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Let's Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-yet-delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things From Times Gone By [Hardcover] Unknown Binding – January 1, 2010


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  • Unknown Binding
  • ASIN: B005FYK7SG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,701,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A gorgeous embossed cover and a light blue ribbon inside make is a great gift.
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All-in-all, this delightful book is a great conversation piece and a cute, quaint, quick read.
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Get this book and enjoy remembering or learning about wonderful things, people and times.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By writegirl on October 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Let's Bring Back is a one-of-a-kind delight! I discovered numerous treasures from the past in its pages, many of which I would very much love to bring back. Lesley Blume has done her research, and brings a wickedly fun bit of wit to the writing. Much as the contents celebrate the tradition of well-made things, the book itself is gorgeously produced with charming emerald green accents and illustrations. Highly recommended.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitney VINE VOICE on October 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Let's Bring Back is an engaging encyclopedia that is part history lesson, part style manual and an amusing look at the past, that is relevant to today. For anyone who has yearned for another era, this book is a must. Blume's collection is about adding a bit of art and style to one's life. And couldn't we all use a bit of that now, in an era where sweatpants are acceptable clothing to wear out, and men think showing their underwear is fashion?

The book is more than just a list of past personalities, styles, and products. Blume's charming delivery really makes the book. It's also more than just nostalgia, as Blume has her feet planted in today.
Let's Bring Back is also elegantly put together. A gorgeous embossed cover and a light blue ribbon inside make is a great gift. I don't often give 5-star ratings but I really love this book. I will definitely be giving this for Christmas this year.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nancy G on December 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A true and witty delight, this encyclopedia of nostalgia is a dip-in-and-out-of-yet-cannot-put-down chuckle, snort and laugh out loud joy.

It is a call to bring back `Attention Spans'; `the Jitterbug'; `Eccentricity'... and it calls in a MOST amusing manner. As I lounge on my bed, indulging in her sublimely chosen words and anecdotes, I am whisked back to not only my grandmother's enchanted world of 'Wind-up Phonograph Players' and 'Monocles' (`Wearing one can make you look very opinionated even you have nothing to say for yourself' - wise tip - I shall purchase one immediately), but also my own, of `Eggbeaters' (`They look like good exercise' - yes, Ms Blume, they are) and the word `Kerfuffle' (`An amusingly prim and old-fashioned word for commotion, particularly amusing if the kerfuffle in question is not particularly prim' - as they never were), and, of course, a world of truly extinct objects; I especially like the entry for `Plumed Helmets': `An insidious approach to warfare: your opponents will die of laughter'.

I can absolutely agree with J Guild's admiration of this "tome" as a gorgeous "trip down memory lane" for many, but certainly not with the idea that "If you are under 40, you won't find much in this book that will ring your bell." I am well under 40 and my bell is ringing constantly. An absolute must for all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Film Maven on December 3, 2010
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You can tell that a great deal of love and thought went into writing this book. I'm about a third of the way through and find myself nodding and smiling at the turn if every page. I've long felt that I was originally from another era and think the author probably was as well. We have exchanged far too many good behaviours in for what have become slovenly comforts and bad manners. We've traded in politeness, backbones and thoughtfully handwritten letters for hunching over mobiles during dinner dates. We've lost a sense of self-pride in dressing for work, shopping, travelling by instead wearing our pajama pants in public. I hope by reading this that people will bring back bits and pieces of the past into their own lives. I think we'll all be better people for it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kim Fanning on December 3, 2010
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I happened to buy this for myself, but this would make a great gift to an older person, or anyone like myself who's obsessed with the past in relation to pop culture and way of life.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rainann on December 2, 2010
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Beautiful cover, but when I opened the book up I was shocked at the extreme small print. It took me over two weeks to read do to it giving me such a headache, normally I can have a 500 page book read in a couple of days. The contents was wonderful and very detailed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nom de Plume on December 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A delightful little book full of interesting stories and anecdotes about past people, places and things. Gave me a hundred new things to love that I never even knew about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lmw on April 25, 2012
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This book is great! Full of funny and sometimes thought-provoking commentary on things lost from today's society, as well as the current replacements. I laughed out loud at much of it and agreed with most of it.
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