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The Simple Things - - NEST | COLLECTIONS - by Bar­bara Tay­lor Brad­ford

A decade be­fore A Woman of Sub­stance, Babs was ad­vis­ing on canapés with sub­stance in this bad-old-days book. “The suc­cess­ful wife sets per­fec­tion as her goal,” it opens. If you can get past that, you’ll glean knowl­edge about – “gra­cious dec­o­ra­tive ef­fects” and “the nec­es­sary in­gre­di­ents for a beau­ti­ful din­ner party” – and per­haps that life’s just too short. aw­fullibrary­books.net

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