Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern - Joshua Zeitz

Book Riot 2015 Challenge: Microhistory

Flapper is an engrossing history of the too-brief Jazz Age and the New Woman, with particular focus on important figures of the day: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel, and Lois Long. I've read a few works on the era, but I came away from Flapper discovering things unknown to me. The author argues for this era as the beginning of mass consumerism in society, with mail-order catalogs nurturing that desire in rural areas.

I enjoyed the book from an historical standpoint. It would be a good resource if you're researching the time.