• True Prep

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    At 21, Lisa Birnbach did not exactly know what she was getting into when she agreed to author The Official Preppy Handbook. What has since become a cult hit almost never was. Thirty something writers passed on the publishing company’s offer before Birnbach hesitantly took up the torch. Thirty years later, the forthcoming tome, True Prep, is set for release this fall. While the first book focused more on revealing the northeastern world behind the curtain, True Prep seeks to preach the best things bequeathed to America by the WASP establishment—grace, discipline and civic mindedness. The media frenzy surrounding the new book moved Birnbach’s publisher to order a publicity freeze until the book’s release; however, Birnbach did grant Ivy Style one last interview before the fall. Find out why she sees the need for a sequel, how the first book came to be, and why she now embraces polar fleece.

    May 19, 2010 | Permalink (13) Total Comments

    Derek left a comment on 9/28/2013 at 3:05 PM:

    Totally agree with Karl here.  I was stoked about the book coming out and went to several stores to get a copy, as most were sold out.  But the book was disappointing to say the least IMHO.  I think the collaboration with Chip Kidd was a mistake, as it seemed to be more HIS book than hers. (By the way Chip…no pleated khakis…ever.) I would think updating the book with color photos or illustrations would have been a given.  Sadly it wasn’t.  Instead, the photos in True Prep are bland and lifeless.  Whereas the original book would give a brief explanation or anecdote about something pictured, such as a type of shoe, True Prep just shows a picture of…a shoe.  The book also ignored entire regions of the country (like the South…save for the one-pager on Hampden-Sydney College).  Finally, I’m all about inclusiveness and giving voice to other preps who aren’t WASP-y, but in doing so, True Prep pretty much excluded those who are.  It was a little too embarrassingly PC.  Save your money on the update…the original was far better.


    Karl left a comment on 6/4/2011 at 7:34 AM:

    I was also excited about its release. All of the political stuffing was useless and it fell short in many categories from the original. I still look through it from time to time but the original is the only one that matters for me.


    John left a comment on 9/11/2010 at 1:43 AM:

    I am a 38 year old Gen-Xer.  I truly LOVED the original.  I still have two copies of it, including a special hard case edition. 


    arden left a comment on 8/31/2010 at 3:27 PM:

    As a graphic design student at Mass Art, we learned Chip Kidd was the holy grail of book designers. As a h.s. student in Michigan the 80s, the Preppy Handbook was a glimpse into another world (an ethnograpy of sorts) that seemed much better than the land-locked one to which I was confined. Anyway, LB + CK = I am very excited to get this. And major points for not being a cell fan, LB!


    Andy left a comment on 5/20/2010 at 1:51 PM:

    My friends are going to crucify me for buying this…  Oh well.  Looks great!


    M.D. Cooley left a comment on 5/20/2010 at 12:36 AM:

    So excited for this new book! The OPH was great; but being born in 1991 it was a little too before my time to enjoy it as much as I may have if born earlier. I’m excited for the reissue of “Take Ivy” as well.


    MB left a comment on 5/19/2010 at 10:11 PM:

    This is what I love about Lisa Birnbach, she has fun with the “prep” label and doesn’t take it or herself too seriously. I can’t wait for the book. I have it on pre-order at Amazon already!


    bunny left a comment on 5/19/2010 at 10:02 PM:

    so happy! can’t wait to read it :)


    Laguna Beach Trad left a comment on 5/19/2010 at 8:45 PM:

    Nice video: Fit cougars.


    Parley left a comment on 5/19/2010 at 7:58 PM:

    Way excited about this… Can’t wait


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 5/19/2010 at 5:12 PM:

    Can’t wait!


    Jack left a comment on 5/19/2010 at 3:55 PM:

    Is that a book about how to be a true preppy from inside? I wanna read it.


    meg left a comment on 5/19/2010 at 1:07 PM:

    so excited for this next installment!  friends bought me the official preppy handbook as a joke, as i was heading off to an all girls’ boarding school (which is ironically included in the official preppy handbook!).  this next book will be lots of fun, i can tell.


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