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The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston
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Apr 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: age-adult-books, age-high-school, words-and-pictures, visualstorytelling

Oooh, this was fun. Format-wise, it would be interesting paired with Chopsticks, though this one follows a more conventional plot which unfolds via a scrapbook of vintage 1920s ephemera. I think I enjoyed it more having just watched "Midnight in Paris." I also keep running into automats in my reading, something I just learned about (or, more likely, just re-learned) this year. Also, I didn't know (or, more likely, remember) anything about pneumatic mail:

"The most congenial spot for the unemployed is the Automat in Times Square. Search the want ads, read a novel, scribble out a story without any dirty looks from a waitress. Sit undisturbed from 8 until 6 -- like going to an office. All that's required is spending a nickel every few hours on a bowl of oatmeal, an egg salad sandwich, a slice of pie (lemon meringue highly recommended), and yet another cup of coffee."

Sounds like today's coffee shops!! :)

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