Home Comforts The Art and Science of Keeping House

ISBN-10: 0743272862

ISBN-13: 9780743272865

Edition: 1999

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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 5/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 896
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University from 1959 until the time of his death, Richard Hofstadter was one of the most influential historians in post--World War II America. His political, social, and intellectual histories raised serious questions about assumptions that had long been taken for granted and cast the American experience in an interesting new light. His 1948 work, The American Political Tradition, is an enduring classic study in political history. His 1955 work, The Age of Reform, which still commands respect among both historians and general readers, won him that year's Pulitzer Prize. A measure of Hofstadter's standing in literary and scholarly circles is the honors he received in 1964 for Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (1963)---Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize of Phi Beta Kappa, and the Sidney Hillman Prize Award. Hofstadter's greatest talent, however, may have been his ability to order complex events and issues and to synthesize from them a rational, constructively critical perspective on American history.

Preface
Beginnings
My Secret Life
Easing into a Routine
Neatening
Food
The Whys and Wherefores of Home Cooking
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Serving Meals
Stimulating Beverages
The Center of a Dwelling
Kitchen Culture
To Market, to Market
Cold Comfort
Bread and Honey
Safe Food
Cloth
The Fabric of Your Home
Transformations
The Natural Fibers
The Man-Made Fibers and Blends
Fabrics That Work
Carefully Disregarding Care Labels
Gathering, Storing, and Sorting Laundry
Laundering
Drying the Laundry
Ironing
Folding Clothes and Linens
How to Launder Tricky Items
Common Laundry Mishaps and Problems
Sanitizing the Laundry
Removing Stains from Fabrics
Cleanliness
The Air in Your Castle
Peaceful Coexistence with Microbes
The Chemistry of Household Cleaning
Aprons, Rags, and Mops
Dust and Dust Mites
Vacuuming, Sweeping, and Dusting
Textile Furnishings
Floors and Furniture of Wood and Woodlike Materials
Resilient Floors
Ceramic Tile
Stone
Man-Made Solid Surfaces and Other Plastics
Bathrooms
Pipes and Drains
Walls, Ceilings, Woodwork, and Windows
China and Crystal
Metals
Caring for Jewelry
Daily Life
Kindly Light
Fireplaces
Some Quiet Occupations
Sewing
Caring for Books
Music
Images and Recordings
Home Offices and Computers
Pets
Sleep
The Cave of Nakedness
Beds and Bedding
Closets for Clothes and Linens
Safe Shelter
Being Prepared
Fire
Electrical Safety
Slips and Falls
Further Miscellaneous Safety Rules
Poisons, Hazardous Substances, and Proper Disposal of Hazardous Household Wastes
Additional Safety Measures for Children
Formalities
Understanding Your Castle
Too Late to Say You're Sorry
Promises, Promises
Domestic Employment Laws
Working with Household Help
Insurance
Fond Records
Notes
Acknowledgments and Sources
Index
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