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Provides a history of American childbirth from the nineteenth-century to the present, exploring conventional and alternative methods, public health-care programs, high-tech births, and more
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Celebrated for her wit and charm, the self-described muckraker, Jessica 'Decca' Mitford embarked on a memorable career as a memoirist and journalist that possessed a rare insight into some of the pivotal events of world history. From her affiliations with the communist party to her elopement at the age of nineteen during the Spanish Civil War, Mitford would assembled a collection of correspondences that crackle with the same irreverent humorand mischief typical of her life. Containing letters from Katharine Graham, Julie Andrews, Maya Angelou, and the other Mitford sisters, this is a luminous portrait of a remarkable woman.
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Hons and Rebels

By Jessica Mitford

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(NYRB Classics). Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family. Hons and Rebels is the hugely entertaining tale of Mitford’s upbringing, which was, as she dryly remarks, “not exactly conventional…” This work stands as a family portrait, a tale of youthful folly and high-spirited adventure, a study in social history, and a love story – all in one! 284p.
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This book collects seventeen of Mitfod's finest pieces - about everything from crummy spas to network-TV censorship - and fills them out with the story of how she got the scoop and, no less fascinating, how the story developed after publication. The book is a delight to read: few journalists have ever been as funny as Mitford, or as gifted at getting around in those dark, cobwebbed corners where modern American fashions its shiny promises. It's also an unequaled and necessary manual of the fine art of investigastive reporting. 288p.
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A number-one best-seller when it was first published in 1963, a revised version of a savage, often hilarious expose+a7 of the funeral industry includes new chapters on the practice of prepayment for funerals and other issues. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
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Updated ed. of classic critique of the funeral business.
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Nancy Mitford’s most enduringly popular novel, The Pursuit of Love is a classic comedy about growing up and falling in love among the privileged and eccentric.Mitford modeled her characters on her own famously unconventional family. We are introduced to the Radletts through the eyes of their cousin Fanny, who stays with them at Alconleigh, their Gloucestershire estate. Uncle Matthew is the blustering patriarch, known to hunt his children when foxes are scarce; Aunt Sadie is the vague but doting mother; and the seven Radlett children, despite the delights of their unusual childhood, are recklessly eager to grow up. The first of three novels featuring these characters, The Pursuit of Love follows the travails of Linda, the most beautiful and wayward Radlett daughter, who falls first for a stuffy Tory politician, then an ardent Communist, and finally a French duke named Fabrice.
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