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.