Through No Fault of My Own: A Girl's Diary of Life on Summit Avenue in the Jazz Age - Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage (Paperback)
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Through No Fault of My Own: A Girl's Diary of Life on Summit Avenue in the Jazz Age - Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage (Paperback)

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Paperback 104 Pages / Published: 30/03/2011
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On Christmas Day, 1926, twelve-year-old Clotilde \u201cCoco\u201d Irvine received a blank diary as a present. Coco loved to write-and to get into scrapes-and her new diary gave her the opportunity to explain her side of the messes she created: \u201cI\u2019m in deep trouble through no fault of my own,\u201d her entries frequently began. The daughter of a lumber baron, Coco grew up in a twenty-room mansion on fashionable Summit Avenue at the peak of the Jazz Age, a time when music, art, and women\u2019s social status were all in a state of flux and the economy was still flying high. Coco\u2019s diary carefully records her adventures, problems, and romances, written with a lively wit and a droll sense of humor. Whether sneaking out to a dance hall in her mother\u2019s clothes or getting in trouble for telling an off-color joke, Coco and her escapades will captivate and delight preteen readers as well as their mothers and grandmothers. Peg Meier\u2019s introduction describes St. Paul life in the 1920s and provides context for the privileged world that Coco inhabits, while an afterword tells what happens to Coco as an adult-and reveals surprises about some of the other characters in the diary.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816673063
Number of pages: 104
Weight: 100 g
Dimensions: 178 x 127 x 8 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"The glimpses of Coco's privileged life in the Roaring 20s are intriguing and humorous, but what makes this account so appealing is the clear evocation of what it is to be 13-impatient to be grown up yet still childlike in many ways. Coco's innocence will make today's readers smile. Her newfound interest in boys, especially one she calls "He," who might or might not like her, will resonate with middle-school girls. Peg Meier's introduction explains the story's provenance and provides some context; her conclusion summarizes the rest of Coco's life. Give this actual diary to readers who have enjoyed books in the Dear America series." -Kirkus Reviews


"This charming little reproduction of the year she recorded will resonate with contemporary teens and readers who remember the Irvine sisters." -St. Paul Pioneer Press


"An unrepentant attention-seeker, Coco gets into frequent trouble at home and at school, but her exuberance, defiance, and sweetness will win over readers from her first entry. This effervescent journal demonstrates Irvine's early, intense enthusiasm for writing and independent thought, as well as her unmistakable talent. Photos of Coco and an afterword about her (fairly tragic) adult life round out an otherwise blithe glimpse into the past." -Publishers Weekly

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