Synopses & Reviews
“ 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 Haworth– style dress from the Neiman Marcus outlet store, Ilene Beckerman tells us the story of her life.
Each outfit tells its own story; all together, they tell the story of a life.
Beckerman's runaway bestseller articulates something all women know: memories are often tied to one's favorite clothes. From her Brownie uniform to her Pucci knockoff to her black strapless Rita Hayworth-style dress from the Neiman Marcus outlet store, Beckerman tells the story of her life.
Ilene Beckerman has found a way to articulate something all women know: that our memories are often tied to our favorite clothes. In this original and eloquent book, Gingy, as Ilene is called, tells the story of her life through the clothes she wore.
From her Brownie uniform to her Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress, Gingy offers a closet full of memories. She remembers her prom dresses, her wedding dresses, and her starting-over-her-new-life dresses.
Gingy is Everywoman. She's a wise old friend who's survived divorce, the death of a child, the quirks of friends and family, crushes and heartbreak and bursts of joy and happiness. Like all of us, she likes to look nice while she's pursuing happiness. In Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Gingy invites us to reflect on our own lives and remember what we wore. Her Pucci was a copy and her Rita Hayworth-style strapless was from the Neiman Marcus outlet store, but Gingy is the real thing.
About the Author
Ilene Beckerman was nearly sixty when she began her writing career. Her articles have appeared in many places,including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Ladies ’ Home Journal; she has judged a People magazine’s “ Best and Worst Dressed ” issue; and her books have been translated into German, Japanese, French, and Portuguese. She travels the country giving her funny and wise talks to large audiences. “Sometimes,” she says, “I feel like Grandma Moses— she didn’t start until late in life either— but I try not to look like her.”