Love, Loss, and What I Wore

by Ilene Beckerman | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1565121112 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Chania of Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on 11/25/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by Chania from Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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.

Journal Entry 2 by Chania at Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Simple but powerful - book of everything that you can find in woman's life, joys, sorrows and
memories.

Journal Entry 3 by Chania at Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Saturday, March 19, 2016
Next to Annimanni!

Journal Entry 4 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Thanks! This looks like a fun and fast read.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, January 05, 2018
This was a surprisingly moving account of a young girl's journey into maturity. On the surface, the focus is on clothes (as the title suggests), but the drawings and the little snippets of text manage to evoke vivid images of the narrator's life and struggles. Sometimes you can say so much by saying just a little and hiding the rest of it between the lines. One thing I was left wondering, though, is the father's complete disappearance. What happened there?

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To be released at the regular monthly meetup in Helsinki on 9 January.

Journal Entry 6 by wingAnneliswing at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Thank you for the book, Chania and Annimanni!

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