Canadian Housewife: An Affectionate History – By: Rosemary Neering (205)

This is a book about the Canadian housewife throughout history from the 17th-century onwards.

I found some of the details just hilarious, such as the 10 cent quart of milk. Then there were signs about the importance of babies health and the importance of putting their health ahead of profit.

Here are a few of the fun facts that you will learn when you read this funny and yet insightful book.

• Women in the 17th century New France took to the streets in illegal protest because they didn’t want their families to eat horsemeat.
• Housewives in the 19th century backwoods were aghast at the harshness of pioneer life and dreamed longingly of civilized England.

• Women in the 1930s scrimped pennies and douched with disinfectant.

• Housewives in the 1940s collected metal and remade clothes to aid in the war effort.

• In the 1950s housewives worshipped jellied salads with marshmallows and wore their heels while vacuuming.

These tidbits and more make this book a must read for all Canadian women. It is fun and also informative as well as inspiring. It is a book like no other that I have read.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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