The Chaperone (or This Book Is To Blame if I Cut Bangs)
I’ve read some really great books these past few weeks as I’ve made my way through my summer reading list. In One Person by John Irving, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and This is How by Augusten Burroughs have all been fantastic.
But one book that wasn’t on my list has me totally smitten. The Chaperone by Laura Moriatry is a wonderful mix of fact and fiction (in the style of some of my other favorite books…The Paris Wife and Loving Frank) about a young Louise Books and Cora Carlisle, her chaperone on the month-long stay in NYC to train at the Denishawn School of Dancing that launched Louise’s career. It’s charming and scandalous and a testament to all the different ways one can live their life and be happy. It’s a gem.
And as expected, I’m now completely obsessed with Louise Brooks (and that bob!). She looks so quintessentially 1920s in some photos yet so modern in others she looks like she’s been photoshopped in.
I love the name Louise. Always have.