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...

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...

The book starts off with a brief history of fashion beginning in Ancient Egypt to modern day. Then the book reviews art movements and key moments in Chanel's career. Chanel by Jean Leymarie is a lovely book because you can see Chanel's work alongside popular art movements of the time....

The true purpose of this post isn't even a book review, but rather to take an element of the book and incorporate it into my own writing, to review Patchett's most salient fiction technique and reflect on it. What's my takeaway from State of Wonder? Character. Barbara Bovender, a Bohemian...

The return of Bridget is like running into an old friend for the first time in years - we're both completely different and yet the same, but it seems like no time has passed at all, so we pick up right where we left off. I think I'd enjoy reading about her antics and adventures right on up...

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...

Today's post is a little different than usual. 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...

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...

Overall, though, I found it fascinating that she was so different in a time when conformity was expected and never to be challenged. My daughter was amazed that this was a non-fiction story about a real woman. She kept asking me as we read if everything was true, especially the page where...

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...

 

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