Let's Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By

Lesley M.M. Blume

Chronicle Books,  November 2010

When was the last time you wore a cape to the opera? Or white gloves to lunch? Why did we ever do away with bed curtains or cuckoo clocks? Whatever happened to parlor games, calling cards, double features, duels, monocles, riddles, turbans, and parasols? Well, let's bring them back!

Whimsical and witty, this beautifully illustrated encyclopedia of nostalgia celebrates the elegant, mysterious, and delightful trappings of bygone ages. Based on author Lesley M. M. Blume's popular Huffington Post column of the same name and featuring entries from many contemporary icons of style, culture, and lettersĀ  -- including Kate Spade, James L. Brooks, Nora Ephron, Daniel Boulud, and Arianna Huffington -- Lets Bring Back . . . revels in the past and, above all, honors the timeless tradition of artful living.

Hardcover | ISBN: 9780811874137 | Publication Date: November 2010

"The Way We Were: A new book, Let's Bring Back, chronicles traditions, personalities, heirlooms, and elements of generations worthy of being dusted off and enjoyed once again"
- -Vanity Fair

"Elegant . . . whimsical . . . As Blume herself might put it, we just think this book is the bee's knees."
- -O, the Oprah Magazine

"If you're feeling lousy and you read this book, it awakens you to things that have made you happy in your life.  It reminds you of a time when certain things - ideas, gestures - got you through.  [Let's Bring Back] promotes and revels in an idea of life that's lived in 3-D, not 2-D, a life lived civically and civil-y.  And that is a very wonderful thing."
- -SALLY SINGER, editor of T, The New York Times Style Magazine

"Witty . . . Blume reminisces about a time when women leisurely met for tea instead of gulping down caramel macchiatos with Blackberries in tow. And, of course, no outfit was complete without the right hat and red lipstick - even better if that outfit was one of Elsa Schiaparelli's or Paco Rabanne's daring designs."
- -Bazaar