It's In The Bag: What Purses Reveal---and Conceal by Winifred GallagherIt's In The Bag: What Purses Reveal---and Conceal by Winifred Gallagher

It's In The Bag: What Purses Reveal---and Conceal

byWinifred Gallagher

Hardcover | October 31, 2006

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The time is perfect for a short, smart purse book. The "good bag" has nudged out shoes, jeans, and jewelry as the must–have fashion possession. Despite price hikes –– $1,445 for a Prada bowler bag that once cost $940 –– the craze for high–end purses helps fuel the booming luxury–goods market and, via knock–offs, hugely influences the $6 billion–a–year mainstream handbag industry. But purse mania isn't just an outgrowth of a strong luxury–goods market –– human thoughts, feelings, and dreams are involved, too. As Nadia, a high–powered interior designer says, "My cell and my big Tod's purse –– that is my life."

In IT'S IN THE BAG, noted journalist Winifred Gallagher explains it what means for a purse to be a life. This cultural history of the handbag borrows from psychology (Freud noted that sometimes a purse is a vagina –– which is perhaps why the first "handbags" were carried by men!), sociology (a purse as a "status symbol") and even economics (Why have prices gotten so steep?). Researched and erudite yet always fun, Winifred Gallagher offers in IT'S IN THE BAG a charming theory of modern identity as seen through one of our keenest obsessions.

Winifred Gallagher is the author ofHouse Thinking,Just the Way You Are(aNew York TimesNotable Book),Working on God, andSpiritual Genius. She has written for numerous publications, includingAtlantic Monthly,Rolling Stone, and theNew York Times. She lives in Manhattan and Dubois, Wyoming.
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Title:It's In The Bag: What Purses Reveal---and ConcealFormat:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 7.5 × 5.5 × 0.61 inPublished:October 31, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061137480

ISBN - 13:9780061137488

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“...[a] jaunty meditation on the apotheosis of the designer handbag.”