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...

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...

Total Beauty Collection for HSN Review: Too Faced, Soap & Glory, Etc. Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter So I was able to take a sneak peek of the Total Beauty Collection for HSN. It's an exclusive collection specially curated and taken from HSN's cult favorite brands as part of a...

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...

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...

) We're back with a few tidbits today, the first: "Greetings From Lilly Land," a lengthy review of the new Lilly Pulitzer book that ran in the Wall Street Journal last Friday. Lilly Land is as much an attitude as a selection of here's and there's—Nantucket, Bryn Mawr, La Jolla, Grosse...

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...

 

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