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"Wistful ... zeitgeisty ... charming." - Elle

"A charming slip of a book...that quite deliciously and convincingly has the romantics among us pining for the ways of the dearly held past." - The Chicago Tribune

"A humorous ode to preservation and the art of rediscovery - heartily recommended." - The Wall Street Journal

"Beautiful ... delightful ... a lovely read." - Robin Roberts, Good Morning America

"Delightful ... full of fascinating things ... charming, sharp, and well-researched ... I read the entire book on a cross-country flight, and felt like I'd spent the time with a brilliant new friend." - Apartment Therapy

"Delightful ... witty ... recommended reading." - Country Living

"It's a gorgeously illustrated champagne bubble of a read." - Refinery 29

"Let's Bring Back is an ode to everything we miss in our current mad dash of a modern world. [Lesley M. M. Blume] must have been conceived from the hat pin of Dorothy Parker when it fell into a flute of champagne at Noel Coward's. Her wit, wisdom, and boldness are rare in this day and age." - Full Frontal Fashion

"Let's Bring Back promotes and revels in an idea of life that's lived in 3-D, not 2-D, a life lived civically and civil-y. And that is a very wonderful thing." - Sally Singer, editor, T: The New York Times Style Magazine

"This book is a must-have! " - BlackBook

"Whimsical ... comical ... delightful ... Blume's book is about more than just populating your life with antique trinkets; it's about curating your own charming lifestyle while celebrating the Wildean ideals of life as art." - The New Yorker

"Whimsical yet informative encyclopedia ... elegant ... useful ... As Blume herself might put it, we just think this book is the bee's knees." - O, The Oprah Magazine

"Whimsical, entertaining, enlightening, and utterly captivating." - Styleite

About the Author

Lesley M. M. Blume has written for a number of publications, from Slate to Vogue, and is the contributing Style section editor at the Huffington Post. She is also the author of several critically acclaimed children's books. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811874133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811874137
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Format: Hardcover
A refreshing volume that provides the reader with an abundance of useful, fun, and witty wisdom from times gone by. I giggled so many times... found many new (old) favorite things... and was overall fascinated by Lesley M.M. Blume's knowledge of history.

The cons: The only reason I can't give this book 5 stars (no matter how much I wish I could!), is because of the author's lack of discretion. Foul language and inappropriate topics did ruin the book for me, and made it impossible to share with my friends. It's a pity that such a jewel of a book cannot be better relished in.

However, I did discover awesome tidbits among the pages of "Let's Bring Back". So many great people of historical significance become lost in time somewhere; so many buildings and wonderful places in the world that have been destroyed somehow. The world will never see them again, but only through the pages of a book like this.

Quizzing glasses... radio dramas... milk baths... Castle houses (not actually castles)... whispering chairs... cutting gardens... fern-hunting parties... fly-in movie theaters... walk-in fireplaces...

Let's bring them all back.
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This delightful encyclopedia is a wonderful collection of things from bygone times which the author, Lesley Blume believes we should bring back.

The entries range from Ambrosia to Mae West to Bing Crosby to Corsets to Doorbell Pulls to Opera Capes and beyond.

As a quick disclaimer, there is some adult language included in the book. It's few and far between, but included nonetheless, so this book is not for children.

While I must admit I am too young to have grown up with most everything in this book, a part of me has always felt that I was born into the wrong time period.

While most entries may be before my time, they are things I am (for the most part) familiar with nonetheless.

I really think this is a fantastic collection of things we have slowly lost over time that were wonderful.

Plus, the fact that Bing Crosby was included sold me immediately. If he wasn't already dead, I would marry that man! White Christmas, after all, is my holiday tradition every year!

But, back to the book.

I brought it home for Thanksgiving and found that my mom, her fiancé and I spent hours talking about the various things in the encyclopedia. We had such great conversations about each of the ideas within the book, and the conversation was filled with laughter and was quite entertaining.

I have to say that it was a much better way to spend family time together than if we had mindlessly watched tv together instead.

All-in-all, this delightful book is a great conversation piece and a cute, quaint, quick read.

I highly recommend you purchasing a copy for yourself or someone you love.

I am grateful to FSB Media for sending me a review copy. I am not required to write a positive review, but rather an honest one.
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