Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Book Review: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

I don't do many book reviews here, but this book is worthy of a mention because of its fun format. The book is presented as a scrapbook of a young woman, beginning in 1920 when she is 17, and ending in 1928. Every page is filled with ephemera of the era: postcards, food wrappings, ticket stubs, advertisements, photographs, souvenirs, fabric swatches, and more. The story is fairly interesting, too. Even though I never quite made an emotional connection with Frankie, I still wanted to know what would happen to her next!

Here is one of my favorite pages in the book, with souvenirs from her visit to the Eiffel Tower:
I find little trinkets endlessly fascinating.

Here is another page from the book, when Frankie sets up her first apartment in Greenwich Village after college graduation:

The author, Caroline Preston, used her own collection of ephemera, and bought lots more on Ebay, to make the book. What a fun and creative endeavor! If you want to read more about that, here is the author's web site.

Another thing I like about this book is that it demands you read the actual physical book. This wouldn't translate to an e-format very well.

I've been thinking about books and e-books a lot lately because I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas, and I have to say, I'm still on the fence about the whole thing. While I think it's wonderful that practically any book I might want is immediately available to me at any hour of the day, I am so hard-wired to use the library that I just cannot pay money to read a book! On the occasions that I am willing to pay to read a book, I'd rather have the book in-hand to put on my shelf when I'm done. I just cannot bring myself to pay $12.99 for an e-version of a book.

I do admit the e-reader is convenient. I've downloaded many of the free classics, and I am taking advantage of the Amazon lending library available to Prime members (although the lending library selections leave something to be desired). I've even bought a few of the less expensive books available (I haven't paid more than $3.99 yet), but I am going to be a slow adapter to this. If my local public library ever makes the borrowing-of-e-books process more streamlined than it it is now, I will be one happy person.


T's Daily Treasures said...

Glad to hear you tried the pear cake. It really is so easy and quick and always turns out perfect. Great for a last minute dessert. The book sounds interesting. I want to make my own travel book of this sort but always seem to get sidetracked from the task of gathering ephemera. Have a great day! Tammy

T's Daily Treasures said...

ha! I just had a good laugh about you losing your hook when crocheting a cover for the rock. :) I haven't worked with thread either.

Isabelle said...

I'm ambivalent too. I can't read my Kindle in the bath!