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Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
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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.)
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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...
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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.)
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      • premium: False
      • source: Jenny Lawson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy
      • content: Hysterically funny and unsettlingly fascinating. This book is full of awesome.
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      • source: Laurie Notaro, #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Looked Different on the Model and Housebroken
      • content: If Unmentionable does not secure the Pulitzer Prize for Most Fascinating Book Ever, the whole gig is rigged. Hilarious, horrifying, shocking and revelatory, this book is for every girl who pictured herself running through a field of wildflowers in a silk dress and Little House on the Prairie boots, only to discover she has nits in her hair, her clothes have never been washed and she sleeps with her poop under her bed in a bowl. A miracle of a book and one of my favorite reads ever, Unmentionable will be my go-to gift this year. All hail Therese Oneill for uncovering all of that dirty, dirty laundry.
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      • source: Princess Weekes, Bustle
      • content: Oneill has created a book so excellently informative about the Victorian period, it should be shelved right next to Dickens for reference. Your stomach will hurt so much from laughing, you'll be thankful you're not wearing a corset.
      • premium: False
      • source: Caitlin Flanagan, Washington Post
      • content: It's hard to imagine a woman - or a teenage girl - who won't love this book.
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      • source: New York Times
      • content: Unmentionable transports us back to the world of middle-class 19th-century women, with special emphasis on the messy details that costume dramas airbrush out. . . . With a 4-year-old's scatological glee, Oneill details the logistics of old-time peeing, pooping, gestating, menstruating and mating . . . lovely tidbits from the dustbin of history.
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      • source: The Guardian
      • content: Rich with information that will amuse and sometimes horrify... the playful application of language makes the horrendous plight of Victorian women palatable to modern audiences. Oneill succeeds in making otherwise dry information (the proper order of eating utensils, the development of modern sanitation) sparkle.
      • premium: False
      • source: Good Housekeeping
      • content: Flat-out hysterical (and occasionally alarming)...Read it and be very, very glad you're a woman of modern times.
      • premium: False
      • source: Vice/Broadly
      • content: If you've ever felt like you should have been born in another time, Unmentionable will disabuse you of that sensibility, and it will do so charmingly . . . The book transmits a wealth of historical research in a cheerfully tongue-in-cheek tone and an impressive collection of archival photos.
      • premium: False
      • source: Bustle (Best Nonfiction Books of 2016)
      • content: A treasure trove of bizarre and fascinating information.
      • premium: False
      • source: The Millions
      • content: Oneill writes from the perspective of an all-knowing, slightly cheeky Victorian woman giving guidance to the contemporary woman. The result is a thoroughly researched but hilarious look into daily life of the Victorian woman.
      • premium: False
      • source: Library Journal, Editors Fall Pick
      • content: A down-and-dirty perusal of the realities of hygiene and womanhood in the Victorian era. The truth behind slimming corsets, virtuous nuptials, and strict morals is sometimes shocking, occasionally alarming, but always funny with Oneill's wry commentary.
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      • source: Shelf Awareness
      • content: A quick, hilarious romp through the gritty unmentionable details that literature fails to discuss—those of the most intimate nature. . . . Oneill's delight in her subject is endearing. She delivers even the most disturbing facts, like how drinking wells and sewage were placed close to each other, in entertaining ways. Yet Oneill's stories are not without depth. Throughout Unmentionable, she notes how far feminism and related movements have come from the constrictions of Victorian ideologies.
      • premium: False
      • source: Kirkus (This Season's Best Gift Books, 2016)
      • content: Oneill is our sarcastic 'tour guide to the real nineteenth century' in this cheeky romp of a book. She's here to tell you, ladies, that what you think you know is all wrong. . . . If you're seeking a witty life coach,...
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      • source: Library Journal
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        September 15, 2016

        Welcome to a highly irreverent tour of the darker sides of the Victorian age. Popular history writer and blogger Oneill points out that although films and fiction set in this period have great appeal today, they omit significant parts of the less-than-comfortable aspects of the time, including bad hygiene, poor medical knowledge resulting in hack treatments, and restrictions on social interactions. The author's wicked sense of humor saves the subject from devolving into a dry tome, instead providing laugh-out-loud moments on the most unthinkable and unmentionable subjects. The brilliance of this study is Oneill's ability to transport readers back in time and have them experience the day-to-day life of women battling the issues of the era. In doing so, this work both educates and amuses in its historical approach of the unseen and unseemly sides of the time. VERDICT This fun romp of a book will appeal to history aficionados and lovers of the Victorian age and its etiquette, as well as anyone who enjoys a good laugh at the oddly absurd. [See "Editors' Fall Picks," LJ 9/1/16, p. 27.]--Stacy Shaw, Orange, CA

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
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        October 15, 2016
        Twenty-first-century women who are tired of living with the oppressive expectations demanded of the female sex might think that things were somehow better in the nineteenth century. A humor writer with a passion for history, Oneill leads readers by the petticoat as she tracks the history of 1800s women's fashion, hygiene, sex, and social mores. She wittily excerpts the writings of nineteenth-century doctors and reformers who miraculously transformed misogyny into science, advising women on everything from how to bathe, apply makeup, and stand so your breasts don't sag to how to properly menstruate and how to win a man. Hello, Slattern, Oneill wryly addresses the reader, whose assumed romantic view of the nineteenth century she works hard to dismantle. The constant rebukes (though a unique approach) get old and have a way of outshining the material she presents. Yet this is a fascinating look into the shocking pseudoscience of the 1800s in which Oneill sheds new light on the origins of today's misogyny, double standards, and just plain mystery surrounding women that, maddeningly enough, persist.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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