The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners

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"A scandalously honest guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood. "If Unmentionable does not secure the Pulitzer Prize for Most Fascinating Book Ever, the whole gig is rigged. Therese Oneill opens the doors to everything we secretly wanted to know about the Victorian era, but didn't think to ask. Knickers with no crotches? Check. Arsenic as a facial scrub? Check. The infrequency of bathing and the stench of the Victorian human body? Check mate." --
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316358040
Branch Call Number: HQ1593 .O54 2016x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file

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Apr 15, 2018

A great read that brings you back in time... smells, sights and horrors. You will appreciate all that modern day has to offer after reading this hilarious book!

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

This book was both very informative and entertaining, and truly horrifying. What people believed as far as science, health, etc was startlingly wrong.

Feb 07, 2018

I couldn't quite shake the mind-bending mental image of Miss Manners being pottie-mouthed in an "oh, so refined" way. I did chuckle through the book, which is full of interesting facts. The one drawback is that the style of the book means that there's no foot- or end-notes supporting the points being made, though there is an extensive bibliography.

Jan 23, 2018

If you are a fan of beautifully depicted historical romances such as those written by Jane Austen, but find your mind frequently drifting to thoughts of the "unmentionable" yet practical concerns of daily life, such as "how did they go to the bathroom?", this book is for you. Filled with fascinating, factual information about how life in those romantically-remembered days wasn't exactly rose-scented, and was really pretty darn dirty when compared to modern standards. Relayed in an easy-breezy style that I found enjoyable and at times quite hilarious. Find out all of the dirty (quite literally!) secrets that made up daily life in Victorian times, and have a good laugh while you're at it.

LPL_PolliK Sep 26, 2017

I love historical romances, but there are so many things NOT covered in those stories. Well, this book covers them. And EWWWWWWW! Funny (and gross) facts, but some really insightful historical facts about practices and people you might not have heard of. Did I mention funny? Oneill is hilarious. If you don’t like frank and salty talk, this book isn’t for you. But if you do, read it and then come talk to me about it!

Jul 26, 2017

Although I enjoyed reading this for the information it provided, I did not prefer the humorous almost sarcastic tone of the author. I know she was trying to be funny but wasn't for me.

Jul 06, 2017

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners is the perfect blend of #history, #humour and #pictures! I love #illustrations, #vintageads and #historical documents, so I gobbled this up. The best parts are on #toilets and #menstruation  Honestly, the past sounds horrifying -- completely. This book took me back to some research I did on 17th century customs and what I remember first is all the FILTH. Most people lived in squalor an even rich people smelled bad. The stuff about bodily stench was a bit much, but I learned things about #ambergris that I never knew! Take a minute to thank your higher power today for being born in the here and now. Especially you, ladies. Awesome book. I'm gonna buy it for my own shelves.

May 21, 2017

Absolutely hilarious! And also educational. It's a great book written with great voice and style.

JCLMaryanaK May 11, 2017

Gross and funny, this book made me grateful for all the modern conveniences I often take for granted. Oneill acts as tour guide and mentor to the 21st century woman time-traveling in the Victorian era.

ArapahoeKati Apr 24, 2017

I loved every single page--it's chockablock full of facts and amusing anecdotes that will make you want to stay in the 21st century. It's like the 19th century version of going out for cocktails with your best girlfriends.

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