Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, And The Last Days Of Wasp Splendor

Paperback | July 1, 2010

byTad Friend

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Tad Friend's family is nothing if not illustrious: his father was president of<_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_city _w3a_st="on">Swarthmore<_st13a_placetype _w3a_st="on">College, and at Smith his mother came in second in a poetry contest judged by W.H. Auden--to Sylvia Plath. For centuries, Wasps like his ancestors dominated American life. But then, in the '60s, their fortunes began to fall. As a young man, Tad noticed that his family tree, for all its glories, was full of alcoholics, depressives, and reckless eccentrics. Yet his identity had already been shaped by the family's age-old traditions and expectations. Part memoir, part family history, and part cultural study of the long swoon of the American Wasp,Cheerful Moneyis a captivating examination of a cultural crack-up and a man trying to escape its wreckage.

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Tad Friend's family is nothing if not illustrious: his father was president ofSwarthmoreCollege, and at Smith his mother came in second in a poetry contest judged by W.H. Auden--to Sylvia Plath. For centuries, Wasps like his ancestors dominated American life. But then, in the '60s, their fortunes began to fall. As a young man, Tad noti...

Tad Friend is a staff writer atThe New Yorker, where he writes the magazine's "Letter from California." Prior to that, he wrote regularly forOutside,New York, andEsquire, and wrote travel stories from all seven continents. He plays golf and squash and watches a lot of television. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Amanda Hesser, and t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:July 1, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316003182

ISBN - 13:9780316003186

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"American Wasps are now as rare as black truffles, and rarely has their story been told so candidly or entertainingly as it is in Tad Friend's wonderful new memoir, Cheerful Money....  Friend's book is such a winning family chronicle that the decline he describes is less a fall than an exhilarating ride, less sad than heartwarmingly comic."-Washington Post