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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1ST edition (April 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811878813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811878814
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I came across this book in an effort to find something fun and quirky to send my mom. Instead, I fell right into it, and decided to keep it for myself. There is something addictive about this book. -- NPR

"A heartfelt fashion history that honors the women who raised us - and the fab photos of them make you hope chic might be genetic." --Today.com 

Piper Weiss's "My Mom, Style Icon" will remind you -- shocker! -- that your mother had a life before you came along. In fact, she may have even been fashionable.  --Washington Post

"Charming...Chock-full of snapshots of once-young mothers in beehive hairdos, and suede vests, "My Mom Style Icon" is a celebration of vintage fashion and the youthful spirit that inspired it." --New Yorker Books Blog

"Our analog society is increasingly becoming a distant memory. But [this book is]  nudging us to celebrate a time when photographs were arguably more candid and pants were considerably higher-waisted."
--Los Angeles Times

"A sweet homage to maternal chic." - AARP the Magazine

"The result is a heartfelt fashion history that honors the women who raised us - and the fab photos of them make you hope chic might be genetic." - Today.com

"It's perfect for mom because it's an ode to moms everywhere and how they have influenced fashion... It's sure to be a coffee-table favorite."" - AOL

"Is there a better Mother's Day gift than telling your mom you think she's a style icon? Scoop one up for your mother, or just keep it for yourself when you need a little sartorial inspiration-from the woman who always knew best, no less. " -Blackbook magazine

"Every once in a while, a book comes along that makes you smile and laugh and sigh all at the same time. My Mom, Style Icon, by Piper Weiss - published by Chronicle - is just that book." - Alabama Chanin

About the Author

Piper Weiss is a humor and culture writer, as well as an editor. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kim G. on April 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm usually a fan of fiction, but the combination of Ms. Weiss' snappy writing and stylish eye made this book an irresistible purchase. Flipping through these pages was a real treat. Like many of the moms featured in My Mom Style Icon, my mom had me in the '70's. And with every section I read, I got more nostalgic for the pictures I remember seeing of her while I was growing up. Headbands, bellbottoms, striped bikinis--this book reminded me that my mom rocked it all before I came along and gave me a new appreciation for the sheer beauty of the woman who raised me. This book is a perfect gift for yourself--and for mother's day. Buy two!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on May 11, 2011
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i really did buy this for my mom and then went back and ordered one for myself. this book is like finding the most amazing photo album in a thrift store - even if you don't know these women (and some names you will recognize) you will find yourself falling in love with each photograph and all the thoughtful stories behind them. and the best part is that even if your mom isn't in the book you can still submit her photo to the blog and cross your fingers maybe another book will come out. i found a great photo of my mom in a full on kelly green romper with a yellow scarf on her head and taped it to the last page of the book when i gave it to her for mother's day. i am not sure she realizes she's not actually in the book b/c the woman has not stopped talking about it since. this book is so fun and i'm so happy i found it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SteelCityRock on April 24, 2011
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i purchased this item for my mother because she has always been so well dressed and always in style. even growing up, we never saw our mother in her pajamas or without her hair and make-up done. i thought she would enjoy it. i was a bit disappointed in this book because it does not have as many pictures as i was hoping but it's still a nice gift anyway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Armstrong on January 12, 2013
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Disappointing - too few pictures, too many unrelated stories. Pictures not so well-chosen. More words required than I have to say about this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on May 3, 2011
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A wonderful look at some amazing women as seen through dozens of family photos. It's the perfect gift, and one that will be enjoyed by everyone who had a mother who made an impression on those around her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Blair on May 2, 2011
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Who doesn't love looking at old photographs of women from the 60s dressed to the nines in fashions we'd give our right arm for - if only our moms had kept them! I follow Piper's blog and was expecting a book full of these fabulous photos, but what I found was so much more - the story we all share of discovering our mother for the stylish, glamorous, vibrant woman she was, and still is, before she became "mom". This is a perfect Mothers Day gift!
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