Cheerful Money

Cheerful Money

Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor

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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 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 Money is a captivating examination of a cultural crack-up and a man trying to escape its wreckage.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316003179
0316003174
Branch Call Number: Biography B Fri

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bethshaw99
Jun 01, 2014

Read this book for background info on a character in my play. Great concept, funny in some parts, but slow.

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