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Bobos in Paradise by David  Brooks
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Jun 30, 2010

bookshelves: to-read

I haven't even bought this book yet, and I already have 2 issues with it:
1. Though the subtitle says "Upper Class" the people he's describing are clearly Upper-Middle Class. From the Amazon review: "...driving their immaculate SUVs to Pottery Barn to shop for $48 titanium spatulas." Upper class people have drivers, don't shop at Pottery Barn, and let their domestic staff buy the spatulas.
2. From the back cover (as seen on Amazon): "... David Brooks coins a new word, Bobo, to describe today's upper class - those who have wed the bourgeois world of capitalist enterprise to the hippie values of the bohemian counterculture." I think the French were using the term "bobo" for Bourgeois Bohème before Brooks "coined" it.
Even so, looks like it will be an amusing read.
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