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Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House


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ISBN13: 9780684814650
ISBN10: 068481465x
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Heard about it from Merlin Mann and looking forward to reading it!
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Cheryl Mendelson is a geinus. Her book is comprehensive, sound and a surprisingly compelling read. If nothing else, the laundry section makes the entire book worthwhile.
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The Art and Science of Keeping House
Bates, Harry
Bates, Harry
New York, NY :
Home economics
Interior decoration
Cleaning & Caretaking - Household Hints
Consumer education
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
November 1999
Grade Level:
9.52x6.84x1.83 in. 2.99 lbs.

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Product details 896 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780684814650 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Home Comforts is something new. For the first time in nearly a century, a sole author has written a comprehensive book about housekeeping. This is not a dry how-to manual, nor a collection of odd tips and hints, a cleaning book, a history book, or an arid encyclopedia compiled by a committee or an institute. Home Comforts is a readable explanation for both beginners and experts of all the domestic arts — choosing fabrics, keeping the piano in tune, caring for books, making a good fire in the fireplace and avoiding chimney fires, ironing and folding, setting up a good reading light, keeping surfaces free of food pathogens, and everything else that modern people might want to do for themselves in their homes. But this reliable and thorough book on the practicalities of housekeeping is also an argument for the importance of private life and the comforts offered by housekeeping.<P>Cheryl Mendelson is a philosopher, lawyer, sometime professor, and a homemaker, wife, and mother. Home Comforts is based on her domestic education, which she acquired while growing up on a farm in the hills of Greene County, in southwestern Pennsylvania, from her grandmothers, aunts, and mother. Learning from the distinct domestic styles of her native Appalachian relatives and her Italian immigrant relatives, she appreciated early on how important domestic customs are to a sense of comfort and identity in life. She writes out of love and respect for her subject, and hopes to inspire others to develop the affection and respect for home life and housework she was fortunate to have learned.<P>Mendelson addresses the meanings as well as the methods of housekeeping with a keen sense of the history and values involved.The result is a warm, good-humored, engagingly written book with a message and a point of view, one that is overflowing with useful reflections and information. The clarity, breadth, and depth of the information collected here are unparalleled. You can read Home Comforts f
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