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Celebrated ad man Richard Kirshenbaum, the original New York observer, reveals the fashions, foibles, and outrageous extravagances of the private-jet set Paid friends. Pot dealers draped in Dolce. Divorce settlements that include the Birkins at their current retail price. Air kisses, landing strips, and lounge-chair bribery. For most of us, the idea of life inside the goldCelebrated ad man Richard Kirshenbaum, the original New York observer, reveals the fashions, foibles, and outrageous extravagances of the private-jet set Paid friends. Pot dealers draped in Dolce. Divorce settlements that include the Birkins at their current retail price. Air kisses, landing strips, and lounge-chair bribery. For most of us, the idea of life inside the golden triad of Park Avenue, Sagaponack, and St. Barths is just as exotic as the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle. Luckily, Richard Kirshenbaum has a VIP pass to the Upper East Side and is willing to share the wealth—of gossip. His New York Observer column on uptown social life provides a fascinating glimpse behind the gilded curtain into the swanky restaurants and eye-popping vacation destinations where the 1 percent gathers.Isn’t That Rich? features highlights from Kirshenbaum’s monthly column as well as several brand-new essays. From cash-strapped blue bloods willing to trade their good names for a taste of nouveau riche treasure to the fine art of donning a cashmere sweater in Capri, our intrepid correspondent exposes the preoccupations of the posh. His insider sources may be anonymous, but “his up-to-the-minute portrait of today’s 1 percent is both insightful and a joy to read, no matter what tax bracket you’re in.” (Mortimer Zuckerman)...

Title : Isn't That Rich?: Life Among the 1 Percent
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ISBN : 9781504007313
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Number of Pages : 210 Pages
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Isn't That Rich?: Life Among the 1 Percent Reviews

  • Antonomasia
    2019-06-01 03:15

    When Trash Gets Boring... it can be put aside with no guilt or sense of obligation.And best of all, reading this via Scribd (given the other stuff I read on there) works out cheaper than the regrettable impulse purchase of a Vogue, Tatler or GQ.

  • Melanie Johnson
    2019-06-02 02:01

    Ok, so we are supposed to feel bad that the millionaires are just "oh so blasé" compared to the super duper billionaire world where they would die before flying first class? ("Can I have your tail number?") This book actually made me feel a lot better about my middle class upbringing, where my mom and dad taught me manners and the value of appreciating time with people you love instead of just material things. Lawd, these people are unhappy. And busy. Doing nothing. There will always be someone prettier, skinnier and richer. Ya'll need some Jesus.

  • Scott
    2019-06-23 06:51

    Before you read Richard Kirshenbaum's "Isn't That Rich? Life Among the 1%," his collection of 'New York Observer' society columns and new essays, prepare yourself for the staggering arrogance lying inside these pages - the reek of entitlement, the misplaced priorities, the name-dropping, the pervasive sense of being better than everyone else and the corresponding assumption that everyone hangs on your every word.And we're just talking about the author.With this slim 'book,' Kirshenbaum purports to be your helpful tour guide into the exotic lives of the uber-rich, a safari to the land of billionaires and their luxuries. Unlike Robin Leach's TV program, "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," which gave you a video glimpse of a life you should envy, Kirshenbaum's purpose is to show us the shortcomings and faux stresses of the massively wealthy. But Kirshenbaum cannot help himself - the real point of the book is to sing his own praises - he may live among the pompous rich, but he is superior to them (and you) in every way.Kirshenbaum tells his stories by passing along interviews that invariably take place at a restaurant where Kirshenbaum is only too happy to imply that won't give you a table. (He often refuses to give the name of the restaurant or club, as some "do not appreciate 'press mentions.'") These are people for whom "breakfast" is a verb and who assume you know what bottle of Domaines Ott to pour with which entree. He tantalizes by referring to his many wonderful, glamourous friends by titles, allegedly to protect their anonymity - you will meet L'actrice, the Silver Fox, the Fifth Avenue Heir, and so on, titles that tell you everything you need to know about the titled and the writer who employs the title. Presuming that Kirshenbaum is not sitting at the table with pad and paper, these interviews are naturally his recollection of what was said, which undercuts their veracity a bit.These interviews are where Kirshenbaum gets his stories of the shameless whims of the uber-rich - paid friends, spoiled kids, bragging-by-not-bragging ("I just don't know if I can sit through another private Elton John concert again"), navigating unhappy marriages and the struggles of being bicoastal. He consistently points out how he flies above these problems - the billionaires may have spoiled their kids rotten with private drivers and bottle-service tables at age 15, but Kirshenbaum's kids are perfect. The men of the American jet set agonize over how to drape a cashmere sweater over their shoulders because Italian men have mastered the art for the all-important passeggiata, but Kirshenbaum gets mistaken by an aristocratic Italian woman of being Italian because *he* wears his sweater correctly. (Kirshenbaum also points out that he has twenty-five cashmere sweaters of different colors, and "I do love seeing them all folded together. It makes me happy, my collection." Yeesh.) And while the uber-rich are treating art collections as one more status symbol, rest assured that Kirshenbaum's personal art collection has been acquired the proper way - through diligent searches and a sense of personal taste.Never mind that Kirshenbaum works in several plugs for his own column, his wife (who is of course superior to the spouses of the uber-rich in every way), his advertising concern, and Blackwell rum (he's an investor). One should not shill while one dishes, but I suppose that Kirshenbaum feels that he is above that little rule - his tailored blue blazer has actual buttonholes, after all.This is my first time reading Kirshenbaum, so perhaps I should have done my homework and would have known what to expect. What I had expected was a comic skewering of New York high society by a daring writer willing to let it all hang out. What Kirshenbaum delivers is "Kirshenbaum, On Living Well," with a tepid critique of the jet set. Perhaps this is all we could expect - clearly Kirshenbaum wants to keep getting invited to the parties, lunches, clubs, and cocktail hours that comprise his life.Not recommended.

  • Kristen
    2019-06-10 22:57

    The best thing that I can say about this book is that it was reasonably well-written. The second-best thing is that the book is short so I didn't have to spend too much time with snobby people I really disliked.

  • Lynn
    2019-06-09 00:12

    Awful book that mirrors a TV show like Life of the Rich and Famous or Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Author Richard Kirshenbaum seems to want readers to bathe themselves in the tich lifestyle where people run back and forth between LA and New York when they aren't vacationing in Europe.

  • Jose Papo
    2019-06-11 05:46

    Leitura divertida de fériasInteressante ver a espiral de loucura em que os ricos de NY se metem, achando q eh "felicidade". Insanidade total.

  • Marisol Luna
    2019-05-27 04:13

    Book is Funny,silly and about the super rich mostly vacation problems etc. Peppermint stick? I liked it.

  • Pipina
    2019-06-15 07:00

    Frivolous but entertaining. It depicts a bunch of extremely vulgar people who are continuously talking and thinking about money.

  • Paula
    2019-06-26 06:08

    This series of essays examines crazy-rich New Yorkers who have made consumption and status a competitive sport.

  • Tai Tai
    2019-05-26 23:02

    Hilariously well written, insightful and eye-opening. It turns out the rich are just like everyone else only they have the money to create and address their mostly imaged "problems"

  • Sherrie Howey
    2019-06-26 07:11

    This has to be one of the most entertaining books I have read in a while. The vignettes he writes about surrounding the 1% are absolutely hysterical, especially knowing that they are true. While this book is about the uber rich, anyone who has gone to a beach resort over the Christmas holidays can relate to his tales of trying to get good beach chairs at a resort. What most of us do not do is tip $100 to get such chairs. I especially enjoyed his stories about the Hamptons as I am very familiar with the area and I only wish that his book revealed people's real names. It is an easy read and perfect for a lazy day read!

  • Zee Monodee
    2019-06-16 01:53

    A delightful, funny, and rather insane look behind the scenes of the truly rich and famous. I was gasping out loud and then choking on my laughter at all the shenanigans of these people. All of it helped by the very witty voice of the author - he's from that world but has a self-deprecating zing to him (and yes, almost British humour, it could be said!)If you ever enjoyed Gossip Girl and that kind of glitz and glam world, then this is a must-read. Definitely a good time as you contemplate the foibles of the uber-rich!

  • Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
    2019-06-11 06:08

    3.5 StarsThis was a pretty entertaining read about the rich and famous. It highlights their rich problems, and what it's like living in their shoes. It's laughable because I don't feel sorry for these people. Just because one has money doesn't mean they have to conform to society or Hollywood standards. A lot of things in this book is ridiculous and it will have you shaking your head in disbelief because the problems these "rich people" are experiencing aren't really problems at all. This 1% needs help. *ARC graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

  • Lysa Daley
    2019-06-24 03:47

    So fun! This "non-fiction" book (remember he's an ad man so nothing is what it seems) reads more like a "inspired by true events" story. I loved the vivid description and the framing of each conversation via some fabulous setting.

  • Alicia
    2019-06-12 06:45

    Kirshenbaum straddles a life between the psychotically rich and that of a normal bloke in a fun way. He's there but he's not "there" and we the readers get to reap the benefits of a learning about the uber-rich space aliens without having to watch anyone spoon-feed their dog caviar. Loved it.

  • Eddie S.
    2019-06-10 06:47

    Mediocre book that talks about rich folk problems. millionaire vs multimillionaire vs billionaire. Los Angeles vs New York , what trends and fashions that the rich consume. decent book.

  • Theodore Kinni
    2019-06-02 04:55

    Howling funny at the start, but the last two chapters are barely disguised advertorials that made me feel like I'd been conned. Glad I didn't buy it!

  • Jessica
    2019-06-22 06:55

    I was expecting some eye opening insight into life among the 1%. What I got was whiney gossipy writing that barely scratched the surface. Rather disappointing.

  • Kate
    2019-06-10 00:10

    Enjoyed the book. Considering the state of the middle class in this society, it is fascinating. The wealthy have no idea about the word need vs want. Worth the time and thought

  • Catherine
    2019-06-10 23:05

    These are the kind of people who make other people think that guillotines are a good idea. Pretty much what I got out of this is that the rich are whiny, entitled, and painfully boring.