The Chaperone

The Chaperone

Book - 2012
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"A novel about the friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer, in 1922, and how it changes both their lives"--
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781594487019
1594487014
Branch Call Number: FICTION Moriarty Laura 05/2012
Characteristics: 371 p. ;,24 cm.

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Moriarty, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, has crafted a complex story about birth and death and time, but also about how, as our country has evolved socially, a person’s opinions can evolve while that person still remains essentially who they are. Cora Carl... Read More »

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JCLBeckyC Feb 27, 2013

This was my favorite book of 2012. Here's my review of it on our staff picks blog: https://www.jocolibrary.org/we-recommend/reviews/chaperone-laura-moriarty-0

An unusual friendship develops between adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old Wichita woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer in 1922.

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JCLMelodyMK Dec 31, 2016

I read this book for my book group and enjoyed it very much. It's thrilling to know that we have a local author in the area that writes such interesting historical fiction.

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JCLBrownM Jul 10, 2013

While this is a compelling story, pieces of it feel like a history text rather than historical fiction.


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Chuckles_Spikey
Sep 06, 2020

September 6, 2020

A great read. Lots of interesting converse topics covered many of which are very current today. Looking forward to watching the movie😊.👍Will recommend this for a book club selection.
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Adtreads
Aug 29, 2020

I came to this book with few expectations and am glad I didn't read the "expert" reviews. This book is a stunner. Yes, it moves slowly; but that is deliberate. Every historical detail serves a purpose, every thought, gesture and action--things you can't say about every historical novel. The book traces the development of Cora Carlyle from her start as an ignorant product of her society to a force for doing what is right out of a sense of compassion and not out of the rigid, narrow-minded moral rules that still beset too many Americans. Louise Brooks is a counterpoint, willful, self-centered, yet honest.

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esrobbins
Jul 20, 2020

A quick moving story about a 37 year old woman chaperoning a 15 year old in New York City in 1922. The story begins in 1922 but travels back in time to provide background on the main character and then forward in time through the 1980’s. Because so much history is covered, this story connects in with historical events like the orphan trains, the jazz scene in NYC in the 20’s, the dust storm, Great Depression, WWII, birth control access, civil rights, and gay rights. Each of these historical events impact each of the characters in particular ways and further carries the story along. This has many themes: family, acceptance, truth . . . A really good read!

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wmtlady
Jun 26, 2020

The last half is definitely more enjoyable than the first. Hang in there because the first half gives tone and background. As the story progressed I felt that the author finally got a sense of her message or plot. Most interesting were the details of life from both sides of town in the early 1900's.

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OP_2
Aug 26, 2019

Tea & Talk Book Club / January 2016

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saweyer
Aug 26, 2019

1/21/2020

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miaone
Apr 28, 2019

I agree with jeanie123.

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reiyos
Apr 26, 2019

I enjoyed how the book tracked through history over the lifetime of the main character. A reader gets a BRIEF glimpse at some rarely covered topics, such as the orphan train, Lysol used as a contraception, silent movie actress Louise Brooks (from teenage dancer, to screen artist, to book author), orphanage & home for unwed mothers, Wichita, KS history and growth. This is a historical novel and presents an interesting perspective of moral and culture of a young adult and their chaperone -- and the growth of both as the world around them changes.

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lilypad_1
Apr 20, 2019

I liked the main character, she was very strong and overcame many hardships. The rest of the characters were one dimensional and many were thrown in helter skelter. The bits of history thrown in were mildly interesting but could have been enlightening if the author had focused. I am going back to non-fiction.

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maipenrai
Jan 02, 2019

A beautiful story about love, acceptance, and compromise. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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SpringAltman Jun 21, 2014

Cora becomes a chaperone to a young actress/ dancer Louis Brooks in 1920 NYC, but she has another reason for taking on this task

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

The young can exasperate, of course, and frighten, and condescend, and insult, and cut you with their still unrounded edges. But they can also drag you, as you protest and scold and try to pull away, right up to the window of the future, and even push you through.

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