Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Trailer Park Tuesday: Worn Stories, edited by Emily Spivack

Welcome to Trailer Park Tuesday, a showcase of new book trailers and, in a few cases, previews of book-related movies.

Oh, if our clothes could talk, the stories they'd tell.... That's the premise behind Worn Stories, a collection of "sartorial memoirs" edited by Emily Spivack.  In the clever trailer, we hear some of those voices revealing snippets from stories about articles of clothing: "When I flew to Chicago to be sentenced to prison, I had three choices of court attire in my suitcase...."  "I couldn't remember putting the tank-top on, but I remember I'd planned to...."  "I have a small collection of men's garments that I've acquired from one-night stands...."  Here's more about this fascinating anthology of stories which are literally coming out of the closet:
Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. In Worn Stories, Emily Spivack has collected over sixty of these clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers. First-person accounts range from the everyday to the extraordinary, such as artist Marina Abramovic on the boots she wore to walk the Great Wall of China; musician Rosanne Cash on the purple shirt that belonged to her father; and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley on the Girl Scout sash that informed her business acumen. Other contributors include Greta Gerwig, Heidi Julavits, John Hodgman, Brandi Chastain, Marcus Samuelsson, Piper Kerman, Maira Kalman, Sasha Frere-Jones, Simon Doonan, Albert Maysles, Susan Orlean, Andy Spade, Paola Antonelli, David Carr, Andrew Kuo, and more. By turns funny, tragic, poignant, and celebratory, Worn Stories offers a revealing look at the clothes that protect us, serve as a uniform, assert our identity, or bring back the past—clothes that are encoded with the stories of our lives.

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