Their are several serious biographies of bohemian life which have been published in the last few years. But this is not one of those! This book is a charming, totally undemanding description of what it takes to be bohemian, with fine watercolor illustrations. It's like a preppy handbook for bohemian aspirants.
Very funny an interesting account of all things bohemian. I could see my friends as well as myself within the pages.
A funny, irreverant guide. Good light reading and literary references. Fantastic illustrations.
From Publishers Weekly
Stover (The Bombshell Manual of Style) wrote her playful anthropology of Bohemian culture from an insiders viewpoint. The daughter of Bohemians, at one time a fully practicing Bohemian, and a now a Bohemian "with some bourgeois pretense," she is clearly steeped in the lifestyle. In this book, she documents the most important attributes of the five variations of Bohemians (Nouveau, Gypsy, Beat, Zen and Dandy) and of Bohemian philosophy generally, beginning with a "diagnosis" that serves mostly to emphasize how varied Bohemians are and how fiercely they resist any kind of classification. Stover is fully aware of the futile nature of her quest to pin down such elusive characters, and her writing is accordingly ironic, full of asides and amusing pseudo-scholarly footnotes. The books four main parts describe Bohemians in all their counterculture splendor, with short sections on everything from typical Bohemian names ("they name their offspring with the same whimsical sensibility with which they name their pets"), clothes, typical relationships, choice of reading material and music, and eating habits (featuring "The Twenty-Four-Hour Menu of the Starving Bohemian"). In fictionalized profiles of nine Bohemians from around the world, including Dantini the septuagenarian magician and Atlas the Dutch artist, Stover brings these unusual figures to life in a wonderfully familiar way. True Bohemians certainly wont need this book to decide whether theyre Bohemian, but may enjoy these humorous takes on their subculture, and non-Bohemians will find it a delightful introduction to that unique existence.
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