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Wednesday Martin’s ‘Primates of Park Avenue’ Celebrated in the Hamptons

The release of Dr. Wednesday Martin’s new book, Primates of Park Avenue, was celebrated at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton on Saturday at the inaugural CMEE Author’s Night.

Martin, the #1 New York Times bestseller, made an appearance and treated guests with a short reading, along with book signings. Copies of the new release were sold and the proceeds benefited the Children’s Museum of the East End’s Head Start Program. Among the notable individuals who attended the event were Debra Messing, the actress renowned for her role in the 1998 television series Will & Grace, Leven Rambin, the actress known for her appearances in The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and All My Children, and Becca Tobin, the actress who played Kitty Wilde on Glee.

Debra Messing
Debra Messing. Photo credit: Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for Primates of Park Avenue
Becca Tobin
Becca Tobin. Photo credit: Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for Primates of Park Avenue
Leven Rambin
Leven Rambin. Photo credit: Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for Primates of Park Avenue


Primates of Park Avenue is Martin’s anthropological memoir that describes the experience of being a mother in Manhattan. The book explores the unique dilemmas that Martin faced raising her children and the struggles of leading an existence in the Upper East Side. Critically reviewed to be insightful, intelligent, and at times hilarious, Martin’s new publication has received attention from a large gathering of readers.


Martin obtained her Ph.D. in literature and cultural studies from Yale University and has worked as both a writer and social researcher in New York City for over two decades. Before making her way to NYC, where she is now currently living with her husband and two sons, Martin studied anthropology at Michigan State University. Along with Primates of Park Avenue, Martin has also written Stepmonster, which was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award. She has made appearances on Today, CNN, NPR, NBC News, the BBC Newshour, and Fox News to give expert opinions on step-parenting and parenting issues. Martin also writes for the online edition of Psychology Today and her work has also appeared in The New York Times. She was a regular contributor to the New York Post’s parenting and lifestyle pages and has written for the Daily Telegraph.

Coming up this Thursday, June 25, 2015, the Southampton Arts Center will host a conversation with Martin. New York Times contributor Alex Kuczynski will interview Martin on her recently published book. The event will start at 5:30 p.m., and wine will be served. Tickets are $18 each available at  For more information, call 631-283-0967.

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