Monday, December 28, 2009

Book Review --Our Hearts were Young and Gay--


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In Book News:

I found Our Hearts were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner in the discount bin at Barnes and Noble. It looked interesting, so I picked it up.

Many people have loved this book, but for me I just found it OK. There were definitely a few episodes that made me chuckle, but many more that made me want to hit my head against a wall. Maybe I'm just too jaded to enjoy the story of innocent young girls and their first trip abroad.

I must say, though, that the writing and the descriptions were excellent, and I could definitely "see" everything clearly as if I were sitting in the room. So if you like travelogues with mishaps galore, then maybe this book is more for you than for me.


Our Hearts Were Young and Gay is a lighthearted joint autobiography of actress Cornelia Otis Skinner and humorist Emily Kimbrough. Two innocent but fun-loving young girls at loose in the Roaring 20s. The story concerns the girls' first trip abroad to London and Paris, and the various misadventures encountered therein. The more amusing moments involve a pair of rabbit-skin capes that begin shedding at the most inopportune moments, and a lengthy episode in which the girls are stranded atop Notre Dame Cathedral at midnight. And of course there's romance, in the form of handsome young doctor Tom Newhall and college "Lothario" Avery Moore.


  1. That book sounds like a fantastic read - thanks for sharing! Found your blog through the Etsy forums!

  2. Just want to let you know, I gave my husband the books, The Eyre Affair, and Lost In A Good Book by Jasper Fforde, because of your review and he loved them!


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