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

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

by Lesley M. M. Blume, Grady McFerrin
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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 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
A refreshing volume that provides the reader with an abundance of useful, fun, and witty wisdom from times gone by. I giggled so many times... found many new (old) favorite things... and was overall fascinated by Lesley M.M. Blume's knowledge of history. The cons: The only reason I can't give this book 5 stars (no matter how much I wish I could!), is because of the author's lack of discretion. Foul language and inappropriate topics did ruin the book for me, and made it impossible to share with my friends. It's a pity that such a jewel of a book cannot be better relished in. However, I did discover awesome tidbits among the pages of "Let's Bring Back". So many great people of historical significance become lost in time somewhere; so many buildings and wonderful places in the world that have been destroyed somehow. The world will never see them again, but only through the pages of a book like this. Quizzing glasses... radio dramas... milk baths... Castle houses (not actually castles)... whispering chairs... cutting gardens... fern-hunting parties... fly-in movie theaters... walk-in fireplaces... Let's bring them all back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great! The title says it all! Witty, funny and a blast from eras gone by! I enjoyed reading this book!
Pickypaws More than 1 year ago
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.
KirschTorte More than 1 year ago
This book showed me that the things back then were really delightful and that instead of "techno umbrellas", we should use curved-handled umbrellas.
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SunniInNY More than 1 year ago
A fun book that reminds one of things they may have forgotten or learn about things you might not have known about. A good read!!
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really boring
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