Read Primates of Park Avenue Online Free - Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty 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, mating practices, extra-pair copulation, and more. Her conclusions are smart, thought-provoking, and hilariously unexpected.
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.
Intelligent, funny, and heartfelt, Primates of Park Avenue lifts a veil on a secret, elite world within a world: the exotic, fascinating, and strangely familiar culture of privileged Manhattan motherhood.
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June 03, 2015
This woman moved to the Upper East Side from Downtown in her head to toe Marc Jacobs and realized it was going to be SO HARD to find an apartment on Park Avenue so her kids could go to a good public school! She pretended she was studying the mega rich & superficial stay-at-home moms of her ne...
June 01, 2015
I am baffled by the positives review of this book. Its observations of the uber-rich upper-east side Manhattanites arent particularly insightful, the details generally uninteresting and the framing device of an urban Jane Goodall, which has been so praised, felt forced, pretentious and a transpar...
February 09, 2017
Update The author calls models who strut the streets like they think they are somebody, 'professional narcissists'. I love that.
However she went on for a whole chapter on the importance of owning an Hermes Birkin handbag if you want to prove you have "arrived" gaining acceptance from some women...
June 02, 2015
It would be easy to trash Primates of Park Avenue because it deals with the crazy neurotic world of the over privileged in the Upper East Side in Manhattan. But I really enjoyed reading this book. It's a clever concept, and it's well executed. Originally from the mid-west, the author marries an o...
January 24, 2016
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for providing free access to an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I don't think it's ever been much of a secret that very rich people do some crazy shit, and these days, even with assiduous attempts at avoidance, it seems even more difficult than...
June 09, 2016
Looking for a new audiobook on my app from the library while being out on the trail, I came across this book.
I had remembered seeing the cover - but couldn't for the life of me remember what it was about - good - bad - or indifferent.
So...I just downloaded and began listening.
Aw... It's a memoir...
June 09, 2015
Premise of the book was interesting, but I found the author to be rather precious. She went "native" early on and it was difficult to maintain the illusion of being an anthropologist, studying the very wealthy.
I had little sympathy for any of the characters including the author. Women who must de...
July 27, 2015
This book made me practice how long I can sustain an eye-roll. Whole chapters are devoted to exercise classes (Barre vs. SoulCycle), mean mommies, getting a Birkin Bag, "settling" for a Park Avenue condo - all told with no irony and no humor. I was expecting some juicy tidbits a-la Nanny Diaries...
May 24, 2015
Trained as an anthropologist and primatologist, author Wednesday Martin turned her sights on the other mothers she met in her sojourn on New York City’s ritzy Upper East Side. While this nonfiction book has a twee beginning, it quickly morphs into a fascinating look at the social-climbing, sleek,...
June 20, 2016
I read this after reading "How the Other Half Lives", as a palette cleanser.
Provides good descriptions of the anxieties faced by the uberwealthy housewives of the UES.
The author, who has a PhD from Yale in Sociology - a fact she brings up several times in the book, and further reminds us about it...