February 19, 2009

Review of: Emily Post

Author: Laura Claridge
ISBN: 9780375509216
Pages: 592
Genre(s): Non-Fiction - Biography
Grade: C
Challenge(s): 100+ Reading Challenge, 2009 Read & Review Challenge

I have to admit. I had a really hard time getting through this book. It took me 6 or 8 weeks to finish it. (I read Kusheils's Scion which has 200 more pages in 3 weeks, so it was more the lack of interest in the material's presentation than the length of the book.) When Shana asked for some one to take over the responsibility of this book I thought, "How interesting. She must have lead an exciting life." Well, she did lead a fairly exciting life, but the presentation was so dry.

Emily Post was related to the Roosevelt's (she thought Eleanor was too involved in politics and causes), she wrote more than Etiquette and played in the concrete base of the Statue of Liberty! I know I would have enjoyed Emily Post much more if I could have taken my time and read it in pieces over a few months rather than with a deadline. If you have more than a passing interest in Emily Post herself or in the periods that this book covers (1920's to 1950's) I'd recommend this book.

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  1. So sorry this one was dry. I may pick it up someday, but I won't go in high hopes.

  2. @ all readers:

    I honestly think I would have REALLY enjoyed it if I had read it a few chapters at a time over 4-6 months rather than trying to cram so much into just 2 months. It was definitely dry, but not so much so that I don't recommend it at all. There were plenty of juicy tid-bits to keep me reading.

    I guess my biggest problem with it is this: If you took out all of the stuff that didn't directly deal with Emily Price Post, the book would be more like 300 pages.


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