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The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort Hardcover – September 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740761811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740761812
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Easy-to-follow instructions, quirky facts, personal stories, and vintage illustrations make this book as charming as each pretty cover-up featured inside." -- Homemakers magazine

"EllynAnne Geisel has restored dignity to a symbol of domesticity long gone from many kitchens‹the apron." -- Denver Post

"Part how-to, part history, this book is like grandma's pudding—comforting and a great treat." -- Create & Decorate

"The Apron Book unfolds like a bolt of fabricŠthe pattern of a life remembered through a homely object." -- NPR¹s Weekend All Things Considered

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.

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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

This book was so much fun to read!
T. Horton
I just received my copy of "The Apron Book..." and thumbed through it as excitedly as a small child on Christmas morning!
Gina Marie
This book is not just a stroll down apron memory lane.
earnest reader

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

112 of 113 people found the following review helpful By J. Grufman on March 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was on the verge of purchasing this book, but at the last minute headed off to the library to take a look at it. What I found was a book filled with memories and anecdotes shared by various people involving aprons (mom's, grandma's or otherwise). There are beautiful pictures of many vintage aprons with lots of history. Also included are 3 simple patterns and directions for a "Waist Apron", a "Basic Bib Apron," and a "Smock Apron," with ideas for varying the pockets. Don't misunderstand, plenty of ideas can be gleaned from the pictures of aprons on display, but the book is limited in pattern styles - and that's what I was after. I've got plenty of cookbooks, so for me the recipes were wasted space. If you are looking for a book of reminisces and vintage images, this book will serve you well. However, if you are after a large variety of patterns to begin with, the Apron Book falls short.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By earnest reader on October 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I loved the colorful mix of worn aprons in my mother's kitchen drawer and I'd give anything to have one wrapped around my waist right now. Unfortunately, those aprons are long gone, but as I hoped, THE APRON BOOK brings me right back to the wonderful memories I associate with the aprons of my childhood.

As the author suggests, this book IS like an apron, simple yet beautiful, nostalgic yet useful. The gorgeous photos of vintage and contemporary aprons make you want to get our your machine and start sewing. The instructions are clear and the book inspires you to be creative and original.

This book is not just a stroll down apron memory lane. It's a warm and charming invitation to bring aprons back to our everyday lives. I will give this book as a gift many times over....with a homemade apron, of course.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Judith Paley VINE VOICE on October 22, 2006
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When my friend EllynAnne asked me if I had an apron story, the memories came flooding back. Grandma in pearls and stockings with a brightly colored hand-sewn apron over her dress, my mom with that same apron tied over her work clothes at the end of the day, and finally me--you guessed it, in Grandma's apron--cooking away in junior high home economics class.

How pleased I am now to read The Apron Book, and I'm here to tell you it sounds just like EllynAnne in person. She's taken her "girl-raised-in-the-south" voice to these wonderful apron memories, a rich mixture of gentility, tradition, and folksy humor, with her own finely tuned ability to tell a story. I only wish I could serve my teenaged son and his friends bottled sodas swathed in tiny aprons. Check out the picture, it's a hoot! Please oh please publish the pattern for those.

And how especially honored I am to see my family heirloom apron, unfortunately now too worn to wear, featured in this handsome volume. EllynAnne has elevated our everyday aprons out of the kitchen or backyard barbeque pit into an American icon.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James L. Newcomb on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased the Apron Book for my wife as a Christmas present. She & my daughter have been doing a 'home based' business and part of that is my wife making aprons. She really enjoyed the book and has made some real great aprons from the patterns she found. Thanks for a great book that really engages the reader. It is neat to see the fun projects my wife and daughter share.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Susan A. Isner on October 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My copy of "The Apron Book" just arrived. I could hardly wait to sit down with a cup of coffee and get lost in an era that seems so long ago, but so close to heart. Earlier in the year, I attend "The Apron Chronicles" a traveling exhibit of aprons and their stories, told by EllynAnne herself! The exhibit was amazing! Aprons do have a voice and they're heard throughout the pages of "The Apron Book". In "The Apron Book" Geisel has done an extraordinary job bringing the aprons to life. Each apron pictured has a heartwarming story filled with love that only an apron could tell. They come to life and it is as if you're there. The tidbits of info scattered throughout the book from what to do about over salted soup to the perfect pocket placement on an apron are a delight. I can't sew a stitch but I've read every pattern in the book! Thanks EllynAnne
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gina Marie on October 11, 2006
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I just received my copy of "The Apron Book..." and thumbed through it as excitedly as a small child on Christmas morning! My first impression is one of anticipation! Although the book is peppered with personal reflections that the author has gathered from others over the years, it's also filled with colorful pictures of vintage aprons and factual narratives that leave the reader with a greater sense of appreciation for this simple piece of cloth and the people who wore them. I sense that many readers will be moved to resurrect their own aprons just to experience the warm, comfortable feeling that author, EllynAnne Geisel evokes in her writing. "The Apron Book" is also filled with recipes, sewing patterns, and tips for the domestic diva. It all comes together in a delightful book that is meant to be savored and enjoyed many times over.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Lemke on January 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My sister loaned me her copy and I enjoyed it so much I ordered my own. It includes wonderful, heartwarming and funny stories, quotes and recipes. The patterns and instructions in the book are easy to follow. It inspired my sister and I to sew aprons for Christmas presents for many of the women in our lives.
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