Coming July 2016 published by Scribner.
My memoir. Each chapter is a personal story based on an item of clothing.
From an English school uniform to a bikini bought on the island of St. Thomas’s in a halcyon haze to an Ossie Clark gown worn to impress Hollywood and British theatre royalty alike, Tracy Tynan’s unusual and affecting memoir reveals how her passion for clothing has influenced her life. The daughter of larger than life British legend (critic, Kenneth Tynan, creator of the outrageous erotic review, Oh! Calcutta and Elaine Dundy, (novelist and Elvis biographer). Tynan is a Hollywood costume designer who has worked with a wide variety of actors, directors and producers, including her husband Jim McBride (The Big Easy). She takes us into the worlds of theatre, film and TV, behind the scenes where a Pucci dress can speak volumes and a pair of green plaid pants can mean the difference between a sizzling review and a lukewarm one. She also speaks with deep honesty about her parent’s rancorous marriage and divorce, her father’s prodigious talents and sensational appetites, and her mother’s lifelong struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. If you ever suspected that clothes can capture the essence of a life, Wear and Tear will convert you.