Ilene Beckerman’s runaway bestseller articulates something all women know: that our memories are often tied to our favorite clothes.
From her Brownie uniform to her Pucci knockoff to her black strapless Rita Hayworth–style dress from the Neiman Marcus outlet store, Ilene Beckerman tells us the story of her life.
Ilene “Gingy” Beckerman’s beloved and bestselling book has been adapted for the stage by Nora and Delia Ephron. The star-studded Off-Broadway show is receiving rave reviews, as did the book:
“Illuminates the experience of an entire generation of women. . . . This small gem of a book is worthy of a Tiffany box.” — The New York Times Book Review
“A memoir every reader will wish to copy in her own size.” —Glamour
“Ilene Beckerman’s sleek little memoir . . . strikes a startling chord. . . . Unsettling and oddly powerful.” —People
“Surprisingly poetic.” —Entertainment Weekly
“[A] poignant biography. . . . This little book will charm anyone with an interest in style.” —USA Today
Ilene Beckerman was nearly sixty when she began her writing career. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Ladies’ Home Journal. She has judged People’s “Best and Worst Dressed” issue and has traveled the country, speaking to women’s groups. “Sometimes,” she says, “I feel like Grandma Moses—she didn’t start until later in life either—but I try not to look like her.”