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Palm Beach is known around the world as the most wealthy, glamorous, opulent, decadent, self-indulgent, sinful spot on earth. With their beautiful 3.75 square-island constantly in the media glare, Palm Beachers protect their impossibly rich society from outside scrutiny with vigilant police, ubiquitous personal security staffs, and screens of tall hedges encircling every m ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Harper
(first published 1999)
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This one was on a reading list at the library and caught my attention. Curious to see how the other half lives (especially since I'm currently a poor grad student), I picked it up. Turns out, the other half are more than a little yawn-inducing. I'm sure Mr. Kessler was trying to play up the outrageous amounts of money and differences in lifestyles in his stories of fancy parties, private planes, and instilled social standards, but truly, one can only take so many fawning pages on the Donald befo ...more
Interesting look at life in Palm Beach during the social season. Along with juicy gossip and fabulous parties, Kessler subtly but repeatedly exposes the underside of their lives (sexual promiscuity, racism and unhappiness). It made me wonder if I'd want to be part of it all.