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Author : Elizabeth L. Cline
ISBN : 9781101560587
Genre : Social Science
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Until recently, Elizabeth Cline was a typical American consumer. She’d grown accustomed to shopping at outlet malls, discount stores like T.J. Maxx, and cheap but trendy retailers like Forever 21, Target, and H&M. She was buying a new item of clothing almost every week (the national average is sixty-four per year) but all she had to show for it was a closet and countless storage bins packed full of low-quality fads she barely wore—including the same sailor-stripe tops and fleece hoodies as a million other shoppers. When she found herself lugging home seven pairs of identical canvas flats from Kmart (a steal at $7 per pair, marked down from $15!), she realized that something was deeply wrong. Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Stores ranging from discounters like Target to traditional chains like JCPenney now offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. Retailers are pro­ducing clothes at enormous volumes in order to drive prices down and profits up, and they’ve turned clothing into a disposable good. After all, we have little reason to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we already own when styles change so fast and it’s cheaper to just buy more. But what are we doing with all these cheap clothes? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being? In Overdressed, Cline sets out to uncover the true nature of the cheap fashion juggernaut, tracing the rise of budget clothing chains, the death of middle-market and independent retail­ers, and the roots of our obsession with deals and steals. She travels to cheap-chic factories in China, follows the fashion industry as it chases even lower costs into Bangladesh, and looks at the impact (both here and abroad) of America’s drastic increase in imports. She even explores how cheap fashion harms the charity thrift shops and textile recyclers where our masses of cloth­ing castoffs end up. Sewing, once a life skill for American women and a pathway from poverty to the middle class for workers, is now a dead-end sweatshop job. The pressures of cheap have forced retailers to drastically reduce detail and craftsmanship, making the clothes we wear more and more uniform, basic, and low quality. Creative inde­pendent designers struggle to produce good and sustainable clothes at affordable prices. Cline shows how consumers can break the buy-and-toss cycle by supporting innovative and stylish sustainable designers and retailers, refash­ioning clothes throughout their lifetimes, and mending and even making clothes themselves. Overdressed will inspire you to vote with your dollars and find a path back to being well dressed and feeling good about what you wear.
Category: Social Science


Author : Michael Carter
ISBN : 1921450886
Genre : Clothing and dress
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This book argues that there is a great deal more to our clothing than the communication of social messages. It concludes that human dress is as much about the being of the wearer as it is about the communication of social indicators. Michael Carter is based at the University of Sydney.
Category: Clothing and dress

The Adults

Author : Alison Espach
ISBN : 1439191875
Genre : Fiction
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Now available in paperback, “Tom Perrotta meets Curtis Sittenfeld in this razor-sharp debut by Alison Espach, who weaves a wry, devastatingly perceptive coming-of-age tale set in Connecticut’s affluent suburbs” (Marie Claire). In her ruefully funny and wickedly perceptive debut novel, Alison Espach deftly dissects matters of the heart and captures the lives of children and adults as they come to terms with life, death, and love. At the center of this affluent suburban universe is Emily Vidal, a smart and snarky teenager, who gets involved in a suspect relationship with one of the adults after witnessing a suicide in her neighborhood. Among the cast of unforgettable characters is Emily’s father, whose fiftieth birthday party has the adults descending upon the Vidal’s patio; her mother, who has orchestrated the elaborate party even though she and her husband are getting a divorce; and an assortment of eccentric neighbors, high school teachers, and teenagers who teem with anxiety and sexuality and an unbridled desire to be noticed, and ultimately loved. An irresistible chronicle of a modern young woman’s struggle to grow up, The Adults lays bare—in perfect pitch—a world where an adult and a child can so dangerously be mistaken for the same exact thing.
Category: Fiction

Forever A Lord

Author : Delilah Marvelle
ISBN : 9781460300367
Genre : Fiction
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Lady Imogene Norwood lives a sheltered life of quiet respectability and routine…until she meets the wild and broken Lord Atwood. He is wholly unexpected among London's elite, and the very shy English rose suddenly realizes that a little chaos might just be what her heart desires. Lord Nathaniel James Atwood doesn't believe true love exists. Since scandal tore him away from his family at an early age, he has spent his life fighting for what he wants. That attitude has made him a rising star in bare-knuckle boxing, and now leads him back to London to reclaim the life that was stolen from him. But upon meeting the innocent Imogene, his beliefs are trounced…as guarding his heart against her proves to be the fight of his life.
Category: Fiction

Harlequin Presents July 2017 Box Set 2 Of 2

Author : Carol Marinelli
ISBN : 9781460351802
Genre : Fiction
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Harlequin® Presents brings you a collection of four new titles! This Presents box set includes: SICILIAN'S BABY OF SHAME Billionaires & One-Night Heirs by Carol Marinelli When chambermaid Sophie encounters Bastiano Conti, his raw sexuality tempts her untouched body! Bastiano's conscience flickers when he discovers that after that unforgettable indiscretion, Sophie was left destitute and pregnant. He must claim his child…by seducing Sophie into wearing his ring! SALAZAR'S ONE-NIGHT HEIR The Secret Billionaires by Jennifer Hayward Alejandro Salazar takes the opportunity to expose the Hargrove family—by working in their stables! Alejandro mustn't be distracted by Hargrove heiress Cecily's innocent passion. But when their bliss results in pregnancy Alejandro will restore his family's honor…with a diamond ring! THE SECRET KEPT FROM THE GREEK Secret Heirs of Billionaires by Susan Stephens Damon Gavros and Lizzie Montgomery's searing desire sweeps her back to their exquisite night eleven years ago! But Lizzie's hiding something, and Damon's determination to discover it is relentless. Until he finds out Lizzie's secret is his daughter! CLAIMING HIS CONVENIENT FIANCÉE by Natalie Anderson When Catriona breaks into her old family mansion to retrieve an heirloom, she doesn't expect to get caught by Alejandro Martinez! Kitty's recklessness ignites Alejandro's animal urges. So when Kitty is mistaken for his fiancée he'll take full advantage—and unleash their hunger! Be sure to collect Harlequin® Presents' July 2017 Box Set 1 of 2! Join HarlequinMyRewards.com to earn FREE books and more. Earn points for all your Harlequin purchases from wherever you shop.
Category: Fiction

The Super Secs

Author : Alice Marchak
ISBN : 9780595092499
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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How would you like to work with Marlon Brando in his hillside home in Beverly Hills? Travel with him to his private paradise in the South Pacific? Help him prepare for his movies? …and do a million-and-one other things for him while traveling around the world to all sorts of exotic places? That’s what Alice Marchak was hired to do in the mid-50s. For over twenty years Marchak was Marlon Brando’s supersec…and she simultaneously led an adventurous romantic life of her own. And… How would you like to take Julie Andrews on a shopping spree? Play a role in Julie’s wedding to Blake Edwards? Find romance with an Arab Prince, a British Lord, and an American movie star, all without missing a day’s pay? These are all tidbits from Linda Hunter’s personal experiences as a supersec.Alice and Linda combine to tell all…well, nearly all…as they take us behind the scenes with their superstar bosses and tell us the entertaining and informative story of The Super Secs.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Back To Charm School

Author : Mary Etherington
ISBN : 9781604683288
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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Gather up your little precuts--charm school is back in session! Discover fresh designs from the popular authors of Country Threads Goes to Charm School. Sparkling with energy, these quilts make the most of today's 5" precut squares and also include instructions for using yardage. Choose from 20 patterns and gather fun decorating and gift-giving ideas Make appealing designs such as table runners, doll quilts, a pillow, and a tree skirt in fabrics ranging from country to bright, reproduction, theme prints, and more Try new techniques and get lots of quilting pleasure from these little, quick-to-finish projects
Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Once A Month

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ISBN : MINN:319510007408008
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You Can Never Be Overdressed Or Overeducated

Author : Vanguard Stationery
ISBN : 171926113X
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Motivational Female Empowerment Journal Motivational and Inspirational Quotes bring out the best in women! Get up every morning, work in your journal and you will notice that your entire day goes smoother! Just for you, and all our fellow positivity and entrepreneurial lovers, we at Vanguard Notebooks hand-designed an entire range of motivational quotes with empowering passion for women. So whether it's for work, college, home or pleasure this Motivational Journal will meet your needs. The perfect positive journal for anyone with an entrepreneurial or creative spirit. This powerful paperback notebook has blank page paper, with 120 pages (60 spreads), measuring at 6 x 9 inch. ** Also available as 1/2 and 1/4 Inch Dot Grid and College-Ruled Journal --- check out our Author Page** This You Can Never Be Overdressed Or Overeducated blank notebook, with high-quality paper, is the perfect fit for doodles, journaling and creativity. A gorgeous, hand-designed cover that is suited for all purposes and with the ideal size so it fits perfectly into your bag. Enjoy these 120 off-white, blank pages to let all your creative juices flow. Our notebooks and journals are the perfect gift for any occasion, especially as Christmas gifts, for both friends and family! Journal Features: Size: 6 x 9 inch Paper: Blank pages on white paper Pages: 120 off-white sturdy pages Cover: Soft, matte cover Buy this hand-designed Blank Page Female Empowerment Journal today and receive fast delivery service from Amazon. Visit our Author page for many more journal and notebook designs.