Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

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I've created a group for people interested in the US publication of The Thoughtful Dresser.

Go to Facebook for news, comments and some Q&As

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Could you give the exact name of the facebook group, please. I can't figure out how to join it.

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The name of the group is The Thoughtful Dresser. Just put that into the facebook search box and it will come up. But you have to already be a facebook member to join the group

Rob said...

I have just read and enjoyed 'The Thoughtful Dresser'. It was at a time when I was too unhappy and stressed to read a novel - my usual form of self-medication - and it worked.
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Silvia Couture said...

Hello Linda Grant! I don't know if this is really you but my cousin(an artist) saw your excerpt from your book and found it so ispiring that she impolored me to read it asl well. (the excerpt was found in U.S. Airways magazine)

I just finished the article feeling and I have got to say I had goosebumps. I was actually checking online for a bookstore that carried it and found your blog! I wanted to thank you for expressing so beautifully with words how I personally felt about fashion. I will be buying it today!

-Silvia

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Oh ...please don't judge me for my spelling! My keyboard is sticky!

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Linda, thought you might want to see this.

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Linda said...

I am shocked you commented or found me. I only found out about you when I did google alerts on my name (of course its a common name) when I started blogging.

Hope to meet in person one day. I am dying to read your book.

If you come for US book tour, drop me a note so I can have my book signed.

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I loved the book! I will do my first ever revue on Amazon. Your family's motto "Only the rich can afford cheap shoes" reminded me of a passage from Terry Pratchett:

"The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while a poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet."

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socio-economic unfairness.

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Adam Krystian said...

Dear Linda, I am reading your book which I have bought on Amazon.com after viewing your personal page there. I do not want to hide my sinister reasons to buy the book but before I honestly reveal them, let me tell you that as for forty seven years old married male I do enjoy your writing about fashion. Now to the point, your book is causing quite a bit of pain and controversy here in New York after Christina Binkley of WSJ in her review of “The Thoughtful Dresser” referred to Auschwitz as the “Polish Concentration Camp.” The comments we left following Christina’s article tell the rest of that critical story. Ms. Binkley’s abuse continues as she refuses to post a simple correction which would reflect the true history of Nazi Auschwitz and thus satisfy the Polish-American readers.

I still like your book and will pass it on to my friends in New York. Today, I am making to you my Father’s Day pledge that one day my seven years old daughter Camilla and nine years old son Philip will learn about Catherine Hill and her story of surviving Auschwitz. I will read to them the page describing the moment when Catherine and her mother were separated and explain to our children how much we must cherish the gift of being together. I am myself one those “Polish schoolchild brought to Auschwitz to learn about their history” and, Linda, I did. Please help me to protect my kids from manipulation of the powerful few like Christina Binkley who will not stop from lying about their country’s history.

Claudia said...

ohhhh...I like this cover more than the one on the UK edition I bought. By theway...I enjoyed the book very much, thanks :)

Adam Krystian said...

It is interesting that you have said that. Actually, I happen to disagree. The book cover for the American edition is rather cheap and does not accurately reflect its content. The first cover suggests luxury and accomplishments of possessing desirable high fashion clothing, while the next graphic designer would like to warp women in a dress made of a newspaper. What a misguided idea! The newspaper dress is disposable, recyclable and utilitarian (consider its uses when a toilet paper runs out) while it has too much Photo Shop in it (just look at the shoes right next to the dress). It is simply put disgraceful!

What might be instinctively appealing to your inexperienced eye is most likely the cover’s red background reminiscent of lipstick as applied to woman’s most sensuous parts of her body. Well, if it is suggestive of sex than this one time the designer might have gotten it right. Linda does not shy to mention sex in conversations of women in Auschwitz. Then, could you possibly guess what happened between the pages 85-86? Yes, I will tell you. If I were Linda’s nineteen years old student that kind of “flesh” in front of me would not survive intact to page 87. That is also suggested in few other places in this well written story.

If you read the book, you must have noticed the intricate play of words so characteristic of Linda’s writing. She does not just simply tell you (like Catherine does) “I like this, or I do not like that – just because.” Linda gives you the whole multilevel story woven into numerous angles. Not that I am actually waiting to find out, what parts of her body she might be proud of or what she would rather be hiding. Yet, I (we) get to know it for our own uses whether we asked for it or not. We get the whole world of fashion not just the plain red cover with scraps of a newspaper arranged into a dress.

And that is all I have to say about the cover.

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I just finished reading "The Clothes on Their Backs" absolutely loved it.
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Julie said...

I just finished "The Thoughtful Dresser" and enjoyed it so much. It would be great if you could write more often on your blog for those of us who want more! :-)

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Bella said...

Looking forward to seeing your new book in the US. Loved The Clothes on Their Backs!

Judith van Praag said...

@LindaG,

Congrats with finishing this new book. As a writer, I am intrigued and inspired by the way you posted your research materials and used your blog for pre-publication promotion while entertaining your faithful followers.

Re: FaceBook. When typing The Thoughtful Dresser in the FB search box it leads back to this blog, not to a fan page. Honestly.

Loved your essay for blog of Powell's Books in Portland Oregon.
The lipstick tidbit is unforgettable and priceless.

When I read The Clothes on Their Backs my jaw dropped when I read the protagonist didn't know she had relatives until meeting her uncle. Same was true for me.

My father also had an ancient manual he used for pharmaceutical products, his for flu-oline, which didn't make it beyond quackhood". Wishing he had opted for beautification over saving the world from the flu his dad died of in 1918.

Can't wait to lay my hands on your new book. Again, the lipstick moment promises much.

Best of luck mazel & brogha!

Miss Buncle said...

Hi Linda, I gulped down your book in one sitting yesterday. Lovely and true. Thanks for a good read.

Heather said...

Dear Linda,
I just finished reading your book and I am touched and inspired. Thank you for sharing your insights and the story of Catherine Hill. I am from Texas and have never stepped into a high-fashion shop. Thank you for making this information accessible to the common folk. Heather

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I loved your book The Thoughtful Dresser...and laughrd and cried along with you. In all my nearly 64 years I feel validated and that my love of beautiful clothes and fashion etc. along with an addiction for reading does not mean I am superficial and shallow.I could identify with every word and wish someone had told me about your blog before now. Love all your writing. Thankyou so much Linda.

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