Stock Image

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes: The Story Of Women In The 1950's

Virginia Nicholson

178 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0670921319 / ISBN 13: 9780670921317
Published by Viking, 2015
Condition: Good Hardcover
From Books Express (Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since 14 August 2015 Seller Rating 4-star rating

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: 65.97 Convert Currency
Shipping: Free Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

About this Item

Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Bookseller Inventory # 0670921319

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes: The Story Of ...

Publisher: Viking

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

About this title

Synopsis:

What did it feel like to be a young woman in the 1950s? Virginia Nicholson examines the pressures under which women lived in a post-war culture characterized by sex discrimination, inhibition, conservatism and hierarchy, and in thrall to the ideals of marriage, home and the perfect wife. With the emphasis on real women's experience, she explores topics from coronation fever, through 'how to get your man' manuals, housework and paid employment to the pervasive fear of atomic war. Slightly off-mint.

Review:

Virginia Nicholson gets us closer than we have ever been before to the complicated day-to-day reality of women's lives during that still controversial decade, the 1950s (David Kynaston)

Nicholson handles her material with confidence, sympathy and, ultimately, optimism that for most women things have improved, so that the abiding emotion is not gloom but, in my case, admiration for my mother's generation and gratitude that it was so much better for ours (Daily Telegraph)

Nicholson uses vivid contemporary sources and oral testimony to show the constraints under which so many women lived. Like David Kynaston's Family Britain . . . Nicholson has the same knack of seamlessly piecing gripping individual stories into a panorama of ordinary life (Sunday Times)

An important and humane book of female social history . . . In this work, Nicholson musters voices to profound and deeply political effect. Much of the material in this book will be familiar to women over 55: we were born into this world. For younger women, though, Nicholson's book should be necessary reading, to remind them how far we have travelled. (Melanie Reid The Times)

An uplifting and heartwarming read (Stella)

Nicholson spells out the contradictions of this era so well: a new world dressed in old clothes (Indendent on Sunday)

Remarkable. To today's young, it'll sound like life on another planet (Daily Mail)

The achievements of the women in this book haunt us and move us to admiration (Guardian)

Insightful social history. Mixing research with a wealth of anecdote, Nicholson brings history to vivid and touching life (Mail on Sunday)

Poignantly illustrates how the women of the 1950s yearned for the innovative technology of the era to liberate them from repetitive drudgery (Victoria Coren Mitchell Observer)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Buy with confidence. Excellent customer service. 30 day return policy.

Books Express LLC
1465 Woodbury Ave
#400
Portsmouth NH 03801

Shipping Terms:

Default shipping is by USPS Media Mail and frequently USPS Priority Mail or UPS Ground is used. Books should arrive within 5-45 business days for expedited shipping, and 7-60 business days for standard shipping. Standard shipping can on occasion take up to 60 days for delivery.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order PayPal Invoice Bank Draft Bank/Wire Transfer Direct Debit (Personally Authorized Payment)