Filthy Rich

by Dorothy Samuels | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0060086386 Global Overview for this book
Registered by CdnBlueRose of Lynden, Washington USA on 3/6/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by CdnBlueRose from Lynden, Washington USA on Sunday, March 06, 2005
From Publishers Weekly
The current mania for so-called reality television and high stakes quiz shows inspired New York Times editorial board member Samuels to make her fiction debut with a media spoof focusing on a parody of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Marcy Mallowitz, a personal life coach who developed her unique consulting job after making a living as a closet reorganizer specialist, becomes the latest victim of media madness when her stint as her orthodontist boyfriend's lifeline on the So You Want to Be Filthy Rich! show ends up costing her their relationship. Once Marcy is dumped on national television after feeding her man the wrong answer, she becomes a media darling and is courted by every talk show host on the planet: Barbara Walters, Rosie O'Donnell, Diane Sawyer, even Oprah Winfrey make cameo appearances. Samuels ably captures the artificially charged environment of television spectacle, but amusing as the satire is initially, the name-dropping and media spoofing soon wear thin, and Marcy's stereotyped, overbearing Jewish mother, who is more caught up in her daughter's sudden stardom then the sorry circumstances of Marcy's personal life, adds a sour taste to the mix. Samuels's attempt at over-the-top humor in what might have been a searing indictment of celebrity journalism and the current state of copycat television programming falls as flat as the "cement matzo balls" that are Marcy's mother's specialties.

Journal Entry 2 by CdnBlueRose from Lynden, Washington USA on Wednesday, January 25, 2006
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Journal Entry 3 by CdnBlueRose from Lynden, Washington USA on Friday, January 27, 2006
Offered in noumena12's Virtual BookBox and accepted by Giz-Angel. Mailing January 30 - ENJOY!

Journal Entry 4 by Giz-angel from Greenwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, March 17, 2006
Thanks so much Rosie for this in my gorgeous post today I love that xxxx You are a star!

Journal Entry 5 by Giz-angel from Greenwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, April 21, 2006
I enjoyed this - a fast read and very amusing - but some of the cultural references where lost on me - because this is a great deal about American TV, I didn't always get it. But enjoyable none the less.

Reserved for camis who chose it from the VBB round 7.

Journal Entry 6 by camis from Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Thursday, June 29, 2006
Received from teh VBB - thank you! On to Mount TBR for now...

Journal Entry 7 by camis from Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Friday, September 08, 2006
I wanted a fast read and this fitted the bill nicely. Like Giz, some of the American cultural stuff was a bit over my head, but that didn't detract from an amusing and entertaining read.

Journal Entry 8 by camis from Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Friday, September 22, 2006
Sending to Cats-eye from an ALS.

Journal Entry 9 by cats-eye from Bishop Auckland, County Durham United Kingdom on Saturday, September 30, 2006
Thanks, Camis! Arrived safely today along with a very tempting catalogue of lovely stationary, etc...this stuff is gorgous - I'm sure I'll be ordering something in the near future :o)
Have added the book to Mt TBR and look forward to the day that I have time to enjoy it, it sounds like fun!

Journal Entry 10 by cats-eye from Bishop Auckland, County Durham United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 20, 2006
A funny, fluffy read...light chick lit that didn't need lots of concentration to follow - it was perfect for the train ride to Uni each day, and had me chuckling out loud a few times, too! Thank you Camis for sharing this with me, I'll get it moving again asap :o)

Journal Entry 11 by cats-eye at Post Office in via Royal Mail, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (1/3/2007 UTC) at Post Office in via Royal Mail, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases

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Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Saw this on her wishlist, so I'm posting this shortly to collectorkerri as a RABCK - safe travels, little book - enjoy!!

Journal Entry 12 by wingcollectorkerriwing from Springfield, Illinois USA on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Received as a RABCK from cats-eye. It will go onto the TBR shelf. Thanks a lot!

Journal Entry 13 by wingcollectorkerriwing from Springfield, Illinois USA on Wednesday, February 10, 2010
As the Publishers Weekly review says, the constant name-dropping and media spoofing wear thin after awhile--and did anyone else notice that even the game show host's name, Kingman, is a takeoff on Regis, the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?--but this is an enjoyable book just the same. Marcy was a likable heroine and I think her character was drawn reasonably well. I think it took me two days to read, so beach/vacation reading is all I'd recommend this fluffy little book for.

It's headed back to the UK, where lidlekiwi has just won the international chick lit sweepstakes. Congratulations!

Journal Entry 14 by lidlekiwi on Friday, February 19, 2010
Thank you so much for this book! I look forward to reading this book. I won this book in the chick lit sweetstake.

I see that you are from Springfeild! I was there in late dec, it was cold!!! Had a good time

Journal Entry 15 by lidlekiwi at South Ealing Road in Ealing, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, March 19, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (3/19/2010 UTC) at South Ealing Road in Ealing, Greater London United Kingdom

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gave to a charity shop(south Ealing Rd) south from South Ealing Underground station

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