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Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

on March 9, 2012

I love books which push the boundaries of structure and form. So, I was thrilled to read The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston.

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston is not only a novel about Frankie Pratt who wants to be a writer in the late 1920’s, but the story is a work of scrapbook art!  The book is a real scrapbook, made up of real stuff from the 1920’s – letters, postcards, tickets, clippings, menus, fabric swatches, magazine covers, fashions spreads, candy wrappers, and sheet music – that author, Caroline Preston, cut up with scissors and pasted together with glue.  Frankie Pratt’s story is told by using a Smith Corona typewriter and pasting the words around the images.

You can see inside the book here

Caroline Preston lists some of the scrapbook items in the book and how and where she found them on her blog here.

She also writes about how she made the Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt here.

Recently, I inherited a box of old Valentines as well as a scrapbook of old cards—some dating back to the early 1900’s. And guess what…I saw a couple of those old Valentines and cards that I inherited in the book!

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is a feast for the creative spirit! I highly recommend it!


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