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Old Money
Wendy Wasserstein
0151009368
Apr 2002
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Still best known for The Heidi Chronicles, which won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize in 1989, Wasserstein is a comic and satirical playwright who has carved out a target area defined by wealth and the rarefied air of privilege. Poking fun at members of the American aristocracy is easy, but Wasserstein also makes us care about them as people. Old Money is no exception. This is a comedy of manners the kind of play that is funny if the manners are bad enough. It is set in fashionable Manhattan during the Gilded Age and in the same place in our own more drab time, with both sets of characters played by the same actors. Here we observe how money changes a family over time. In the past, wealth resulted in architecture, some acquisition of art, parties for which people dressed up, and upstairs-downstairs intrigue. In...


Elements of Style
Wendy Wasserstein
1400042313
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In the classic primer that Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Wasserstein (The Heidi Chronicles) names her dishy first novel after, Strunk & White note, "Style not only reveals the spirit of the man but reveals his identity." Wasserstein tries to apply that aphorism to Manhattan's wealthy elite shortly after 9/11. Upper East Side pediatrician Francesca "Frankie" Weissman doesn't have quite as much disposable income as the Manolo moms and Bonpoint babies that frequent her office. She's drawn into the city's circles of old and new money, including those of blue-blooded Samantha Acton; reinvented Californian Judy Tremont; and self-made film mogul Barry Santorini, son of a South Philly cobbler. As mothers stockpile Cipro and gas masks after 9/11, none of them stops believing that "life could be controlled if...


Shiksa Goddess: (Or, How I Spent My Forties) Essays
Wendy Wasserstein
0375726039
May 2002
Paperback
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Review
“Perceptive. . . . Sweet. . . . The often-poignant writing embraces wit, tragedy, joy.” –The Miami Herald

“Sparkling. . . . Wasserstein comes off . . . warm and honest, unassuming and modest. She’s the quirky, cool aunt you always wished were your mom.” –The Boston Phoenix

“Wendy Wasserstein writes with a heart as big as The Ritz. . . . These funny, truly intimate and uncommonly passionate pieces are a model of their kind.” –Terrance McNally

“Gut-wrenching, life-affirming . . . show[s] how powerful good writing can really be.” –New York Post

Review
?Perceptive. . . . Sweet. . . . The often-poignant writing embraces wit, tragedy, joy.? ?The Miami...


Wendy Wasserstein: Dramatizing Women, Their Choices and Their Boundaries
Gail Ciociola
078642317X
July 2005
Paperback
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Choice
"A detailed picture...full index and extensive bibliographies. Recommended"

Book Description
Although Wasserstein calls herself a humanist, her works reflect a political rhetoric, if cloaked in humor, that she herself could not imagine to be anything but feminist. Shaped by literal, cultural, and materialistic feminist theory, Wasserstein illustrates the impact of the women’s movement on the lives of her female characters. The five major works, with their near-sequel effect, let us see her characters’ college years, mid-twenties, mid-thirties and middle age. Through the use of a newly devised critical context called fem-en(act)ment, or textual or performance drama that is guided by feminist disposition thematically and stylistically, the author here allows for a fresh...


An American Daughter
Wendy Wasserstein
0156006456
Aug 1999
Paperback
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Publishers Weekly
Listen Up Awards "Best Audio of 1999" Dramatization Category --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Book Description
Lyssa Dent Hughes is the privileged, well-educated daughter of a Republican senator. She is the wife of a professor and the owner of a lovely house in Georgetown. She is also the president's nominee for Surgeon General. When the media discovers that once, long ago, she failed to respond for jury duty, this relatively minor misstep is portrayed as a serious moral lapse. A good friend uses the incident to make a point, scarcely thinking of the implications, and Lyssa must suffer the consequences. From that moment on, Lyssa Dent Hughes sits helplessly as the press investigates her family and friends, shattering her privacy, her career, and...


The Heidi Chronicles and Other Plays: Uncommon Women and Others and Isn't It Romantic
Wendy Wasserstein
0679734996
July 1991
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Wasserstein has made the cultural territory of the American experience since the 1960s her own. She is its most articulate theatrical chronicler. This collection of her recent work, Uncommon Women and Others, Isn't It Romantic, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles, traces that experience through three decades of changing styles, mores, life objectives, and intellectual challenges. She examines her characters and their times with great good humor, complexity, depth of feeling, and a firm refusal to accept trite and easy images. She writes the truth about people and their lives without blinking. She teaches us all what it was like to live through a period of great turmoil and confusion. Recommended.- Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass.Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text...


The Heidi Chronicles
Wendy Wasserstein
0822205106
October 1989
Paperback
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Book Description
Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play, The Heidi Chronicles, is the tale of a baby-boomer's long, hard road from '60s confusion to '90s self made woman...or so she hopes. Directed by Molly Smith. Starring: Lisa Akey, Kosha Engler, Kaitlin Hopkins, Lisa Pelikan, Martha Plimpton, Scot Reese, Raphael Sbarge, Grant Shaud --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author
Wendy Wasserstein has been among our chief theatrical witnesses, capturing the essential elements of contemporary women's lives, infusing them with a decidedly female sensibility and returning them to us as theatre. She is probably best known for "The Heidi Chronicles," which won a Pulitzer Prize and the first Tony Award given to a female playwright. --This text...


Ten Out of Ten
Wendy Lamb
0375895183
Oct 1992
Paperback
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Sisters Rosensweig
Wendy Wasserstein
015600013X
March 1994
Paperback
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From Library Journal
A Broadway hit from the early 1990s is given an excellent performance on this well-produced audio. Music and sound effects provide outstanding support for the superb professionals working before a live audience. Taking place in London at a gathering to celebrate American expatriate sister Sarah's birthday, this comedy explores family and the familiar relationships of three Jewish sisters from Brooklyn with their male companions from 1930s youth to 1990s London. It is fast paced, quite clever, and often hilarious. L.A. Theatre Works appears to have made an extraordinary commitment to bringing modern and classical theater to audio in such an effective manner. Highly recommended.ACliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the...


Sloth (New York Public Library/Oxford University Press Lecture Series: The Seven Deadly Sins)
Wendy Wasserstein
0195166302
January 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Not as stirring as lust, as satisfactory as gluttony or as maddening as anger, sloth rarely commands the passionate attention that the other six deadly sins do. Thanks to Wasserstein, however, sloth finally gets its due. In a hilarious parody of self-help manuals, she offers a book-inside-a-book how-to guide—Sloth: And How to Get It—on living a happy and guilt-free slothful life. The first step in becoming a sloth is to enter into "lethargiosis," a state which "breaks the cycle of excess energy and stored dreams." Her guide recommends a two-week course of slowly eliminating activity by counting activity grams and restricting your daily gram intake. She chides overachievers like Shakespeare and offers a sloth mantra: "S: Sit instead of stand, L: Let yourself go, O: Open your mouth, T: Toil no more, H:...


Heidi Chronicles and Other Plays
Wendy Wasserstein
0613292545
July 1991
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Wasserstein has made the cultural territory of the American experience since the 1960s her own. She is its most articulate theatrical chronicler. This collection of her recent work, Uncommon Women and Others, Isn't It Romantic, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles, traces that experience through three decades of changing styles, mores, life objectives, and intellectual challenges. She examines her characters and their times with great good humor, complexity, depth of feeling, and a firm refusal to accept trite and easy images. She writes the truth about people and their lives without blinking. She teaches us all what it was like to live through a period of great turmoil and confusion. Recommended.- Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass.Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text...


Elements of Style
Wendy Wasserstein
0739333666
April 2006
Compact Disc
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From Publishers Weekly
In the classic primer that Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Wasserstein (The Heidi Chronicles) names her dishy first novel after, Strunk & White note, "Style not only reveals the spirit of the man but reveals his identity." Wasserstein tries to apply that aphorism to Manhattan's wealthy elite shortly after 9/11. Upper East Side pediatrician Francesca "Frankie" Weissman doesn't have quite as much disposable income as the Manolo moms and Bonpoint babies that frequent her office. She's drawn into the city's circles of old and new money, including those of blue-blooded Samantha Acton; reinvented Californian Judy Tremont; and self-made film mogul Barry Santorini, son of a South Philly cobbler. As mothers stockpile Cipro and gas masks after 9/11, none of them stops believing that "life could be controlled if...


Sisters Rosensweig
Wendy Wasserstein
0613366700
Mar 1994
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
A Broadway hit from the early 1990s is given an excellent performance on this well-produced audio. Music and sound effects provide outstanding support for the superb professionals working before a live audience. Taking place in London at a gathering to celebrate American expatriate sister Sarah's birthday, this comedy explores family and the familiar relationships of three Jewish sisters from Brooklyn with their male companions from 1930s youth to 1990s London. It is fast paced, quite clever, and often hilarious. L.A. Theatre Works appears to have made an extraordinary commitment to bringing modern and classical theater to audio in such an effective manner. Highly recommended.ACliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the...


Town & Country's Social Graces: Words of Wisdom on Civility in a Changing Society
Jim Brosseau (Editor)
1588160807
May 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Civility is "under assault," says Town & Country editor-in-chief Pamela Fiori, and in a collection of the magazine's columns, Town & Country Social Graces: Words of Wisdom on Civility in a Changing Society, she and 46 other writers share their views on manners. Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts tell how consideration for each other, such as using a tiny book light so as not to keep the other one awake, has kept their marriage strong. Anne Bernays speaks about grandparent-grandchild relations, and Wendy Wasserstein explains her point of view on proper theatergoing behavior. This compact book, edited by Jim Brosseau, lacks only author biographies. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
“Will enrich your spirit while providing a few gentle...


Bachelor Girls
Wendy Wasserstein
0679730621
January 1991
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In 29 semi-humorous essays, Wasserstein expatiates on topics including manicures and body-hair waxing, relationships between men and women, and her love of plaid. "Possibly amusing as stage patter or magazine filler, such trite ephemera turn deadly gathered between a book's covers," said PW. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
A collection of 29 personal essays, most of which previously appeared in magazines. Heavy, it's not. Lots of fun, it is. From tales of an Auntie Mame-type mama (who once dressed up as Patty Hearst, complete with beret and toy gun) to a surprisingly poignant description of a romance gone awry, Wasserstein paints a vibrant picture of today's single young women who aspire to independence but still want meaningful...

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