Vintage, Paperback, 9780375725357, 320pp.
Publication Date: May 10, 2005
Whether it's assessing the class-consciousness of Christianity or the convulsions of consumer capitalism, dueling or home-furnishing, Status Anxiety is infallibly entertaining. And when it examines the virtues of informed misanthropy, art appreciation, or walking a lobster on a leash, it is not only wise but helpful.
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“A smart and amusing inquiry. . . . Thick with social history and as funny as [it is] acute.” — The Boston Globe
“A typically de Bottonesque romp. . . . Full of great. . . literary and philosophical references.” —The Christian Science Monitor
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