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Shocked

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Shocked

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Patricia Volk
publisher:
Knopf
genre:
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

Part memoir, part biography, Shocked tells the story of two women: the author’s mother, Audrey Morgen Volk, a ”great beauty” of 1950s New York who lived by rigid sartorial standards, and Elsa Schiaparelli, the surrealist 1930s designer whose collaborations with the likes of Salvador DalĂ­ revolutionized the fashion industry. Though Volk’s loose narrative thread is sometimes difficult to follow, she ultimately manages to stitch together a visually evocative coming-of-age story about fashion, femininity, and the often complicated mother-daughter dynamic. B