Description : For most of human history, the garments women wore under their clothes were hidden. The earliest underwear provided warmth and protection. But eventually, women's undergarments became complex structures designed to shape their bodies to fit the fashion ideals of the time. In the modern era, undergarments are out in the open, from the designer corsets Madonna wore on stage to Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement on Instagram. This feminist exploration of women's underwear reveals the intimate role lingerie plays in defining women's bodies, sexuality, gender identity, and body image. It is a story of control and restraint but also female empowerment and self-expression. You will never look at underwear the same way again.
Description : This book looks at underwear in general from 1490, and in some depth over the last 150 years, highlighting women's underwear, which is perhaps the most intriguing, certainly the most variable. Reference to men's and children's is mainly limited to brief notes on specific innovations, particularly those with a bearing on developments in women's underwear. Stockings and tights are only briefly mentioned as they do not quite qualify as under (i.e. hidden) garments. For each of three 50-year periods, from 1840 to 1990, the book looks at the image "outside in"--That is, the fashionable silhouette, and what layers were needed beneath to sustain this; then at the reality, "inside out"---with an analysis of the actual clothes, fabrics, design and decoration: and finally at the context, "round about" which focuses on reminiscences of wearing, and developments in the industry. These last sections also give details bout making, cleaning and mending, together with notes on buying and selling.--Introduction.
Description : American English, Italian Chocolate is a memoir in essays beginning in the American Midwest and ending in north central Italy. In sharply rendered vignettes, Rick Bailey reflects on donuts and ducks, horses and car crashes, outhouses and EKGs. He travels all night from Michigan to New Jersey to attend the funeral of a college friend. After a vertiginous climb, he staggers in clogs across the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In a trattoria in the hills above the Adriatic, he ruminates on the history and glories of beans, from Pythagoras to Thoreau, from the Saginaw valley to the Province of Urbino. Bailey is a bumbling extra in a college production of Richard III. He is a college professor losing touch with a female student whose life is threatened by her husband. He is a father tasting samples of his daughter's wedding cake. He is a son witnessing his aging parents' decline. He is the husband of an Italian immigrant who takes him places he never imagined visiting, let alone making his own. At times humorous, at times bittersweet, Bailey's ultimate subject is growing and knowing, finding the surprise and the sublime in the ordinary detail of daily life.
Description : From the restrictive corsets of the late 1800s to the revealing thongs of the early 20th century, women's lingerie has changed drastically. This evolution mirrors changes in society regarding both the role of women and the ideals of beauty. Thanks to such items as the laced, corseted waist of turn-of-the-century coquettes, the uplifted busts of early-1990s supermodels, the sexy lingerie of a 1950s pin-up, and the see-through (or entirely absent) bras of the 1970s, women's underwear has provided the unseen superstructure on which modern canons of beauty have been based. A revealing text by Parisian-based fashion historian Farid Chenoune gives the context for the story of the most beautiful women of the century, while pictures of glamorous icons, as well as lesser-known Venuses, adorn the pages of this sumptuous book.
Description : Author Mary Ann Bachman Kollenberg has always had a lust for adventure, and that lust has taken her all over the world. One of her dreams was to serve in the US Peace Corps. In 1992, at the age of fifty-eight, that became a reality. Kollenberg spent two years on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean where she helped preserve the environment while keeping tourism alive. Through In Search of Self, Kollenberg shares a collection of letters and journal entries written to family and friends during her two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Dominica. With photos included, this memoir documents her many and varied experiences. She narrates stories of her interactions with her homestay family and the island’s inhabitants as well as descriptions of the culture, the food, the beautiful island setting, and the work she did on behalf of the small country. In Search of Self provides insight into the feelings and emotions experienced by a Peace Corps volunteer during her service, and it offers a look at the beauty and culture of one small Caribbean island.
Description : America the beautiful ... has litter made it America the ugly? One couple decided to find out. Leaving jobs, friends, and family, they embarked on a Maine-to-Oregon LitterWalk to see America at its roots--and to leave its roads a little cleaner.
Description : Let the battle begin Mia Pruitt wishes Dell Wainwright would keep his shirt on. The Naked Farmer lures customers by stripping to his perfectly worn jeans while he and Mia sell vegetables from competing stands at the farmers' market. It's time for a showdown, and they're each in it to win.