Sunday, October 17, 2010

Classy: Be a Lady, Not a Tramp

Classy: Be a Lady, Not a Tramp
by Derek Blasberg [YA Blasberg]

This non-fiction book is usually the type I would just flip through in order to note key points. However, I found myself reading this book of etiquette from cover to cover. The author, Derek Blasberg, uses wit and humor as well as examples of bad manners from his own past. He also added many pop culture elements and references to make his points interesting in what otherwise could have easily ended up being a dry read. I really enjoyed the author's examples of indiscretions made by many of today's out-of-control socialites, reality TV stars and actresses in a way that gets his point on how not to be a "self-entitled skank". The conduct of life content is useful for all adults, but the overall theme of the book is geared towards young-adult women. Derek Blasberg grew up in St. Louis Missouri, but moved to New York City after his high school graduation. He graduated with honors and degrees in Dramatic Literature and Journalism in 2004, and then started his first job as an assistant at American Vogue. Blasberg is now the Editor at Large of Conde Nast's premiere fashion website,, as well as the Editor at Large of Hearst Publications' fashion title Harper's Bazaar. -- recommended by Jessica H. - Walt Branch Library

[ official Derek Blasberg web site ]

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