Dead end gene pool : [a memoir]: [a memoir]
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[United States]: Tantor Audio, 2010.
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Unabridged.
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9781400195695 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book), 1400195691 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
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1 online resource (1 audio file (540 min.)) : digital.
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For generations the Burdens were one of the wealthiest families in New York, thanks to the inherited fortune of Cornelius "The Commodore" Vanderbilt. By 1955, the year of Wendy Burden's birth, the Burdens had become a clan of overfunded, quirky and brainy, steadfastly chauvinistic, and ultimately doomed bluebloods on the verge of financial and moral decline-and were rarely seen not holding a drink. In Dead End Gene Pool, Wendy invites listeners to meet her tragically flawed family, including an uncle with a fondness for Hitler, a grandfather who believes you can never have enough household staff, and a remarkably flatulent grandmother. At the heart of the story is Wendy's glamorous and aloof mother, who, after her husband's suicide, travels the world in search of the perfect sea and ski tan, leaving her three children in the care of a chain-smoking Scottish nanny, Fifth Avenue grandparents, and an assorted cast of long-suffering household servants (who Wendy and her brothers love to terrorize). Rife with humor, heartbreak, family intrigue, and booze, Dead End Gene Pool offers a glimpse into the fascinating world of old money and gives truth to an old maxim: The rich are different.

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Read by Coleen Marlo.
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For generations the Burdens were one of the wealthiest families in New York, thanks to the inherited fortune of Cornelius "The Commodore" Vanderbilt. By 1955, the year of Wendy Burden's birth, the Burdens had become a clan of overfunded, quirky and brainy, steadfastly chauvinistic, and ultimately doomed bluebloods on the verge of financial and moral decline-and were rarely seen not holding a drink. In Dead End Gene Pool, Wendy invites listeners to meet her tragically flawed family, including an uncle with a fondness for Hitler, a grandfather who believes you can never have enough household staff, and a remarkably flatulent grandmother. At the heart of the story is Wendy's glamorous and aloof mother, who, after her husband's suicide, travels the world in search of the perfect sea and ski tan, leaving her three children in the care of a chain-smoking Scottish nanny, Fifth Avenue grandparents, and an assorted cast of long-suffering household servants (who Wendy and her brothers love to terrorize). Rife with humor, heartbreak, family intrigue, and booze, Dead End Gene Pool offers a glimpse into the fascinating world of old money and gives truth to an old maxim: The rich are different.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Burden, W., & Marlo, C. (2010). Dead end gene pool: [a memoir]. Unabridged. [United States]: Tantor Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Burden, Wendy and Coleen. Marlo. 2010. Dead End Gene Pool: [a Memoir]. [United States]: Tantor Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Burden, Wendy and Coleen. Marlo, Dead End Gene Pool: [a Memoir]. [United States]: Tantor Audio, 2010.

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Burden, Wendy., and Coleen Marlo. Dead End Gene Pool: [a Memoir]. Unabridged. [United States]: Tantor Audio, 2010.

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