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by H Valentine,A Thompson,Emery I. Gondor


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Better than Beauty: A Guide to Charm

Better than Beauty: A Guide to Charm. by A. Thompson, H. Valentine, and Emery I. Gondor. Chronicle Books resuscitates the long-lost art of charm with this classic compendium of hints, tips, and tricks guaranteed to boost anyones charm quotient. First published in 1938, this delightful handbook is overflowing with timeless advice to guide readers through a maze of social interactions with wit and grace. With good humor, authors Helen Valentine and Alice Thompson offer straightforward charm counsel, making it a cinch to win the admiration of friends, family, and suitors. Featuring original artwork, Better than Beauty proves that charm never, ever goes out of style.

Better than Beauty book. Gondor (Illustrations). Valentine and Thompson write this book knowing full well their readers probably already know etiquette. While beauty makes a first impression, charm lasts a lifetime  . It's the perfect simplicity of manners-a winsome blend of kindness, confidence, and grace. Or, at least enough etiquette to not completely embarrass themselves in polite society. I mean come on, it was the 30's.

Featuring original artwork, Better than Beauty proves that charm never, ever goes out of style.

First published in "Timeless advice to guide readers through a maze of social interactions with wit and grace. The NOOK Book (eBook) of the Better than Beauty: A Guide to Charm by Helen Valentine, Alice Thompson, Emery I. Cheap Women S Fashion Blazers Refferal: 7815561796. com: Better than Beauty: A Guide to Charm eBook: A. Valentine, Emery I. Gondor: Kindle Store. Discover ideas about I Love Books.

Valentine, Helen, 1893-; Thompson, Alice (Alice Dickey); Gondor, Emery . Originally published: New York, . Modern Age Books, 1938.

Valentine, Helen, 1893-; Thompson, Alice (Alice Dickey); Gondor, Emery I. Publication date. Beauty, Personal, Charm. San Francisco : Chronicle Books.

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More than an etiquette or personal grooming book, Better than Beauty tackles complicated social situations with delicacy: How to. .

More than an etiquette or personal grooming book, Better than Beauty tackles complicated social situations with delicacy: How to be kind to atrocious people How to avoid the gossip mill How many drinks is too many drinks How to deflect unwanted advances from married men How much to tip And much, much more With good humor, authors Helen Valentine and Alice Thompson offer. straightforward charm counsel, making it a cinch to win the admiration of friends, family, and suitors.

Items related to Better Than Beauty: A Guide to Charm. Featuring original artwork, this delightful handbook proves that charm never, ever goes out of style. Helen Valentine; Alice Thompson Better Than Beauty: A Guide to Charm. ISBN 13: 9780760754405. First published in 1938, this classic compendium is overflowing with timeless advice to help guide you through a maze of social interactions with wit and finesse. You'll learn: How to engage in creative conversation; find the most flattering clothing for your figure;deflect unwanted advances;how to be kind to atrocious people and much more.

Chronicle Books resuscitates the long-lost art of charm with this classic compendium of hints, tips, and tricks guaranteed to boost anyone s charm quotient. First published in 1938, this delightful handbook is overflowing with timeless advice to guide readers through a maze of social interactions with wit and grace. More than an etiquette or personal grooming book, Better than Beauty tackles complicated social situations with delicacy: How to be kind to atrocious people How to avoid the gossip mill How many drinks is too many drinks How to deflect unwanted advances from married men How much to tip And much, much more With good humor, authors Helen Valentine and Alice Thompson offer straightforward charm counsel, making it a cinch to win the admiration of friends, family, and suitors. Featuring original artwork, Better than Beauty proves that charm never, ever goes out of style.
GWEZJ
Written in 1938 it is as useful today as it will be in 2038! Human nature doesn't change. The authors give the clearest best guide to manners, grooming and behaviour I've ever seen. Yes there are a very few bits of antiquated advice but not many and they make this book fun. As other reviewers state well this book is about developing into an independent fun person with a good mind and clear ethics. The manners and graces to work on are NOT self effacement.

This era from the roaring 20's to the eve of WWII was the beginning of women's lib. It was put on hold during the post WWII era and picked back up in the restless 60's. This earlier feminist era didn't view men as the enemy like the social revolutionary feminists of the 60's did. Nor did the proto feminists of the 30's advise women to stay home, stay quiet and look pretty as their highest priority in life. This probably comes as a shock to today's reader unless she is aware of the general thinking of the different decades relating to feminism and a woman's place in society.

This was a time in history when women WERE beginning to demand more than just a vote, they wanted to work and support themselves, find their own happy place in life and they weren't defined simply by their role in marrying a man, bearing children and keeping a house clean with regular meals on the table. Many of the women of the 30's experienced a dearth of men their age, the ravages of WWI having decimated their chances of a husband, home and children and those left grieving a lost love, were supporting themselves as reporters, teachers, nurses and secretaries. Yes it was a pink collar ghetto but it meant there were OTHER ways for a woman to live besides marrying and bearing children. Included in that era were things like the Great Depression in which many men were unable to take on the full responsibility of a wife and children (something this book touches on). People, all people were glad of a job and the ability it gave one to be self supporting and have dignity and worth. This book was written as a guide for women newly navigating a job, perhaps family and children and the expectations of a changing society. Their mothers and grandmothers grew up in the Victorian and Edwardian era which viewed a woman as the angel of the house, childlike, unable to support herself, only needing her man and bearing a lot of children. The women of 1938 were very very different. Just look at the career of Coco Chanel who epitomized this era. Look at the films of the era, the books and the clothing.

In the rush to provide jobs for the returning vets of WWII the women of the late 40's (a decade AFTER this book was written), were expected to go home, free up a job for a man, let him be a breadwinner and get on with the job of procreation. Thus the mid century emphasis on women being mothers, wives and homemakers to the exclusion of being part of the workforce. A return to the pre WWI Victorian and Edwardian concept of femininity. Back to the "angel of the house" again. The clothing became restrictive --Dior's New Look required a serious girdle and corsets that Coco Chanel had liberated women from 20 years prior. The socially acceptable jobs for women were nurse, teacher, secretary or failing that, a shop clerk but this was viewed as a sad second best, not the fulfilling career that it used to be prior to WWII. Some women took in work like sewing and tailoring, others took in laundry or did housework for other wealthier women. Modern day feminism was born in reaction to that 1950's era. The late 50's and early 60's was so beautifully pictured at the beginning of the Mad Men show on TV. That is what most young women think of as feminism never dreaming of the era of the 20's and 30's when feminist thought and culture was REALLY born.

This book is valuable not just for the good advice but also for the historical value showing the REAL birth of feminism and the view of women in 1938.
Quinthy
Succeeds at being both frivolous and thought-provoking, as all books with pink covers should be.

Despite some readers' opinions, I found nothing degrading to women, body image, or anything of that sort, nor was it written solely for women who were "just" housewives and mothers. Reading the book impartially, I found timeless principles like "The successful woman, at home or in business, is the woman who is contributing her efficiency and her talent as a woman." "We are not competing with the men, but rather working with them." "Charm can't be achieved until you recognize reality - today's situations, today's problems" (referring to what they considered outdated mores of propriety). They saw the sexes as different, yes, but unquestionably equal.

The vintage beauty advice in Part One is a sumptuous peek into the way our grandmothers maintained their dignity and self-confidence. There's a lot to be said for the tips on saving money, revamping clothes, and exercising taste. The "dressing for your body" section is a time capsule of the overall image women were going for in the 1930s - long and lean. (Frankly I'd like to get hold of a Civil War-era book like this, when the desired image was "short and plump".)

But Part Two, the section on interpersonal relationships, is worth the price alone. There's a witty but timeless lesson here that practical, deliberate kindness, while it takes a little more effort, is more rewarding than just following your natural bent - "A man that hath friends must show himself friendly". Conversation ideas abound (a big plus for those of us to whom it doesn't come naturally), and if we were honest with ourselves, we'd admit how spot-on the old ladies were about gossip, "tangent talking", criticism and more. And they're pretty darn hilarious about it, too.
cyrexoff
People raved about this book some years ago, a kind of rebirth of it. I believe it focused far too much on weight loss. The message almost became, you can't be truly charming if you're fat. In terms of how to be charming, it's essence could be boiled down to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you. " Which I learnt in Sunday school.
I expected more "how to gracefully decline invitations" or "how to diffuse uncomfortable situations between people you are friends with who don't get along or something like that." "the lost art of good table manners." "how to introduce people to each other without it being awkward"
The examples of bad behaviour here were pretty out there you wouldn't need a book to tell you that it would not be okay to do that.
All in all, it was just short of okay, my expectations were not met.
Glei
This is a book that should be required reading of every one in Jr. High School. More than just charm, this book talks about good manners, and how to interact with others. This book is a very refreshing read. It applies to both men and women of all ages, in any era. It is as relevant today as it was in the mid-20th century. Some one once wrote "Good manners are the cement that holds society together." I could not agree more.
Bev
don't be mislead by the cute bell-bottom pants on the cover - the book was written in the 1930's - the advice on how to get along with people, kindness, generosity of spirit and courtesy will never go out of style, but the advice on hair care, makeup and diet are a real hoot ! Dresses are often referred to as frocks, there is lots of attention to what hat and gloves (well, we still do use this somewhat when the weather is cold) to wear when, the rights of women to work outside the home are staunchly defended and the exercises for a better figure (got big hips? roll on the floor .... ouch!) are amusing - makeup and skin care chapter is really obsolete - very amusing to read but I don't suggest paying more than 99 cents for this book....
Better than Beauty: A Guide to Charm ebook
Author:
H Valentine,A Thompson,Emery I. Gondor
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Beauty Grooming & Style
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Chronicle Books; Later Printing edition (March 1, 2002)
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