Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death! (Auntie Mame movie, 1958)
Are you living an authentic life? Patrick Dennis’ fictional character, Auntie Mame, believes most people aren’t. A glamorous, Depression-era socialite, Mame takes in her orphaned nephew, Patrick. The executor of his father’s estate doesn’t approve of Mame’s madcap lifestyle and conflicts ensue as he tries to force Mame to bring Patrick “up the right way.”
Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade* became a blockbuster hit when it was first published in 1955 (after being turned down by 19 other publishers). It was then turned into a Broadway play and then a movie starring Rosalind Russell. If you’ve only seen the movie, you are in for a treat when you read our May/June 2017 book club selection. The movie was fun but I think the book is ever better!
Why This Book?
I personally have no desire to live an Auntie Mame madcap kind of life. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy reading about a woman who wasn’t afraid to be authentic and live by her own rules despite the profound pressure to conform to mid-century norms and constraints (hmmm….sound familiar in the modern world?). The book gives us a glimpse into an alternative view of what a gracious and glamorous life could be during that time period–and making us laugh along the way.
How to Participate in the Modern Retro Woman Book Club
- Buy or borrow a copy of Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade* by Patrick Dennis. Check the title carefully. He also wrote a follow-up book with a similar title and you want to get the correct one.
- If you haven’t already done so, sign up for the book club mailing list, using the form below, so that I can send you reminders and logistical information
- Join us for our Book Club Meeting (using Zoom) on Sunday, June 25, 2017, 7:00-8:00 Central Time (Handy time zone converter)