August 19, 2010

Review: The Recessionistas by Alexandra Lebenthal

It's the day after Labor Day, 2008, and the elite universe of New York's Upper East Side is about to unravel along with the economy. Socialite Grigsby Somerset is barely aware of her changing world, and has no idea her investment banker husband Blake is about to enter into a devil's bargain with hedge fund owner John Cutter. As autumn unfolds, Grigsby's fairytale life starts to unwind. Street-smart Renee Parker has been hired as John's executive assistant and is convinced that something is amiss with her new boss.

Alexandra Lebenthal is the socially prominent President and CEO of Lebenthal & Co, and its wealth management division, Alexandra & James Inc. Her father is Jim Lebenthal, who made his name in municipal bonds. She also serves as a board member of the School of American Ballet and is involved with several other leading New York cultural institutions including The Business Council of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Capital Campaign for the Museum of the City of New York, the American Museum of Natural History, and the New York Botanical Garden.

This was a very interesting read. I don't do well the selfish and shallow. I have met people who fall in this category and I think Alexandra captured them perfectly. I hated the characters and wanted to jump in the book to slap them around. That being said, I did like the plot and the writing style.

Grand Central Station
320 pages

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free from Hachette Book Group.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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  1. Would still like to read long as the plot and writing style are good I can deal with nasty characters!

  2. I have seen this book everywhere, and it does sound like a good read. Thanks for the review!

  3. I think I know some of the same people. Unfortunately, they think their money makes it okay for them to act like that. It sounds like they fit into the plot, and that is good.

  4. I would like to read this book.

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  5. I love reading stories about NY since I grew up there. BUT I was NOT part of the city's elite.

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  6. Sounds like a good read, even though I don't think I can relate to the characters - fortunately!
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  7. Sounds pretty good, and I'm glad that the characters are well written! Thanks for the review.


  8. Hmm.. this sounds different. The cover is interesting because at first glance I see highrise buildings under a twinkling night sky yet when I continue to look, the "buildings" look like expensive pufume bottles.

  9. Loved the review. Sounds like a really good book. I just love the name of it.


  10. I've been hearing a lot of good things about this book and would love to read it.