Saturday, June 18, 2011
Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman
The clothes and hairstyles take Beckerman through her life, one that wasn't always happy. It comes as a shock to read, "The spring after my mother died...." As the book goes on through the 50s, Beckerman grows up. In the '60s, she marries, divorces, remarries, and has her children. The '70s, '80s, and '90s are covered briefly.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a fascinating look in to one woman's life, however it's also a reflection of life during those years, and the changes all women face in their lives. According to the reviews, the Ephrons' play was well-received because women could identify with the characters. If you appreciate costume, or the changes in women's lives in the twentieth century, you might want to pick up Ilene Beckerman's account. It's more than just a personal account. It's a poignant look back at a life and a period in contemporary history.
Ilene Beckerman's website is http://www.ilenebeckerman.com/.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. ©2005. ISBN 9781565124752 (paperback), 144p.
FTC Full Disclosure - This was part of the gift package at the Librarians' dinner prior to BEA.