All the Time in the World: A Book of Hours by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

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Read All the Time in the World: A Book of Hours Online Free - 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.

Title : All the Time in the World: A Book of Hours
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ISBN : 0385535414
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Heather rated it ★★★★★

November 21, 2013

Today started off terribly, but this book helped make my day a bit brighter :) This morning began chilly and gray, with a fine mist calling out for a warm cup of cocoa. I’ll admit I wasn’t in the best mood this morning having had little rest the night before due to the pelting of rain upon the ro...

Christina rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 01, 2015

as with the Author's other book, the Encyclopedia of the Exquisite, I found this to be just OK. Something I may browse through occasionally in the future. I didn't find it super interesting but the cover is lovely and looks nice on my bookshelf.

Josiphine/Tessa rated it ★★★★★

July 23, 2016

Another elegantly wonderful book from Jessica Kerwin Jenkins.

Jennifer rated it ★★★☆☆

June 08, 2017

• Easy to read • Lots of interesting facts and information • Beautiful dust jacket and nicely bound • Lovely illustrations throughout

Steven rated it ★★★★☆

January 26, 2014

When I read the description for this book, I quickly thought it was just another random facts book for the coffee table. I have to say I was quite wrong. This book flows through time telling various real tales about the evolution and changes in what some would call the "finer things in life" (e.g...

Virginia rated it ★★★★★

April 05, 2014

pure pleasure, musings on "gloomth, Horace Walpole's first gothic novel (The Castle of Otranto), Alexander Pope's grotto (complete with camera obscure), Dorvielle and the "Nocturnal Romancer", a French court's King whose very favorite thing in the world was giving his hounds their cookies, and lo...

Julie rated it ★★★☆☆

July 12, 2014

I liked it. It was similar to reading wikipedia, but with charm, jumping from topic to topic. That is one of my favorite ways to spend an hour or two, and that was about how long I could read this book in one sitting. I loved the illustrations and truly feel the artist's name deserved to be on th...

Wendy rated it ★★★★☆

March 01, 2014

Charmingly written collection of curiosities. I saw this at the library and initially assumed it would be some new age-y meditative self help inspirational thing, but it was most certainly not. Although organized by months/hours, the 2-3 page entries within sometimes have a very attenuated connec...

Steph rated it ★★★★☆

September 16, 2015

4.5 stars actually. (I just reserve the 5s for the ones that hold dear to my heart forever. Dont judge.) I got this book randomly from my digital library not really even knowing what it was. I am very happy for randomness. This book has a bit of everything for everyone and is clever in its format...

Charlotte rated it ★★★★☆

July 24, 2014

This book is like having a fascinating, drunk, rambling conversation with a stranger at a dinner party you never expected to enjoy. I totally don't understand how it is organized, but I don't care since it was enjoyable, informative, and took my mind from place to place for short periods of time....

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