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Apronisms: Pocket Wisdom for Every Day Hardcover – February 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Min edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740771248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740771248
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 3 x 3.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

EllynAnne Geisel, who lives at Pueblo, CO, is the author of The Apron Book and the creator of Apron Chronicles, the traveling exhibit. Her apron designs have appeared in Vogue and have been worn by Bree in Desperate Housewives. She's been a guest on both NPR's All Things Considered and CBS News' Sunday Morning. She continues to make nationwide appearances to promote her books and exhibit.

Online:


apronmemories.blogspot.com

www.apronmemories.com

More About the Author

In 1999, I wondered if anyone else felt a connection to aprons. That curiosity led me to embark on an apron journey that unexpectedly and quite delightfully has resulted in the publication of my first book, THE APRON BOOK: Making, Wearing and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort; a national touring exhibit, APRON CHRONICLES: a Patchwork of American Recollections; and Apron Memories', my very own company of vintage inspired aprons that I design.

As a further outlet for my love of aprons, I created Tie One On Day. Annually recognized by Chase's Calendar of Events on Thanksgiving Eve, the 4th Wednesday of November (11/22/06 this year), the designated day celebrates the humble apron and the spirit of women of earlier generations who donned the universal symbol of home, family and mothering as the uniform of their daily wardrobe and helped make America the great country it is today.

The process by which I turn the apron memories of others into evocative narratives is one I presented at the 2006 International Obituary Writers' Conference. I've never met a happier group of writers, and I'm already at work with Carolyn Gilbert, the Conference organizer, on next year's live-ly presentation.

No one is more surprised than I that the apron has brought into my life the most amazing bounty of friend-ship, storytelling and joy. Aprons! Who would have imagined?

At the first writer's conference I attended in 2000, I was inspired by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Soup for the Soul empire, that "Going for it is the only way to go." Serendipi-tously, my very first writing sale was 2 years later to Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul. A second essay (and tribute to my mama)- I Never Saw My Mother Do a Sit Up - appears in Chicken Soup To Inspire a Woman's Soul. And my vignette on the book that influenced my life appears in Jack's (!!) latest, You've Got To Read This Book! 55 People Tell the story of the Book that Changed Their Life. While I doubt other contribu-tors like Malachy McCourt, John Gray, Dave Barry, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, eBay COO Maynard Webb,and Jacquelyn Mitchard (Oprah's first Book Club author)are excited I'm one of the 55, I am ecstatic to be included.

I live in Pueblo, Colorado, with my prince charming, Hank. My sons, Noah and Gideon, have flown the coop. Like their Dad, they are excellent husband material, and will one day be someone's prince charming.

September 1, I'll celebrate a 31st wedding anniversary. Last year, we toasted one another in China; this year, we'll be clinking champagne glasses and swatting mosquitoes out back on the patio.

Truffles, our departed pet, was so beloved, we had her memorialized in a life-size portrait. Framed in faux gold, the painting hangs in our dining room, her favorite spot. Years since her puttin' down, we still can't talk about her without tearing up.

Customer Reviews

I gave this book as a gift to a dear friend.
R. DeVore
Or, if you're just having a gloomy day, sit down and read the whole thing!
M. Reynard
I was a bit disappointed in this book because of the size.
Bama Girl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Grace Brown on May 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought "Apronisms" and just love it.
I think it makes a wonderful gift tucked into an apron pocket.
$5.99 is comparable with other similar books of it's size.
This book has a wonderful texture and I love the graphics and the sweet "thoughts" that are incorperated in this darling little book.
I have both Apronisms and The Apron Book by author Ellyanne Geisel and
I look forward to seeing other books by this author.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By over 25 on July 5, 2009
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I've worn aprons for more than half my life. As a child, I had a cute little half apron to wear when helping my mother in the kitchen. More than 20 years later, barbecue bib aprons became part of our outdoor cooking paraphenalia. After ruining a few pieces of good clothing while cooking, I began wearing aprons to prepare and cook all food at our house.
When I got my first copies of Geisel's vintage linens and apron books, I was fascinated by the thought that ordinary kitchen linens had become the subject of books and people were buying these books and commenting on them. For me as so many others, it is the nostalgia that these books evoke, an opportunity to revisit and remember simpler times when I didn't have to worry about when went on in the world. I've given these books as gifts to my friends who also like to remember the carefree days of our youth.
I now have an embroidery business and my favorite designs are recreations of hand embroidered designs from the past - many found in these books - that women painstakingly embroidered in their spare time on towels, sheets and clothing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie on July 4, 2008
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This is a darling little book. I bought The Apron Book, also by EllynAnne Geisel and it's a real jewel. This book is a jewel as well. Very cute indeed. I love all things retro and kitch and this little book is a great reflection of retro wisdoms and cuteness. I am planning to buy several for my special girlfriends who love retro stuff too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Reynard VINE VOICE on June 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What a cute little book! Not at all what I expected, nonetheless I enjoyed it quite a bit. I had visions of it showing old aprons and giving instructions on how to make an apron; obviously I didn't read the description very well.

When I opened my mail here lay this tiny 3.5" by 2.5" book with the beautiful cover art I had seen on my screen. Ok, that's fine, I open it up and discover:

A treasure trove of beautiful pictures (I did get pictures of old aprons), little sayings, and stories from the author that are meant to inspire the reader. My favorite saying was "Wear pearls with your apron and you're dressed up enough (pg.20)." The little anecdotes in here are great to pull out once a day to give yourself some inspiration. Or, if you're just having a gloomy day, sit down and read the whole thing!

While it wasn't what I expected I'll surely get some enjoyment out of this book. The colors are rich and while the pages are tiny the font is large enough to read comfortably. In fact just reading it makes me want to go pull on an apron and bake some cookies.

Apronisms
Copyright 2008
72 pages
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Crafty Lady on May 20, 2008
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I was surprised when I received this book regarding how tiny it is. My fault--I didn't read the product dimensions to learn that it is only 3.7" tall. The photo doesn't reveal how small the book is. I bought 3 for hostess gifts, but wouldn't have paid 5.99 each for them if I had known how tiny it was.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on December 10, 2008
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Small but potent. I started to read through it and stopped. Each little page is a gem and thought provoking. I want to savour each page. It's a cosy, comfy little plate of cookies with a pot of hot tea. I think I'll buy more of them for presents. If you buy 5, you get one free I discovered! How great is that, plus free shipping.
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I bought this little book to go along with an apron I gave as a gift. It was well received. Such a cute book. I wanted to keep for myself! I need to look to order another!
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By Lisa Howell on September 5, 2013
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I have bought this book several times and love it. It is a great gift. It is thoughtful and I love the patterns.
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