Daily Archives: August 13, 2013

* Shocked by Patricia Volk

Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me is a rather crooked weaving of a memoir of the author’s childhood and, without much rhyme or reason, the life of the designer Schiaparelli. The personal memoir is rather flat. The author’s mother was beautiful, quite self-absorbed hence not the best mother in the world, but nothing very unique or untoward happened, even though it must be hard to recover from a mother’s clearly unenthusiastic assessment of one’s appearance… And Schiaparelli, well, who cares?


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