Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures Hardcover – October 25, 2011
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Small-town girl Frankie wants to get out of New Hampshire, get an education, and become a writer. She becomes a class of 1924 student at Vassar, finds a job in New York, publishes a short story in Collier’s, and then makes her way to Paris. There she re-meets her college roommate’s interesting brother as well as a ne’er-do-well older man from her past. Frankie goes back home, however, when her widowed mother contracts tuberculosis, and there she finds true love. Preston’s story follows a predictable romantic arc, but the scrapbook format turns it into a welcome variant on the historical romance genre. True to the medium, only events that give Frankie pause are recorded, but Preston manages to include her heroine’s encounter with period anti-Semitism, homosexuality, and even fallen royalty without straining suspension of disbelief. The full-color scrapbook artifacts include typed captions, postcards, magazine ads, pressed flowers, tickets, letters, and annotated maps. A delight for readers of gentle historical romances, but also for crafters and those interested in the popular culture of the Roaring Twenties. --Francisca Goldsmith
“Impossible to crack open the book without wanting to devour it… a tale of the Roaring ‘20s illustrated in the dazzling language of trinkets and baubles… the kind of visual candy that coffee tables were designed to showcase.” (NPR.org)
“The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt” is a retro delight. Meticulously assembled and designed by the author from her own huge collection of memorabilia, it turns scrapbooking into a literary art form. Fans of the Roaring ’20s, Nick Bantock and modernism will all find something of value in Preston’s nostalgic ephemera.” (Washington Post)
“In her whimsical mash-up of historical fiction and scrapbooking, Caroline Preston uses vintage images and artifacts, paper ephemera and flapper-era souvenirs.... Apparently no junk shop or eBay seller was spared in Preston’s search for ways to bring her fictional heroine to life.” (O, The Oprah Magazine, Lead Review)
“In THE SCRAPBOOK OF FRANKIE PRATT, Caroline Preston, a former archivist, pastes vintage postcards, Jazz Age ephemera and typewritten snippets into a sweetly beguiling novel about a New England girl who trades Vassar College for Greenwich Village on the advice of Edna St. Vincent Millay.” (New York Times Magazine)
“Every coat button, baseball card, or gramophone record seems to conduct electricity…. As a reader, you are enchanted with Frankie Pratt’s life…because her life-so carefully constructed and so elegantly detailed-is not so different from our own.” (DoubleX)
“The epistolary novel is ages old, the Twitter novel à la mode, but...The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt—to my knowledge—is the first scrapbook novel....[A] charming and transporting story, a collage of vintage memorabilia...and other ephemera depicts the adventures of an aspiring flapper-era writer.” (VanityFair.com)
“An American (flapper) in Paris: Le Dôme café, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and l’amour all show up in scrapbook form in this novel.” (AARP.org)
“The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston is for those who love history, strong young women, and unusual story-telling.” (Examiner.com)
“Somehow, Preston manages to make this scene feel fresh--partly because [this] really is a scrapbook, each page composed of artifacts: advertisements, yearbook photos, ticket stubs, menus from the automat, and paper dolls modeling their finest… its vintage graphics and sweet, sincere storytelling make it a pure pleasure.” (Boston Globe)
“Literal, literary and lovely....Preston’s book is a visual journey unlike any other novel out there right now....Can be devoured in the course of a pot of tea on a cold day [but] pick [it] up the next day just to look at the images.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The book *is* visually appealing and fun to browse through, but it turned out to be something of a page turner as well. Frankie's story is not a particularly complicated one. Impoverished young woman attends Vassar and tries her luck in the world (brushing tangentially against the "lost generation"). Frankie neither reaps huge laurels in this world nor finds great sweeping romance, but her small successes and modest loves make her a charming and believable heroine whose adventures I literally couldn't put down.
In presenting Frankie's story as a scrapbook, Caroline Preston has done something much more interesting than simply cobble together a group of visually appealing period images. The best "traditional" books, in my opinion, are those where scene and atmosphere are evoked with a few quick strokes of the pen, while the bulk of the writing is devoted to character and plot development. Through graphic design, Ms Preston has reversed this technique, giving us abundant and carefully developed scene and atmosphere punctuated by short concentrated bursts of story.
The combination creates a compelling story, complete with secondary characters (and even a wonderful subplot involving a prince) and makes "The Diary of Frankie Pratt" a very fun read.
It was a quick read, after all -- more pictorial than novel, of course, but such creative entertainment that I was delighted on every page (I could predict what the situation was with Oliver very easily, though, long before Frankie discovered it for herself!)
This book was a charming venture, and really, I think it's a very original way to also introduce younger readers to the jazz age era without ridiculous fallacies and mistaken, inaccurate references to fashion, music, and entertainment of the times, the way so many authors these days sadly stumble in that aspect. This author is someone who pays scrupulous attention to her research and has an abiding love for a very fascinating period in our cultural history. I heartily recommend this book!
old typewriter similar to the one on the cover. I was intrigued so I ordered a copy from a reseller.
Book was in very nice condition and I find it very interesting and nostalgic.
The scrapbook form reminds me of quiltmaking, in which something organized and aesthetically satisfying is made out of the material of everyday life. Scrapbooks are the preserve of the memento, the souvenir, the bulletin, the concert ticket, the dried flower, the advertisement, the matchbook, the cheap trinket, the brief note. It is a rich domain, indeed, full of symbols and signs, and susceptible to all kinds of philosophizing on how we memorialize ourselves and compose our life stories.
Frankie's story is especially interesting because she is attempting to make a new kind of life -- to be a writer and have adventures and live by her own lights. The scrapbook reflects this work of self-creation, and her story is buoyant and engaging and very satisfying. My only caveat is that the ending the author imagines for her seems rather conventional, compared to what comes before. Frankie will marry a doctor and settle down and have a family while (presumably) continuing to write. Still, she has already broken out of the conventional storyline for a young woman of her time, and we can hope she will continue to forge a different path.
As a physical object, the book is sheer delight. For "vintage" collectors and flea-market fanatics and ephemera-lovers like myself, it is like a ticket to paradise. The Horn & Hardart spoon is my favorite item... or is it the Crackerjack charm bracelet? Oh, I can't decide...
Most recent customer reviews
As I read it I found myself envisioning the author assorting all the memorabilia and photos first, then crafting her story around all...Read more