Dead End Gene Pool

A Memoir

By Wendy Burden; Coleen Marlo (Narrator)
(Tantor Media, MP3 CD, 9781400165698)

Publication Date: April 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Compact Disc, Hardcover, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the April 2010 Indie Notables
“Burden's memoir of her branch of the family descended from Cornelius Vanderbilt is a delightful cautionary tale of the super rich who inherit a large fortune. The family's unraveling, erratic behavior, and eccentricities make up a morbidly fascinating story.”
-- Avery Dickey, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer '11 Reading Group List


In the tradition of Sean Wilsey's Oh the Glory of It All and Augusten Burroughs's Running with Scissors, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt gives audiences a grand tour of the world of wealth and WASPish peculiarity, in her irreverent and darkly humorous memoir.

About the Author

Wendy Burden, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, is a former illustrator, zookeeper, taxidermist, and owner and chef of the bistro Chez Wendy. She also served as the art director of a pornographic magazine but was fired for being too tasteful. Coleen Marlo is an accomplished actor who has appeared on stage, in film, and on television, and is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio. She also taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, Coleen has been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly, including for Third World America by Arianna Huffington and The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum. She has also earned three Audie Award nominations, winning for Snakewoman of Little Egypt by Robert Hellenga. Publishers Weekly has named Coleen Audiobook Reader of the Year for 2010.

Praise For Dead End Gene Pool

"Charles Addams meets Carrie Bradshaw in this honest, sardonic, and touching memoir." ---Jane Stanton Hitchcock, New York Times bestselling author of Social Crimes

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