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Dead end gene pool

Wendy Burden

Dead end gene pool

a memoir

by Wendy Burden

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Published by Gotham Books in New York .
Written in English


Edition Notes

StatementWendy Burden
Classifications
LC ClassificationsCT275.B785218 A3 2010
The Physical Object
Paginationviii, 279 p. ;
Number of Pages279
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24476358M
ISBN 109781592405268
LC Control Number2009028953
OCLC/WorldCa426800531

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Dead End Gene Pool | A Memoir | Wendy Burden. Dead End Gene Pool A Memoir Wendy Burden (Gotham) Wendy Burden's early life was, according to her, a bummer, filled with drunk, drug-infested, vain, overpampered, hag-ridden great-grandparents, grandparents, and uncles. She had two depressed brothers who got lassoed by their own habits, and her.   Listen to Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir audiobook by Wendy Burden. Stream and download audiobooks to your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Bestsellers and latest releases. try any audiobook Free!Author: Wendy Burden.


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Seen through the eyes of a tough survivor who also happens to be a small child who matures into a remarkably well adjusted woman, "Dead End Gene Pool" is one very rich little girl's journey through a diamond-encrusted Burden's memoir about growing up in the shadow of her very rich great-great grandmother, Florence Adele 4/5().

The first line of this book - "It's a testament to his libido, if not his character, that Cornelius Vanderbilt died of syphilis instead of apoplexy." - sets the pace for this enormously funny read.

Well written, fast paced, gossipy without being mean, Dead End Gene Pool offers insight into the lives of those that have vs those that have not/5. Rife with humor, heartbreak, family intrigue, and booze, Dead End Gene Pool offers a glimpse into the eccentric excess of old money and gives truth to the old maxim: The rich are different.

Watch a Video. The Amazon Book Review Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now 4/5(). Although Wendy Burden begins her darkly funny memoir, Dead End Gene Pool, by recounting the lives of her ancestors on her father’s side (she’s the great-times-four-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt), the book’s dedication makes it clear where the heart of her story really lies: “For my mother, goddamn it.” After Burden’s father killed himself when she.

Dead End Gene Pool is a darkly hilarious, compulsively readable memoir filled with jaw-dropping details from the ultimate insider. Equipped with unwavering honesty and an acerbic sense of humor reminiscent of David Sedaris, Wendy turns the poor-little-rich-girl trope on its head in this riveting, tragic-comic account of growing up amid the not /5(97).

Dead End Gene Pool is both touching and funny. Would Wendy’s narrative have been as compassionate if she’d written it in her 20s or 30s. Why does Wendy choose to end the book with the information she discovered about Charles Thomas, her mother’s former lover.

Scott Fitzgerald famously said, “The rich are different from you and. Burden is a master of the barbed quip, but reading Dead End Gene Pool, her first book, is a little like sitting through a stand-up comedy routine that goes on too long with little shift in tone or rhythm.

Thankfully there are brief flashes of real talent that keep us : Wendy Burden. DEAD END GENE POOL: A MEMOIR tells of Wendy, ancestor of one Cornelius Vanderbilt who grew up in a family once famous for wealth, but in the midst of decline.

Her observations of her flawed family life and her memoir of heartbreak and courage provides a lively vision of a famous family whose fortunes have gone wrong, and is an outstanding pick 5/5(5).

Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir avg rating — 2, ratings — published — 8 editions Want to Read saving /5. In Dead End Gene Pool, Wendy invites readers to meet her tragically flawed family, including an uncle with a fondness for Hitler, a grandfather who believes you can never have enough household staff, and a remarkably flatulent grandmother.

About Dead End Gene Pool. In the tradition of Sean Wilsey’s Oh The Glory of It All and Augusten Burrough’s Running With Scissors, the great-great-great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt gives readers a grand tour of the world of wealth and WASPish peculiarity, in her irreverent and darkly humorous memoir.

For generations the Burdens were one of the wealthiest families in. Title: Dead End Gene Pool Author: Wendy Burden Genre: Memoir Year: Acquired: From the publisher for TLC Book Tours Rating: One Sentence Summary: Rich people are different than you and me, and that’s probably ok — their lives don’t sound that great to me anyway.

One Sentence Review: Wendy Burden’s take on her family and self-description as a. About the Book Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir. by Wendy Burden.

The great-great-great-great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt takes a look at the decline of her wealthy blue-blooded family in this irreverent and wickedly funny memoir. About Dead End Gene Pool. In the tradition of Sean Wilsey’s Oh The Glory of It All and Augusten Burrough’s Running With Scissors, the great-great-great-great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt gives readers a grand tour of the world of wealth and WASPish peculiarity, in her irreverent and darkly humorous memoir.

For generations the Burdens were one of the. And, despite the book’s title, in her acknowledgements she thanks her two daughters. In fact, Dead End Gene Pool is a misleading title, an effort to finger the Commodore’s genome for havoc just as plausibly linked to his fortune.

Cornelius Vanderbilt, Burden notes, disinherited all but one of his 13 offspring. In "Dead End Gene Pool," Wendy invites readers to meet her tragically flawed family, including an uncle with a fondness for Hitler, a grandfather who believes you can never have enough household staff, and a remarkably flatulent grandmother.

“Sepulchrally dismal, she was the three-dimensional equivalent of woe.” My third memoir for the year, Wendy Burden’s Dead End Gene Pool is a dizzying ride through the lives of the ultra-rich descendants of Cornelius Vanderbilt, starting briefly with her grandparents’ antecedents, focussing for quite some time on Wendy’s childhood, which was heavily influenced by her 75%(39).

Get this from a library. Dead end gene pool: a memoir. [Wendy Burden] -- The great-great-great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt gives readers a grand tour of the world of wealth and WASPish peculiarity, in her irreverent and darkly humorous memoir.

For generations the Burdens were one of the wealthiest families in New York, thanks to the inherited fortune of Cornelius "The Commodore" Vanderbilt. Bythe year of Wendy Burden's birth, the Burdens had become a clan of overfunded, quirky and brainy, steadfastly chauvinistic, and ultimately do.

Dead End Gene Pool (Hardcover) A Memoir. By Wendy Burden. Gotham,pp. Publication Date: April 1, Other Editions of This Title: Digital Audiobook (4/11/) Paperback (3/1/) Compact Disc (4/12/) MP3 CD (4/12/) Compact Disc (4/12/).

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