Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir

Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir

Wendy Burden


The great-great-great-great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt takes a glance on the decline of her prosperous blue-blooded relations during this irreverent and wickedly humorous memoir

For generations the Burdens have been one of many wealthiest households in ny, because of the inherited fortune of Cornelius "The Commodore" Vanderbilt. by way of 1955, the yr of Wendy's beginning, the Burdens had turn into a extended family of overfunded, quirky and brainy, steadfastly chauvinistic, and eventually doomed blue bloods at the verge of economic and ethical decline-and have been hardly noticeable now not protecting a drink.

while her father commits suicide while Wendy is six, she and her brother are advised not anything approximately it and are shuffled off to varsity as though it have been the other day. in this case, Wendy turns into passionate about the macabre, modeling herself after Wednesday Addams of the Addams family members, and comes to a decision she desires to be a mortician while she grows up. simply days after the funeral, her mom jets off to southern climes looking for the proper tan, and for the following 3 years, Wendy and her brothers are raised as a rule through a chain-smoking Scottish nanny and the lengthy soreness family employees at their grandparent's 5th street residence. in the event you imagine Eloise wreaked havoc on the Plaza you might want to see what Wendy and her brothers do in "Burdenland"-a international the place her grandfather is the president of the Museum of recent artwork; the partitions are embellished with originals of Klee, Kline, Mondrian, and Miro; and Rockefellers are average dinner site visitors.

The spoiled lifetime of the uber-rich that they dwell with their grandparents is in darkish distinction to the lifestyles they reside with their mom, a super Radcliffe grad and Daughter of the yank Revolution, who bargains with having men's suicides on her moral sense via turning into skinnier, tanner, blonder, and extra steeped in sour alcoholism with each passing yr.

We watch Wendy's family members resolve as she travels among 5th street, Virginia horse state, Mount barren region Island in Maine, the Jupiter Island membership, London, and boarding institution, coming via it all strangely intact. Rife with humor, heartbreak, relations intrigue, and booze, Dead finish Gene Pool bargains a glimpse into the eccentric far more than outdated cash and provides fact to the previous maxim: the wealthy are different.

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