The Fran Lebowitz Reader (Paperback)

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I *love* Fran Lebowitz. So much. She is the voice inside the heads of the somewhat misanthropic public that I identify with (for better or worse). This book collects what are (sadly) her only two essay collections - Metropolitan Life and Social Studies - into a single volume. While her hatred for the annoyances of society are many - everything from clothes to art galleries to fancy restaurants - there is an oddly endearing quality to her writing, one that makes these essays a real treasure. If you're anything like me, this book will make you want to have dinner with Fran Lebowitz - although honestly, after reading this, I don't think she'd want to have dinner with any of us.

— From Nick's Picks


In the vein of Lebowitz's acclaimed Netflix limited series, Pretend It's a CityThe Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together two of the famed author's bestsellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies.

In "elegant, finely honed prose" (The Washington Post Book World), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life—its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, Fran Lebowitz is always wickedly entertaining.

About the Author

Fran Lebowitz still lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.

Praise For…

“A great read.” –Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s Tonight Show


" unlikely and perhaps alarming combination of Mary Hartman and Mary McCarthy.... To a dose of Huck Finn add some Lenny Bruce, Oscar Wilde and Alexis de Tocqueville, a dash of cabdriver, an assortment of puns, minced jargon, and top it off with smarty pants." —The New York Times

"Her humor made me laugh aloud and call friends to read passages to them." —Newsweek

"Right on the mark.... Among the things she hates this time...baggage-claim areas, high tech, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan." —Newsweek

"Unique.... Lebowitz offers vocational guides for aspiring heiresses, popes, empresses; manuals for landlords; guidance to the rich who wish to meet the poor." —Vogue

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679761808
ISBN-10: 0679761802
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: November 8th, 1994
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Vintage