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Posted December 26, 2011
a feast for the eyes
I have never read a book like this one before, in the format of a scrapbook, telling a story through pictures, words, and full-color vintage memorabilia on every page. It was a treat for the eyes! Although I could have read this book in a few hours I really took my time and savoured it. Yes, this is a book to be savoured. The story takes place from 1920 to 1928 beginning when Frankie Pratt gets a scrapbook as a high school graduation present. She finds her father's old Corona typewriter in the cellar and thus decides to write her story since she dreams of becoming a writer. She heads off to college and her journey takes her to New York and Paris until she finally returns to her New England hometown and finds what she's been looking for all along. Frankie Pratt is an interesting character, adjusting to womanhood during a decade of many changes. Her trip to Europe is the most interesting to me as she experiences the expat life along with emerging American writers of that era, such as Hemingway. Frankie is courageous, forthright and adventurous but she is also vulnerable but level-headed. It's a great combination that turns her into a memorable character. She writes with a sense of humour and no wasted words. I loved her relationship with her mother, who knew when to step in and when to let go. The setting highlighted by the collection of pictures assembled in scrapbook format really transported me visually to the vibrant culture that proceeded the Depression. I took my time looking at the pictures and realized how bold society had become as women shed their long (and sometimes confining) skirts of the 19th century and embraced the more risqué fashion and lifestyles of the 20th century. No wonder it was called the Roaring Twenties. This is one of those books that can be read over and over and the discovery would be new every time as you probably would pick up on things you missed in the pictures. It's clear the author spent considerable time choosing the right vintage pictures of people, objects and events that stamped this novel with the footprint of the unforgettable 1920s, which come to think of it, is almost a century ago. This is truly a unique historical fiction book. Note: This book has some sexual references, nothing explicit. There are also two small medical textbook diagrams of the male organ (internal view and non-offensive) that was part of the marriage manual that college women received in Hygiene class. I thought this page was quite funny actually.
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Posted June 5, 2013
Loved the visual way this story is presented - so creative! Bit
Loved the visual way this story is presented - so creative!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Bits of history and a romance are portrayed through clippings, pictures, courier typewriter text inserts, and other treats.
Make sure and view the book trailer below to get an idea of what is in between the covers. It is sure to delight!
Posted May 12, 2012
What a unique way to write a novel, tell a story ~ as a scrapboo
What a unique way to write a novel, tell a story ~ as a scrapbook! I am a modern scrapbooker which is why I was drawn to this book. It was very entertaining, cleverly written, and the ephemera/memorabilia a joy to peruse through. Caroline Preston is a creative genius! I look forward to reading the rest of her works.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 1, 2012
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