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D.V. Paperback – May 8 2003

4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; New edition edition (May 8 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306812630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306812637
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,118,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ok, so, I picked up this book because it was mentioned in the movie To Wong Foo and I thought, "Well this better be fabulous!"
Boi was fabulous an understatement! Why can't I give this book 6 stars?!?!
This is one of the few books where I can agree with all of the fluffy praise quotes peppering the cover LOL
A simply gorgeous work, Diana Vreeland is a fabulous, fabulous woman! Such taste! Such elegance! Such style! This is a MUST READ for everyone that wants an example of a true lady!
D.V. isn't just about clothes and decorating. While admittingly not a feminist, Mrs. Vreeland is obviously an independent, determined, disciplined woman who is, if not a role model, an inspiration to all!
God, I can't even put into words the qualities of this book that are just overwhelmingly fabulous! Its like anything full of good taste (although, as Diana points out, alittle bad taste is needed sometimes, its NO taste that's truly revolting) and true elegance, it leaves one feeling better about themselves and the world around them.
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After years of work, scientists have finally discovered the cause of homosexuality. It's not your genes, it's not your parents, it's not your hypothalamus...it's this book. The first paragraph hooks you, and the rest of the book takes care of the rest. If you're not shrieking and yearning to redecorate by the time you reach lines like "Pink is the navy blue of India," then you're either illiterate or John Wayne. Plimpton's oral history style gives the book a wonderful rambling spontaneity. A brilliant account of the brilliant life of one of the century's towering cultural figures and fabulists.
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By A Customer on Jan. 11 2003
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This book hooked me from the first page. "I loathe nostalgia", Vreeland begins, and goes on to describe how she punches a man in the face for telling her she is too nostalgic. People may say she is self-absorbed and selfish, but from reading her book anyone can see how generous and affectionate she is. This glimpse into the life of a famous, tasteful, and extremely rich socialite and editor of two magazines will take you away from the dreary streets of everyday life. You will be entertained every time you read it, and escape onto the streets of Paris in the thirties and forties.
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So that's what Joie-de-Vivre means. It's really not the point whether the anecdotes are based on real facts. It's D.V.'s attitude, her curiosity, her passion for certain things, and her irreverence for the rest is what's most inspiring. The writing, edited by George Plimpton and Christopher Hemphill, is wonderfully imaginative and poetic, be it about Mona Lisa or Buffalo Bill. I recommend it to anyone with an eye for details and a passion for life.
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D.V. is a whitty, funny, easy book that is must have for any fashion victim. I suggest you buy one copy for yourself and a couple for your best friends as well. They won't last. Bring your copy on your next Mediterranean clipper cruise. To me this book is Audrey Hepburn meets Aunty Mame. It is fast and energetic, won't keep much of your time but you will get addicted to every page.
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How I loved this book! Diana Vreeland was one of those people whom we call a force of nature. This book captures her spirit so well it's just like chatting with her in person. Be warned, this is not a standard biography. It doesn't start with little Diana being born and growing up. It's a collection of stories from her life, odd thoughts and and arch observations and it works magic.
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