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2013 Authors Night to Benefit the East Hampton Library!

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Selling my wares for a good cause….Authors Night 2013…thanks to Sarah Burton for the dress!
Selling my wares for a good cause….Authors Night 2013…thanks to Sarah Burton for the dress!

Authors Night is an annual rite of summer, where readers meet their favorite authors and authors meet their favorite readers and sell their books for a great cause. This year, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dr. Ruth, Robert K. Massie, Robert Caro, Padma Lakshmi, David Margolick, Thomas Maier and many others turned out. I was there selling Stepmonster and talking up my new project, Primates of Park Avenue: an Anthropological Memoir of Uptown Motherhood.  Thanks to all who were there!


Dispatches from the land of cashmere hedges....

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Cashmere signifies comfort and luxury and as such is part of the tribal uniform of the Hamptons. See?
Cashmere signifies comfort and luxury and as such is part of the tribal uniform of the Hamptons. See?

In East Hampton, there is a store called Cashmere Hampton. For me that says it all. That, and the hedges.


A Park Avenue wife falls from grace

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You don’t want to have what she’s having….
You don’t want to have what she’s having….

Woody Allen is channeling Edith Wharton, and it is delicious. For his latest project, Blue Jasmine, he places the beautiful, pampered Manhattan wife of a successful hedge fund manager under his lens. They are a rich and powerful couple — for a time. Then comes an indictment, a prison sentence, a separation and a fall from grace for Jasmine, brought to life, a Birkin on her wrist, by Cate Blanchett. Jasmine, a modern day Lily Bart, unravels like a threadbare Chanel jacket. Here's the New York Times review.


Summer in the Hamptons — Events

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Like reciprocal grooming among female  papio cynocephalus (savannah baboons), attending events is an affiliative behavior that promotes group and dyadic cohesion
Like reciprocal grooming among female papio cynocephalus (savannah baboons), attending events is an affiliative behavior that promotes group and dyadic cohesion

In the Hamptons in the summer, there are plenty of "events." Charity luncheons, charity dinners, auctions for a good cause, shopping for a good cause, or just "girls nights out" (we like to go out together without our husbands or our kids sometimes!) — you can be as busy as you like. When we go to these events, we affirm our tribal affiliation, just by being there--it shows that we care about the same things — and by connecting with one another.


It's too darn hot — style in a Manhattan heatwave

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Tribal adornment, Upper East Side
Tribal adornment, Upper East Side

In my tribe, going without a pedicure in the summer is almost like walking out of your apartment naked. You just wouldn't do it. And if you did, you wouldn't feel right about it.  Pedicures are an important part of our summer uniform. This form of ritualized adornment and self-display says, "I took the time to do this." We believe it makes us more attractive to men....or do we do it for each other?


Local flora in summer migratory setting

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Scuttlehole Road, Bridgehampton
Scuttlehole Road, Bridgehampton

It's been rainy but these hydrangea are beautiful in any weather. They are everywhere on the East End of Long Island, aka the Hamptons, where my tribe migrates for the summer season. This particular road takes me to Physique 57, where I do the world's most punitive ballet barre workout a few times per week with loads of other Manhattan moms. But that's for another post....


Primates of Park Avenue Sold!

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Primates of Park Avenue has a new home….
Primates of Park Avenue has a new home….

The press release just went out: Primates of Park Avenue will be published by Simon & Schuster. I am thrilled with the book's new home. The description in industry newsletter Publishers Marketplace reads....