Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent's Guide to Raising Flawless Children (Hardcover)

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From the author of the "hysterically funny and unsettlingly fascinating"* New York Times bestseller Unmentionable, a hilarious illustrated guide to the secrets of Victorian child-rearing [*Jenny Lawson]

Feminist historian Therese Oneill is back, to educate you on what to expect when you're expecting . . . a Victorian baby! In Ungovernable, Oneill conducts an unforgettable tour through the backwards, pseudoscientific, downright bizarre parenting fashions of the Victorians, advising us on:

- How to be sure you're not too ugly, sickly, or stupid to breed

- What positions and room decor will help you conceive a son

- How much beer, wine, cyanide and heroin to consume while pregnant

- How to select the best peasant teat for your child

- Which foods won't turn your children into sexual deviants

- And so much more

Endlessly surprising, wickedly funny, and filled with juicy historical tidbits and images, Ungovernable provides much-needed perspective on -- and comic relief from -- the age-old struggle to bring up baby.

About the Author


Therese Oneill is the New York Times bestselling author of Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners. She can be found online at www.writerthereseoneill.com.

Praise For…


"One part sauciness, one part frankness, and one part sweet
relief that readers live in the present, Oneill's book provides readers with a
liberal dose of medical and women's history that's well worth taking."—Publishers Weekly

PRAISE FOR UNMENTIONABLE:


"This book is full of awesome."—Jenny Lawson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Furiously Happy

"It's hard to imagine a
woman - or a teenage girl - who won't love this book."—Washington Post

"Unmentionable transports us back to the world of middle-class 19th-century women,
with special emphasis on the messy details that costume dramas airbrush out.
. . . With a 4-year-old's scatological glee, Oneill details the logistics of old-time peeing, pooping, gestating,
menstruating and mating . . . Oneill has dug up some lovely tidbits from the dustbin of history."—New York Times

"Flat-out hysterical (and occasionally alarming)...Read it and
be very, very glad you're a woman of modern times."—Good Housekeeping

"This book will banish your silly romantic notions of life
in the nineteenth century and make you laugh out loud while doing it."—BookRiot

"Both fascinating and hilarious,
Oneill has created a book so excellently informative about the Victorian
period, it should be shelved right next to Dickens for reference. Your
stomach will hurt so much from laughing, you'll be thankful you're not wearing
a corset."—Bustle

"If Unmentionable does
not secure the Pulitzer Prize for Most Fascinating Book Ever, the whole gig is
rigged. Hilarious, horrifying,
shocking and revelatory."—Laurie Notaro, #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Looked Different on the Model

"If you've ever felt like you should have been born in another time, Unmentionable
will disabuse you of that sensibility, and it will do so charmingly."
Vice/Broadly


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780316481908
ISBN-10: 0316481904
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: April 16th, 2019
Pages: 288
Language: English