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Please Excuse My Daughter

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  397 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Whimsically recounts the author's experiences of being raised by parents who believed that the working world was a man's domain and that her priority was to marry into wealth, describing the refocus that occurred when she fell in love with and married a h
Title: Please Excuse My Daughter
Author: Klam, Julie
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publication Date: 2009/04/07
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Riverhead Trade (first published March 27th 2008)
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Patrick Brown
Jun 24, 2008 Patrick Brown rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Patrick by: Dan Menaker
Shelves: memoirsandbios
So why not 5 stars? Here's my overly-lawyerly explanation. If I gave this book 5 stars, everybody would be like, "Oh, sure, Patrick, you gave that book 5 stars because you have, ,a link exchange thing going with Julie, not because you really liked the book." I guess I thought by giving the book 4 stars, you'd all see that I was rating based on merit alone, and would be more likely to heed my review. I don't know, maybe it's a flawed strategy. I really liked this book. I think everybody should re ...more
Jun 26, 2008 Nicky rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all the ladies, woot woot
I both identify with and am very jealous of, Julie Klam. I was born to write for Pop-Up Video. Or anything on Vh-1, for that matter. But enough about me. There are some genuine laugh-out-loud moments in this book, which I treasure. Julie Klam's conversational style made this a comfortable read and I found myself rooting for her the whole way. This is an enjoyable book with enough substance so you won't feel all empty inside when you're done. You'll just wish for more.
Jul 19, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wrote-it
The New York Times
May 18, 2008
Mommy’s Dearest

By Julie Klam.
261 pp. Riverhead Books. $22.95.

Let us begin by eradicating all suspicion: Julie Klam’s memoir of growing up a coddled daughter of Westchester County bears no sign of narrative inauthenticity. In “Please Excuse My Daughter,” there are no discernable lies masking dark hopes of literary recognition.

Klam’s loving family never loses everything they own — their horses and tennis court and nine bedro
Jul 03, 2008 Edan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Edan by: Patrick Brown
First thing's first: My household is obsessed with Julie Klam. Patrick and I talk about her all the time (really), and Omar's collar reads: WWJKD? (What would Julie Klam do?). All three of us liked this book, and we all adore Julie as a human being. Anyone who becomes my husband's #1 Blog Fan is golden in my book (and Omar's).

I never read memoirs, mostly because I'm partial to made up stories about people, or nonfiction about things I can eat, so I don't have much to compare this one to. I can s
Holly Ord
Allow me to preface this review by stating the fact that typically, I enjoy memoirs. Memoirs, in my opinion, mark the struggles, triumphs, courage and stamina of a person. They signify a life that has truly been lived and allow a person to share their lives with others who may benefit from reading their story.

Julie Klam was born and raised in a Jewish family where her mother and many other Jewish wives and women in general believed that women did not work. Instead, they married rich men, spent t
This was a fun book, I guess. I think I just need to stop reading memoirs by privileged white women. Julie was raised to be a princess, to find a rich husband, so she had trouble finding and keeping a job, developing work skills, and surviving on her own. She had to rely on her rich parents for most her adulthood, until after she married and had a daughter of her own and realized she wanted to take responsibility for her life and raise her daughter differently than she was raised. So she got her ...more
I truly love memoirs, and this one was no exception. Please Excuse My Daughter by Julie Klam is a hilarious (and sometimes serious) peek into the life of 35 year old Julie Klam. She chronicles her life, growing up in the well-to-do suburb of Bedford in Westchester County, NY. I could relate to her youth, as I grew up around the same area. A few times she had me crying, I was laughing so hard!

Julie writes with a raw honesty that I wish I could present myself. She explained situations and feeling
Anita Dalton
Klam is a woman who self-admittedly had difficulty growing up, but even when her parents cut the financial cord, that cord cutting included a job at her dad's insurance agency. She had the best clothes, a huge support network and did I mention she is thin and pretty? Yet she had no idea what she wanted to do with her life, sort of embraced her lack of ambition and ran with it for years. She was as foreign to me as a Martian. Her whole life until her early 30s was a refutation to everything I liv ...more
I love honest memoirs, and PLEASE EXCUSE MY DAUGHTER is so very honest, and so very funny. I enjoyed this book from the first chapter, in which the author talks about how nice it would be to retire to Florida with her grandfather, never mind that she is 30 years old. I can definitely relate. The 30's are hard for anyone, especially if you're a woman who wants to make something of yourself, and, as in this author's case, you haven't yet done so. Julie Klam's journey to make something of herself i ...more
Lisa Buie-Collard
As a writer considering a memoir-esque novel, I picked this up purely for that reason. I'd never heard of Julie Klam before but it looked like it might be good and I'm trying to study other authors takes on their own lives. Julie is so human, so 'girl', so there in her 'not there' way that I read through with a new awareness of what it means to put yourself out in the world, literally, not just a fictional story you wrote, but your own story. She isn't overly emotional about what she writes but ...more
For me to give two stars to a memoir is pretty rare. It is my favorite genre (sp?). However, for a memoir to keep my interest, the person needs to have a) been through extenuating life circumstances that are interesting to read about or b) if they have a lame life, at least write about it in a witty manner. This book failed on both accounts. This woman (who surprisingly wrote for Letterman and pop up video) wrote a pretty bland memoir that left me wondering how it even got published....I would s ...more
Wow. I truly do not understand how the same woman who wrote Love at First Bark and You Had Me at Woof could have also produced such a memoir. I am heavily involved in animal rescue, and I ADORED both of Klam's dog-centered books - I gave them both 5-star ratings. "What an amazing woman she must be," I thought, "to dedicate her life to rescuing, fostering, and transporting dogs in need." So I decided to check out her other books. I haven't yet read Friendkeeping, but man, I was disappointed by th ...more
Dave Bradford
A fun book. A good beach book. Funny. Sad. Baffling. Worth buying and reading. Recommend to certain people and not to others. Well written. Gave me the impression that there is an entire world out there that I avoided for good reason.
Wonderful - makes me laugh and cry and love your family even more - who knew?
Congratulations Julie!
This book was pretty good. The author is very witty. Quick read!
Aug 15, 2008 Kierston rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All daughters and mothers!
Absolutely one of the best books I have EVER read!
This is one of my favorite books of all time!!
Saw her read in Miami- hilarious!!!!
This book got off to a good start--a promising premise and a pretty funny voice. The author's journey towards self-awareness and greater self-reliance is frustrating, though: As much as she realizes her character flaws (which she makes clear are mostly her mother's fault, or indeed, her family's legacy), she for the most part lets herself off the hook for them. It's almost like she thinks they are cute quirks. And while she light-heartedly admits her tendency to be negative, she doesn't seem to ...more
Julie Bestry
When my friend lent me the hardcover sans dust jacket, I assumed it was a novel. And it reads like a first-person novel, rather than the memoir of a pampered ill-equipped to be self-supporting. It's the kind of book where you expect there to be huge personal tragedies that teach the protagonist a lesson. But it's a memoir, where there are smaller, more personal tragedies, and while lessons are learned, they are gently engulfed in the hysterical situations and characters of this real woman's life ...more
Julie Klam’s Please Excuse My Daughter is a memoir of her life as she is forced to adapt to “the real world” after living so long in her sphere of luxury and glamour. It starts out with Julie at the age of thirty, when the necessity to work would seem to be long overdue, yet the fact that she earns no money does not bother her—she needs only to go to her grandparents or parents for money. Julie’s parents are completely supportive of her lifestyle; Her father feels that a woman shouldn’t need to ...more
Klam's memoir of her young adulthood - which lasted far longer than most folks', thanks to her parents - is witty and lighthearted enough to make you forget you're reading about some serious subjects. Subjects with which Klam felt she was completely unequipped to cope after a childhood spent being excused from anything difficult or unpleasant. Fortunately, Klam isn't bitter, instead emphasizing her parents' - and especially her mother's - love for her, without blaming them for her difficult comi ...more
Easy read, enjoyable. I envy Klam her close-knit, humorous family, and I agree with other reviewers that in real life, she must be charming and witty. And I liked how real and honest she was (I, too, had a dog die suddenly from a diagnosis that came too late and could really identify with that part). But, also like other reviewers, I wanted to grab her shoulders, look her in the eye, and admonish her to get a little perspective!

Despite Klam's claim that she was ill-prepared to make her way in t
I would give this one 2-1/2 stars. I did keep reading, and I finished it. The writer was brought up as a pampered, privileged rich kid and was not taught to be independent or self-reliant. As an adult, she stumbles again and again, but someone is always there to bail her out (even though she doesn't feel that way). Despite the fact that she hardly ever went to school as a kid, she somehow ended up getting through college (and getting good grades), and lands two coveted entertainment jobs: (1) wo ...more
This book was a quick read and pleasant enough, though it certainly doesn't contain any new or earth-shattering insights. Julie Klam's description of her life as a spectacularly spoiled and unmotivated child and twenty-something were relatively entertaining (especially her description of her relationship with a former mobster who'd been newly-released from jail). However, her retelling of her engagement, wedding, honeymoon and initiation into parenthood seemed superfluous, and her recounting of ...more
This is a laugh out loud memoir about a Jewish American Princess, and I say that only because she calls herself that. Its a quick read, its funny, and it has some solemn moments as well that make you sit and take notice of your own life. In the end, she finds that she does, in fact, have more capabilities than just shopping at Bergdorf's and avoiding having to work. She finds meaning... in herself. She's self depricating, she's nonjudgemental of those who may judge her, and ultimately, she is no ...more
Jul 25, 2008 Krysia rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women who grew up in Katonah in the 70s-80s
Recommended to Krysia by: found it at the local library
Shelves: memoir
Difficult book to rate because the world certainly didn't NEED this book about a girl who grew up wealthy in Katonah, and whose mother used to keep her home from school just to go shop at Bloomingdale's and have lunch. Although she graduates from NYU, she is ill-prepared for the "real world." However,she manages to land a job on Late Night with Dave Letterman, write for Pop-Up Video, etc. amidst stints of unemployment and boo hoo she ends up marrying a hardworking but far from wealthy man. Funni ...more
I really enjoy this book. It was my first memoir book and I it not being on someone who lives by the public eye. It was so real and raw about family and feelings and how she was raised and what she was raised to be able to do. It was great to see the inner strength she possessed that came into play as she had to deal with tragedy after tragedy. Amazing. I wanted to keep knowing more of how her life would end up, how the other players would react to who she had become. It also had a lesson for mo ...more
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Julie Klam grew up in Bedford, NY. She has been a freelance writer since 1991, writing for such publications as “O, The Oprah Magazine,” “Rolling Stone,” “Harper’s Bazaar,” “Glamour,” and “The New York Times Magazine”.
A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she was a writer for VH1’s Pop-Up Video, where she earned an Emmy nomination for Special Class Writing.
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