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The Resource Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin, Ph. D

Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin, Ph. D

Label
Primates of Park Avenue
Title
Primates of Park Avenue
Statement of responsibility
Wednesday Martin, Ph. D
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place. She understood the other mothers' snobbiness at school drop-off when she compared them to olive baboons. Her obsessional quest for a Hermes Birkin handbag made sense when she realized other females wielded them to establish dominance in their troop. And so she analyzed tribal migration patterns; display rituals; physical adornment, mutilation, and mating practices; extra-pair copulation; and more. Her conclusions are smart, thought-provoking, and hilariously unexpected. Every city has its Upper East Side, and in Wednesday's memoir, readers everywhere will recognize the strange cultural codes of powerful social hierarchies and the compelling desire to climb them. They will also see that Upper East Side mothers want the same things for their children that all mothers want--safety, happiness, and success--and not even sky-high penthouses and chauffeured SUVs can protect this ecologically released tribe from the universal experiences of anxiety and loss. When Wednesday's life turns upside down, she learns how deep the bonds of female friendship really are. Intelligent, funny, and heartfelt, Primates of Park Avenue lifts a veil on a secret, elite world within a world--the exotic, fascinating, and strangely familiar culture of privileged Manhattan motherhood"--
Summary
The author, a professional anthropologist, compares the behavior of the wealthy mothers of the Upper East Side in New York City that she lived among to primate social behavior, with its rules and rituals about dominance, display, hierarchy, mating practices, physical adornment, and anxiety
Tone
Writing style
Award
Library Journal Best Books 2015
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10429082
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Martin, Wednesday
Dewey number
974.7/1
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
F128.68.U63
LC item number
M37 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Martin, Wednesday
  • Mothers
  • Mothers
  • Primates
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Upper East Side (New York, N.Y.)
  • Upper East Side (New York, N.Y.)
  • Autobiography
  • Trivia and miscellanea
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin, Ph. D
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-246)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Comme il Faut -- Playdate Pariah -- Going Native : Mommy Wants a Birkin -- Manhattan Geisha -- Girls Club of Manhattan -- A Xanax and a Bloody Mary -- A Rainy Day -- Summary Fieldnotes
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
vii, 248 pages
Isbn
9781476762623
Lccn
2014041481
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)904334968
  • (OCoLC)ocn904334968
  • 457445
Label
Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin, Ph. D
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-246)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Comme il Faut -- Playdate Pariah -- Going Native : Mommy Wants a Birkin -- Manhattan Geisha -- Girls Club of Manhattan -- A Xanax and a Bloody Mary -- A Rainy Day -- Summary Fieldnotes
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
vii, 248 pages
Isbn
9781476762623
Lccn
2014041481
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)904334968
  • (OCoLC)ocn904334968
  • 457445

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