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Socialite Wannabe in Amber Brock’s “Lady Be Good”

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In 1924, George and Ira Gershwin wrote one of their most famous songs: I am so awf’ly misunderstood So, lady be good to me. . . The heroine of Amber Brock’s Lady Be Good is indeed a misunderstood young woman, tormented by desires both frivolous and serious. Beautiful and wealthy, the only daughter of a hotelier whose money is unacceptably nouveau, Kitty Tessler devotes much of her time to figuring out how to be welcomed into New York City’s Knickerbocker crowd. Her friendship with a former schoolmate Henrietta (“Hen”) Bancroft, whose patrician family is listed in the social register, has not yielded the entrée she craves. It is 1953 and American culture and society have been upended in the postwar…

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How to be a Lizzie Bennet, Margaery Tyrell or Scarlett O’Hara bride

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Wedding season is fast approaching, and if you’re in the process of planning your own special day then you’ll soon find yourself facing thousands of difficult decisions. Should you invite that great aunt you barely remember? How mad will your sister be if you don’t make her Maid of Honor? Is there such a thing as too many mason jars? But perhaps the most important decision of all is The Dress. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Whether you want a small country wedding or something a little more off-beat, inspiration can always be found in your favorite novels. Here are six literary-inspired styles to help you find that perfect look on your wedding day: Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and…

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The star wore Prada: How great fashion can save a lackluster film

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Any book lover has had the unique experience of watching one of your favorite novels come to life on the big screen. It’s a moment filled with fear that the story will be butchered, forever tainting your view of the book, and awe that you’re finally seeing something you’ve only ever pictured in your mind. I’ve watched some truly awful adaptations of my favorite books (I’m looking at you, The Time Traveler’s Wife) and some truly amazing ones (hello, Princess Bride). But sometimes the beauty of a movie can triumph regardless of what’s happening in the story. A character will put on a certain dress or suit and make a scene pop in a way that didn’t seem possible in…

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