Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Unmentionable - can I mention cesspools, Victorian undergarments, and thunder mugs here?
I ran across Unmentionable: the Victorian lady's guide to sex, marriage, and manners on some "best of 2016" list a while back. I started reading it last night and couldn't put it down. It's a funny and witty look at all those "unmentionable" things from the Victorian era: sanitation, corsets, undergarments, venereal disease, and so much more. If you like history, fantasizing about being Elizabeth Bennett, or anything funny this book is for you. I would recommend it for any hospital, academic, or public library. But as Levar Burton used to say, "Don't just take my word for it". Here is a book review from NPR.
Here is a little taste from author Therese ONeill: "Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era? Ladies, welcome to the 19 century, where there's arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits under your bed, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (Why? Shush, dear. A lady doesn't question.)"
Oh, and if you're wondering what a thunder mug is you'll just have to read the book.