Wednesday, January 28, 2009

REVIEW: Social Climbers- a novel by Beth Dunn

Welcome to the world of Social Climbers...

Where the society season kicks off at the opening night of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Main Line ladies compete to get their names on committees, invitations and their picture in the newspaper.SC Elizabeth Quinn is a young lady determined to make it to the Philadelphia A-list. Each invitation (or snub) is a benchmark of her struggle. While Elizabeth is a SC, she lacks the ferocity of the ladies she will encounter. She’ll see schoolyard cruelty, just polished up for the grown-up world and now finely honed into small humiliations.
Friends from The Agnes Irwin School and Lake Forest College, Kitty and Elizabeth, are “mean girls” grown-up. They use their clique of friends and polished possessions to pick away at each other’s Social Standing. Sadly, their anger stemming from a boy they both liked in High School and neither married keeps them from seeing what is truly important in life.
Follow Elizabeth to afternoon tea and photo-op’s. See if she chooses the right children’s names and the proper label to wear and display. Find out how she learns the difference between Jimmy Choo and Kate Spade, the language of nicknames, when it’s alright to brag about a bargain or wear costume jewelry, what to monogram (not toilet paper), who to idolize (Babe Paley) and what constitutes taste in music, nail polish. Read about husbands who are an asset and the husbands who are a handicap. In the SC world, marriage and motherhood and a comfortable income are indispensable as a proper pedigree. For Elizabeth, the honeymoon was simply breathing space before the real work began.

Elizabeth strives to be a socialite but also something bigger. But what?

I reviewed the novel Social Climbers by Beth Dunn for Mom Fuse. I was hooked from the first page! The book begins with a glossary of terms used throughout the book (I did have to refer back to this often) and kept me entertained straight through to the last page. If you are looking for information or a guide on how to successfully climb the social ladder, this is a great book for you! You'll learn what to wear, what to drink, and more. Beth's tips can help you whether you are interested in getting involved with charity work or are in need of learning proper socialite etiquette. You'll learn a few things and get a few laughs as well.

Here are some tips from Beth Dunn's Website:

Top 12 Ways To Be A Socialite

  • Identify a charity you would like to support

  • Volunteer

  • Dress your best—put your best foot forward

  • Smile

  • Wear large sunglasses

  • Wear scarves on your bag, neck or around your shoulders. It glams up any outfit!

  • Clean your car so it sparkles and is neat on the inside

  • Write thank you notes

  • Buy either monogrammed or cute note cards—Lilly Pulitzer has beautiful stationary

  • Have fun. Public Relation firms and Non Profits have free parties every day—get on their lists and go

  • Get your nails and hair done and look photo-opp perfect (don’t forget to smile)

  • Learn how to introduce yourself with a firm handshake and look in their eyes

Purchase your copy of Social Climbers directly from Beth Dunn's website. While there, you can read an excerpt of the book.

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