On the Shelf: Flapper-A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity and the Women Who Made America Modern
Initially smitten with the fashion of the period, I was delightfully entertained by the saucy stories, amusing anecdotes and enlightening history held in this book!
Written by Joshua Zeitz, a lecturer on American history and a fellow of Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, Flapper traces the transformation of the ‘New Woman’ from demure Victorian mouse to vivacious flapper who waved away past conventions like she did her many admirers and dance partners. Through the personal stories of those that lived the liberation, women like Coco Chanel, Lois Long, Louise Brooks, and of course the original American flapper, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, Mr. Zeitz weaves a vibrant account of the birth and eventual demise of the scandalous flapper who smoked cigarettes, drank alcohol, bobbed her hair, dated frequently and horror of all horrors, worked outside the home, granting her an independence not known to women before this pivotal chapter in the equality movement. Mr. Zeitz’s illuminating walk through pre- and post-war ‘her’story regales us with tales of the modern female in the roaring twenties, a woman not bound by the limitations that had previously held her at bay. This well-researched and infinitely entertaining tome is definitely a must-read for anyone who finds themselves a fan of Fitzgerald, the Charleston, bobbed hair, and the Jazz Age!
An absolute 4 out of 4!!