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Beautiful People: My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints

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When Simon Doonan sat down to write a memoir, he discovered he had no memories of cuddly family times or romantic Hallmark moments — turns out most of his memories are notably nasty. Birthday parties? No recollection. But his mother's dentures flying out of her mouth when she sneezed and skittering across the kitchen floor? A vivid mental image that still brings a smile. In his subversively funny memoir, Nasty: My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints, Simon revisits his formative years and the defiantly eccentric, lovably odd family he calls his own, showing us how nasty memories can be very, very good.

Long before he became a celebrity in his own right — as a bestselling author, as a style arbiter on national television, and as the window display genius of Barneys New York — Simon Doonan was a "scabby knee'd troll" in Reading, England. In Nasty, he returns to the working-class neighborhood of his youth and chronicles the misadventures of the Doonan clan in all their wacky glory. Readers meet his mum, Betty, whose gravity-defying, peroxided hairdo loudly proclaimed her innate glamour; his father, Terry, an amateur vintner who turned parsnips into the legendary Château Doonan; and his grandfather D.C., a hard-drinking betting man who plotted to win his fortune by turning "wee" Simon into a jockey.

Fearing he would fall victim to the insanity that runs in his family or, worse, the banality of suburban life, Doonan decamps with his flamboyant best friend Biddie to London. There they hope to find the Beautiful People — those glamorous creatures who luxuriate on floor pillows and amuse each other with bon mots — and join their ranks. Instead, he encounters various ladies of the night, kidney stones, punks, law enforcement officers, phantom venereal diseases, public humiliations, and camps, vamps, and scamps of all shapes and sizes. Doonan continues his bumbling pursuit of the fabulous life only to learn, in the end, that perhaps the Beautiful People were the ones he left behind.

Infused throughout with good humor and informed by Doonan's keen eye for the ridiculous, Nasty reminds us never to take life too seriously. This is a wickedly good memoir from one of today's most dazzling literary humorists.

Synopsis:

In this subversively funny memoir, Doonan--bestselling author, style arbiter on national television, and window display genius of Barney's New York--revisits his formative years and the defiantly eccentric, lovably odd family he calls his own.

Synopsis:

andlt;bandgt;A wickedly funny memoir with echoes of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, andlt;iandgt;Beautiful Peopleandlt;/iandgt; (originally published in hardcover as andlt;iandgt;Nastyandlt;/iandgt;) is now a BBC comedy hit series from the producer of andlt;iandgt;Ab Fabandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;The Officeandlt;/iandgt;.andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Proclaimed "the most brilliant, brash thing in type" by Liz Smith, Simon Doonan's saucy prose has established him as an emerging star among literary humorists. In this break-through memoir, reminiscent of both Sedaris and Burroughs, he revisits the landscape of his youth, and displays the irresistible charm that earned him his dedicated audience. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Long before he became a celebrity in his own right--as the author of best-selling books, as the style arbiter of VH1 and andlt;iandgt;America's Top Modelandlt;/iandgt;, and the marketing genius behind Barney's New York--Simon Doonan was a "scabby knee'd troll" in Reading, England. In andlt;iandgt;Beautiful Peopleandlt;/iandgt;, Doonan returns to the working-class neighborhood of his youth, and chronicles the misadventures of the Doonan clan in all their wacky glory. Readers meet his mother Betty, whose gravity-defying, peroxide hairdo signified her natural glamour; his father Terry, an amateur vintner who turned parsnips into the legendary Chateau Doonan; his grandfather D.C., a hard-drinking betting man who plotted to win his fortune by turning Simon into a jockey; and his demented grandma Narg and schizophrenic Uncle Ken, both of whom lived upstairs. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Fearing he would fall victim to the insanity that runs in his family, or, worse, the banality of suburban life, Doonan decamps with his flamboyant best-friend Biddie to London, where they hope to find the Beautiful People, that elusive clan who luxuriate on floor pillows and amuse each other with bon mots. Throughout the memoir--in essays about family holidays, the tart who lived next door, his first job--Doonan continues his bumbling pursuit of the fabulous life, only to learn, in the end, that perhaps the Beautiful People were the ones he left behind.

Synopsis:

Long before he became a celebrity in his own right — as the author of bestselling books, as the style arbiter of VH1 and America's Next Top Model, and the marketing genius behind Barneys New York — Simon Doonan was a "scabby kneed troll" in Reading, England. In this, his breakthrough memoir, the writer whom Donna Karan calls the "male Lucille Ball" revisits his childhood and delivers an array of droll observations about his quirky family and early days as a fledgling tastemaker.

Fearing he will contract his family's insanity bug, Doonan decamps with his flamboyant best friend Biddie to London, where he hopes to establish himself among the Beautiful People: those elusive creatures who luxuriate on floor pillows and amuse each other with bon mots. Doonan continues his pursuit of the fabulous life, only to learn, in the end, that perhaps the Beautiful People were the ones he left behind.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Simon Doonanandlt;/Bandgt; is the bestselling author of andlt;Iandgt;Wacky Chicksandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Confessions of a Window Dresser.andlt;/Iandgt; In addition to his role as creative director of Barneys New York, Simon writes the "Simon Says" column for andlt;Iandgt;The New York Observer.andlt;/Iandgt; He frequently contributes observations and opinions to myriad other publications and television shows. He is a regular commentator on VH1, the Trio network, and andlt;Iandgt;Full Frontal Fashion.andlt;/Iandgt; He lives in New York City with his partner, Jonathan Adler, and his Norwich terrier, Liberace.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743267052
Author:
Doonan, Simon
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Male models.
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities
Subject:
Specific Groups - Male Gay Studies
Subject:
Topic - Family
Subject:
Doonan, Simon
Subject:
Male models - Great Britain
Subject:
Topic - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 b/w photo chapter openers
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.765 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In this subversively funny memoir, Doonan--bestselling author, style arbiter on national television, and window display genius of Barney's New York--revisits his formative years and the defiantly eccentric, lovably odd family he calls his own.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;bandgt;A wickedly funny memoir with echoes of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, andlt;iandgt;Beautiful Peopleandlt;/iandgt; (originally published in hardcover as andlt;iandgt;Nastyandlt;/iandgt;) is now a BBC comedy hit series from the producer of andlt;iandgt;Ab Fabandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;The Officeandlt;/iandgt;.andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Proclaimed "the most brilliant, brash thing in type" by Liz Smith, Simon Doonan's saucy prose has established him as an emerging star among literary humorists. In this break-through memoir, reminiscent of both Sedaris and Burroughs, he revisits the landscape of his youth, and displays the irresistible charm that earned him his dedicated audience. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Long before he became a celebrity in his own right--as the author of best-selling books, as the style arbiter of VH1 and andlt;iandgt;America's Top Modelandlt;/iandgt;, and the marketing genius behind Barney's New York--Simon Doonan was a "scabby knee'd troll" in Reading, England. In andlt;iandgt;Beautiful Peopleandlt;/iandgt;, Doonan returns to the working-class neighborhood of his youth, and chronicles the misadventures of the Doonan clan in all their wacky glory. Readers meet his mother Betty, whose gravity-defying, peroxide hairdo signified her natural glamour; his father Terry, an amateur vintner who turned parsnips into the legendary Chateau Doonan; his grandfather D.C., a hard-drinking betting man who plotted to win his fortune by turning Simon into a jockey; and his demented grandma Narg and schizophrenic Uncle Ken, both of whom lived upstairs. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Fearing he would fall victim to the insanity that runs in his family, or, worse, the banality of suburban life, Doonan decamps with his flamboyant best-friend Biddie to London, where they hope to find the Beautiful People, that elusive clan who luxuriate on floor pillows and amuse each other with bon mots. Throughout the memoir--in essays about family holidays, the tart who lived next door, his first job--Doonan continues his bumbling pursuit of the fabulous life, only to learn, in the end, that perhaps the Beautiful People were the ones he left behind.
"Synopsis" by , Long before he became a celebrity in his own right — as the author of bestselling books, as the style arbiter of VH1 and America's Next Top Model, and the marketing genius behind Barneys New York — Simon Doonan was a "scabby kneed troll" in Reading, England. In this, his breakthrough memoir, the writer whom Donna Karan calls the "male Lucille Ball" revisits his childhood and delivers an array of droll observations about his quirky family and early days as a fledgling tastemaker.

Fearing he will contract his family's insanity bug, Doonan decamps with his flamboyant best friend Biddie to London, where he hopes to establish himself among the Beautiful People: those elusive creatures who luxuriate on floor pillows and amuse each other with bon mots. Doonan continues his pursuit of the fabulous life, only to learn, in the end, that perhaps the Beautiful People were the ones he left behind.

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