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Please Excuse My Daughter: A Memoir

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  480 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
A woman's hilarious, bittersweet account of growing up in a family of career-shunning, dependence-seeking women and her journey to a state of twenty-first-century self-reliance.

Julie Klam was raised as the only daughter of a Jewish family in the exclusive WASP stronghold of Bedford, New York. Her mother was sharp, glamorous, and funny, but did not think that work was a w
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 27th 2008 by Riverhead Hardcover
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Patrick Brown
Jun 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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
Jun 25, 2008 rated it liked it
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
May 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
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
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
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
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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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,” "The Washington Post" 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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“It turns out, after a lot of exploration, that I'm not really a princess. A swell gal, sure, but not a princess.” 0 likes
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