Women in Clothes - Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton

Much has been written by modern female thinkers about our relationships to our bodies, but they’ve said comparatively little about our relationships to the clothes we put our bodies in. Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton, and the 636 other contributors to Women in Clothes (Blue Rider Press, $30) are on a mission to change that, and the result is the coolest, most revelatory, and most effervescent book of the season. This utterly unique collection of essays includes contributions by thinkers and fashion intellectuals such as Kim Gordon, Miranda July, and, yes, Lena Dunham. There’s nothing stuffy and nothing superficial here; instead there’s something groundbreaking: genuinely intelligent dialogue about fashion. The eclectic pieces read as what they are: curated, contemplative conversations between women about the ways that clothes shape our identities. My personal favorites were the photos documenting the everyday collections (striped shirts, tote bags, safety pins, lip balms) that somehow, without our even noticing it, make us the people we are. The color illustrations, photographs, and charts that explode from the pages are vivid and elegant, and make Women in Clothes a gift to be savored. Not to be missed.
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780399166563
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 4th, 2014

Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History - Rhonda K. Garelick

Whether it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time, or being the person we would have had to invent had she not existed, Coco Chanel defined an era, one that would be impossible to imagine without her. Poised at the dawn of a new way of life, Chanel changed not just fashion but the very fabric of women’s lives during the tumultuous early years of the 20th century. But at what price? Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History (Random House, $35) is the first book to fully examine Chanel’s relationship with the world around her. While other worthy biographies have explored her personal life or the darker side of her industry in the 1940s, Rhonda K. Garelick, also the author of Rising Star and Electric Salome, gives real historical weight to the life of a woman who experienced more triumph and tragedy than one life should hold. Meticulously researched and written with genuinely infectious curiosity, Mademoiselle is an excellent read for a wide audience; fashion lovers and historians unite!

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$22.00
ISBN: 9780812981858
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 14th, 2015

The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs - Greil Marcus

In his new book, The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs (Yale, $28) famed rock historian and critic Greil Marcus flips the tiresome music-history book on its head. Drawing from his years as a progenitor of contemporary rock criticism, Marcus spotlights ten unique songs, revealing their intertwining importance to our culture, politics, and history. Sidestepping the bounds of a chronological timeline, Marcus’s sharp and witty observations trace a web of cultural significance across decades and generations. As he links the likes of Phil Spector to Amy Winehouse. and Beyoncé to Etta James, Marcus’s casual observations provide insightful challenges to all that we think we know about the rock ‘n’ roll genre. Positing that rock predates its own history as the core ideals of rebellion and revolution, Marcus is sure to touch on many ideas you’ve pondered as you’ve listened over the years—and plenty you never knew you would.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780300187373
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Published: Yale University Press - September 2nd, 2014

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780300216929
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Published: Yale University Press - September 15th, 2015

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