April 4, 2012

Vintage Inspiration in Literature: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures by Caroline Preston is a truly unique, truly aesthetically pleasing book. A combination of vintage images and text tells the story of Frankie Pratt:

Through a kaleidoscopic array of vintage postcards, letters, magazine ads, ticket stubs, catalog pages, fabric swatches, candy wrappers, fashion spreads, menus, and more, we meet and follow Frankie on her journey in search of success and love. Once at Vassar, Frankie crosses paths with intellectuals and writers, among them "Vincent" (alumna Edna St. Vincent Millay), who encourages Frankie to move to Greenwich Village and pursue her writing. When heartbreak finds her in New York, she sets off for Paris aboard the S.S. Mauritania, where she keeps company with two exiled Russian princes and a "spinster adventuress" who is paying her way across the Atlantic with her unused trousseau. In Paris, Frankie takes a garret apartment above Shakespeare & Company, the hub of expat life, only to have a certain ne'er-do-well captain from her past reappear. But when a family crisis compels Frankie to return to her small New England hometown, she finds exactly what she had been looking for all along.

Although there was no information on the book itself or book jacket as to its eco-friendliness, I found the following information on the publisher's site.
Our suppliers will be required to possess independent third party certification of sustainable forestry practices for all forests they own or manage. Suppliers who source wood from third-party suppliers will provide proof that third-party sources of wood are harvested in an environmentally sound manner.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

HarperCollins is committed to reducing its overall use of fiber and recycling where possible. Since 2006, we have reduced our global carbon footprint by 14%.

I think all publishers should disclose the percentage of post consumer recycled content in each book.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at April 4, 2012 3:48 PM

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