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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

'The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: a novel in pictures



Through a kaleidoscopic array of vintage postcards, letters, magazine ads, ticket stubs, catalogue pages, fabric swatches, candy wrappers, fashion spreads, menus and more, we meet and follow Frankie on her journey in search of success and love.

The Three Reasons Review is a simple way to get your thoughts out there about a book.  The reasons are as follows complete with fancy button:


1.) Reasons you chose this book
I lost count as to how many great reviews I read of this title so I knew that I had to read it and soon! 

2.) Reasons you liked or disliked this book
I loved this book! It was so fun to look at the ephemera from days gone by. I would love to actually hold a scrapbook from this time period in my hands today. What a treasure it would be. The pictures from the 1920's are awesome. I love the fashion and the hair.  I loved how the author set it up in chapters and allowed the scrapbook to really tell the story. I'm a scrapbooker too and this has helped get me back into the mood of recording the stories of my children and my story too!

3.) Reasons you are recommending this book
I read this one in a couple of hours and found it to be a wonderful way to spend the time. I enjoyed looking at the styles of the day and the quirky slang. My favorite part was when Frankie spent a year in France! For those that love the roaring 20's this book is wonderful. For anyone who likes to journal or scrapbook, this is a sweet reminder of how it all started!!

Author: Caroline Preston
Published: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Ecco
Genre: Historical  Fiction

Source: My public library


Disclaimer: I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MYexperience while reading this novel.

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28 comments:

  1. I guess I've been oblivious to any reviews about this book until yours. So glad I caught your post; it really sounds terrific.

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  2. Another one SCREAMING my name!!!! LOVE IT!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):)

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  3. This sounds wonderful! I just placed a hold on it at my library!

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  4. This is the first I've heard of this book, too, but it sure does sound appealing. Love the cover, too!

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  5. This one sounds so wonderful, especially for scrapbookers!

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  6. Hm, I do not know, sure I could read it but this is more a library book that I would pick up and browse through

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  7. I'm reading this right now and loving it! I wish that there were more creative books like this out there.
    I think 2012 is going to be the year that I finally start scrapbooking:)!!

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  8. I knew you would love this one, Staci! Such a clever, creative book that I actually keep on my coffee table to look at whenever I sit to watch a little tv. Fun!

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  9. So glad to see you loved it as much as I did! It's amazing how she told such a rich story with a scrapbook. It's definitely a book I'll read again in the future.

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  10. I so loved this book! I would love to read more of Frankie's adventures later in life. It is such an unusual way to tell a story. I am glad you enjoyed it too!

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  11. I loved this book too! The scrapbook way of telling the story was unique and evoked so many feelings.

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  12. Sooo glad you loved this one! It is a gem, isn't it? I still have my copy on the coffee table and flip through it still. So much fun!

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  13. I feel like I'm the only one who couldn't get into this book. I checked it out from the library and got bored with it before I was a third of the way through. Maybe just bad timing for me.

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  14. Wasn't this book just gorgeous! I LOVED IT too. I read it during the Thanksgiving read-a-thon. It went so quick even when I did linger over certain pages to check out the lovely ephemera!

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  15. I plan to buy this book after Christmas. I have heard wonderful things about it and it seems like a book that is better owned. :)

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  16. I've been so busy lately that I'm only reading about 20 pages at a time. Glad to see you liked it! I am too :)

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  17. I thought this book was great too! I was amazed at how much of a story she could tell with a scrapbook.

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  18. I am attracted to the clever way the story is told. Will be on the look out for it.

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  19. I love the period, and you have me intrigued. Sadly though there are no signs of UK publication.

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  20. Not sure I'll ever read it, but it sounds like a lot of fun.

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  21. I adore books like this. It almost makes you feel like you are snooping in a stranger's world.

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  22. I picked this up from the library last week and I agree - I LOVE the creative manner in which the story is told and have dreamt of holding the actually scrapbook from this time period.

    This has really sparked my creativity. I have always loved scrapbooking and have felt compelled to work on a photo journal of my own life - perhaps to pass down for future generations.

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  23. I did see this one a while ago. It looked interesting. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it.

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  24. I really want to read this one.

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  25. Hmmm...this one sounds really interesting. I must admit that I hadn't heard of it myself but I'm definitely intrigued. Thanks Staci!

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  26. Love the cover and premise of this book. So glad you enjoyed it and I'll be sure to pick this one up :)
    Thanks for the review.

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  27. I bought this for my cousin for Christmas based on all the reviews. Hope to read it myself soon!

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  28. I like how the story was told, but wasn't as wowed as I hoped to be.

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