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This captivating little pictorial autobiography for adults, a life told through clothes, features Beckerman's brightly colored drawings of the vestments she wore at different times in her life, accompanied by diarylike entries. She grew up in Manhattan in the 1940s and '50s, and we see her elementary school outfit, ballet costume, prom dress, etc. After her mother died, her grandparents, not wanting her to live with her father, took in Ilene and her sister; she never saw her father again. In 1955, at 20, she married her 37-year-old sociology professor in Boston. They soon divorced, and in her second marriage, which also ended in divorce, she had six children, losing one in infancy. She is now v-p of an advertising agency. Beckerman's extremely reticent text never illuminates these events, but her minimalist self-portrait is a wry commentary on the pressures women constantly face to look good. 40,000 first printing; first serial to the New York Times Magazine.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I don't think I got the whole play and seeing I have never read before I am not positive
I love this book! What woman does not associate what she wore with the special moments in her life.
Every woman should own this book!
While I must admit the specific clothes in this book did not stir up memories, it did cause me to reminisce about some of my favorite clothes over the years. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2001 by Earthgrrl
I loved it. Ilene's wry illustrations and warm recollections really hit home with me. So much of our memories have an affiliation with an outfit... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2001 by C. Stiles
So touching, so real...Gingy has shared her life simply and beautifully. A quick read, but it will stay with me forever - I am still smiling and feeling bittersweet.Published on June 23 2000 by Sue Steiner
this book spelled out my feelings exactly! it was touching, real and very close to the bone. i couldn't recommend it more!Published on June 18 1999
I really love this book and have given it to my closest women friends. Like the author, I associate experiences with the clothes that I wore, and I found her stories and drawings... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 1999