“Tea, and afternoon tea in particular, is a small pleasure but an unparalleled one,”
declares author and culture maven Patty Farmer. “Wars have been waged, royal marriages arranged, companies formed, and world problems solved over a perfect cup of tea.
It’s neither inebriating, expensive, nor fattening, and yet there’s nothing quite so effective
for regaining one’s equilibrium and perspective—or simply relaxing.”
Patty’s followed the entertainment industry as an insider, and archivist all her life. Her work draws upon a lifetime of close friendships, extensive research, and socializing among personalities and celebrities around the world.
About the Book
“Wars have been waged, royal marriages arranged, companies formed, and world problems solved over a perfect cup of tea. It’s neither inebriating, expensive, nor fattening, and yet there’s nothing quite so effective for regaining one’s equilibrium and perspective—or simply relaxing.”
“For anyone interested in the good old days of jazz, rye old-fashions, and life after dark, this book brings back the music, rough glamour, and entertainment of the Playboy Empire… Patty Farmer’s Playboy Swings is well-researched, breezily written, incredibly informative, and a lot of fun.”
“Patty Farmer does full justice to this largely forgotten and essential story in American cultural history.”
—DAVID HAJDU, Professor of Art and Culture, Columbia University
on Playboy Laughs
“In this wonder-filled book, Patty Farmer has revealed the creative pizzazz that Hefner brought into the world of publishing, cartooning, and sex.”
—AL JAFFEE, Cartoonist
on Playboy Laughs
“Some of my happiest days and nights were spent in the Plaza Hotel and the Persian Room.
Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers packed them in every night. Thank you, Patty.
—ANDY WILLIAMS, Singer
(15 gold albums and 3 platinum)
“Patty Farmer captures the essence of this golden period through her colorful profiles and interviews…and makes me want to step into a time capsule more than ever.”
—LEONARD MALTIN, Film Historian on Playboy Laughs
“My first New York cabaret appearance was at the fabulous Persian Room. It was absolute magic, and Patty Farmer helps us relive a very special time that I wish we could all have again.”
—LESLIE UGGAMS, singer, and movie star
“Patty Farmer—the expert chronicler of all things fun and fizzy from the Playboy Clubs to the Persian Room—has done it again!”
Latest Blog Post
Afternoon Tea and the Suffragette Movement In the late 19th century, afternoon tea was a fashionable affair enjoyed by women of all classes, and assembling in tea rooms was one of the few outings allowable without the bother of male escorts. However, as the…Read More