Lisa Birnbach

About the Book

“Wake up, Muffy. We’re back.”


From Lisa Birnbach, the author of The Official Preppy Handbook—and designer Chip Kidd—comes a whole new take on the prep world that Birnbach turned into an international best-selling phenomenon thirty years ago.

True Prep
is a contemporary look at how the old guard of natural-fiber-loving, dog-worshipping, G&T-soaked preppies adapt to the new order of things. Birnbach considers the prep attitude towards money (ambivalent), schools (good investment), wardrobe (now your clothes fit), work (some careers will never be prep), decorating (ask mummy), scandal (including rehab and prison), and food and drink (with some classic recipes for both). She also looks at weekends (and what to do to get asked back), entertaining, sports (including sailing and shopping), weddings, etiquette, the Internet and electronic gadgetry, political correctness, reality TV, and … polar fleece. And last but not least: a do-it-yourself eulogy.

A small sample: • Wardrobe: Recent prep brands we are forced to recognize. How to tell Casual Friday from, say, Saturday.


• Money: We never talk about it.


• Food: Does the Food Network mean we’re going to have to cook? Bake? Now you’re going too far.


• Scandals: Poor Mrs. Astor. When Mummy’s plastic surgery goes terribly wrong. Rehab and the slammer: the new prep schools.


• We’re outta here: When to name something after yourself, and when not. The right obituary.


• What to do with your dogs if you predecease them.


• NO TEXTING AT THE TABLE, PLEASE.