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All the Time in the World by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins
Oct 29, 2013 | ISBN 9780385535427

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“The perfect conversation-starter. . . . [A] sensualist’s miscellany of Gilded Age dinner dressing customs and Edwardian treasure hunts.” —Vogue

“Striking. . . . Extracted from the past are anecdotes designed to amuse and distract, a shadowbox of biographical baubles and historical curiosities to offset the monotony of our workaday lives. Americans addicted to productivity and practicality, the author suggests, have lost the gift for wonder—or, at the risk of sounding a touch too pragmatic, our capacity to be inspired. . . . [T]he set pieces not only entertain; they also enlighten and educate. . . . [Jenkins] writes with an easy elegance and boasts a keen eye for arresting quotations. . . . At its best, which is very good, the book punches above its weight—introducing readers to an engaging array of events, individuals and issues, many of them all but neglected in serious works of history. Ms. Jenkins’s spirited and insightful volume, unlike a jar of raspberry jam, comes with a long shelf life.” —The Wall Street Journal

“This lovely and lovingly researched literary gem encompasses diverse eras and cultures and reveals a world of ‘fancies’ and intriguing bits of history … There is much to contemplate and marvel over in Jenkins’ scholarly and highly entertaining book of exuberance.” —Booklist, starred review

“[T]his compendium of cultural curiosities delivers equal parts education and inspiration with a lively voice and a tasteful nostalgia for slower, more deliberate and arguably more entertaining times. When the clock ticks, the scene shifts to a new and delightfully unexpected snippet of history … Throughout, fantastic stylized illustrations evoke the iconography of illuminated manuscripts, and Jenkins’s enthusiastic research sings … The book’s charm lies in its breadth and scope … [A]n insightful and contemplative study in culture and all its frivolous progress.” —Publishers Weekly

“Jessica Kerwin Jenkins shows us how abundant a source of wisdom the history of civilization can be for constructing our days—month by month, minute by minute—into an artful and mindful cosmos of activity and repose … The secret to living a full life is to embrace our capacity for loving beauty, which is ridiculously obvious, everywhere, here by definition. Just look.”Bookpage

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