Home Comforts

Home Comforts

The Art and Science of Keeping House

Book - 2005
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Ranging from suggestions for the care of musical instruments to maintaining home safety, a celebration of and guide to the finer points of home-keeping offers a contemporary, creative, and positive take on a traditional subject.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2005.
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780743272865
Branch Call Number: 640 ME
Characteristics: x, 884 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Bates, Harry


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Nov 06, 2015

This book physically hurt my head. It had an awful layout, double columns with super tiny print. She rambles endlessly and has zero concept of how real people live. If you want research material on keeping house? This might be the book for you. Trying to keep house and your sanity? Not so much. It is also horrendously outdated.

clindsay0406 Sep 18, 2014

This book totally discouraged me. It's more than 800 pages long and reads like a rambling personal journal. Mendelson never states her thesis until several pages into the book. It's a double column layout and the font is probably size 8. I was hoping for bullet points. She wrote a dissertation.

Dec 07, 2005

Author Cheryl Mendelson out-Martha-Stewarts Martha Stewart with HOME COMFORTS, producing the definitive work for the domestic diva (or the domestic diva wannabe). In the first chapter, Mendelson confesses, I am a working woman with a secret life: I keep house. An on-and-off lawyer and professor in public, in private I launder and clean, cook from the hip, and devote serious time and energy to a domestic routine not so different from the one that defined my grandmothers as ''housewives.'' And what a routine it is! The book''s sections are entitled Food, Cloth, Cleanliness, Daily Life, Sleep, Safe Shelter, and Formalities; the author delves into minutiae such as the individual properties of natural and man-made fibres; how best to sort laundry; how to clean everything in the home from your crystal to your fireplace; how often to change your bedlinens; how and where to store your hats, gloves and shoes; and how to prevent injuries and accidents. I found the section on sorting laundry particularly entertaining: if I sorted my laundry the way the author suggests, I wouldn''t have time enough to do anything else! But all of the information in the book is tempered with good old common sense. There is an excellent glossary of fabric terms, and a definitive explanation of those hieroglyphics on clothing labels that are supposed to tell you how to launder the item. This is a fascinating reference and a darned good read to boot.


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