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Let's Bring Back... Hardcover – September 29, 2010
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"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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Spent long lunches at work enjoying this read!! Use verbiage regularly now!Published 5 days ago by calisurfette
"Let’s Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By," by Lesley M. M. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alison S. Coad
Love history and this little book filled the bill. Gives great description of things of the past that may have been forgotten. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mary C. Campbell
If your interested how language and expressions have developed and changed over the years this is the book for you. I write and use this as reference. Great!Published 7 months ago by Mary C. Campbell
Really enjoyed this; I feel that Ms. Blume is a kindred spirit in her appreciation for "the past. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JRDallas
Interesting to find out the meaning, the origin or the idea for the word or phrases we use in our daily conversations. Great read!Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was already familiar with the words and phrases explored. They weren't obscure or uncommon in any way, so I didn't find the book as entertaining as I expected to. Read morePublished 11 months ago by S. Pipkin