- Paperback: 182 pages
- Publisher: Earth Wisdom Harmonics LLC (July 9, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990350010
- ISBN-13: 978-0990350019
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,407,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"They shuffled and scuffed for a few moments, and then I knew. I'm not a cowgirl. I was born in England. I'm not from here." Later, she finds a pair of unadorned boots in a shade of deep aqua which "beckon" to her:
"'Really?" I said skeptically. "You're not even cowgirl boots.'"
The boots counter "You're not a cowgirl." And the author says ". . .I had to agree."
My favorite chapter was "Fake It Till You Make It," about how women use clothes to shape the way they want to be perceived in the world. I also enjoyed a short essay on how a handwoven blanket was used in the same way a Jewish prayer shawl might be, to help make sacred space; I am about to be married and my mate and I will be using a vintage embroidered scarf over our shoulders instead of prayer shawls or a wedding canopy.
There's some psychology in Glad Rags, but nothing dry or overstated; I found the concept of "embodied cognition" through choice of dressing oneself as something I wanted to think about. It's a thoughtful book. The first section is generally about the meaning of clothes, and the second section contains short portraits of individual women from many walks of life and how a particular piece of clothing or an accessory brought tremendous change into their lives. The third part is a guide or workbook section, addressed to the reader. There's a handy appendix for finding some of the handmade creations mentioned throughout the text.
"Glad Rags" contains the natural sparkle of the author's spirit, a focused intelligence, and a gentle humor, as in the poem which shares the book's title. I love any volume which includes the phrase "sassy-ass sassafras underpants"! Highly recommended.
From the very moment that I saw the book and got it in my hands I felt that something warm and fuzzy was waiting for me when I opened it. This is especially how I felt when I was reading the book. No, this book is not about fashion. This book is about us, women, weak and strong creatures that hold the world on their shoulders!
How do you like this quote from the book:" When you feel good about yourself you discover you have lots of positive energy to share. Courage is contagious. When you stand up, you give others motivation to stand up as well, especially if you extend a helping hand in the process."
I think we all should have these words on a banner on a wall to read it when we need support! Or just to highlight these lines in the Glad Rags!
I was especially touched by Sweet and Sentimental, a story about love, family values, respect to your heritage...plus much more. You know how all of us are looking through a different prism... I do recommend this book to you: simple, sincere, inspirational... "I've been there - I know it!"