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Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair [Kindle Edition]

LuAnn de Lesseps
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The glamorous star of Bravo's hit show The Real Housewives of New York City makes it easy to be elegant, with contemporary etiquette tips and a complete course in the art of sophisticated living

Countess LuAnn de Lesseps knows firsthand that class is a state of mind, not a birthright. Raised in small-town Connecticut-half French Canadian, half Native American-she worked as a registered nurse before she started modeling. On her first trip to Europe, she was awed by the lifestyle of the Italians and stayed, eventually becoming a TV personality. Before long, she began a fairy-tale romance with Alexandre Count de Lesseps, of the Suez Canal dynasty, and married into a world of aristocrats.

She learned during her time in Europe that panache comes from within- not from an antiquated manual. Now she shares her savvy advice and her inspiring story in Class with the Countess, including:

?Elegance can most certainly be acquired.

?All of life is a seduction.

?You don't have to be rich and famous to have an unforgettable presence.

?Being interested is what makes you interesting.

?An alluring woman makes everyone want to be near her.

The twenty-first century's answer to Emily Post, the Countess gives a new generation of women an exuberant and incomparable guide to modern social graces.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2227 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1 edition (16 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00256Z2F0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #372,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a correction... 29 Oct. 2012
By SarahB
Although I am NOT a fan of the books title having read some of the vitriol here I have to respond...
I have never met Luanne de Lessep and have only seen her on the television and frankly admit that in France one would never introduce yourself by your title as she does... however
1. The title is authentic, it was given to his third something great grandfather, not for the Suez canal but to the father of the builder of the Suez canal by Napolean 1. This is problematic in France where some people accept "Imperial Titles" and some don't but technically it is absolutely correct for them to be able to use it.
2. When you divorce someone, until you remarry as you can keep your husband's surname so you can keep the title but it is changed around so you are not confused with the wife following you... Therefore technically she is now Luanne, Countess de Lessep. However as France had a revolution titles are rarely even written on envelopes, only your social cards (which are almost the same size and used like an American correspondence card) and on invitations both sent and given out by. They are not otherwise used, you just sort of know and if she was living in Paris she would be referred to as Luanne de Lessep.
Apologies for being so pedantic but a lot of the comments here just seem somewhat mean.... although I haven't read the book and was just checking it out as DHNY is also a "guilty pleasure" of mine....
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious and silly. 6 Sept. 2012
By S
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A disappointing, vacuous book, even given the title and expected contents. Was hoping for a little more to go on.

Her advice seems very dated and is not of much use to a modern woman, as her life seems to be lived entirely through that of
her husband and his social world.

However, I do hope for her sake they remain married (she is his 5th wife) as she has done everything in her power to please him!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars POPPYCOCK!!! 19 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is as tacky and annoying as she is on real housewives. I would suggest she practices what she preaches. Where is she a countess? It must be la la land:-)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Strange, deluded woman 31 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Is this woman for real??? "To the manor born"??? Seriously? Her first fatal mistake! Any authentic Countess, particularly one whom claims to be married to European aristocracy, would know the term is "to the manner born". A total fake, obviously cobbled together her book with the use of Google and Wikipedia.... Do not waste your money. An American Countess indeed....
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel 9 Nov. 2011
By Vamp
I watched this "lady" in action on the television programme. She is no longer entitled to her "title" and should have the class to acknowledge that. Her song "money can't buy you class"? Well titles don't either. This book is just another method of self promotion, and from someone who doesn't have any class. I'd rather seek lessons in class from Rab C Nesbitt from this person. She is American after all, the land of the tacky and classless...
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