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Let's Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2010

    An Absolute Pleasure

    I heard about this book from several friends who couldn't stop raving about it. They wouldn't part with their copies, so I ended up purchasing my own. So glad I did. This is an inspiring work with viciously witty prose and a bonanza of information about things we should reintroduce into our lives from prior eras. Some of the entries are practical, other fanciful, but the spirit of the book throughout emphasizes the creative possibilities of everyday living. The guest entries from various luminaries like James L. Brooks, Ted Koppel, Kate Spade, and Nora Ephron were a bonus, and the illustrations and presentation make for a wonderful reading experience. Highly recommended!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2010

    A Laugh Out Loud Joy

    A true and witty delight, this encyclopedia of nostalgia is a dip-in-and-out-of-yet-cannot-put-down chuckle, snort and laugh out loud joy. It is a call to bring back 'Attention Spans'; 'the Jitterbug'; 'Eccentricity'... and it calls in a MOST amusing manner. As I lounge on my bed, indulging in her sublimely chosen words and anecdotes, I am whisked back to not only my grandmother's enchanted world of 'Wind-up Phonograph Players' and 'Monocles' ('Wearing one can make you look very opinionated even you have nothing to say for yourself' - wise tip - I shall purchase one immediately), but also my own, of 'Eggbeaters' ('They look like good exercise' - yes, Ms Blume, they are) and the word 'Kerfuffle' ('An amusingly prim and old-fashioned word for commotion, particularly amusing if the kerfuffle in question is not particularly prim' - as they never were), and, of course, to a truly extinct world (I especially like the entry for 'Plumed Helmets': 'An insidious approach to warfare: your opponents will die of laughter'). This book is an absolute must for all.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2010

    Enchanting and gorgeous book!

    Let's Bring Back is a one-of-a-kind delight! I discovered numerous treasures from the past in its pages, many of which I would very much love to bring back. Lesley Blume has done her research, and brings a wickedly fun bit of wit to the writing. Much as the contents celebrate the tradition of well-made things, the book itself is gorgeously produced with charming emerald green accents and illustrations. Highly recommended. Makes a great gift.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Great

    Great! The title says it all! Witty, funny and a blast from eras gone by! I enjoyed reading this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    Delightful Book

    Nostalgic and at times witty. A fun, easy read for lovers of the finer things in life, etiquette, class and grace. Some of the things mentioned I want to bring back to my own life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    PLEASE BRING BACK THE DELIGHTS!!!!!!!

    This book showed me that the things back then were really delightful and that instead of "techno umbrellas", we should use curved-handled umbrellas.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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