wasserstein is being - and boring, full of name-dropping, product placement, people, shops, brands, that i nearly gave it up a couple of times. Then about the middle of the book we get a little more character and story development with some potential. Then the plot line of the bombing at Starbucks - of course - just disappears and an accident is thrown in but goes nowhere. Maybe that was because WW was ill. All charact [...]

  • Cynthea

    i was hoping that this would be good beach, "summer" reading, and while i love wasserstein, i hated this book.i didn't find any of it funny. i found it pathetic and disgusting. it droned on, and on, and on. it was predictable. the characters i think i was supposed to sympathize with and like, were boring and uninteresting. it was way too voyeuristic, but not in a good or exciting way, just in an icky way. i enjoyed the devil wears prada more - i hated and simultanouisly loved those characters (d [...]

  • esterb

    What a great book! It made me laugh, it made me cry — in the pos­i­tive sense of the word — it made me bump into things (and people…sorry!) because I didn’t have time to look up from the book, it was so absorb­ing that even my boyfriend, who reads a lot him­self, got a lit­tle impa­tient with me when after the x-th time I still didn’t answer him.On the cover of the book it says it is a modern-age Jane Austen and I can relate to that. The critic on soci­ety and cul­tural rules a [...]

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