Book Reviews

Posts mostly about swing era novels, modern novels set in the era, biographies and how-to books. If you have a book you’d like The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress to review please contact her at: http://www.girlinthejitterbugdress.com/about-tam-francis/contact-tam/

Romeo Blue: Vintage Book Reviewer

 Posted by on May 27, 2016 at 3:22 PM
May 272016
 
Romeo Blue: Vintage Book Reviewer

~ Romeo Blue: Vintage Book Reviewer ~ by Tam Francis The Synopsis Romeo Blue (Scholastic, 2013), by Phoebe Stone is the sequel to the Romeo and Juliet Code (although I didn’t know when I bought Romeo Blue, but the book stands on its own, anyway).  In this Young Adult Fiction (ages ten and up), the […more…]

Hemingway Book Club Cocktails with Vintage Flair

 Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 at 3:32 PM
Mar 052016
 
Hemingway Book Club Cocktails with Vintage Flair

Hemingway Book Club Cocktails and More with Vintage Flair by Tam Francis When I first moved to my small Texas town, everyone was plenty friendly in the way that Southerners are, but what I mistook for friendship was mere politeness, and it took me over a year to figure it out. I love to read […more…]

Call the Midwife: Vintage Book Reviewer

 Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 at 10:04 PM
Nov 202015
 
Call the Midwife: Vintage Book Reviewer

~ Call the Midwife: Vintage Reviewer ~ by Tam Francis The Synopsis Call the Midwife (Penguin Group, 20o9), originally  The Midwife (Orion, 2002), by Jennifer Worth is a memoir of birth, joy, and hard times set in post WWII England against the backdrop of the East End of London, generations of families living, loving, birthing, and […more…]

The Secret Life of Dresses: Vintage Reviewer

 Posted by on May 6, 2015 at 9:28 AM
May 062015
 
The Secret Life of Dresses: Vintage Reviewer

~ The Secret Life of Dresses: Vintage Reviewer Book Review ~ by Tam Francis The Synopsis The Secret Life of Dresses (5-Spot Hachette Book Group, 2011), by Erin McKean is the story of a young college girl realizing her potential through the secret life of the dresses she begins to wear. When Dora’s grandmother unexpectedly ends […more…]

Apr 092015
 
The Paris Wife: 1920s Hemingway's Hadley Book Review

The Paris Wife: 1920s Hemingway’s Hadley Book Review by Tam Francis The Synopsis The Paris Wife written by Paula McLain (2012 Random House), tells the story of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife Hadley Richardson at the cusp of Hemingway’s writing career. The story opens with Hadley visiting friends in Chicago and meeting the pre-published Hemingway. McLain gives […more…]

Feb 242015
 
Some Girls, Some Hats And Hitler: Book Review with a Vintage Slant

~Some Girls, Some Hats And Hitler: Book Review with a Vintage Slant~ By Tam Francis The Synopsis Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler by Trudi Kanter (originally self published in 1984, republished by Virago Press 2012), is part love story, part Holocaust, and very much vintage fashion and lifestyle memoir. We follow Trudi, a half-Jewish milliner, […more…]

Jan 112015
 
Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: Vintage Reviewer

Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: Vintage Reviewer by Tam Francis As I was writing The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress (a story told in a parallel narrative with two points of view), my mother insisted I read this book. She thought it similar to my novel and thought I’d love it. It […more…]