100 Days to a Happy Housewife 8: Books


Someone asked me the other day about my source material for this project, so I thought I'd show you all what I'm reading, as well as ask for recommendations for anything else that should be on my list.

The old books:
The Practical Housewife: A Complete Encyclopedia of Domestic Economy and Family Medical Guide, by Robert Kemp Philp, originally published in 1860.

Practical Suggestions for Mother and Housewife, by Marion Mills Miller, 2009 reprint, originally published in 1910.

A Handbook of Home Economics, by Etta Proctor Flagg, originally published in 1912.

America's Housekeeping Book, compiled by New York Herald Tribune Home Institute, 1941.

101 Things for the Housewife to Do, 1949 by Lillie B. and Arthur C. Horth, 2007 reprint, originally published 1949.

The Art of Homemaking by Daryl V. Hoole, 1969.

The new books:
Making a Home: Housekeeping for Real Life, by Better Homes & Gardens, 2001.

Mrs. Dunwoody's Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping, by Miriam Lukken, 2003.

1,001 Old-Time Household Hints: Timeless Bits of Household Wisdom for Today's Home and Garden, edited by the Editors of Yankee Magazine, 2005.

Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Book: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home, by Martha Stewart, 2006.

The Complete Household Handbook: The Best Ways to Clean, Maintain, & Organize Your Home, by Good Housekeeping, 2007.

The Ultimate Accidental Housewife: Your Guide to a Clean-Enough House, by Julie Edelman, 2008.

Dirt: The Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House, edited by Mindy Lewis, 2009.


I totally thought of you the other day when I was at work. We have a section of books on gardening, crafts, cooking, and homemaking, including a great retro selection. If there is anything you are looking for, but can't get your hands on, let me know, and I'll check for it!

You must add the book "Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House" by Cheryl Mendelson. I swear, Martha Stewart just plagarized it with her new book! But it is by far the absolute best modern homekeeping book I've found, and I have a library of around 120 books, old and new. It's my favorite that I go to every time!

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