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Social Climbers Review And Giveaway

January 22, 2009 by  
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Social Climbers cover

Welcome to the world of Social Climbers

Where the society season kicks off at the opening night of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Main Line ladies compete to get their names on committees, invitations and their picture in the newspaper.
SC Elizabeth Quinn is a young lady determined to make it to the Philadelphia A-list. Each invitation (or snub) is a benchmark of her struggle. While Elizabeth is a SC, she lacks the ferocity of the ladies she will encounter. She’ll see schoolyard cruelty, just polished up for the grown-up world and now finely honed into small humiliations.

Friends from The Agnes Irwin School and Lake Forest College, Kitty and Elizabeth, are “mean girls” grown-up. They use their clique of friends and polished possessions to pick away at each other’s Social Standing. Sadly, their anger stemming from a boy they both liked in High School and neither married keeps them from seeing what is truly important in life.

Follow Elizabeth to afternoon tea and photo-op’s. See if she chooses the right children’s names and the proper label to wear and display. Find out how she learns the difference between Jimmy Choo and Kate Spade, the language of nicknames, when it’s alright to brag about a bargain or wear costume jewelry, what to monogram (not toilet paper), who to idolize (Babe Paley) and what constitutes taste in music, nail polish. Read about husbands who are an asset and the husbands who are a handicap. In the SC world, marriage and motherhood and a comfortable income are indispensable as a proper pedigree. For Elizabeth, the honeymoon was simply breathing space before the real work began.

This book, from the first page with a Social Climbers dictionary of terms used throughout the book to the very last page had me hooked. The mixture of a guide and a novel into one is genius. And I will have to say the guides were perfect. If you ever want to know how to behave like a Social Climber, what to wear and what to drink this book has it all. And as a side note I dislike the UB immensely! You will just have to read the book yourself to find out who that is and how Elizabeth deals with her. I will share these tips with you from Beth’s website though:

Top 12 Ways To Be A Socialite

  • Identify a charity you would like to support
  • Volunteer
  • Dress your best—put your best foot forward
  • Smile
  • Wear large sunglasses
  • Wear scarves on your bag, neck or around your shoulders. It glams up any outfit!
  • Clean your car so it sparkles and is neat on the inside
  • Write thank you notes
  • Buy either monogrammed or cute note cards—Lilly Pulitzer has beautiful stationary
  • Have fun. Public Relation firms and Non Profits have free parties every day—get on their lists and go
  • Get your nails and hair done and look photo-opp perfect (don’t forget to smile)
  • Learn how to introduce yourself with a firm handshake and look in their eyes
  • Elizabeth strives to be a socialite but also something bigger. But what?

This is an all around great book with things that will make you laugh, cry and with things that will make you go “Hmm…”. To read an excerpt of Social Climbers go here and to read more about Beth Dunn visit her page here. And Beth has graciously made available one extra copy of Social Climbers for a Dirty Shirt reader to win. See rules below:

  • MAIN RULE – Gonna have a little fun with this one. Tell me in comments which of the following show or shows from the Social Climbers Shows list are your favorite/s. (remember if this rule is not followed then no others will count)
  • Nip Tuck
  • Weeds
  • Dirt
  • The Real Housewives of New York City
  • Santana Barbara
  • Girls Next Door
  • Falcon Crest
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Filthy Rich Cattle Drive
  • The Jeffersons’
  • The Simple Life
  • Dallas
  • Gastineau Girls
  • Dynasty
  • How To Be  A Hilton
  • Different Strokes
  • 90210
  • Arrested Development
  • The OC
  • The Apprentice
  • Melrose Place
  • Dirty Sexy Money
  • Any Soap Opera, Especially if it is One Life To Live
  • 1 Extra Entry – Subscribe to my RSS feed or by email (or let me know if you already are) in a separate comment
  • 1 Extra Entry – Stumble this post and leave your Stumble name (I will be checking) in a separate comment
  • 1 Extra Entry – Favorite The Dirty Shirt in Technorati and leave your name (I will be checking) in a separate comment
  • 1 Extra Entry – Follow me on Twitter (button in subscribe section on on the right sidebar) and let me know your Twitter name in a separate comment
  • 1 Extra Entry for Tweeting about this giveaway. Please leave direct URL in comments so I can check.
  • 2 Extra Entries – Write a post on your blog linking to my blog and to the Social Climbers book website.

This giveaway will run through midnight on February 8, with winner being announced the morning of February 9. Winner will be chosen using Random.org from all valid entries and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to contact me before another winner is chosen. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Comments

87 Responses to “Social Climbers Review And Giveaway”
  1. Beth Dunn says:

    Jennifer

    You are the best!

    xx

    SC

  2. Cindi says:

    Here are my favorites: Falcon Crest, The Jeffersons’, Dallas, Dynasty and Different Strokes. Please enter me in your drawing for the fun sounding book. Many thanks, Cindi

  3. Cindi says:

    I am subscribed to you fun site!

  4. Cindi says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Cindi

  5. wanda says:

    Oh I feel so shallow! Ha.

    I love The Real Housewives of New York City & Orange County & Atlanta!

    These poor train-wreck of a life people fascinate me! Pathetic, huh?

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  6. Maggie says:

    My fave show is Dirt. I love how they parallel what is really happening in the tabloid world.
    hematopoiesis at hotmail dot com

  7. Cher says:

    Sounds like a great book. Lets see I watch and love:

    * Girls Next Door
    * Different Strokes
    * 90210
    * The OC
    * Melrose Place

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  8. Cher says:

    I subscribe!

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  9. Cher says:

    And I faved you in my Technorati!

    ckachelmuss

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  10. Cher says:

    I subscribe too!

  11. kristi says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    These are the shows I watch or watched:
    # Desperate Housewives
    # The Jeffersons’
    # The Simple Life
    # Different Strokes
    # 90210
    # The Apprentice
    # Melrose Place
    # Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives, Bold and the Beautiful

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  12. kristi says:

    I am an email subscriber

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  13. mary green says:

    i’m try o be social.

  14. Terry Lee Ashby, Jr. says:

    I have never seen real Society depicted correctly on any of these shows. However, they are a hoot.

  15. Bettina says:

    This is awesome! Mine are-
    Nip Tuck
    Weeds
    Girls Next Door
    Desperate Housewives
    The Jeffersons’
    The Simple Life
    Different Strokes
    90210
    The OC

  16. Lorri S says:

    The shows I like are:
    The Real Housewives of New York City
    The Jeffersons’
    The OC

  17. Bettina says:

    I’m an email subscriber!

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  18. Lorri S says:

    I’m a Subscriber :)

  19. Bettina says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

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  20. i love the real housewives of NYC
    thanks
    mommy2skie@yahoo.com

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  21. subscribed.
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  22. following you.
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  23. got your button.
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  24. Amy says:

    Nip/Tuck
    The OC

  25. Jen says:

    I loved 90210 and Melrose place
    I guess that dates me
    I also watched the OC, but only the first year or so
    I tape All My Children, but used to watch Y&R, OLTL and GH.
    Silly me.

  26. ellen cunningham says:

    I love watching The Apprentice. I think it’s interesting to watch the contestants get nasty and Donald’s hair cracks me up.

  27. ellen cunningham says:

    I am a subscriber.

  28. Jackie says:

    Some of the shows I watch are Nip Tuck, Melrose Place (was one of my favorites, we even had viewing parties) and Desperate Housewives. I watched the original 90210, but havent seen the new one.

  29. Jackie says:

    I am a subscriber

  30. Tia says:

    My favorite soap is Days of Our Lives.

  31. Tia says:

    I am an email subscriber.

  32. Beth says:

    Desperate Housewives
    The Jeffersons

  33. How easy is this one. I still watch 90210 and now watch the new one.

    allaboutkimberly AT gmail DOT com

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  34. I subscribe via email.

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  35. I follow you on Twitter. I’m TexasSingleMom.

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  36. entry 1 writing now:
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  38. MaryBeth I says:

    Girls Next Door and desparate housewives

    so sorry for the loss of your family member.

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  39. MaryBeth I says:

    i subscribe

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  40. MaryBeth I says:

    you are one of my favorites in technorati – misaacmom

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  41. MaryBeth I says:

    I follow in twitter

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  42. Kaycee says:

    I LOVE Nip/Tuck. Although this season (well, the second half that just started) leaves a lot to be desired.

    kayceewilliams at gmail dot com

  43. Kaycee says:

    I subscribe too!

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  44. Jenny says:

    Jennifer-

    Your contests are too fun!

    I love desperate housewives. I also like 90210 and The Apprentice when I have time. But I have to catch desperate!

    Jenny

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  45. Staci A says:

    The book sounds wonderful!

    I love Desperate Housewives and Nip/Tuck.

  46. Staci A says:

    Faved you on Technorati-MommaStaciA.

  47. Staci A says:

    And following on Twitter-MommaStaciA.

  48. Nip Tuck
    Weeds
    Dirt

    These are the best! Damages should be on this list too!!

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  49. I am a subscriber

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  50. I am following you on twitter as mommyjen99

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  51. Angie says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, The OC. it’s great!

  52. Dina says:

    I have several faves in this list: Nip Tuck, Weeds, Desperate Housewives, and Dirty Sexy Money.

  53. Dina says:

    Follow your blog.

  54. Dina says:

    Follow you on Twitter (aitmama).

  55. Angie says:

    I am a subscriber via email.

  56. Sarah Barnes says:

    Well, I haven’t seen most of the shows listed. Not because I don’t like them, but i have four kids, and I don’t get to sit down and watch tv much.

    I liked the old 90210, I used to watch Days of Ours Lives, I loved the Jeffersons’ and Different Strokes, I like Desperate Housewives and The Girls Next Door, I have seen Nip/Tuck (but I think it is too graphic for me), and I loved the old Melrose Place.

    Thanks for the Giveaway! Maybe I can learn to be a socialite someday! LOL

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  57. Sarah Barnes says:

    I am a subscriber by both email, sbarnesmomo4@yahoo.com and by RSS.

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  58. Sarah Barnes says:

    I follow you on Twitter

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  59. Sarah Barnes says:

    My Twitter name is BarnesofGrace.

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  60. Sarah Barnes says:

    I have Tweeted the Social Climbers Giveaway at http://twitter.com/BarneofGrace

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  61. Sarah Barnes says:

    I have blogged about the Social Climber giveaway at http://ourbarnesofgrace.blogspot.com/ with a link to your blog.

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  62. Sarah Barnes says:

    I have blogged about the Social Climber giveaway with a link to the Social Climber website, at http://ourbarnesofgrace.blogspot.com/

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  63. Deirdre says:

    Dirt & Weeds

  64. Deirdre says:

    subscriber

  65. karen L says:

    Are you kidding?? These are social climber TV shows??? Well, I am obviously a sad excuse for a SC, but then we all knew that. So this is why I really , really need to read this book! I guess the only show listed that I have even ever watched (accidentally, I might add) is The Girls Next Door! LOL!

  66. karen L says:

    I am an email subscriber and I would follow on my twitter account if I could find the button!

  67. LT says:

    I will list my top 3:
    Sopa Opera – Days of Our Lives
    Dallas
    Falcon Crest

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  68. LT says:

    I am subscribed to your feeds

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  69. LT says:

    I follow you on twitter as coloradomommy

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  70. Angie says:

    I faved this blog on technorati: pricousins

  71. Angie says:

    I follow you on twitter: pricousins

  72. Colleen says:

    I really like the Girls Next Door and the Apprentice.

    inman@Mobap.edu

  73. DianaD says:

    Just watched Dirty, Sexy Money over the X-mass Holiday and really got a kick out of their lifestyle. I especially had to chuckle when the youngest so who was a twin had to ask the chauffeur what it was like to be poor as he wanted to impress a lady. At the time he was working as a car attendant. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

  74. Stefani says:

    My favorites are:

    The Real Housewives of New York City
    Girls Next Door
    The Simple Life
    Different Strokes
    90210

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  75. Stefani says:

    I am a subscriber.

  76. Stefani says:

    I follow you on Twitter – mommye

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  77. Stefani says:

    I Stumbled this post – mommye

  78. dianad says:

    Desperate Housewives and Dirty, Sexy Money. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

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