Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
There doesn't seem to be much substance to this slight volume. Illustrated with cartoon - like drawings by the author, she chronicles clothes worn either by herself or someone close to her that connect to her memories. I chose to read it in preparation for possibly directing a staged reading of the play.
Since I grew up roughly paralleling the same time period (40s, 50s, 60s, etc.), many of Ilene Beckerman's choices resonated with me and recalled outfits and memories of my own. For that reason alone, the book and its drawings were charming and affecting.
When you stop to realize that the brief stories taken together present a picture we easily fill in, it is quite an achievement. Now it's time to read the play, which is presented by five women through a series of monologues.
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