The Secret Lives of Dresses

By Erin McKean
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:5 Spot, (2/10/2011)
Language:English



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4.50 out of 5 (2 Clubie's ratings)


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Dora has always taken the path of least resistance. She went to the college that offered her a scholarship, is majoring in "vagueness studies," and wears whatever shows the least dirt. She falls into a job at the college coffee shop, and a crush on her flirty boss, Gary.

Just when she's about to test Gary's feelings, Mimi, the grandmother who raised her, suffers a stroke. Dora rushes back home to Forsyth, NC, and finds herself running her grandmother's vintage clothing store. The store has always been a fixture in Dora's life; though she grew up more of a jeans-and-sweatshirt kind of girl, before she even knew how to write, Mimi taught her that a vintage 1920s dress could lift a woman's spirit.

While working there, Dora befriends Mimi's adorable contractor, Conrad. Is he after Dora, or is working from a different blueprint? And why did Mimi start writing down--and giving away--stories of the dresses in her shop?

When Mimi dies, Dora can't get out of town fast enough and cedes control of the store to her money-hungry aunt who wants to turn it into a t-shirt shop for tourists. But ultimately, she returns to Forsyth, willing to battle whatever may stand in the way of her staying there. Dora can trade her boring clothes for vintage glamour, but can she trade her boring life for one she actually wants?
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lshipler's thoughts on "The Secret Lives of Dresses"
updated on:5/10/2012

All but one of our clubbies liked the book.  Two of our members wrote about the secret lives of their dresses.  Other members brought vintage items from their mothers and grand mothers. It was a lively and fun review.

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OCNorsk's thoughts on "The Secret Lives of Dresses"
updated on:5/10/2012

My book club generally liked the book.  It is a slice of life story.   Dora's life has been somewhat directionless when the sudden illness of her grandmother takes her home to rethink her path.

It is fairly slow paced and not as much about the dresses as one would think.  But enjoyable and worth the time.

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"The Secret Lives of Dresses"
By Erin McKean

Average Rating:
Very Unleashable
4.50 out of 5 (2 Clubie's ratings)


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