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Keeping the House by Ellen Baker
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Dec 11, 2011

it was amazing
Read in September, 2011

I decided to read this book because of my daughter writing a masters thesis on the roles of women in the 1950s, as set forth through Ladies Home Journal and Good Housekeeping. Since these were magazines often found in my childhood home during the 1960s (since Mom was a bride from the 1950s), I was especially curious to see what are the conceptions as opposed to what I remembered.

A young bride finds that making marriage work is much more than her "Bible" for being a good wife, the Ladies Home Journal. A newlywed, in a new town, she falls in love with a stately but abandoned house on the hill. As she sets to making her own house a home, coping with the members of the local Ladies Aid Society, and with remaining the person she likes, she undertakes restoring the old mansion. She uncovers its sad secrets and learns a lot about her own self.

I liked the story and the theme it provided.
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