Primates of Park Avenue : a memoir / Wednesday Martin, Ph. D.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
    • Abstract:
      Scope and content: Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place. She understood the other mothers' snobbiness at school drop-off when she compared them to olive baboons. Her obsessional quest for a Hermes Birkin handbag made sense when she realized other females wielded them to establish dominance in their troop. And so she analyzed tribal migration patterns; display rituals; physical adornment, mutilation, and mating practices; extra-pair copulation; and more. Every city has its Upper East Side, and in Wednesday's memoir, readers everywhere will recognize the strange cultural codes of powerful social hierarchies and the compelling desire to climb them. They will also see that Upper East Side mothers want the same things for their children that all mothers want -- safety, happiness, and success -- and not even sky-high penthouses and chauffeured SUVs can protect this ecologically released tribe from the universal experiences of anxiety and loss. When Wednesday's life turns upside down, she learns how deep the bonds of female friendship really are.
    • Content Notes:
      Comme il Faut -- Playdate Pariah -- Going Native: Mommy Wants a Birkin -- Manhattan Geisha -- A Girl's Night In -- A Xanax and a Bloody Mary: Manhattan Moms on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown -- A Rainy Day -- Summary Fieldnotes.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-246).
    • ISBN:
      9781476762623
      1476762627
    • Accession Number:
      2014041481
    • Accession Number:
      ocn904334968
      904334968
    • Accession Number:
      fay.459480
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MARTIN, W. Primates of Park Avenue : a memoir. [s. l.]: Simon & Schuster, 2015. ISBN 9781476762623. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.459480. Acesso em: 11 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Martin W. Primates of Park Avenue : A Memoir. Simon & Schuster; 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.459480. Accessed December 11, 2019.
    • APA:
      Martin, W. (2015). Primates of Park Avenue : a memoir. Simon & Schuster. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.459480
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Martin, Wednesday. 2015. Primates of Park Avenue : A Memoir. Simon & Schuster. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.459480.
    • Harvard:
      Martin, W. (2015) Primates of Park Avenue : a memoir. Simon & Schuster. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.459480 (Accessed: 11 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Martin, W 2015, Primates of Park Avenue : a memoir, Simon & Schuster, viewed 11 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Martin, Wednesday. Primates of Park Avenue : A Memoir. Simon & Schuster, 2015. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.459480.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Martin, Wednesday. Primates of Park Avenue : A Memoir. Simon & Schuster, 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.459480.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Martin W. Primates of Park Avenue : a memoir [Internet]. Simon & Schuster; 2015 [cited 2019 Dec 11]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.459480

Reviews

LJ Reviews Newsletter

Martin and her husband are moving from downtown to the Upper East Side of Manhattan in search of a more kid-friendly atmosphere for their son. The neighborhood's excellent schools, proximity to Central Park, and abundance of strollers make it the obvious choice for a small family not ready to leave the island. After their move, however, Martin starts to observe some of the same dominant/submissive behaviors, mating rituals, and rites of passage that she witnessed while studying primatology at Yale University. A Jane Goodall wielding an American Express Black Card, the author leads readers through the hierarchical benchmarks of Upper East Side mothers. VERDICT This anthropological journey into the wilds of New York City's most exclusive zip code could have easily devolved into condescension, but instead it proves that mothers everywhere want the same thing: health and happiness for their progeny. [See Prepub Alert, 12/15/14.] (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

LJ Reviews 2015 June #1

Martin and her husband are moving from downtown to the Upper East Side of Manhattan in search of a more kid-friendly atmosphere for their son. The neighborhood's excellent schools, proximity to Central Park, and abundance of strollers make it the obvious choice for a small family not ready to leave the island. After their move, however, Martin starts to observe some of the same dominant/submissive behaviors, mating rituals, and rites of passage that she witnessed while studying primatology at Yale University. A Jane Goodall wielding an American Express Black Card, the author leads readers through the hierarchical benchmarks of Upper East Side mothers. VERDICT This anthropological journey into the wilds of New York City's most exclusive zip code could have easily devolved into condescension, but instead it proves that mothers everywhere want the same thing: health and happiness for their progeny. [See Memoir, 4/15/15; ow.ly/MBDf6.]—ES

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