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New York challenge – March challenge

March 25, 2010

The New York challenge mini-challenge for March is:

So for the March mini-challenge (part of my larger NY Challenge, if you need some back story), we’re going to focus on women, New York, and history. All you have to do is write a post that features those three things. You could discuss Eleanor Roosevelt (she was born in NY), Lillian Wald (possibly the first public health nurse, who worked in NY), Zoe (an orange Muppet who lives on Sesame Street), even your great-aunt Gertrude (as long as she has some connection to NY).

When I read this challenge, I knew that I wanted to feature an author, preferably a debut author, so I had to give it a little thought.  I finally came up with Alexandra Lebenthal, whose debut novel, The Recessionistas comes out in August.

Alexandra Lebenthal lives in New York and is the founder of a wealth management company that she runs with her father Jim, who is well known for selling municipal bonds.  She is involved in the School of American Ballet, The Business Council of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Capital Campaign for the Museum of the City of New York, the American Museum of Natural History, and the New York Botanical Garden.  She also writes for NYSocialDiary.com. Here’s a Q&A with her that shows photos of her Manhattan home.  I can’t imagine where she found the time to write a novel!

Recessionista is defined by the urban dictionary as “a person who is able to stick to a tight budget while still managing to dress stylishly,” so Alexandra’s new book sounds like it fits the times.  Here’s what the publisher has to say about it:

It’s the day after Labor Day, 2008, and the bottom is about the drop out of the economy. Hedge fund owner John Cutter is in the process of an ugly divorce and nearly in financial ruin, except for the assets he is hiding from his wife Mimi in the Cayman Islands. When he concocts a scheme to redeem himself, he enlists Lehman Brothers investment banker Blake Somerset as an accomplice. Blake is ripe for recruitment given that he too is on the verge of being in dire financial straits given Lehman’s decline and imminent bankruptcy.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2010 8:13 am

    I so want to read that! I’d love to be called a recessionista! The author sounds like an amazing person!

  2. March 25, 2010 9:43 am

    Sounds like an interesting author and debut book!

  3. stacybuckeye permalink
    March 25, 2010 10:50 am

    Thanks for introducing us to someone new. And for the definition of recessionistas!

  4. March 25, 2010 11:04 am

    I absolutely would never be called a recessionista! I love the photos of her home. The chair and ottoman in the master bedroom look perfect for a reading spot!

    • March 25, 2010 9:35 pm

      Jill can have the chair and ottoman…I want the purple couch with the purple and green ottoman!

      Great post! I love that you featured a debut author.

  5. tarynwanderer permalink
    March 25, 2010 2:40 pm

    I enjoyed learning about an author local to New York who I hadn’t heard of before! And yes, a very timely story.

  6. March 25, 2010 4:01 pm

    The novel sounds super. Hopefully, it’s full of juicy, gossipy-type stuff. I already want to know if Mimi finds the hidden money.

    Thanks for introducing us to a new author and book.

  7. March 25, 2010 4:23 pm

    Sounds like a great book! The author also seems to be a very busy and socially conscious person. Great pick! Now I want to add this to my list!

  8. March 25, 2010 5:22 pm

    I’d never be called a recessionista either. I do have a tight budged, but alas, no knowledge of how to be stylish 😛

  9. March 25, 2010 8:32 pm

    What a good idea to feature an author! I didn’t even think of that, haha! I still need to do this task… just not sure who to do yet. =)

  10. March 25, 2010 8:54 pm

    This book sounds great – thanks for spotlighting it and its NY author!

  11. March 25, 2010 10:49 pm

    Thank you for highlighting this, Kathy! And have fun reading!

  12. March 30, 2010 3:13 pm

    Recessionista, ha! Thanks for introducing us to a debut author, Kathy; nice tie-in to the NY challenge.

  13. alexandra permalink
    April 17, 2010 4:59 pm

    hi- from the author. I happened upon this blog. Thanks so much for posting it and to all for the nice comments. I hope you enjoy the book! Will be out August 9. It’s a fun tale of NY society and Wall Street.

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