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Because the Jack & Jackie wedding is in the air, here are original photos from their wedding day: September 12, 1953.

*Credit goes to @kennedycamelotlover for the inspiration!

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Official Selections of the Reblog Book Club so far!

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Fangirl by rainbowrowell
The Impossible Knife of Memory by lauriehalseanderson
California by italicsmine
Brown Girl Dreaming by jacquelinewoodson
Vivian Apple at the End of the World by katiecoyle
All The Rage by summerscourtney
Saint Mazie by jamiatt
Salt to The Sea by @rutasepetysauthor

Jack and Jackie’s wedding party was held at Hammersmith Farm, the Auchincloss summer house in Newport, R.I. Jack had intended to limit invitations to “close friends,” but, fueled by his father, the list grew to 1,200. It was a mix of Newport socialites, Washington dignitaries and Boston-Irish pols. The receiving line took two hours to exhaust itself.

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Jacqueline On Kauai

Handmade Aloha Shirts on the Garden Isle

Sometimes the best menswear finds are purely serendipitous.

Last week, I was vacationing with my family on Kauai, one of Hawaii’s quieter islands. The plan was to enjoy the beach and some hiking, but I noticed an oblique reference in a web post to a lady on the Garden Isle who made custom aloha shirts. Of course I had to investigate.

Friday night, my wife and I pulled into the little town of Hanapepe, looking for a storefront called Jacqueline on Kaua'i. The streets were clogged - there was some sort of chocolate festival in town - and parking was a nightmare, but we finally made it to the shop.

Jacqueline Vienna has lived in Kauai for forty years, and for most of that time she’s been making aloha shirts. Once upon a time she did extra work, smoking joints just off-screen on The Love Boat, but for thirty years or so, sewing has been her main gig, and she convincingly describes it as her true passion.

Inside the shop, you’ll find a variety of aloha shirts that Jacqueline’s made by hand, along with some little bits and bobs - aloha fabric Christmas stockings, some lounge shorts made from old rice bags. Mostly, though, you’ll find Jacqueline, her patterns and her sewing machine, getting to work on uniforms for the senior baseball team (they just won nationals in Albuquerque) or a shirt for a tourist who wandered in. She promises your shirt will be made in 48 hours, but from what I hear, she usually turns it around in two. The walls are lined with photos of satisfied customers.

She’s got deals with the fabric stores on the island - she’ll give you ten bucks off if you bring in your own textile. Her own selection tends towards the touristy, though thankfully it’s all cotton (she abhors polyester and longs for the days when she could get good rayon). She needs about three yards for the shirt - sometimes three and a half if the pattern’s long, since she insists on matching the pocket.

If you’re in Kauai, you can stop by and visit Jacqueline at 3837 Hanapepe Road. She’s around most days. You can also call and order by phone - she’s not much on email but her friend will help send pictures. The number at the shop is 808-335-5797. And it’s really her answering the phone.

Since we’re right in the thick of the film award season, we wanted to to roll out the red carpet and call out some of our favorite reads that have taken home their own (figurative) trophies!

Want even more? See the WHOLE list of our award-winners here!

1. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

The story of Cassie’s transformative year at the height of the Great Depression won the Newbery Medal in 1976, and we’re celebrating its anniversary with the 40-year Anniversary Special Edition! 

2. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 

The heart-tugging relationship between twins Noah and Jude won so many hearts that it received the 2015 Printz Award!

3. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

As you can see from the cover bling, Jacqueline Woodson’s telling of her childhood in verse is truly beloved: it won the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and was a Newbery Honor book.

4. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

What happens when a teen girl follows a popularity guide from the 1950′s? She creates a heartwarming, eye-opening account of her journey. And she wins the YALSA Best Nonfiction For Young Adults award.

5. Looking for Alaska by John Green

John Green’s debut novel about Miles Halter’s whirlwind relationship with Alaska Young won the 2006 Printz Award.

6. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The winner of the 1976 Newbery Medal follows sixteen heirs who received a challenge to figure out the secret of self-made millionaire Sam Westing.

7. Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers

17-year-old Jacob’s journey to Amsterdam to find his grandfather’s grave won the 2003 Printz Award.

8. Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars

Everything changes for Sara the summer her little brother Charlie disappears and she sets off to find him in this winner of the 1971 Newbery Medal.