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Tales from a Broad: An Unreliable Memoir

3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  62 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
When a frazzled New Yorker who is mad, bad and dangerous to know lands in Asia, life is never quite the same again - for anyone ... Fran Lebowitz cheerfully admits that she is intergalactically self-absorbed, a little crazy and really, really hard to please - just ask her eternally patient and bemused husband, Frank. But when her life in the fast land falls apart - again - ...more
ebook, 346 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Monsoon Books (first published 2004)
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Koen Kop
Oct 07, 2014 Koen Kop rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Moderately well-written. Funny here and there. Amazing: you get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend an extensive period of time in the most successful country of the past half century, yet you manage to learn nothing about it - this is a writer with a very superficial mind, only interested in food, sex and the latter's produce (the kids). Found this book on the table with new acquisitions in a Berlin library about a year ago - liked the title and the illustration -read it through, completely - ...more
Melina O.
Oct 31, 2013 Melina O. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a whole year to read this and I wanted to finish it because I just couldn't let this go unread not because it was good but because I promised myself that I would finish it even if I struggled through it.

I heard of Fran Lebowitz through a documentary made about her by, I think, Scorcese. She seemed so smart, so New York, so interesting that I always wanted to read something by her and I picked this.

I wasn't a fan of the book. The titular character, Fran (who I think is her, which i gue
Nov 04, 2015 Bonnie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm, I thought this book was by THE Fran lebowitz but apparently not. This book is vapid, superficial and silly. Poor rich woman gets to fly first class to Singapore, oh poor lady. And sitting by the pool at a luxury hotel, how does she stand it. And she has to take care of her own children part of the time, horrors. And plenty of money for baby sitters and booze, unbearable. Sorry I can't relate at all and it wasn't funny.
Aug 24, 2015 Elka rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oops! I thought this was by THE Fran Lebowitz. I realized my mistake pretty quickly, but I kept going. I waded through the drunken exploits of a bunch of overgrown children living in Singapore. No plot, no character growth, just hints of interesting developments that never turn into anything. Much like the characters in this book. You may have the occasional chuckle, but it's not worth it.
Libbie Buchele
Jun 25, 2016 Libbie Buchele rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful. I wanted to stop about halfway through, but kept hoping it would redeem itself. The woman is self-centered and she and her friends are culturally insensitive and sound just like turn of the century British colonists in terms of their attitudes towards other cultures. Some kind of end of book enlightenment might have saved it, but it was awful until the end.
Jul 03, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I love when I pick up a book from an author I don't know and am blown away. Coming of age isn't just for teens anymore.
Lindsay green
Fran Lebowitz, a famous (or so she claims) literary agent in New York, whines to her husband (a music copyright lawyer) about being burnt out. So the dutiful husband takes her and their 2 kids along to Singapore, when he gets sent there by his boss for a long business trip
Jenny Tornado
Jan 02, 2012 Jenny Tornado rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I own it and reread it whenever I need a good laugh. Her wit and description make the book personal and I can imagine a night out on the town with her crew.
Cadmium Candy
not exactly a work of literary genius, but quite pleasant light reading.
Aug 27, 2008 Abby marked it as started-notfinished  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't what I was looking for. May revisit at another time.
Mar 31, 2015 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny in a snarky way. Largely unlivable main character.
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Fran Lebowitz was a New York literary agent with Writers House for twelve years, including three years from a remote office in Singapore. During this time, she represented three New York Times bestsellers and two National Book Award finalists and a few pop stars.

She also represented New Line and Fine Line, creating books to complement their products, ie, an Austin Powers guide to life book, a Fre
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