Friday, October 10, 2008

The Gentle Art of Domesticity

While Penny and I were in Birmingham I bought Jane Brocket's book, The Gentle Art of Domesticity. I glanced through it briefly before buying it, noticed the photos of Birkenstocks, quilts, knitting, and baked goods, and figured it had to be a winner.

It is. I read it the other day and since then have made my children look at most of the pictures and elicited a promise from Joan to make some of the scones and fairy buns. This book is not a "how-to" book. It is simply a beautiful tribute to domesticity, comfort, hearth and home, and an encouragement to find one's own way of enjoying the "gentle arts."

My favorite part of the book: Ms. Brocket's list of books and movies that celebrate domesticity. Here are a few to pique your interest and coax you into buying a copy of the book to enjoy!

Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield

(I list these particular books because I have read them and enjoyed their particular views of domesticity, but she mentions many more I have not read or even heard of.)

I Capture the Castle (2003)
Houseboat (1958)
Little Women (1949)
The Sound of Music (1965)

(This list of movies is not exhaustive either - she recommends many more, some new and some old classics.)

And I did not even mention the art and paintings she includes and explains... .

It really is a book worth owning. Even Penny, who never does any "impulse buying," read a few pages in our hotel room and immediately ordered a copy for herself from Amazon. So get one and enjoy it!

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Blogger Calon Lan said...

This sounds lovely! Thanks for the recommendation.

3:42 AM  
Blogger SmallWorld at Home said...

Sounds like a lovely book; I'd love to hear what some of the movies are!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Jennie C. said...

I just ordered it, but I'm going to give it to the kids to give me for Christmas. (Is that wrong?) :-)

7:53 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

Yes, I want to see the list, too. Could you reproduce some of it for us, or is that unethical?

10:11 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

That does sound lovely. Thanks for posting.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Okay, I've added a few of the movie and book titles. But you'll have to get the book to see the rest of them!

12:30 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

OK, I want to at least look at this book the next time I visit the bookstore.

12:47 PM  

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