Book Review and Giveaway: The Recessionistas by Alexandra Lebenthal (Ends 9/8) CLOSED

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
It's the day after Labor Day, 2008, and the elite universe of New York's Upper East Side is about to unravel along with the economy. Socialite Grigsby Somerset is barely aware of her changing world, and has no idea her investment banker husband Blake is about to enter into a devil's bargain with hedge fund owner John Cutter. As autumn unfolds, Grigsby's fairytale life starts to unwind. Street-smart Renee Parker has been hired as John's executive assistant and is convinced that something is amiss with her new boss.

Alexandra Lebenthal, who is active on the New York social scene, has written THE RECESSIONISTAS,  a debut novel about four socialites whose perfect Upper East Side lives get turned upside down when the economic collapse wreaks havoc on their pampered existences.

In a tale that is ripped from the headlines, a group of powerful New Yorkers suddenly encounter social upheaval, deception, and scandal. Some will find their way out of disaster while others, after making dangerous choices, dig their own graves. This story of expulsion from a modern-day Garden of Eden captures what happens when lives that were only designed to acquire more suddenly face the prospect of a great deal less.

My Review
This is an entertaining and at times moving inside look at the pampered existence of four rich women whose lives get affected first-hand by the financial crisis on Wall Street. Whether the author is drawing from personal experience or from close observation, she is writing with keen attention to detail and compassion for the plight of some of her characters. Fiction is smartly blended with real-life facts and events from recent times. Some of the problems faced by New York socialites could not be farther from the average person's. Yet, readers can sympathize with the overworked and under appreciated heroine who is trying to balance her career and family. Occasionally, the book sounds a bit like the society pages meet financial crisis headlines. Got to love the smart title: fashionistas during recession, or recessionistas! Well, recessionalites just does not have the same ring to it although it'd be more accurate.

The Recessionistas is a good beach / coffee shop / light reading, and I hope Ms. Lebenthal is considering another novel.

The Giveaway
Thanks to publisher Hachette Book Group, I am hosting a giveaway for three (3) copies of The Recessionistas by Alexandra Lebenthal!

To enter, please comment below what's the last good book you've read.

You may do any and all of the following for extra chances to win:

  • follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway, feel free to copy and paste: "Win 1 of 3 copies of The Recessionistas by Alexandra Lebenthal! #Giveaway ends 9/8 @aitmama #win #contests #books http://tinyurl.com/25l334x" – you may do this once a day;
  • go here for additional ways to get extra entries.
The deadline to enter is September 9, 2010, 11:59pm EST. Three winners will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to get back to me, or alternates will be chosen. Subject to this site's Official Rules.

Open to residents 18+ of U.S. and Canada only. No P.O. box addresses, please. One book per person. Winners will receive their prizes directly from Hachette Book Group. Book information, review copy and image courtesy of the publisher. No compensation was provided for this post.

102 comments:

  1. Tore said...

    I am a follower. The Twilight Series are the last good books I read. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  2. Anonymous said...

    Please enter me in this giveaway.


    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

  3. Anonymous said...

    I am an e-mail subscriber of this blog.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

  4. Anonymous said...

    I follow this blog with GFC.


    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

  5. Anonymous said...

    I sent a friend request on FB for this blog.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

  6. Anonymous said...

    I entered the giveaway for Wrong.


    CarolNWong@aol.com

  7. victoria99 said...

    The last good book I read was called "Socks".

  8. Meredith said...

    I read Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  9. Meredith said...

    I am an email subscriber.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  10. Meredith said...

    I am a GFC follower.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  11. Meredith said...

    I like your blog on FB.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  12. Meredith said...

    I entered the Germ-Free toothbrush giveaway.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  13. Meredith said...

    I entered the TemporalScanner giveaway.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  14. Lucky's Luna said...

    The last good book I read was Skylight Confessions, but now I'm reading the third book from Sookie Stackhouse series which is really good.

    luckysluna(at)yahoo(Dot)com

  15. Lucky's Luna said...

    I follow you on GFC
    luckysluna(at)yahoo(Dot)com

  16. Lucky's Luna said...

    I entered your Foxy book giveaway
    luckysluna(at)yahoo(Dot)com

  17. Lucky's Luna said...

    I entered you Gift Baskets from That's Caring!
    luckysluna(at)yahoo(Dot)com

  18. Amy said...

    I just finished "On Folly Beach" by Karen White. It was a wonderful story & I highly recommend it.

    The Recessionistas sounds very interesting. I don't know a lot about the financial industry & this sounds like a good way to learn a bit about it while enjoying a good read.

    Please enter me in your giveaway!

    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

  19. Amy said...

    I'm a GFC Follower


    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

  20. Amy said...

    I'm an email subscriber (Aimala02@yahoo.com)

    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

  21. Amy said...

    Twitter follower (Twitter id: Amestir)

    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

  22. Amy said...

    Following on Networked Blogs (Amy M.)


    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

  23. Droosilla said...

    I can't remember what book I read last exactly, but I just picked up Speaker for the Dead (ender's game) and Vampire Nation. ;3

    droosilla(@)gmail.com

  24. Droosilla said...

    http://twitter.com/theoceansblue/status/22470251332

  25. Droosilla said...

    I subscribed to your blog via email!

  26. Droosilla said...

    subscribed via RSS feed

  27. Droosilla said...

    follow on Google Friends Connect

  28. Droosilla said...

    I entered the Jessica Simpson fragrance giveaway

  29. Droosilla said...

    Follow on Networked Blogs

    Courtney Clark

  30. Droosilla said...

    Added you on FB

    Courtney Clark

  31. Smash Bravo Team said...

    I read Mary Higgins Clarke last book, The Shadow Of Your Smile.
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  32. Smash Bravo Team said...

    Following on Twitter and sent this Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/smashbravoteam/status/22477371804
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  33. Smash Bravo Team said...

    Joined Fancy Nights Giveaway
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  34. Smash Bravo Team said...

    Subscribed via email
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  35. Smash Bravo Team said...

    Subscribed via RSS
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  36. Smash Bravo Team said...

    Following on GFC
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  37. Smash Bravo Team said...

    Follwoing on Network Blogs
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  38. Smash Bravo Team said...

    Joined for an EntreCard, not sure what you mean by Drop?
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  39. Smash Bravo Team said...

    Am your friend on FB
    MarieSam bravo
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  40. Smash Bravo Team said...

    Added your button to our blog.
    http://sammymakessix.blogspot.com
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  41. Droosilla said...

    I entered the Romance Giveaway and Blog Tour: Sin Undone by Larissa Ione

  42. Smash Bravo Team said...

    Daily tweet:
    http://twitter.com/smashbravoteam/status/22570179107
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  43. Smash Bravo Team said...

    Entered the Thats Caring giveaway
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  44. Smash Bravo Team said...

    Daily Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/smashbravoteam/status/22734203843
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  45. Elizabeth said...

    the last good book i read was Wicked

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  46. Elizabeth said...

    http://twitter.com/eljho88/status/22828295719

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  47. Elizabeth said...

    email subscriber (shmellow_kitty@hotmail.com)


    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  48. Elizabeth said...

    feed subscriber

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  49. Elizabeth said...

    gfc follower

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  50. Elizabeth said...

    networked blogs follower

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  51. Elizabeth said...

    fb friend

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  52. Elizabeth said...

    fb friend

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  53. Elizabeth said...

    tazzini

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  54. Elizabeth said...

    hydros

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  55. Elizabeth said...

    highlander

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  56. Elizabeth said...

    gift basket

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  57. Elizabeth said...

    evolve grill

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  58. Elizabeth said...

    exergen

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  59. Elizabeth said...

    violight

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  60. Elizabeth said...

    tortilla chips

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  61. Elizabeth said...

    fancy night

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  62. Elizabeth said...

    yoplait

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  63. Elizabeth said...

    sin undone

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  64. Elizabeth said...

    lunch containers

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  65. Elizabeth said...

    balloonatiks

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  66. Elizabeth said...

    testimony

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  67. Elizabeth said...

    gone country

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  68. Smash Bravo Team said...

    daily tweet:
    http://twitter.com/smashbravoteam/status/22836992634
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  69. Smash Bravo Team said...

    Daily tweet:
    http://twitter.com/smashbravoteam/status/22934627792
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  70. Elizabeth said...

    http://twitter.com/eljho88/status/22940902826

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  71. Amy said...

    Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/Amestir/status/22987853685
    (id: Amestir)

    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

  72. Elizabeth said...

    http://twitter.com/eljho88/status/23026097196

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  73. Elizabeth said...

    brugo

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  74. MRWriter said...

    "Interpreter of Maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri.

    AlexDean03(at)yahoo.com

  75. Elizabeth said...

    http://twitter.com/eljho88/status/23105527788

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  76. taxchyk said...

    I recently reread "The Richest Man in Babylon", and enjoy the reminders!

  77. Elizabeth said...

    http://twitter.com/eljho88/status/23261259317


    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  78. Smash Bravo Team said...

    Daily Tweet
    http://twitter.com/smashbravoteam/status/23879945240
    smashbravo@gmail.com

  79. Shelly said...

    Just read Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

  80. Shelly said...

    tweet https://twitter.com/phxbne/status/23942907492

  81. Shelly said...

    e-mail subscriber

  82. Shelly said...

    GFC follower

  83. Shelly said...

    Subscribe via RSS

  84. Shelly said...

    entered Testimony

  85. Shelly said...

    entered She's Gone Country

  86. Mommy T said...

    I'm in the midst of reading "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

  87. Alice H said...

    The last great book I read was the Hunger Games. I know the third one just came out - can't wait. Thanks for the great review and giveaway! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

  88. Nancy said...

    I am currently reading Sugar Cookie Murder.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  89. Nancy said...

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  90. Elizabeth said...

    http://twitter.com/eljho88/status/23957550958

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

  91. TiffsPixieDust said...

    Right now I'm reading Think of a number by John Verdon very good book. ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

  92. TiffsPixieDust said...

    http://twitter.com/tiffypixie/status/23963476287 - I tweeted - Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

  93. TiffsPixieDust said...

    I subscribe by email...Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

  94. TiffsPixieDust said...

    I subscribe by RSS in my feed reader - FeedDemon.
    Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

  95. TiffsPixieDust said...

    I follow via Google Friend Connect - Tiffypixie - Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

  96. TiffsPixieDust said...

    Follow via Facebook Networked Blogs ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

  97. TiffsPixieDust said...

    I LIKE you on facebook tiffypixie tiffypoot@aol.com

  98. TiffsPixieDust said...

    Button on my blog
    http://tiffspixiedust.blogspot.com/
    Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

  99. DEBIJOT said...

    Last good book I finally got to read was Cell by Stephen King

  100. DEBIJOT said...

    friend on FB

  101. DEBIJOT said...

    follow on google connect

  102. Smash Bravo Team said...

    tweet of the day:http://twitter.com/smashbravoteam/status/23965811347
    smashbravo@gmail.com

Related Posts with Thumbnails