Monday, September 30, 2013


Shopping, Seduction & Mr. SelfridgeShopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After watching the first season of Mr. Selfridge on PBS, I decided to read Lindy Woodhead's wonderful exploration of the great man's life since the second season won't be shown until 2014.

I became fascinated with Harry Gordon Selfridge when I learned he had grown up in Jackson, Michigan and that his mother had been principal of Jackson High School. At one time a stock boy for the L.H.Field Company here, which closed its doors in the late 1980s, Harry headed to Chicago with a recommendation from L.H. Field, Marshall Field's cousin. Although he had a successful career at Marshall Field, he wanted his own store.

An extraordinary visionary, Harry eventually built Selfridge's in London changing how people shopped forever as he constantly found new ways of enticing them into his magnificent store. Add to that his love of family, his fascination with beautiful women, and his gambling and you have a great read.

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