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"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

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

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

"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 ... 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

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

"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

"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

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

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

"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

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

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

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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,074 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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... but I knew about three-quarters of the words and expressions. Hardly worth the price of the book. It is supposed to piggyback on the first "Let's Bring Back..." which WAS a delight of insight into the recent past.
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By Charlotte on April 18, 2013
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I really wanted to like this. Unfortunately as some other reviewers mentioned, most of the words are used in everyday conversation. I was hoping for some lost and delightful gems of words, but this is more of a 101 course in quaint phrases than a book for people who really want some strange and forgotten words.
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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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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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By Phyll on September 10, 2015
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I would have taken these comments private but the lady's just too precious for direct communication. Nearly every entry is for a word that is common knowledge for anyone of voting age. Worse are the errors. "Through the ringer?" It doesn't even make sense. The phrase is actually "through the wringer," which refers to putting an article of wet clothing from the washing tub through the wringer portion that would squeeze the cloth very tightly. This left the cloth merely damp. In other words, put in a situation of extreme pressure.
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Format: Hardcover
Ever since I ordered this book I have been at my desk like Agnes Gooch cackling at the amazing stories, thoughts, ideas and phrases Ms. LMMB has tirelessly scoured the Earth (and numerous bars) to share with us.

As a writer for The New York Times, Style.com, Huffington Post, Vanity Fair and others I am always looking for just the right bon mot to send my stories to the next level and thanks to this book I find many that cause my editors to have a proper 'Knees-Up' when I turn in my pieces.

BRAVO a MUST have for all writers especially young ones (esp those 13 years old and from the Valley) who think LMAO and TTYL are the bees knees.

I recently went bananas and bought piles of them for hostess gifts when I visit my friends country homes in England and America- It's the new PG Wodehouse everyone is going crackers for.
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