Today we wish a happy belated #BookBday to leaders—in politics and in fashion!
FRANK: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage by Barney Frank
In his candid and witty political memoir which received THREE starred pre-pub reviews, Barney Frank relates his journey from the outskirts of New York City to Boston’s city hall and the Massachusetts legislature, and then to the U.S. Congress, where he played a vital role in the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness for more than four decades.
“Much more entertaining than most political memoirs, Frank’s story isn’t just revealing; it may be the most fun you can have reading about the United States Congress.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This detailed and accessible memoir certainly lives up to its title, as former Massachusetts Congressman Frank offers a warts-and-all portrait of his life in public service.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This is an illuminating look at behind-the-scenes politics and larger societal changes and one man’s struggle with sexual politics and identity.” — Booklist, starred review
THE BATTLE OF VERSAILLES: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History by Robin Givhan
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Givhan gives a vivid account of one of the most important moments in fashion: the 1973 runway event at Versailles, where five Americans—Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Anne Klein, Halston, and Stephen Burrows—faced off against the five French designers considered the best in the world—Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan of Christian Dior—and emerged as the dominant force in style.
“Givhan’s entertaining history captures the high cultural stakes in the budding American fashion industry that led to the fateful showdown and makes a case for the event’s continued reverberations in the fashion world. Every reader with an eye to fashion will relish this.” — Booklist, starred review
“Readers need not be fashion mavens to enjoy this entertaining episode of history, enhanced by Givhan’s effortless ability to illustrate the models and designers (particularly Lambert) who changed how we dress.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A strong work to be enjoyed by 20th-century fashion history buffs.”
— Library Journal