The mission of Danielle Drelinger’s new book, The Secret History of Home Economics is to show that home economics was and is about a lot more than girls spending their school years learning how to be housekeepers, or providing a career path for “failed” wives as home economics teachers.
It’s always a mistake to dismiss anyone in a Jane Austen too quickly, even shy, asocial, almost unlikeable Anne de Bourgh, Elizabeth Bennet’s rival…sort of…in Pride and Prejudice.
What is the real story behind the history we learn in school? How do we know?
Why I Read Fun Home Fun Home is a book that I have studiously avoided reading for a long time because I thought it was somehow about perversion and abuse, and I have read my fair share of memoirs about that topic. You get to a point in life, or at least I …