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Reading Is Sexy: True Prep: It’s A Whole New Old World

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Wake up, Muffy, we’re back.

In 1980, The Official Preppy Handbook hit shelves with a tongue-in-cheek guide to the ins and outs of living life as a prepster.  Lisa Birnbach, one of the authors of The Official Preppy Handbook has joined with Chip Kidd to update the guide for 21st century living in True Prep.

Reading True Prep is like going back in a time machine.  Yes, it’s been updated for the present but so much of being “prep” is tied to the past so it’s impossible to not feel like your watching an 80’s John Huston film with teenage kids wearing polo shirts with their colors popped.  Every facet of life is covered, from famous prepsters, what to wear, what to eat, and what to do for a living.  Lisa Birnbach’s prose are matched with Chip Kidd’s illustrations to literally giving you a how-to guide to living the preppy life.  True Prep would make a great gift for anyone who is a prep or aspires to be one.  It’s also great for a collection of fashion books as it breaks down everything from brands and when/where to shop to achieve the preppy look.  True Prep is available online at

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