Sunday, December 14, 2014
AVN Book Club: Popular: A Memoir: Vintage Wisdom For A Modern Geek
Popular: A Memoir: Vintage Wisdom For A Modern Geek is one of those books that should be a staple for anyone who loves vintage. I think in particular a woman who endured the bumpy roads of teenhood who can particular empathize and understanding the journey that one girl undertook.
The author, Maya Van Wagenen was a teen when she wrote her first book, Popular, and is a teenage still. Her life is filled with all the things a teenage girls life is filled with but she can add being a New York Times best selling author to her list as well.
One day Maya was looking through her fathers books and discovered a book written in the 1950's called Teen-Aged Popularity Guide by a model named Betty Cornell. With the encourage and guidance of her parents Maya underwent a transformation from shy, unknown girl at school to an outgoing, popular girl. All with the help and wisdom of one 1950's popularity guide.
Maya did something extraordinary by taking the information from that guide and applying it to her everyday modern life. With Betty's help Maya learned that at the end of the day everyone is the same and that all it takes is a simple "hello" in order to make a new friend.
Reading Maya's book transported me back to my teenage self. It helped me understand the power of popularity in a way that I never considered before. I admire her bravery and tenacity in challenging herself to go against the grain and apply life lessons that were over sixty years old.
My interview with Maya Van Wagenen was published in the November issue of Vintage Life Magazine which you can read more about HERE.
Have you read this book? Would you like to see a review of Betty Cornell's Teen-Aged Popularity Guide?