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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
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Jun 13, 2012

really liked it
Read from June 20 to July 02, 2012

In 1922, fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks travels to New York City to study at the presitgous school of dance, Denishawn School. She does not travel alone, however. She is accompanied by a thirty-six year old neighbor, Cora Carlisle. With these facts, the author constructs the story of Cora. And what a wonderful story it is. Cora has quite the job chaperoning the young Louise, who even at fifteen had a will of her own and the desire to have fun and live life to it's fullest. Contrast Louise with Cora, a woman still wearing a corset, with a foot firmly planted in the old ways. This books is aptly titled since it focuses on Cora, and just a little on Louise. It really does allow you to feel what a woman in her 30's at that time might feel. So much was changing: hemlines rising, prohibition, bobbed hair. Chaperoning Louise changed Cora's life in ways that she would have never imagined, ways that carried over into her life back home.

Very enjoyable.

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message 1: by Jim (new) - rated it 2 stars

Jim I want to read this too...I think I will order it. I love Louise Brooks.

message 2: by Pam (new) - rated it 4 stars

Pam Don't order it, I'll let you read it when I'm finished. It's a paperback, not on my Kindle.

message 3: by Jim (new) - rated it 2 stars

Jim Ok...I'll wait...Thanks

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