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 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...

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...

methods are not comparable to the traditional peer-review process, they do play an important role in getting us noticed (I plan to explore the role of blogging in a later post). However, the role of the book review remains ambiguous to many PhD students and early career academics. Book...

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...

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...

The Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Les Vernis limited edition collection for FNO 2011 is a trip down memory lane for those who loved the Les Jeans de Chanel eyeshadow palette from 2003, and the graduated shades of denim nail colours will be sold exclusively at Chanel stores and Chanel.com from...

The only books I'm reading these days are Chanel biographies because there are at least five books that have come out this fall about Coco Chanel and I'm reviewing them all. For forty years, writers have tackled the life of Coco Chanel and with the exception of Coco Chanel: The Legend and 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...

 

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