Through No Fault of My Own by Coco Irvine
A Girl's Diary of Life on Summit Avenue in the Jazz Age (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage)

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On Christmas Day, 1926, twelve-year-old Clotilde “Coco” Irvine received a blank diary as a present. Coco loved to write—and to get into scrapes—and her new diary gave her the opportunity to explain her side of the messes she created: “I’m in deep trouble through no fault of my own,” her entries frequently began. The daughter of a lumber baron, Coco grew up in a twenty-room mansion on fashionable Summit Avenue at the peak of the Jazz Age, a time when music, art, and women’s social status were all in a state of flux and the economy was still flying high.
Coco’s diary carefully records her adventures, problems, and romances, written with a lively wit and a droll sense of humor. Whether sneaking out to a dance hall in her mother’s clothes or getting in trouble for telling an off-color joke, Coco and her escapades will captivate and delight preteen readers as well as their mothers and grandmothers.
Peg Meier’s introduction describes St. Paul life in the 1920s and provides context for the privileged world that Coco inhabits, while an afterword tells what happens to Coco as an adult—and reveals surprises about some of the other characters in the diary.
 

About Coco Irvine

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A lumber baron's daughter, Coco Irvine Moles (1914?1975) grew up on St. Paul's prestigious Summit Avenue. She and her sister Olivia Irvine Dodge donated their family home to the state of Minnesota in 1965, and since 1966 it has served as the governor's residence. Peg Meier was a reporter at the Star Tribune for thirty-five years. She is the author of many popular books, including Wishing for a Snow Day, Bring Warm Clothes, and Too Hot, Went to Lake.
 
Published March 30, 2011 by Univ Of Minnesota Press. 104 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Young Adult.

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On Jan. 1, 1927, Coco Irvine, almost 13, began a year-long diary of her daily life in St.

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Publishers Weekly

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Writer Peg Meier uncovered the diary of precocious and slightly naughty Clotilde "Coco" Irvine from the Minnesota Historical Society archives, and it appears here virtually unchanged.

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BC Books

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Coco Irvine was the daughter of a lumber baron, and grew up in a mansion on Summit Avenue, the cream of the crusty elite in 1920s St. Paul.

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Seattle PI

The book includes several family photos in the back, as well as an afterword by Meier, telling us what became of Coco.

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