Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Finds: THROUGH NO FAULT OF MY OWN by Coco Irvine


Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on over and tell us about your own wonderful book finds by leaving either a link or a comment.

I "found" this lovely little book at Unshelved.

by Coco Irvine, Peg Meier

Pub. Date: March 2011
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Format: Paperback , 104pp
Series: Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage
ISBN-13: 9780816673063
ISBN: 0816673063

Description (from the publisher):
On Christmas Day, 1926, twelve-year-old Clotilde “Coco” Irvine received a blank diary as a present. Coco loved to write—and to get into scrapes—and her new diary gave her the opportunity to explain her side of the messes she created: “I’m in deep trouble through no fault of my own,” her entries frequently began. The daughter of a lumber baron, Coco grew up in a twenty-room mansion on fashionable Summit Avenue at the peak of the Jazz Age, a time when music, art, and women’s social status were all in a state of flux and the economy was still flying high.
 
Coco’s diary carefully records her adventures, problems, and romances, written with a lively wit and a droll sense of humor. Whether sneaking out to a dance hall in her mother’s clothes or getting in trouble for telling an off-color joke, Coco and her escapades will captivate and delight preteen readers as well as their mothers and grandmothers.
 
Peg Meier’s introduction describes St. Paul life in the 1920s and provides context for the privileged world that Coco inhabits, while an afterword tells what happens to Coco as an adult—and reveals surprises about some of the other characters in the diary.

Click here to read Peg Meier's article on "Unearthing Coco Irvine."

About the author(s) (from the publisher):
A lumber baron’s daughter, Coco Irvine Moles (1914–1975) grew up on St. Paul's prestigious Summit Avenue. She and her sister Olivia Irvine Dodge donated their family home to the state of Minnesota in 1965, and since 1966 it has served as the governor's residence. Peg Meier was a reporter at the Star Tribune for thirty-five years. She is the author of many popular books, including Wishing for a Snow Day, Bring Warm Clothes, and Too Hot, Went to Lake.

8 comments:

bermudaonion said...

The book sounds good and that cover is just fabulous!

Jo-Jo said...

This one sounds awesome to me! We just drove down Summit Avenue last weekend and I can tell you the homes are amazing!

Jenners said...

I just love that cover ... the wink just tells you so much about her from the get go!

Marie said...

The cover is great and it sounds like a sweet read.

Zibilee said...

Oh, I like the sound of this one, and the cover is excellent! I am adding this to the wish list!

robinquinn said...

Stories with wit and a droll sense of humor are my favorite. This sounds like a wonderful book.


You may find my Friday Find here: http://robinquinn.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/61

Robin Quinn

carla said...

This is actually like a memoir then? Sounds really interesting. I put in a request for it from my library online. Hope they can get it!

Jenny Q said...

This sounds great! Adding it to my list! Thanks for sharing!