Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Paperback)
The year this book was published (1995), Nora Ephron gave it to eight of her friends for Christmas. Nora and Delia Ephron used the book as the basis of a play by the same name in 2008. Beckerman reminisces about people and events from her life in short monologs accompanied by sketches of clothing somehow connected to the experiences. Although not really a book about clothes, by weaving her outfits into the narrative she is better able to communicate her feelings about those pivotal moments in life remembered so vividly. The stories are at turns funny, poignant, regretful, and joyful. Almost all mature women will recall and relate to at least some of these life experiences.— From Kim Recommends
“Illuminates the experience of an entire generation of women. . . . This small gem of a book is worthy of a Tiffany box.” — The New York Times Book Review
“A memoir every reader will wish to copy in her own size.” —Glamour
“Ilene Beckerman’s sleek little memoir . . . strikes a startling chord. . . . Unsettling and oddly powerful.” —People
“Surprisingly poetic.” —Entertainment Weekly
“[A] poignant biography. . . . This little book will charm anyone with an interest in style.” —USA Today
Ilene Beckerman’s runaway bestseller articulates something all women know: that our memories are often tied to our favorite clothes. From her Brownie uniform to her Pucci knockoff to her black strapless Rita Hayworth–style dress from the Neiman Marcus outlet store, Ilene Beckerman tells us the story of her life.