Nasty In between dressing the windows at Barneys New York and working as a VH1 talking head, Simon Doonan has found time to write a truly… Nasty In between dressing the windows at Barneys New York and working as a VH1 talking head, Simon Doonan has found time to write a truly… 2005-06-02 Memoir Nonfiction Simon & Schuster
Book Review

Nasty (2005)

Nasty | 'NASTY' AS HE WANTS TO BE Telling tales of his family, Doonan bites the hand that fed him
'NASTY' AS HE WANTS TO BE Telling tales of his family, Doonan bites the hand that fed him
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 02, 2005; Writer: Simon Doonan; Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction; Publisher: Simon & Schuster

In between dressing the windows at Barneys New York and working as a VH1 talking head, Simon Doonan has found time to write a truly hilarious memoir that only occasionally dips into self-indulgence in Nasty. There are moments when, seriously, you will full-on spit out your soup, mostly involving his cracked family — schizophrenic granny Narg, hopeless style-victim mom Betty, amateur-winemaker dad Terry — and their happily impoverished escapades in gray industrial England. But more than simply telling how it was, Doonan also paints a gilded, crested, feathered, sequined, and altogether over-the-top picture of how it came to be that this tiny, confused British child — whose only dream in life was to become one of ''the Beautiful People'' — managed to achieve his goal.

Originally posted May 23, 2005 Published in issue #821-822 May 27, 2005 Order article reprints
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