All the Time in the World: A Book of Hours

All the Time in the World: A Book of Hours

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By (author) Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

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  • Publisher: Nan A. Talese
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 198mm x 30mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 29 October 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0385535414
  • ISBN 13: 9780385535410
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 25 ILLUS IN TEXT; 2-COLOR
  • Sales rank: 423,571

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Entertaining, unexpected, and full of charm, the follow-up to Jessica Kerwin Jenkins's "Encyclopedia of the Exquisite" presents a miscellany of engaging stories, detailing the intriguing customs, traditions, and guilty pleasures pursued throughout the ages. "All the Time in the World" takes its cue from an iconic component of medieval life, the book of hours, which prescribed certain readings and contemplations for certain parts of the day throughout the year. Divided into more than seventy-five entries, "All the Time in the World" is brimming with witty bons mots, interesting etymologies, and arresting anecdotes encompassing an array of cultures and eras. Subjects covered include the daylong ceremony of laying a royal Elizabethan tablecloth; the radicalization of sartorial chic in 1890s Paris; Nostradamus's belief in the aphrodisiac power of jam; the sensuous practice of sniffing incense in fifteenth-century Japan; the American fascination with flaming desserts; the short-lived artistic discipline of "lumia," or visual music; the evolution of coffee from a religious ritual to a forbidden delight in the Middle East; Henriette d'Angeville's fearless and wine-fueled ascent of Mont Blanc; the elaborate treasure hunts concocted by London's Bright Young Things; and the musical revolution known as bebop. An antidote to the contemporary cult of "getting things done," "All the Time in the World" revives forgotten treasures of the past while inspiring a passion for good living in the present.

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Jessica Kerwin Jenkins is the author of "Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights." She began her career in New York, writing for "Women's Wear Daily "and for "W "magazine, later becoming "W"'s European editor in Paris. She writes for "Vogue "and lives on the coast of Maine.

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"[T]his compendium of cultural curiosities delivers equal parts education and inspiration with a lively voice and a tasteful nostalgia for slower, more deliberate and arguably more entertaining times. When the clock ticks, the scene shifts to a new and delightfully unexpected snippet of history ... Throughout, fantastic stylized illustrations evoke the iconography of illuminated manuscripts, and Jenkins's enthusiastic research sings ... The book's charm lies in its breadth and scope ... [A]n insightful and contemplative study in culture and all its frivolous progress." --"Publishers Weekly"