From the New York Times Book Review: The 10 Best Books of 2010. First up, fiction: FREEDOM By Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28. The author of "The Corrections" is back, not quite a decade later, with an even richer and deeper work — a vividly realized narrative set during the...

How To Be a Man: A Guide To Style and Behavior For The Modern Gentleman dispenses well-honed knowledge on matters like putting together a wardrobe for a trip abroad or how to throw a cocktail party. And more. Few tips here from Chapter V. Enjoy! CHAPTER IV. CULTURE AND SOCIETY Always...

This time around Jerry G is telling the ladies how they know when it's time to give their man a makeover! How To Spot A Man Who Needs A Makeover (For the Discerning Woman) - A clear indicator of a man with a non-existent sense of fashion is the dreaded 'Steve Harvey Suit'. You know it...

Detail from my ancestor's dress Book Reviews is on break this month, but here is a preview of sorts for next month's review, London Society Fashion, 1905-1920: The Wardrobe of Heather Firbank, also mentioned in Michelle's summer reading post earlier this month. The introduction to London...

Furthermore, if the book is by an author whose work is central to your own research, writing a review can be an excellent way to open up communication channels with them. Of course, while a couple of book reviews show willing on the academic CV, they certainly won't contribute to the...

Book Review: The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris My friend Serge Jean lent me this book a few months ago given that my next novel will take place in the world of Paris fashion. It took me some time to get to it, but once I started reading, I...

As I mentioned in my first book review for Worn Through, I believe the recreation of historical garments is a useful way to get closer to the study of dress, especially as museums tighten their research policies. Both the making and the wearing are direct and physical interactions with the...

I love reading and after receiving a Kindle for Christmas, I decided to start book reviews on my blog. These will be up a couple of days after I've finished a book. The latest book I've read was Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Based in the 1930s, Jacob Jankowski was days away from...

Reading "How To Be a Man: A Guide To Style and Behavior For The Modern Gentleman" hammers down a whole host of personal inadequacies. However, Glenn O'Brien's essays are also incredibly entertaining, no surprise given the author's legend and tenure as the "Style Guy." He's full of wit, wisdom,...

Book Reviews is on unexpected hiatus this month, but here is a glimpse of what to expect next month. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell described well the challenges in choosing, locating, and paying for images in her Worn Throughguest post on publishing in February. When reading through or perusing...

 

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