Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Paperback)

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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.

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Ilene "Gingy" Beckerman's beloved and bestselling book has been adapted for the stage by Nora and Delia Ephron. The star-studded Off-Broadway show is receiving rave reviews, as did the book:

“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.



About the Author


Ilene Beckerman was nearly sixty when she began her writing career. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Ladies’ Home Journal. She has judged People's "Best and Worst Dressed" issue and has traveled the country, speaking to women's groups. “Sometimes,” she says, “i feel like Grandma Moses—she didn’t start until later in life either—but i try not to look like her.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9781565124752
ISBN-10: 1565124758
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: April 8th, 2005
Pages: 144
Language: English