My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me

By Patricia Volk
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780345803429, 283pp.)

Publication Date: April 22, 2014

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An NPR Best Book of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

How does a girl fashion herself into a woman? In this richly illustrated memoir, writer Patricia Volk juxtaposes her two childhood idols to find her answer. Her mother, Audrey, was an upper-middle-class New Yorker and a great beauty—meticulously groomed, proudly conventional. Elsa Schiaparelli was an avant-garde fashion designer whose creations broke every rule and elevated clothing into art. While growing up in Audrey's strict household, Patricia read Schiap's freewheeling autobiography and was transformed by it.
            Shocked weaves Audrey's traditional notions of domesticity with Schiap's often outrageous ideas, giving us a revelatory meditation on beauty and on being a daughter, sister, and mother—and demonstrating, meanwhile, how a single book can change a life. 

About the Author
Patricia Volk is the author of the memoir "Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family" and four works of fiction. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she has written for the "New York Times", the "Atlantic", the "New Yorker", and "Playboy". She lives in New York City.
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