The Chaperone

The Chaperone

The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922 and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in N The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City ...

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Title:The Chaperone
Author:Laura Moriarty
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Chaperone
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:367 pages pages

The Chaperone Reviews

  • Lydia Presley
    May 31, 2012
    Okay, seriously - when I first heard about The Chaperone it was through Twitter, and it was because I'd just finished listening to Rules of Civility and loved every second of it. Folks, I am not joking - this book was amazing. It completely lived up to the hype of my ranting and raving...
  • Madeline
    Mar 20, 2015
    It's the summer of 1922 in Wichita, Kansas, and thirty-six year old Cora Carlisle is bored. Her twin sons are preparing to leave for college, and she doesn't have anything to do with her time except various charity functions. Then she learns that her neighbor's fifteen year old daughte...
  • Marcia
    Jun 24, 2012
    An outstanding story of an outstanding woman. No, not Louise Brooks, the famous silent-film star, but Cora, her chaperone on a somewhat brief but life changing trip to New York City in 1922. Cora X Kaufmann Carlisle lived well into her 90s, and along the way she changes from saying thi...
  • Katie(babs)
    May 01, 2012
    The Chaperone isn't a type of book I usually read because I'm not a big fan of women's fiction overall, but when TLC Book Tours on behalf of Laura approached me about The Chaperone and asked me to be a part of the book tour for Laura, I decided to take a chance and stretch my wings, so...
  • Catharine
    Jun 18, 2012
    I can't recommend this book to any of my friends. SPOILER ALERT: There is a bit of a spoiler in the next paragraph. There are a couple of themes going on in this book. The first is knowing oneself. How do we know who we are? Cora, abandoned as a child, felt compelled to find her bir...
  • Elyse Walters
    Apr 22, 2013
    Cora Carlisle is a fictionalized character, as 'The Chaperone', in this story to Louise's Brooks who in real life was a film actress and dancer who starred in 17 silent films and 8 sound films before she retired in 1938. Author Laura Moriaty created a really engaging tale about a...
  • Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
    Mar 10, 2012
    Corsets, yes. Condoms, no. Times are changing in 1922, but repressive attitudes linger. Birth control is for sleazy people. Divorce carries a permanent stigma. Homosexuals are called "sodomites," and face severe consequences if found out. The Volstead Act (Prohibition) is strongly enfo...
  • Nancy
    Aug 06, 2013
    I loved this book! The story is compelling and the message is amazing. The biggest part of it is set in the 1920s and 1930s in the Midwest and in New York City. It personified an era of strict morals and a stratified society during a period of change. Through strong female characters, ...
  • Marci
    Apr 22, 2013
    This was supposed to be a triumphant, even inspiring story. I found it neither. It was sad and cautionary to me. I'm not recommending this to my friends unless you really want to have an imaginative glimpse into the summer that rebellious, free-thinking 15-year-old Louise Brooks wen...
  • Becky
    May 21, 2012
    I have had this book on my shelf for ages, so glad I finally decided to read it. The book tells the story of Cora,( fictionalized) from her childhood on up. As an adult in Wichita, Kansas, she has the opportunity to be a chaperone in NYC, to a 15 year old girl, Louise Brooks, who beca...
  • Jane
    Jan 17, 2013
    I?m usually wary of novels, set in a period within living memory, that use real people, who lived and breathed, as characters, but there was something about this book that called me. And I?m very glad I did. And, of course this isn?t the story of Louise Brooks, silent movie i...
  • Rose
    Mar 16, 2013
    Favorite quote ?That's what spending time with the young can do - it's the big payoff for all the pain. 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 an...
  • Janice
    Jul 10, 2012
    I'm a little confused by this book. I'm not even sure how to write this review and articulate my thoughts about it. While it was interesting to learn about Louise Brooks, the story could have done without her. Cora, chaperones a 15 year old Louise Brooks to New York City to attend t...
  • Kathryn
    Nov 03, 2012
    I?d had this on my TBR list for a couple of years, and can?t even remember why I added it, but it was an enjoyable read. I?m not sure whether I should admit to not having known who Louise Brooks was - she was a famous film star in the early to mid-20th century, and Laura Moria...
  • Melanie
    Jun 07, 2016
    First off, I am a sucker for historical fiction. I really, really liked this book! Cora Carlisle (the chaperone) is a great character. I felt as though I knew Cora and was completely wrapped up in her life. There was one twist in the story I didn't see coming :-) The author also piqued...
  • leslye
    Jan 30, 2015
    The Chaperone is a historical novel very much about the changing of moral attitudes in the early-mid 20th century. I enjoy reading about the 1920s era, and that certainly drew me to this book. Cora Carlisle agrees to chaperone the very fiery 15 year old Louise Brooks (an actual sta...
  • Crystal Starr Light
    Jun 07, 2012
    Bullet Review: Parts 1 and 2: 4 stars Part 3: Negative 80 stars What a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE end to an actual decent book with a great message and discussion topic. My recommendation: Don't read past page 285 or read Part 3 if you liked what you were reading in Parts 1 and 2. ...
  • Agatha
    Jan 14, 2013
    Yuck. Would not recommend this book at all. I would put this book in the category of ?I wasted my time [reading it] so you do not have to.? LOL. This book is loosely historical fiction, but then has modern sensitivities and opinions inserted, like a bait and switch, or a wolf i...
  • Alena
    Jun 01, 2012
    I really liked so much of this book (including Elizabeth McGovern's excellent narration), but it just went on so long. I felt like it had several false endings, places where I was finished but then it kept going. Maybe the probelm is just that I didn't expect an epic when I began. The...
  • Martha☀
    Aug 17, 2012
    I felt slightly misled by the synopsis of this novel, thinking that I would get a window into the life of young Louise Brooks. But this turned out to be the life story of Cora Carlisle, Louise's chaperone during a brief stint at dance school in New York. The story line covers all of Co...
  • Lauren
    Nov 26, 2012
    As a disclaimer I will say I read this whole book on one long plane ride, so that may have made me like it less than I would normally. It was an exciting plot and I was never bored, however some things really bothered me: 1) I could not believe the main character at all. For one thi...
  • JoAnne Pulcino
    Feb 03, 2013
    CHAPERONE Laura Moriarty A captivating and thoroughly enchanting novel of two very diverse women and their impact on each other that will affect their lives greatly. In the summer of 1922 the stunningly beautiful fifteen year old Louise Brooks sporting her soon to be famous b...
  • Noeleen
    Sep 08, 2012
    Duh! I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't realise until towards the end of this book that Louise Brooks was a real person. So once I finished reading, I spent another hour or so looking up information on the web about Louise, old photographs, articles and videos. I love when a book dir...
  • Sabrina
    Jul 03, 2012
    When one reads the name of Louise Brooks on the jacket of a book, one assumes that the book will be filled with tales of the glamorous silent movie star who went to seed too fast but remained proud and arrogant till her death. The fact that the name of the book is The Chaperone hinted ...
  • Carol
    Jul 03, 2012
    An interesting historical read about Cora who becomes a chaperone for a fifteen year old Louise Brooks for 5 weeks one summer in NYC where she seeks out and finds the sad truth of her past and finds happiness for her future. The book addresses many difficult issues of the times spannin...
  • Mo
    Dec 31, 2012
    The Chaperone 3 1/2 stars This was quite a pleasant book, and I enjoyed it for the most part. The problem with reading about the ?chaperone? is that you can?t help thinking how much more interesting it would be if you were reading more about Louise Brooks and less about...
  • B the BookAddict
    Oct 16, 2013
    The blurb of this novel actually misleads readers, in my opinion. The story merely skims life of the legendary Louise Brooks, 1904-1985, dancer and actress, the woman who popularised bobbed hair. It is instead the story of Cora X, later Cora Kaufman, finally Cora Carlisle, a woman ...
  • Brandi D'angelo
    Nov 26, 2017
    This book was so interesting to me, as it described life in the 1920's and 30's. We forget how prim and proper lifestyles were. It's hard to believe that people could be arrested for having a drink, or for living with a man you weren't married to. I loved how the story followed two wom...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    Mar 18, 2015
    4? I would describe this story as a woman?s journey of self-discovery as she is entering a mid-life crisis at the dawn of the twentieth century. A voyage to discover truths about her beginnings which will change the set course of her life as she knows and expects. It will lead t...
  • Millicent
    Feb 16, 2018
    I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book I've read by this author. I thought it was really neat how the author put together true facts about the actress Louise Brooks but also added to the story so that it was a mix of fiction and biography. It gives you a sneak peak into how...