I love books. My husband can attest that our bookshelves are overflowing. But this never stops me when I see a great new title.
I recently finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. So many friends recommended this novel to me, and it was a light-hearted, enjoyable read. The whole book is written through letters between the main character, Juliet, and her friends, family, and new acquaintances on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel. The novel is about friendship, love, career, and literature. As a fashion historian, I was entertained that Juliet makes reference to clothing coupons used during and just after World War II for rationing purposes.
And on my last trip to Minneapolis, we stopped in two bookstores, prompting a few more purchases.
The first was a used bookstore, and I found the book Massive Change which accompanied an exhibition of the same name I saw at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2006. The exhibition changed both the way I thought of museum shows — that they could be catalysts for social and environmental change — and design — that it could address social, environmental, and other cultural needs. I’m so happy I scored this book.
The second book bought in Minneapolis was found in a independent bookstore. Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy is the catalogue of another exhibition with the same name. This exhibition was put together by the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The book is filled with gorgeous color photos of garments in the collection and on the runway, and is broken down thematically. I’m sure I’ll use it in my future research, especially when talking about the body and its presentation through fashion.