I should have written this review much closer to finishing Let’s Bring Back – sometime in July – as I would have been able to share more delightful specifics. The book is a celebration of nostalgia, of the manners and customs of a better time.
One aspect of the book that I loved was the broad definition of ‘a better time’. In skimming the book together, Mom and I both found aspects of our childhoods – hers from the 50s, mine from the 80s. My grandma, born in 1918, could have done the same. There are remembrances of early 20th century cultural figures – and entries advocating for the return of naps. There are recipes for drinks, and bon mots such as the following list of quotes attributed to Edith Head:
- “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.”
- “The cardinal sin is not being badly dressed, but wearing the right thing in the wrong place.”
- “Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to prove you’re a lady.”
- “Clothes not only can make the woman; they can make her several different women.”
- “I say sacrifice style any day for becomingness.”
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