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Nothing but a Smile by Steve Amick
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Apr 21, 09

bookshelves: historical-fiction, 2009, midcentury
Read in April, 2009

A charming and cheeky love story, with an offbeat, appealing setting--the pinup photography scene during and after WWII. I thoroughly enjoyed this as a stylish, unconventional romance from a very straighforward, "dude" point of view--no flowery language here. And it explored in a really interesting way some of the big cultural changes of the post-war era, like the migration from cities to suburbs, the emphasis on conformity, and the paranoia about "subversive" political activity. This would have been a five-star for me if the depiction of the setting and the time period had been more fleshed out, but I think that's just not what the author was going for; this is succinct and action-focused rather than atmospheric and descriptive.
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