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Tales from the Back Row

An Outsider's View from Inside the Fashion Industry

Amy Odell


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (8/31/2015)
Paperback (9/20/2016)
MP3 CD (9/1/2015)
Compact Disc (9/1/2015)
MP3 CD (9/1/2015)
Compact Disc (9/1/2015)


"Hilarious, insightful and smart. A must-read for anyone who wears clothes.” —Chelsea Handler

*US Weekly, “Riveting Reads for Labor Day”*
*Bustle, “2015 Books Every Funny Woman Should Read” and “September 2015’s Best Books”*
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The Lowdown on High Fashion editor Amy Odell knows what it’s really like to be a young woman working in the fashion industry.

In Tales from the Back Row, Amy—funny and fearless—takes readers behind the stage of New York’s hottest fashion shows to meet the world’s most influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers. But first, she has to push her way through the crowds outside, where we see the lengths people go to be noticed by the lurking paparazzi, and weave her way through the packed venue, from the very back row to the front. And as Amy climbs the ladder (with tips about how you can, too), she introduces an industry powered by larger-than-life characters: she meets the intimidating Anna Wintour and the surprisingly gracious Rachel Zoe, not to mention the hilarious Chelsea Handler, and more. As she describes the allure of Alexander Wang’s ripped tights and Marchesa’s Oscar-worthy dresses, Amy artfully layers in something else: ultimately this book is about how the fashion industry is an exaggerated mirror of human fallibility—reflecting our desperate desire to belong, to make a mark, to be included. For Amy is the first to admit that as much as she is embarrassed by the thrill she gets when she receives an invitation to an exclusive after-party, she can’t help but RSVP “yes.”

Praise For Tales from the Back Row: An Outsider's View from Inside the Fashion Industry

"Hilarious, insightful and smart. A must-read for anyone who wears clothes.”
— Chelsea Handler

"Book Report “A” rating...a witty and candid ‘outsider’s view from inside the fashion industry,’ complete with an intimidating Anna Wintour encounter."

"Odell's shamelessly dry, very smart wit is blogger-perfect, but it translates well into writing reverentially and intelligently about fashion. Whether or not you also love to hate or hate to love the fashion world, you will straight-up adore Amy Odell's candid observations and anecdotes culled from her years covering the runways.”

"This delightful book of essays by editor Amy Odell pulls back the curtain and shows that it’s not always so fabulous climbing the fashion ladder."

"A funny, insightful debut."

“Whether you're interested in pursuing a career in publishing, public relations or design, or you're just fascinated with what really goes on behind-the-scenes without the usual sugarcoating, we'd say this is required reading.”

“A backstage pass to the intimidating, backbiting industry.”

"Just delicious."

"A great and almost natural comic narrative, laced with lots of name-dropping, will evoke chuckles—and a sigh of relief that there are no reader portraits."

"Funny, insightful and relatable to pretty much anyone who works in media."

“If you haven’t snagged any invites (to NYFW), let Tales from the Back Row, Editor Amy Odell’s first book, out now, transport you.”

“TALES FROM THE BACK ROW takes you from the hottest fashion shows to the coolest after parties, along the decidedly unglamorous roads Amy Odell travels to get there. Don’t miss this terrific debut. It’s better than landing the most coveted seat at fashion week.”
— Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of Revenge Wears Prada and The Devil Wears Prada

“Amy is one of my favorite people in the fashion industry. She's smart, stylish and simply not a dick.”
— Grace Helbig

"TALES FROM THE BACK ROW is a delicious peek behind the curtain of fame and fashion. Amy Odell doesn't pull any punches—not at the industry, the celebrities circling it, or even at herself—and her insider dish will make you laugh out loud."
— The Fug Girls

Simon & Schuster, 9781476749754, 240pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

About the Author

Amy Odell is the editor of Chief amongst her interests are cats and Beyoncé. She is a feminist (thank you for asking) and the author of Tales from the Back Row.