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How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-To-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life
How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-To-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life | Ruth Goodman
Lauded by critics, How to Be a Victorian is an enchanting manual for the insatiably curious, the the cheapest time-travel machine you ll find (NPR). Readers have fallen in love with Ruth Goodman, an historian who believes in getting her hands dirty. Drawing on her own firsthand adventures living in re-created Victorian conditions, Goodman serves as our bustling guide to nineteenth-century life. Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, this charming, illustrative work imagines the Victorians as intrepid survivors (New Republic) of the most perennially fascinating era of British history. From lacing into a corset after a round of calisthenics to slipping opium to the little ones, Goodman s account of Victorian life makes you feel as if you could pass as a native (The New Yorker)."
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GinEyre22
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natashalb
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A really interesting, informative and accessible guide to how ordinary Victorians lived, each chapter taking you through an ordinary working day from the first (often freezing) step out of bed to when the lights go out.

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Deifio
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Started this yesterday. I really like her writing style!

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sarahljensen
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I've seen Goodman on her television shows which are lovely, but her books are even better. If the shows aren't your cup of tea, she really is a talented and engaging writer, so I'd push you in that direction.

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Deifio
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Second hand book haul arrived today! I'm really excited for this one. I recently watched all the Victorian Farm episodes 😁

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💚📚🍀 1y
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Texreader
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Nonfiction Ebook on sale today.

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annamatopoetry
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I don't often read ebooks, but without my usual reading venues available, this will have to be the way in 2021. It was... alright, I guess, & like a good historian, Goodman doesn't pass judgment. Unfortunately, the Victorian is the one era that most deserve judgment; people were fucking psychopaths. Obviously not everyone, but it's always nice to read a book and learn that shit was even worse than you previously knew. I can elaborate if you want.

STORYBOOK-CAFE I have a feeling the Victorian would think "we" were the psychopaths. 2y
annamatopoetry @Milara I love social history too, I just fucking hate the Victorians (to be fair, I did so even before I read this, from the damage they did to the history of earlier periods, the many genocides of the British empire etc). but like, there's a reasons Ricket's is known as "the English condition" in scandinavia. Being poor in 1800s Britain would, I would expect, be one of the most unpleasant times and places to be in human history. 2y
annamatopoetry @STORYBOOK-CAFE look, I will 100% have this fight if I have to, the Victorian era is definitely among the worst (not beating the 1600s, but like, up there) 2y
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annamatopoetry Actually wait, I missed one of the major downsides to this book: the stuff Goodman is just wrong about. Predictably , it's not they historical stuff but the modern; her understanding of makeup is stuck in the early 80s and her methodology for coping with a corset would make my physical therapist cry. 2y
STORYBOOK-CAFE @annamatopoetry We are now a society who marches in the street to fight for the right to kill our own young. Calling it empowerment. Victorians have nothing on us. 2y
annamatopoetry @Milara fair, in the latter third of the era, things are starting to improve. 2y
annamatopoetry @STORYBOOK-CAFE my dude are anti abortion? omg, yes PLEASE go back to the Victorian era where you fucking belong you fucking little asshole 2y
STORYBOOK-CAFE @annamatopoetry I'm not a dude. 2y
annamatopoetry @STORYBOOK-CAFE you're an honorary dude now. also, I told you to fuck off. 2y
STORYBOOK-CAFE @annamatopoetry That makes zero sense. 2y
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annamatopoetry
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I'm easily distracted, and the Crankle has me on the couch more than I like, so let's go for some victorians.

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sdbruening
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This book was really enlightening. I love 19th century British literature so this was right up my alley. It really goes into the darker side of the Victorian era which kind of ruins the luster of my favorite books but also makes me want to go back and read again with all this new information about Victorian life! My only complaint is the author‘s personal quips about living on a Victorian farm and her perspective. Didn‘t need it, I think.

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Emily92Bibliophile
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Want to know everything about the Tudor and de Medici families? Hit me up. What about Dangerous chemicals Victorians used in their daily life ? I‘m your girl. What about facts about ancient burial traditions around the world? Yep, I got you. Mythologies and ancient beliefs throughout the ancient world?🖐🏻 Perfect Job? LIBRARIAN. A chance where you can wow your patrons with your unlimited source of knowledge and fun facts!

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Fable
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Spent several hours chilling on the dock and reading. Not a bad way to spend a Friday~

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EmilieGR
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Fascinating

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PickwickPlockPlock
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This non-fiction book takes one through a victorian day, from describing the clothes they donned after waking up, the soap they used, the food they ate, the work they did. While I knew a lot before, it was different to have the facts brought together in such an organized way. I found it very interesting and enjoyable.

Tex2Flo Love this kind of book! 4y
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Melli

So this one is next in my list but I have a feeling I‘ll be skimming to the parts that interest me most

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Notmacaroniandcheese
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I know it‘s not in fashion, but I would love a pair of pants that would keep me covered and warm, even when picking things up. 😤

Slajaunie Me too! 4y
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Skyler
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Beach date with this handsome guy yesterday, followed by reading time with a fascinating new book. #dogsoflitsy

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sparrowssavvy
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A truly delightful book just stuffed with all sorts of delicious Victorian details and facts! Ruth Goodman makes it so easy to read and has truly done her homework and is so knowledgable. On top of that, her personal anecdotes about living a Victorian lifestyle were humorous and totally riveting! Such an excellent book!

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Maggie_Reads
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Back to the library. Just don't have the time or attention span to tackle these thick books. Maybe another time....😔 #BusyLifeWithKids

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Maggie_Reads
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Put this on hold at the library and it was ready for pickup. Looks like an interesting read.

jmofo Welcome!!! I‘m adding this to my tbr stack! Ruth‘s amazing and really really interesting (I‘m imagining her saying that about herself, which I doubt she‘s do). 4y
Maggie_Reads @jmofo Thank you for the welcome! So far I'm enjoying the book. 👍🏻 4y
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TheAnitaAlvarez
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Travelling to the beach today (by car, not by carriage, thankfully). I‘ll probably finish it before we get there, it‘s a long road trip.

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TheAnitaAlvarez
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Thank goodness I can live in modern comfort and not have to go through the hardships of Victorian life. #perfectlyhappy

BookDame No kidding! I‘m very fond of modern plumbing. 5y
TheAnitaAlvarez @BookDame and heating! And women‘s rights! 5y
BookDame I‘m sure the list will keep getting bigger! 5y
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BookDame We love to romanticize other time periods, but I‘m glad I live in modern times. 5y
TheAnitaAlvarez @BookDame yup. Old people had a hard life 5y
Velvetfur But what have the Romans ever done for us?! (sorry, couldn't resist!) 5y
TheAnitaAlvarez @Velvetfur 👍🏻👍🏻 for the Monty Python reference. 10/10 5y
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TheAnitaAlvarez
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There‘s a bunch of teens staying in our house, but I‘ll read anyway.

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TheAnitaAlvarez
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Best part of being on vacation: morning reading. Usually I wake up late and have to run to get out of the house on time, so no time to read in bed.

TommieMarie74 Reading in bed is the best!! 5y
Sisasuku Every now and then I decide to take a later train to work, so I can spend an hour reading in bed or on my couch. None of my colleagues understand that. 5y
LibrarianJen I‘ve thought about getting a kuriig for my bedroom so on the weekends I can have coffee and read in bed, instead of going downstairs to make coffee. Then I remember I have little kids so that‘s kinda out the window right now. 5y
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Dragon I‘m on holidays too. So hanging in bed 🛏 checking up on Litsy , then reading. No plans. No appointments. 🌈 5y
BibliophileMomma Reading in bed is the best. 5y
SandyW @TommieMarie74 I second that! 5y
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TheAnitaAlvarez
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Victorian life sounds hard. Gonna get food and lie down.

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TheAnitaAlvarez
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EWWWWWWW. Thank goodness for toilets and civilized bathrooms and plumbing.

rubyslippersreads This is why I could never be a time traveler. 😱 5y
TheAnitaAlvarez @rubyslippersreads Yup, I‘m not sure I could deal with a world in which hygienic standards are so low 5y
RidgewayGirl The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollack features a character whose job it is to measure the space left in outhouses and no one in town wants to hang out with him. 5y
TheAnitaAlvarez @RidgewayGirl understandable, though 5y
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TheAnitaAlvarez
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This book has been in my kindle for a while, so I decided to give it a go. I like this approach to history, showing how common people lived their daily lives.

Velvetfur That book sounds so good! 5y
TheAnitaAlvarez @Velvetfur it‘s very interesting 5y
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Leelee08
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1. How to Be a Victorian-Ruth Goodman
2. Artemis-Andy Weir
3.Murder by Candlelight-Michael Knox Beran
4. What Happened-Hillary Clinton
5. The Duke- Kerrigan Byrne

Just in case my #SecretSanta is stalking me.....💚❤️💚

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ladyclassics
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I am so happy I stumbled across this gem in the Amazon "suggestions" section. As a researcher in literature, I often get lost in the middle/upper class understanding of Victorian life as presented to me in the novels I read. This work brings to light the majority of the Victorian population (working class) and depicts their daily life, giving an intimate feel of their constant struggle to survive and their endless endurance through it all. ♡

charl08 Sounds good. I enjoyed Stedman Jones on Outcast London, will add this to the pile. 5y
ladyclassics @charl08 I will check out Outcast London. Thank you! 5y
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ladyclassics
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An Italian beach with a side of Victorian nonfiction has summertime written all over it ☆
#booksaroundtheworld

Leelee.reads 😍😍😍 5y
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ladyclassics
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Off I go on another two month trek across Europe and Asia! Never without a book in hand, of course (and quite a few more being hauled on my back) ;) Excited to bring back #booksaroundtheworld to the Litten community!

Grrlbrarian Wow! I'm jealous. That sounds spectacular! 5y
Reviewsbylola Have fun!! 5y
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reading.in.the.tardis
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Such a joy to read this 💕

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BookishRedhead
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The Victorian collection is growing.
Stalking Jack The ripper and Victoria are fiction.
This all started with The Victoria letters.

rubyslippersreads Great collection! ❤️👑 6y
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candyflossramparts
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Page 24 of a current read for #readjanuary. More than you ever wanted to know about old-timey toothpaste. Mmmmmm...powdered cuttlefish and chalk! 😁

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candyflossramparts
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For my first post on Litsy, I figured I would share my #TBR pile for January. These were the books I received as xmas gifts last month. Not pictured: too many books I gifted myself via one-click for the Kindle.

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BookishRedhead
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Whoops.
I only went in to order the new Fantastic Beasts book.

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BeththeBookDragon
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I'm slightly obsessed with Victorian London. Except for the no antibiotics or modern medicine but. #wishiwasthere #butonlyforalittlebit

Reviewsbylola I agree, I am intrigued by Victoeian London but would only want to visit for a very short time! 6y
Leelee08 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ this post!!! 6y
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Lola
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FINALLY finished this.It took me nearly a month-a very long time for me, especially given its size-480 pages but broken up with photo plates,illustrations and white space.There was something about the author's style I didn't love-although conversational and narrative, it was somehow dry at the same time. All that said, I thought it was an excellent read about this period and full of great info.I immediately downloaded her newest,How to be a Tudor.

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Lola
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The power of bookish persuasion. I'm on the chapter called "A Bath Before Bed". Sounded perfect. I'm goin' in. #bookandbath #bathandbook #bookandwine

RealLifeReading How lovely! 6y
Coleen Perfect! 6y
Readaholics Awesome! Lol 6y
MrBook Lol. Great pic! 6y
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Lola
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Family game night. I'll be sneaking pages between rounds. I'm enjoying this book but it's taking me way too long to finish it.

Hooked_on_books I love Taboo! 😍 6y
Leelee08 I wanna read this book sooooo bad.... 6y
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Lola
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Wow. I need to be more respectful and appreciative of my washing machine.

Texreader @Lola I love all my "helpers" around the house, saving us all a wicked amount of time and truly liberating women. Hence successful multitasking!! 6y
HotTeaGoodBooks Hmm. My dishwasher is right up there as well. 6y
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Lola
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"Drug abuse was widespread among Victorian babies." Makes the modern day off-label use of Benadryl seem not so egregious....?

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Leelee08
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Me! Actually, now that I think about it, reading books HELPS me to take on the world!😍🌍📚 (Victorian studies, FTW!)

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Lola
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"The wealthy middle-class girl could be taken out daily by her governess for a walk..." Walking was one of the few acceptable exercises for young girls and women in Victorian times. This explains all of those walks in Jane Eyre, Persuasion, et al ??

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Lola
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Back in Victorian England for a little while before heading to book club @RoscoeBooks to talk about a crazy week in a Pennsylvania town #ReliefMap #summerinthecity

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Lola
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Darn soccer practice again. Guess I'll just have to tough it out and read. 😉

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Lola
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When you realize you left your Kindle at home 😳And never mind that this book is available to me on my phone via the Kindle app. I.Left.My.Kindle.At.Home. 😱I know you all understand.

CaitlinSiem UGGGHHHHH 😖 6y
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Lola
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A good companion read to Jane Eyre.

Reviewsbylola This sounds like something I would love! 6y
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EmilyAnne
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I finally picked this up off my shelf and it is utterly fascinating! I especially love that the author can offer a personal opinion on everything because she's tried it ALL! I can't imagine doing that myself so I'm glad she's done it for me 🤓

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