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'This Victorian Life' by Sarah A. Chrisman: EW review

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This Victorian Life: Modern Adventures in Nineteenth-Century Culture, Cooking, Fashion, and Technology

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Sarah A. Chrisman
Skyhorse Publishing

We gave it a B-

While it’s normal to romanticize the past from time to time (nostalgia is essentially a commerical industry these days), Chrisman and her husband, Gabriel, have taken their love of the Victorian era to heights as tall as an antique bicycle. After purchasing a house built in the late 1880s, the couple have replaced most modern conveniences with late-19th-century counterparts. They wear period dress, use an icebox in lieu of a refrigerator, and eschew lightbulbs for oil lamps. Chrisman recently caused a stir after (ironically) writing an online piece for Vox; detractors were disgusted at her glee over an era in which women didn’t even have the right to vote. While Chrisman’s writing can be needlessly flowery and a little smug, curiosity and the occasional chuckle will likely keep you reading. B–