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Adweek

Skirt Club Gets Some More Press

Wednesday Martin, author of the 2016 memoir Primates of Park Avenue, is working on a new book about female sexuality. As part of her immersive research for that project, she recently checked out several events put on by Skirt Club, the women-only sex-parties organization...

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Vanity Fair

Whether or Not the Trumps Keep Them, Separate Bedrooms Are the Ultimate Status Symbol

While the first couple vehemently denied reports that they sleep apart from one another, in their social set, separate bedrooms are just another way to prove you’ve got money and square footage to burn...

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Vanity Fair

Exclusive: Anxiety is Boiling Over at a New York Private School Now That The Trumps are Staying in Town

I’m worried about some type of Mexican multi-car street abduction,” one concerned private school mother confessed to another this week. She was fretful, of course, regarding her child’s safety...

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The Cut

The Roving Sex Party Coming to the Hamptons This Summer

With the weather warming up, one might wonder: What does Wednesday Martin (the author who caused a publishing-industry stir last year with a book that, among other things, introduced the concept of the Upper East Side “wife bonus”)...

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The New York Post

Rich, married women love their Hamptons ‘p—y whisperers’

New York socialites are putting a whole new spin on being bi-curious.

As “Primates of Park Avenue” author Wednesday Martin recounted to the Observer...

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Page Six

‘Primates of Park Avenue’ author pens another bombshell

Author Wednesday Martin, who dissected the lives of the rich Upper East Side ladies who lunch in her controversial memoir “Primates of Park Avenue,” will set tongues wagging and blood boiling again with her next book...

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Slate

Melania Trump and “Nagging” as a Class Issue

The aspiring first lady Melania Trump has said startlingly little during this interminable campaign season, and when she does speak, she has defined herself time and again as someone who does not criticize, find fault, annoy, or irritate her husband...

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InLove Mag

Wednesday Martin: Unlocking the Privileged Code

The wealthiest 1% has been attacked in American mass culture multiple times, starting from a cult TV series about preppy kids, “Gossip Girl” and ending up with massive Occupy Wall Street protests. This summer a Michigan born and New York based...

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NPR

With The Birkin Bag, Hermes Plays Hard to Get

A Birkin costs between $10,000 and $200,000. It's a bag - a purse made by the French luxury brand Hermes. And here's the weird part. Birkins are almost always mysteriously out of stock. Stacey Vanek Smith from our Planet Money podcast explains...

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The East Hampton Star

The Misery Sessions

Our daughter had just turned 3 when we applied for admission to the nursery school of the Lycee Francais de New York. At the time, the Lycee occupied one of the Upper East Side’s most impressive buildings, a Beaux Arts mansion on East 72nd Street just off Fifth...

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San Francisco Chronicle

Primates of Pacific Heights

Summer reads should be engrossing, entertaining, escapist fun. But occasionally, one comes along that also makes you think.

For me this year, it’s “Primates of Park Avenue,” (Simon & Schuster) by Wednesday Martin...

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The Washington Post

The harried tale of ‘Primates of Park Avenue’

The social researcher, at work in her natural habitat, dwells in a lovely co-op decorated in mid-century modern furniture and painted in flattering tones of blush and platinum. After a photo shoot in a red dress, she changes into more casual clothing...

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AM New York

Primates of Park Avenue: 8 quotes that will make you LOL at the UES

The Upper East Side can be a jungle. 

Wednesday Martin's tell-all memoir 'Primates of Park Avenue' has been under scrutiny since it came out last month, but not without appropriate levels of Gossip Girl intrigue

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Huffington Post

‘Primates Of Park Avenue’ Author Wednesday Martin: ‘Wife Bonus’ Controversy Is Rooted In Sexism

For many Upper East Side housewives, participating in the requisite charity, shopping and grooming rituals is afforded through a “wife bonus,” a yearly allowance awarded to them...

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Pacific Standard

The Tribal Rites of Motherhood on Manhattan's Upper East Side

When the parenting memoir Primates of Park Avenueopens, its author, Wednesday Martin, and her husband are facing a common new-parent problem: Their living situation no longer feels right...

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Hamptons.com

Debra Messing Attends CMEE's Author's Night For Dr. Wednesday Martin's "Primates Of Park Avenue"

On Saturday, June 20th, the Children's Museum of the East End (CMEE) hosted CMEE Author's Night to celebrate the launch of Dr. Wednesday Martin's new memoir, "Primates of Park Avenue." ...

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LA Times

'Primates of Park Avenue' author leads the pack east

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, Wednesday Martin, the author of the phenomenally popular and occasionally polarizing "The Primates of Park Avenue," was in a small children's museum in Bridgehampton, on the eastern end of Long Island...

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Fortune

Women explain the quest for the ultra-expensive Birkin

One of the most-talked-about details in Wednesday Martin's book, Primates of Park Avenue, is the author's all-consuming quest for a Hermès Birkin handbag. It is, she said, to be her "sword and shield" as she navigates Manhattan's most elite...

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Dan's Papers

Amy Zerner’s Fashion Sense: Primates of Park Avenue

My husband Monte Farber and I attended a book-signing party for Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir by Wednesday Martin at the Children’s Museum of the East End. It is a new book, published June 2, 2015, that looks into a secret, elite world...

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Dan's Papers

Wednesday Martin’s ‘Primates of Park Avenue’ Celebrated in the Hamptons

The release of Dr. Wednesday Martin’s new book, Primates of Park Avenue, was celebrated at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton on Saturday at the inaugural CMEE Author’s Night. Martin, the #1 New York Times bestseller... 

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New York Magazine

Get Ready for a ‘Wife Bonus’ Movie

The Upper East Side will soon be getting even more screen time: MGM has bought the movie rights to Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin's account of life among the Birkin-wielding moms of the Upper East Side. And this weekend, at a party in the Hamptons to celebrate the book...

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Curbed Hamptons

Primates Party at The Children's Museum of the East End

Last night, The Children's Museum of the East End celebrated the release of Primates of Park Avenue, the recent New York Times best seller penned by Wednesday Martin. We discovered that the author has a lot to celebrate- MGM bought the rights to...

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The Wall Street Journal

Hobbies of the Summer Hamptons Crowd

One of the most favorite pastimes of spending time in the Hamptons is coveting other people’s money.

Who among us, using “us” as a relative term, doesn’t wish there were an extra $12 million lying around to buy that two-bedroom shack on the beach...

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The Economist

A field guide to Park Avenue: Unnatural selection

NORTH of New York’s 59th Street and just east of Central Park is the natural habitat of a peculiar breed of higher-order primates. Among the females, a fiercely competitive tribal culture and a dramatic imbalance in sex ratios...

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Entertainment Weekly

Here's our dream cast for Primates of Park Avenue

When news broke Monday that MGM had snapped up the movie rights to Wednesday Martin’s just-released memoir, Primates of Park Avenue, we immediately started shuffling through our mental IMDb pages for actresses to play the wealthy Manhattan mothers...

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The Hollywood Reporter

Controversial 'Primates of Park Avenue' Book Acquired by MGM (Exclusive)

The film rights to Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin's controversial book about wealthy Upper East Side women, have been acquired by MGM. The book sparked a bidding war with multiple bidders in the mix to pick up...

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New York Times

Primates of Times Square: A Case Study

When did The Times’s coverage of Wednesday Martin’s book, “Primates of Park Avenue,” reach critical mass? Or perhaps the question should be: When did it catapult into excess?

It all began, reasonably enough, with...

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Page Six

Who’s who in scandalous Upper East Side tell-all

Plenty of Birkin bag-carrying blondes on the Upper East Side hate the new book “Primates of Park Avenue,” Wednesday Martin’s “anthropological” study of their hierarchical behavior. But some might hate it even more because they are alluded to... 

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Yahoo News

The memoir irritating Manhattan's uber-rich

It's a mommy memoir causing a rumpus in New York: how pill-popping, wine-quaffing, uber-rich mothers on Manhattan's Upper East Side get year-end bonuses from their husbands and hire tutors for toddlers...

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People

Author of Park Avenue Exposé Stands by 'Wife Bonuses' Claim as Book Comes Under Fire

New York City author Wednesday Martin is standing by the controversial claim in her memoir, Primates of Park Avenue that some ultra-wealthy stay-at-home-moms get “wife bonuses.” 

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The Guardian

Gone native: how Manhattan’s richest women follow the laws of the jungle

From Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities to Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City, New York’s Upper East Side has long offered novelists and satirists a rich seam to mine. But until Wednesday Martin came along, no one had thought to use primatology...

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Cosmopolitan

Why the Wealthy Women of New York's Upper East Side Are So Completely Fascinating

Are there any creatures on the planet more fascinating than the impeccably groomed, spectacularly attired, strikingly thin, exquisitely (and expensively) blonde women of America's...

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New York Social Diary

In Defense of Wednesday

Wednesday on Wednesday. It was Wednesday. Where else? Michael’s. My lunch guest was Wednesday Martin, author of the new book “Park Avenue Primates,” which I read and wrote about here this past Monday. Yesterday was the first time we’ve ever had a conversation. I wasn’t surprised...

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Bloomberg

Wealthy Women on Display

One day, shortly after moving to Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Wednesday Martin was walking home with a carton of milk when an elegantly dressed older woman came barreling toward her on the empty sidewalk. Martin inched closer to the curb to get out of her way, but the woman kept bearing down until...

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New York Times

Love Spectacle? In ‘Primates of Park Avenue,’ Wife Bonuses Are the Least of It

Are you thinking about adding “Primates of Park Avenue” to your reading list?

Hidden in the debates sparked by Wednesday Martin’s book, a mock-anthropological study about...

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People

Author Wednesday Martin Dishes on the Over-the-Top Parenting of N.Y.C.'s Uber-Rich

Ever wonder what it's like to be an uber-rich Upper East Sider? 

Now you can learn all about it from author and...

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The Real Deal

7 things we learned about NYC real estate from “Primates of Park Avenue

It seems all the world — and by world, we mean New York City — is abuzz about Wednesday Martin’s new book, Real Housewives of the Upper East Side “Primates of Park Avenue.” When Martin, a writer and social researcher...

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Jezebel

A Conversation With Wednesday Martin, Author of Primates of Park Avenue

On the surface, Primates of Park Avenue is an examination of a lived stereotype: an anthropology-inflected, lightly analytical memoir of coming to belong within an Upper East Side community where blonde, thin, status-obsessed moms hip-check...

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New York Racked

Birkins and Wife Bonuses: An Anthropologist's Take On Upper East Side Mom Style

Last month, anthropologist Wednesday Martin introduced the world to the concept of a “wife bonus”—an annual shopping budget based on a husband’s earnings and his stay-at-home spouse’s...

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Avenue Magazine

The Primates of Park Avenue Are Going Ape-Sh*t: A Conversation with Wednesday Martin

Wednesday Martin’s book, Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir, has gotten all of New York talking. And it only hits the shelves today. Martin, who holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Yale University...

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Vanity Fair

The Price of Being a Power Mom on Park Avenue

In an excerpt from her buzzy new memoir, Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin calculates all of the personal-training sessions, Botox, and spa treatments required to survive and thrive as a wife and mother on the Upper East Side. It ain’t cheap.

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Glamour

Can a Birkin Steal Your Soul? Wednesday Martin Reveals the Secrets of Park Avenue Moms

"There is a fair amount of dish, but it's dish with a doctorate," says Wednesday Martin as we sit down at a cafe on Manhattan's Upper West Side. She's talking about her new memoir, Primates of Park Avenue...

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Time

What We Can Learn From Insanely Rich Parents

Motherhood, like yoga or eating, is not supposed to be a competitive sport. But some people can’t help themselves, and just as with yoga or eating, among certain types of humans, it can become quite a contest...

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New York Magazine

At Lunch With the Author Who Introduced the Upper East Side ‘Wife Bonus’

Consider the prototypical Upper East Side mommy: bleach blonde, whippet thin, perfectly manicured, stay-at-home, chemically preserved. Polite but not warm. Type A. Beautiful, sexless. Multiple houses...

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Good Morning America

Secrets of Manhattan's Upper East Side Housewives Revealed in New Book

A new book, "Primates of Park Avenue," reveals one woman's encounter with multiple Upper East Side families.

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Huffington Post

Manhattan's Social Elite Is Going Ape Over "Primates of Park Avenue." Is Wednesday Martin The Margaret Mead Of The .1?

If you don't live in Manhattan, it may seem slightly insane that two words could hijack the conversation in Upper East Side zip codes for several weeks...

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New York Social Diary

Social Diary: Primates of Park Avenue

The talk, if you want to call it that, was about a book. “Primates of Park Avenue; a memoir” (Simon & Schuster) by Wednesday Martin. The talk I was hearing was because of all the publicity Martin is getting for this new book. And who’s her publicist? Sandi Mendelson of Hilsinger Mendelson...

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NY Times Book Review Podcast

Vanessa Grigoriadis discusses Wednesday Martin’s memoir, “Primates of Park Avenue”

This week, Judy Blume talks about her new novel; Liesl Schillinger rounds up new travel books; Alexandra Alter has news from the publishing world; Vanessa Grigoriadis discusses Wednesday Martin’s...

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NPR

Rich Housewives Go Under The Microscope In 'Primates Of Park Avenue'

On the hunt from a good public school for her son, Wednesday Martin moved from her old home in downtown Manhattan to a new one just a few miles north. The spots were no more than a short cab ride away from one another, yet she soon found...

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair: Hot Type

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New York Times

‘Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir,’ by Wednesday Martin

A few pages into “Primates of Park Avenue,” I raised an eyebrow as high as a McDonald’s arch. Was Wednesday Martin, a ­Midwestern-born Ph.D., trying to explain the rites of the Upper East Side to me, an autochthonous Manhattanite schooled at...

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DuJour

A Cultural Study of the Ladies who Lunch

Wednesday Martin explores the inner-workings of the Upper East Side in Primates of Park Avenue.

Sex segregated dinners are the norm, charitable success calls for a “wife bonus” and former Disney guides have become the new nannies...

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Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar: New Summer Must-Reads

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The Daily News

Beach Body Type: Cool new books and hot beachwear for a smart summer

Upper East Side women are like baboons who display power by threatening to ram younger rivals on the sidewalk, conspicuously bidding $20,000 at school auctions for finger paintings and jealously treating nursery school admissions like...

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The New York Post

Inside the bizarre life of an Upper East Side housewife

In her 26 years in New York, Wednesday Martin has lived in nearly every neighborhood, from Long Island City to Soho to the West Village. Nothing, she says, prepared her for the Upper East Side. “It’s the most fascinating and alienating and... 

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The New York Observer

Wednesday Martin Is the Margaret Mead of the .1%

The author and coiner of the "wife bonus" trains an anthropologist's eye on the wealthy denizens of the Upper East Side.

The name of her book is memorable. Her own name...

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INTERNATIONAL PRESS

Anne & Arnaud

Les Primates de Park Avenue

Le 5 avril, Wednesday Martin nous livre ses observations sur les Primates de Park Avenue aux Éditions Globe.

L’anthropologue met ses connaissances au service de l’étude des femmes au foyer de l’Upper East Side dans un livre incisif...

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ABC Radio Melbourne

The Primates of Park Avenue

Imagine a world where competitive parenting is ramped up to the level of an Olympic sport, where there's no sneaking the kids to school in a pair of battered leggings that you haven't changed since your early morning yoga class.. we're talking about a world where a full hair salon appointment...

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Le Temps

La femme au foyer, ménagère triomphante

Taillant quelques croupières aux combats féminins pour l’égalité des salaires et les opportunités de carrière, certaines femmes se mettent à revendiquer fièrement leur choix de vie. Une communauté qui se développe dans les classes aisées…

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L'Express Styles

Lectures estivales

Je traîne toujours un peu les pieds pour écrire ce post, pourtant devenu un rituel au fil des ans. Il faut vraiment que plusieurs d’entre vous me prient avec insistance de faire ma liste pour que je m’y mette. C’est que, en dehors de la période estivale...

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Telva

Mujeres de Manhattan, una tribu aparte

Viven en la orilla Este de Central Park, suelen ser rubias, se lanzan besitos al aire y llevan a su perro al terapeuta. Al hilo del best seller Primates of Park Avenue, el periodista Guillermo Fesser nos cuenta su fascinación por esta "tribu aparte"...

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The Independent

Primates of Park Avenue: Wednesday Martin says we should feel sorry for the pampered, privileged women of New York's Upper East Side

It is the book that everyone in New York has been talking about for weeks. Or at least, everyone in one particular neighbourhood.

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L'Avenir

Une New-Yorkaise au pilori pour « Les primates de Park Avenue »

Le livre de Wednesday Martin, qui rencontre depuis le 2 juin un succès en librairie et sur internet, veut montrer l’ombre du tableau idyllique dans lequel vivent ces femmes au foyer richissimes du quartier de l’Upper East Side...

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CBC

Wednesday Martin investigates the uber-rich moms of Park Avenue

The metaphor of city as jungle is a familiar one, but Wednesday Martin's new book Primates of Park Avenue zooms in closely on one particular patch of tropical concrete. In the Upper East Side of Manhattan...

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South China Morning Post

Rich mum, poor mum

Anthropologists living among alien tribes will probably all have had their Heart of Darkness moments, when they wonder, appalled, if they can continue with their experiment. For some it will be witnessing female circumcision; for others, cannibalism.

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The Times

Rich, thin and anxious in the New York and London manicured Mummy tribe

Many anthropologists living among alien tribes will have their Heart of Darkness moment, where they wonder, appalled, if the experiment can continue. For some it will be witnessing female circumcision, for others, cannibalism.

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The Times

Manhattan rich take mickey out of Disney by buying disabled access

The secret came out in a conversation between two mothers in Manhattan. “Oh, so you are going to Disney World?” said one. “You will want to get one of those black market handicapped guides.” By hiring a disabled guide, discerning families were apparently...

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The Times

The Wicked Stepmother Bites Vack

Who is this character in the pantomime cast list?

She is the downtrodden family outsider, unrewarded when she makes an effort and unfairly maligned when she tries to keep out of the way. She must take endless punishment, and be the target of jealous...

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Adweek

Skirt Club Gets Some More Press

Wednesday Martin, author of the 2016 memoir Primates of Park Avenue, is working on a new book about female sexuality. As part of her immersive research for that project, she recently checked out several events put on by Skirt Club, the women-only sex-parties organization...

Read Article
Vanity Fair

Whether or Not the Trumps Keep Them, Separate Bedrooms Are the Ultimate Status Symbol

While the first couple vehemently denied reports that they sleep apart from one another, in their social set, separate bedrooms are just another way to prove you’ve got money and square footage to burn...

Read Article
Vanity Fair

Exclusive: Anxiety is Boiling Over at a New York Private School Now That The Trumps are Staying in Town

I’m worried about some type of Mexican multi-car street abduction,” one concerned private school mother confessed to another this week. She was fretful, of course, regarding her child’s safety...

Read Article
The Cut

The Roving Sex Party Coming to the Hamptons This Summer

With the weather warming up, one might wonder: What does Wednesday Martin (the author who caused a publishing-industry stir last year with a book that, among other things, introduced the concept of the Upper East Side “wife bonus”)...

Read Article
The New York Post

Rich, married women love their Hamptons ‘p—y whisperers’

New York socialites are putting a whole new spin on being bi-curious.

As “Primates of Park Avenue” author Wednesday Martin recounted to the Observer...

Read Article
Page Six

‘Primates of Park Avenue’ author pens another bombshell

Author Wednesday Martin, who dissected the lives of the rich Upper East Side ladies who lunch in her controversial memoir “Primates of Park Avenue,” will set tongues wagging and blood boiling again with her next book...

Read Article
Slate

Melania Trump and “Nagging” as a Class Issue

The aspiring first lady Melania Trump has said startlingly little during this interminable campaign season, and when she does speak, she has defined herself time and again as someone who does not criticize, find fault, annoy, or irritate her husband...

Read Article
InLove Mag

Wednesday Martin: Unlocking the Privileged Code

The wealthiest 1% has been attacked in American mass culture multiple times, starting from a cult TV series about preppy kids, “Gossip Girl” and ending up with massive Occupy Wall Street protests. This summer a Michigan born and New York based...

Read Article
NPR

With The Birkin Bag, Hermes Plays Hard to Get

A Birkin costs between $10,000 and $200,000. It's a bag - a purse made by the French luxury brand Hermes. And here's the weird part. Birkins are almost always mysteriously out of stock. Stacey Vanek Smith from our Planet Money podcast explains...

Read Article
The East Hampton Star

The Misery Sessions

Our daughter had just turned 3 when we applied for admission to the nursery school of the Lycee Francais de New York. At the time, the Lycee occupied one of the Upper East Side’s most impressive buildings, a Beaux Arts mansion on East 72nd Street just off Fifth...

Read Article
San Francisco Chronicle

Primates of Pacific Heights

Summer reads should be engrossing, entertaining, escapist fun. But occasionally, one comes along that also makes you think.

For me this year, it’s “Primates of Park Avenue,” (Simon & Schuster) by Wednesday Martin...

Read Article
The Washington Post

The harried tale of ‘Primates of Park Avenue’

The social researcher, at work in her natural habitat, dwells in a lovely co-op decorated in mid-century modern furniture and painted in flattering tones of blush and platinum. After a photo shoot in a red dress, she changes into more casual clothing...

Read Article
AM New York

Primates of Park Avenue: 8 quotes that will make you LOL at the UES

The Upper East Side can be a jungle. 

Wednesday Martin's tell-all memoir 'Primates of Park Avenue' has been under scrutiny since it came out last month, but not without appropriate levels of Gossip Girl intrigue

Read Article
Huffington Post

‘Primates Of Park Avenue’ Author Wednesday Martin: ‘Wife Bonus’ Controversy Is Rooted In Sexism

For many Upper East Side housewives, participating in the requisite charity, shopping and grooming rituals is afforded through a “wife bonus,” a yearly allowance awarded to them...

Read Article
Pacific Standard

The Tribal Rites of Motherhood on Manhattan's Upper East Side

When the parenting memoir Primates of Park Avenueopens, its author, Wednesday Martin, and her husband are facing a common new-parent problem: Their living situation no longer feels right...

Read Article
Hamptons.com

Debra Messing Attends CMEE's Author's Night For Dr. Wednesday Martin's "Primates Of Park Avenue"

On Saturday, June 20th, the Children's Museum of the East End (CMEE) hosted CMEE Author's Night to celebrate the launch of Dr. Wednesday Martin's new memoir, "Primates of Park Avenue." ...

Read Article
LA Times

'Primates of Park Avenue' author leads the pack east

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, Wednesday Martin, the author of the phenomenally popular and occasionally polarizing "The Primates of Park Avenue," was in a small children's museum in Bridgehampton, on the eastern end of Long Island...

Read Article
Fortune

Women explain the quest for the ultra-expensive Birkin

One of the most-talked-about details in Wednesday Martin's book, Primates of Park Avenue, is the author's all-consuming quest for a Hermès Birkin handbag. It is, she said, to be her "sword and shield" as she navigates Manhattan's most elite...

Read Article
Dan's Papers

Amy Zerner’s Fashion Sense: Primates of Park Avenue

My husband Monte Farber and I attended a book-signing party for Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir by Wednesday Martin at the Children’s Museum of the East End. It is a new book, published June 2, 2015, that looks into a secret, elite world...

Read Article
Dan's Papers

Wednesday Martin’s ‘Primates of Park Avenue’ Celebrated in the Hamptons

The release of Dr. Wednesday Martin’s new book, Primates of Park Avenue, was celebrated at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton on Saturday at the inaugural CMEE Author’s Night. Martin, the #1 New York Times bestseller... 

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New York Magazine

Get Ready for a ‘Wife Bonus’ Movie

The Upper East Side will soon be getting even more screen time: MGM has bought the movie rights to Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin's account of life among the Birkin-wielding moms of the Upper East Side. And this weekend, at a party in the Hamptons to celebrate the book...

Read Article
Curbed Hamptons

Primates Party at The Children's Museum of the East End

Last night, The Children's Museum of the East End celebrated the release of Primates of Park Avenue, the recent New York Times best seller penned by Wednesday Martin. We discovered that the author has a lot to celebrate- MGM bought the rights to...

Read Article
The Wall Street Journal

Hobbies of the Summer Hamptons Crowd

One of the most favorite pastimes of spending time in the Hamptons is coveting other people’s money.

Who among us, using “us” as a relative term, doesn’t wish there were an extra $12 million lying around to buy that two-bedroom shack on the beach...

Read Article
The Economist

A field guide to Park Avenue: Unnatural selection

NORTH of New York’s 59th Street and just east of Central Park is the natural habitat of a peculiar breed of higher-order primates. Among the females, a fiercely competitive tribal culture and a dramatic imbalance in sex ratios...

Read Article
Entertainment Weekly

Here's our dream cast for Primates of Park Avenue

When news broke Monday that MGM had snapped up the movie rights to Wednesday Martin’s just-released memoir, Primates of Park Avenue, we immediately started shuffling through our mental IMDb pages for actresses to play the wealthy Manhattan mothers...

Read Article
The Hollywood Reporter

Controversial 'Primates of Park Avenue' Book Acquired by MGM (Exclusive)

The film rights to Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin's controversial book about wealthy Upper East Side women, have been acquired by MGM. The book sparked a bidding war with multiple bidders in the mix to pick up...

Read Article
New York Times

Primates of Times Square: A Case Study

When did The Times’s coverage of Wednesday Martin’s book, “Primates of Park Avenue,” reach critical mass? Or perhaps the question should be: When did it catapult into excess?

It all began, reasonably enough, with...

Read Article
Page Six

Who’s who in scandalous Upper East Side tell-all

Plenty of Birkin bag-carrying blondes on the Upper East Side hate the new book “Primates of Park Avenue,” Wednesday Martin’s “anthropological” study of their hierarchical behavior. But some might hate it even more because they are alluded to... 

Read Article
Yahoo News

The memoir irritating Manhattan's uber-rich

It's a mommy memoir causing a rumpus in New York: how pill-popping, wine-quaffing, uber-rich mothers on Manhattan's Upper East Side get year-end bonuses from their husbands and hire tutors for toddlers...

Read Article
People

Author of Park Avenue Exposé Stands by 'Wife Bonuses' Claim as Book Comes Under Fire

New York City author Wednesday Martin is standing by the controversial claim in her memoir, Primates of Park Avenue that some ultra-wealthy stay-at-home-moms get “wife bonuses.” 

Read Article
The Guardian

Gone native: how Manhattan’s richest women follow the laws of the jungle

From Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities to Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City, New York’s Upper East Side has long offered novelists and satirists a rich seam to mine. But until Wednesday Martin came along, no one had thought to use primatology...

Read Article
Cosmopolitan

Why the Wealthy Women of New York's Upper East Side Are So Completely Fascinating

Are there any creatures on the planet more fascinating than the impeccably groomed, spectacularly attired, strikingly thin, exquisitely (and expensively) blonde women of America's...

Read Article
New York Social Diary

In Defense of Wednesday

Wednesday on Wednesday. It was Wednesday. Where else? Michael’s. My lunch guest was Wednesday Martin, author of the new book “Park Avenue Primates,” which I read and wrote about here this past Monday. Yesterday was the first time we’ve ever had a conversation. I wasn’t surprised...

Read Article
Bloomberg

Wealthy Women on Display

One day, shortly after moving to Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Wednesday Martin was walking home with a carton of milk when an elegantly dressed older woman came barreling toward her on the empty sidewalk. Martin inched closer to the curb to get out of her way, but the woman kept bearing down until...

Read Article
New York Times

Love Spectacle? In ‘Primates of Park Avenue,’ Wife Bonuses Are the Least of It

Are you thinking about adding “Primates of Park Avenue” to your reading list?

Hidden in the debates sparked by Wednesday Martin’s book, a mock-anthropological study about...

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People

Author Wednesday Martin Dishes on the Over-the-Top Parenting of N.Y.C.'s Uber-Rich

Ever wonder what it's like to be an uber-rich Upper East Sider? 

Now you can learn all about it from author and...

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The Real Deal

7 things we learned about NYC real estate from “Primates of Park Avenue

It seems all the world — and by world, we mean New York City — is abuzz about Wednesday Martin’s new book, Real Housewives of the Upper East Side “Primates of Park Avenue.” When Martin, a writer and social researcher...

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Jezebel

A Conversation With Wednesday Martin, Author of Primates of Park Avenue

On the surface, Primates of Park Avenue is an examination of a lived stereotype: an anthropology-inflected, lightly analytical memoir of coming to belong within an Upper East Side community where blonde, thin, status-obsessed moms hip-check...

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New York Racked

Birkins and Wife Bonuses: An Anthropologist's Take On Upper East Side Mom Style

Last month, anthropologist Wednesday Martin introduced the world to the concept of a “wife bonus”—an annual shopping budget based on a husband’s earnings and his stay-at-home spouse’s...

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Avenue Magazine

The Primates of Park Avenue Are Going Ape-Sh*t: A Conversation with Wednesday Martin

Wednesday Martin’s book, Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir, has gotten all of New York talking. And it only hits the shelves today. Martin, who holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Yale University...

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Vanity Fair

The Price of Being a Power Mom on Park Avenue

In an excerpt from her buzzy new memoir, Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin calculates all of the personal-training sessions, Botox, and spa treatments required to survive and thrive as a wife and mother on the Upper East Side. It ain’t cheap.

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Glamour

Can a Birkin Steal Your Soul? Wednesday Martin Reveals the Secrets of Park Avenue Moms

"There is a fair amount of dish, but it's dish with a doctorate," says Wednesday Martin as we sit down at a cafe on Manhattan's Upper West Side. She's talking about her new memoir, Primates of Park Avenue...

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Time

What We Can Learn From Insanely Rich Parents

Motherhood, like yoga or eating, is not supposed to be a competitive sport. But some people can’t help themselves, and just as with yoga or eating, among certain types of humans, it can become quite a contest...

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New York Magazine

At Lunch With the Author Who Introduced the Upper East Side ‘Wife Bonus’

Consider the prototypical Upper East Side mommy: bleach blonde, whippet thin, perfectly manicured, stay-at-home, chemically preserved. Polite but not warm. Type A. Beautiful, sexless. Multiple houses...

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Good Morning America

Secrets of Manhattan's Upper East Side Housewives Revealed in New Book

A new book, "Primates of Park Avenue," reveals one woman's encounter with multiple Upper East Side families.

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Huffington Post

Manhattan's Social Elite Is Going Ape Over "Primates of Park Avenue." Is Wednesday Martin The Margaret Mead Of The .1?

If you don't live in Manhattan, it may seem slightly insane that two words could hijack the conversation in Upper East Side zip codes for several weeks...

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New York Social Diary

Social Diary: Primates of Park Avenue

The talk, if you want to call it that, was about a book. “Primates of Park Avenue; a memoir” (Simon & Schuster) by Wednesday Martin. The talk I was hearing was because of all the publicity Martin is getting for this new book. And who’s her publicist? Sandi Mendelson of Hilsinger Mendelson...

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NY Times Book Review Podcast

Vanessa Grigoriadis discusses Wednesday Martin’s memoir, “Primates of Park Avenue”

This week, Judy Blume talks about her new novel; Liesl Schillinger rounds up new travel books; Alexandra Alter has news from the publishing world; Vanessa Grigoriadis discusses Wednesday Martin’s...

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NPR

Rich Housewives Go Under The Microscope In 'Primates Of Park Avenue'

On the hunt from a good public school for her son, Wednesday Martin moved from her old home in downtown Manhattan to a new one just a few miles north. The spots were no more than a short cab ride away from one another, yet she soon found...

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair: Hot Type

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New York Times

‘Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir,’ by Wednesday Martin

A few pages into “Primates of Park Avenue,” I raised an eyebrow as high as a McDonald’s arch. Was Wednesday Martin, a ­Midwestern-born Ph.D., trying to explain the rites of the Upper East Side to me, an autochthonous Manhattanite schooled at...

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DuJour

A Cultural Study of the Ladies who Lunch

Wednesday Martin explores the inner-workings of the Upper East Side in Primates of Park Avenue.

Sex segregated dinners are the norm, charitable success calls for a “wife bonus” and former Disney guides have become the new nannies...

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Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar: New Summer Must-Reads

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The Daily News

Beach Body Type: Cool new books and hot beachwear for a smart summer

Upper East Side women are like baboons who display power by threatening to ram younger rivals on the sidewalk, conspicuously bidding $20,000 at school auctions for finger paintings and jealously treating nursery school admissions like...

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The New York Post

Inside the bizarre life of an Upper East Side housewife

In her 26 years in New York, Wednesday Martin has lived in nearly every neighborhood, from Long Island City to Soho to the West Village. Nothing, she says, prepared her for the Upper East Side. “It’s the most fascinating and alienating and... 

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The New York Observer

Wednesday Martin Is the Margaret Mead of the .1%

The author and coiner of the "wife bonus" trains an anthropologist's eye on the wealthy denizens of the Upper East Side.

The name of her book is memorable. Her own name...

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Anne & Arnaud

Les Primates de Park Avenue

Le 5 avril, Wednesday Martin nous livre ses observations sur les Primates de Park Avenue aux Éditions Globe.

L’anthropologue met ses connaissances au service de l’étude des femmes au foyer de l’Upper East Side dans un livre incisif...

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ABC Radio Melbourne

The Primates of Park Avenue

Imagine a world where competitive parenting is ramped up to the level of an Olympic sport, where there's no sneaking the kids to school in a pair of battered leggings that you haven't changed since your early morning yoga class.. we're talking about a world where a full hair salon appointment...

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Le Temps

La femme au foyer, ménagère triomphante

Taillant quelques croupières aux combats féminins pour l’égalité des salaires et les opportunités de carrière, certaines femmes se mettent à revendiquer fièrement leur choix de vie. Une communauté qui se développe dans les classes aisées…

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L'Express Styles

Lectures estivales

Je traîne toujours un peu les pieds pour écrire ce post, pourtant devenu un rituel au fil des ans. Il faut vraiment que plusieurs d’entre vous me prient avec insistance de faire ma liste pour que je m’y mette. C’est que, en dehors de la période estivale...

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Telva

Mujeres de Manhattan, una tribu aparte

Viven en la orilla Este de Central Park, suelen ser rubias, se lanzan besitos al aire y llevan a su perro al terapeuta. Al hilo del best seller Primates of Park Avenue, el periodista Guillermo Fesser nos cuenta su fascinación por esta "tribu aparte"...

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The Independent

Primates of Park Avenue: Wednesday Martin says we should feel sorry for the pampered, privileged women of New York's Upper East Side

It is the book that everyone in New York has been talking about for weeks. Or at least, everyone in one particular neighbourhood.

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L'Avenir

Une New-Yorkaise au pilori pour « Les primates de Park Avenue »

Le livre de Wednesday Martin, qui rencontre depuis le 2 juin un succès en librairie et sur internet, veut montrer l’ombre du tableau idyllique dans lequel vivent ces femmes au foyer richissimes du quartier de l’Upper East Side...

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CBC

Wednesday Martin investigates the uber-rich moms of Park Avenue

The metaphor of city as jungle is a familiar one, but Wednesday Martin's new book Primates of Park Avenue zooms in closely on one particular patch of tropical concrete. In the Upper East Side of Manhattan...

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South China Morning Post

Rich mum, poor mum

Anthropologists living among alien tribes will probably all have had their Heart of Darkness moments, when they wonder, appalled, if they can continue with their experiment. For some it will be witnessing female circumcision; for others, cannibalism.

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The Times

Rich, thin and anxious in the New York and London manicured Mummy tribe

Many anthropologists living among alien tribes will have their Heart of Darkness moment, where they wonder, appalled, if the experiment can continue. For some it will be witnessing female circumcision, for others, cannibalism.

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The Times

Manhattan rich take mickey out of Disney by buying disabled access

The secret came out in a conversation between two mothers in Manhattan. “Oh, so you are going to Disney World?” said one. “You will want to get one of those black market handicapped guides.” By hiring a disabled guide, discerning families were apparently...

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The Times

The Wicked Stepmother Bites Vack

Who is this character in the pantomime cast list?

She is the downtrodden family outsider, unrewarded when she makes an effort and unfairly maligned when she tries to keep out of the way. She must take endless punishment, and be the target of jealous...

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