Everything but Snakes by Matthew Phillips
The Story of an Impossibly Glamorous, Manipulative, Sex-Obsessed, New York City High-Society Matron

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There is nothing a twenty-one-year-old man at his first job in New York City needs more than a good mentor, although few of them find one. But author Matthew Phillips found the wild, impetuous, and knowledgeable Marylou Stern. The years Matt spent with Marylou were filled with parties, sex, excess, frivolity, live cows, kidnapped Jewish jewelers, and games that stretch the imagination.

In this memoir, Phillips shares his story of how Marylou, a former model, dancer, and actress, transformed him from an eager, fresh-faced college grad into a sidelines player in chic New York society. Over the course of three years, Marylou taught Matt about New York City, high society, the difference between class and low class, how to make a genuine egg cream, how to milk a cow, why wanton sex is good for your health, why listening is more important than talking, that Sara Lee Vanilla Layer Cakes are the best reward, and that you must never put up with thieves.

In Everything but Snakes, Phillips narrates how Marylou's undying sense of celebration kept him going and gave him a floor beneath his feet and, along the way, an upside-down roller-coaster ride.


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Matthew Phillips and his partner make their homes in New York, Florida and Israel. He owns and operates a chain of automotive-related stores and service centers. He volunteers with various charities concerning animal shelters and breeds Brussels Griffons with Stonehenge Kennels in Byram, New Jersey. Sharon Sakson is a journalist and television news producer who covered wars and conflicts in foreign lands for network news. She has written eight books and is an international dog show judge and a breeder of champion Whippets and Brussels Griffons. Sakson lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Sharon Sakson is a journalist and television producer who has worked for ABC, NBC, Court TV, Food TV, and local stations in Baltimore, Chicago, and San Francisco. She wrote Brussels Griffons: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual and co-authored, with Neil Plakcy, Paws and Reflect: A Special Bond between Man and Dog. She is an American Kennel Club dog-show judge and a breeder of champion Whippets and Brussels Griffons. Sharon lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Published October 2, 2012 by iUniverse.com. 468 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment.

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Characterization is often weak, too, because it’s seemingly limited to repetitive qualities—Phillips’ confusion, Marylou’s affluence—and shallow quirks, like Marylou’s mantra: “God bless everyone on the tenth floor.” An enjoyable, flawed look at upper crust living, perfect for readers fascinate...

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