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We used to own the Bronx : memoirs of a former debutante

Author: Eve Pell
Publisher: Albany : Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We Used to Own the Bronx tells the story of a woman born into the proprieties of an East Coast dynasty who nevertheless leaves her world of privilege for a career as an investigative reporter. Recounting her upbringing, Eve Pell offers an inside look at the bizarre values and customs of the American aristocracy, from debutante balls and the below-stairs hierarchy of the servant class to the fanatical pursuit of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Autobiographies
Named Person: Eve Pell; Pell family.; Eve Pell; Pell family.
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eve Pell
ISBN: 9781438424972 1438424973 9781438424989 1438424981
OCLC Number: 231745543
Description: xiv, 225 pages, [31] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Deus, Amici, et Nos --
Ch. 2. Upstairs/Downstairs --
Ch. 3. Mummy and Clarry --
Ch. 4. These Children Don't Cry --
Ch. 5. Cooky and His Fathers --
Ch. 6. Escape from Home --
Ch. 7. Debutante --
Ch. 8. Awakenings --
Ch. 9. Marriage --
Ch. 10. 2500 Filbert Street --
Ch. 11. Breaking Out --
Ch. 12. The Comrade --
Ch. 13. Complications --
Ch. 14. On the Beach and Making It Anyway --
Ch. 15. My Demented Mother and I.
Responsibility: Eve Pell.
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"We Used to Own the Bronx tells the story of a woman born into the proprieties of an East Coast dynasty who nevertheless leaves her world of privilege for a career as an investigative reporter. Recounting her upbringing, Eve Pell offers an inside look at the bizarre values and customs of the American aristocracy, from debutante balls and the below-stairs hierarchy of the servant class to the fanatical pursuit of blood sports and private men's clubs whose members were cared for like sultans. In the patriarchal world of the upper crust, girls were expected to flatter and defer to boys and men: her scholar-athlete sister was offered a racehorse if she would refuse to attend college. A parade of eccentrics populates the book, from the cockfighting stepfather who ran away from boarding school with a false beard and a stolen motorcycle to the Brahmin great-uncle who secretly organized the servants in Tuxedo Park to vote for Teddy Roosevelt." "But as she moved beyond the narrow world she was expected to inhabit, Pell encountered people and ideas that brought her into conflict with her past. Equally unconventional are the muckrakers and revolutionaries she met in the 1960s and 1970s, and her subsequent adventures and misadventures while working with radical activists to reform the California prison system. As Pell traces her absorbing journey from debutante to working mother, from the upper crust of the East Coast to the radical activists of the West, from a life of wealth and privilege to one of trying to make ends meet, she provides exceptional insight into the prickly and complex issues of social class in America."--Jacket.

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