Spent Memoirs of a Shopping Addict

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-05-14
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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Growing up, Avis Cardella devoured her mother's fashion magazines; the images seemed to promise a glamorous existence. In real life, her relationship with clothing and shopping grows into an obsession. Cardella shops to define herself and, paradoxically, to lose herself and before long, it becomes a dangerous addiction. She forgoes food for Prada. Credit card debt blooms like the ever-increasing pile of unworn shoes and clothing in the back of her closet. Life presents some hard lessons about money, men and the price of trying to keep up appearances. SPENT is Avis Cardella's timely, deeply personal and shockingly dramatic exploration of our cultural need to spend, and of what happens when someone is consumed by the desire to consume.

Author Biography

After spending her formative years reading fashion magazines voraciously, Avis Cardella-√°found her calling writing about photography, fashion, and culture. She has written for British Vogue, American Photo, and Surface, among other publications. She lives in Paris with her husband.

Table of Contents

Barneys, Bergdorf's, Bloomingdale'sp. 3
Oniomania and Mep. 10
Charged Upp. 37
Welcome to the Ninetiesp. 54
Material Worldp. 71
Fashions of the Timesp. 86
The Price of Everything, the Value of Nothingp. 106
Madame Bovary Syndrome
Start Where You Left Off … Do Not Avoid The Difficult Partsp. 135
Better to Shop than Prayp. 154
The Dirty Little Secretsp. 171
Loss and Lostp. 200
That Crocodile Died a Long Time Agop. 221
After the Fallp. 242
Epiloguep. 249
Acknowledgmentsp. 257
Notesp. 259
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