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The Stuff of Legends: A Daughter's Take on the Woman Who Transformed Advertising in the 1960s (Kindle Single) (English Edition) [Versión Kindle]

Alix Nelson-Frick

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She broke through glass ceilings. Stood up to Suits who ruled the ad world. Strong-willed and talented, she was—says Wikipedia— “very likely the model for the character Peggy Olson on Mad Men.”

Now, the daughter of the legendary advertising copywriter Shirley Polykoff reflects on the life and times of her famous mother who reached the top of advertising in the 1960s. Along the way, Shirley collected major awards, art, artifacts, costumes --and stuff.

Sorting through that legacy, Alix Nelson-Frick explores how it feels to give away a parent’s treasured memorabilia. Readers who have had to dismantle a loved one’s personal effects will recognize themselves in this affectionate and highly-entertaining memoir.

Detalles del producto

  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 89 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 20
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B004P8JIN8
  • Texto a voz: Activado
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  • Word Wise: No activado
  • Tipografía mejorada: Activado

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Amazon.com: 4.1 de un máximo de 5 estrellas  15 opiniones
29 de 31 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas I want more Shirley! 1 de marzo de 2011
Por Ysleepwhenucanread? - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
This was my first-ever Kindle Single purchase. I wasn't sure I would enjoy the shorter format, because I love to sink my teeth into a good long novel. Turns out, I did not love this format because I enjoyed this story so much I did not want it to end! I really hope the author decides to write more about her mother and her and her sister's relationship with her. Shirley sounds like an amazing, smart, quirky, complicated woman. I loved reading about her eclectic art collection, her outrageous frocks and her affinity for compliments. The experience of having to go through her mother's things after she died sounds painful, difficult, and poignant, but also gave her a new perspective on her mother and herself. Well worth reading!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas So many parallels 21 de marzo de 2011
Por Lori Ann Buckman - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
Having recently lost my mother, I found this book comforting. My brothers and I went thru many similar circumstances with the cleaning out, selling and disposing of the treasured items accumulated in her home of 56 years. The decisions not to want things that meant so much to another is a difficult process. Redistributing or disposing of drawers of pictures, school projects and newspaper clippings becomes a daunting task, not to mention the knick/knacks, clothes, etc. The author approached this with clarity, dignity and humor. I really enjoyed it and may even read it again.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas What's worth keeping 30 de mayo de 2011
Por Charles S. Houser - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
Alix Nelson-Frick's essay on her family's disposal of her mother's "things" after her mother's passing is wise and beautiful. The fact that her mother was a ground-breaking advertizing professional who came into her own in the early 60s (she compares her to Peggy Olson of MAD MEN) adds poignancy to her story. Her mother, Shirley Polykoff, who wrote some of Clairol's most memorable ads, was fully invested in the aspirational mission of her industry. She collected high and low art, haute and bas fashion, and saved every industry award she ever won. It is gratifying to read her daughter's account of the process of winnowing through her mother's things because she does so thoughtfully and without judgment, a process that can be described as engaged detachment. Nelson-Frick takes the reader on a convoluted and satisfying philosophical exploration of human beings' relationships with family (descendants as well as forebears), memories, things, and spaces. Anyone currently contemplating downsizing their own life, whether to simplify their own life or to lessen the burden on their survivors, can learn a lot from Nelson-Frick's experience. She's a fine essayist on the order of E. B. White, gentle but shrewdly observant. I'm looking forward to more Kindle singles from her.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Want more Alix! 12 de mayo de 2011
Por Amazon Customer - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
Incredibly poignant and beautifully written. As it says in the title, this is a Daughter's voice, a glimpse into the life of a complex woman, and a complex relationship spanning turbulent decades. I wanted more!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Provides food for thought and is entertaining 9 de septiembre de 2011
Por oiuser@worldnet.att.net - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
I loved this! Ms. Nelson-Frick has created a thought provoking and humorous but loving portrait of a woman who evoked many memories of a 1950s-60s woman. Regardless of socioeconomic status many women were other-referented, their worth dependent on what others thought of and about them, their homes, families, and the appearance of it all. Because I am now in the position of having moved my own mother to assisted living and have had to disburse her possessions without her input I was so struck by Nelson-Frick's 'reality check' for me and my mother. That reality check is this: "...all the trinkets and treasures which mean so much to the person acquiring them--release their meaning when the person dies. Things revert to things. Collections of molecules." It's true. This is providing impetus for me to start clearing out my own "treasures" so as not to burden my children when all of it reverts to "things." BTW, I love Kindle singles.
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