The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and MannersBook - 2016
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era?
Ladies, welcome to the 19th 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.)
UNMENTIONABLE is your hilarious, illustrated, scandalously honest (yet never crass) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood, giving you detailed advice on:
~ What to wear
~ Where to relieve yourself
~ How to conceal your loathsome addiction to menstruating
~ What to expect on your wedding night
~ How to be the perfect Victorian wife
~ Why masturbating will kill you
~ And more
Irresistibly charming, laugh-out-loud funny, and featuring nearly 200 images from Victorian publications, UNMENTIONABLE will inspire a whole new level of respect for Elizabeth Bennett, Scarlet O'Hara, Jane Eyre, and all of our great, great grandmothers.
(And it just might leave you feeling ecstatically grateful to live in an age of pants, super absorbency tampons, epidurals, anti-depressants, and not-dying-of-the-syphilis-your-husband-brought-home.)
Baker & Taylor
"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"--
A scandalously honest guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood includes actual public-service flyers and images of artifacts that will surprise the modern reader. 35,000 first printing.
Humorously, but honestly, describes proper social etiquette for a Victorian lady, including using arsenic as a facial scrub, treating servants as inferiors, and believing that masturbation will lead to death.
From Library Staff
Unmentionable is your hilarious, illustrated, scandalously honest (yet never crass) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood, giving you detailed advice on: what to wear, where to relieve yourself, how to conceal your loathsome addiction to menstruating, what to expect on your wedding night, h... Read More »
A scandalously honest guide to the dos and don'ts of Victorian womanhood.
Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era? Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where arsenic is a face cream, opium is a medicine, and all of your underwear is crotch less.