Welcome to the first edition of November Lit Thursday! Today we have a diverse selection of books, to suit whatever mood you may find yourself in.More
Currently loving the rare children's book Pretty Pretty Peggy Moffitt, written and illustrated by William Penn De Bois. Totally kooky 1960s kitsch about growing up a high fashion muse. Cannot stop staring at the illustrations of a little girl with a perfect Mary Quant fashion sense! Like Eloise for the supermodel set.
I can't really explain my love of biographies about aristocratic, promiscuous Brits of the early 20th century. Maybe it's the combination of their impeccable manners juxtaposed with their wanton orgies. Anyway, I'm plowing through Straight on Till Morning, a biography by Mary S. Lovell about the pioneering aviator Beryl Markham. Raised in East Africa, Markham was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic from east to west (a much more difficult crossing than west to east), she was a talented horse trainer and knew no physical fear. She also abandoned her only child and was kind of a mooch. What's great about Lovell's biographies (she also wrote a fabulous bio of the Mitford sisters) is that she makes it clear that you can be a female icon while still being deeply flawed.