Thursday, December 3, 2015

Olney Reads....Primates of Park Avenue

Reader:  Carol, Olney Library Staff Member
Book:  Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin

You'll notice I'm not touching this book.  That's because it's too hot to touch.  Made it difficult to read, but read it I did! What is so hot about Primates of Park Avenue?  Well, author Wednesday Martin exposes the inner workings and secrets of the rarified world of Upper East Side Manhattan. It's driven, grueling, and competitive.  And that's just making sure you're dressed up to snuff to drop your little one off at preschool.

The author does all this with the keen, observant eye of a social researcher.  Ms. Martin has a degree in Comparative Literature with a strong background in Anthropology.  She moved to the Upper East Side for several reasons, not the least of which was the educational opportunities for her toddler.  Initially she fails to find a pride to be accepted into.  Ms. Martin uses a  very creative strategy to help her succeed in her new jungle. Using her anthropological training - she basically handles matters Jane Goodall style.  You've got to do what you've got to do!  

But then, as often happens, real life intervenes, and a crisis ensues.  People whom you thought couldn't or wouldn't - can and do come through.  Primates of Park Avenue was by turns touching, insightful, and hilarious.  Bring on the Baboons of Beverly Hills and the Gorillas of Greenwich!

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