Who is Miss Abigail?

Abigail Grotke
Silver Spring, MD
email: missabigail at missabigail dot com
twitter: @DearMissAbigail

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Miss Abigail has a collection of over 1,000 classic advice books, spanning from 1822 to 1978 and covering a variety of topics, from love and romance to etiquette and charm. The collection sparked the idea for this site, then a book, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage, which has inspired an Off-Broadway production of the same name!


The Book

Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage: Classic Advice for Contemporary Dilemmas  is available in a variety of formats ~ from ebook to paperback to a German language edition with a fuzzy cover!

Since 1998, Miss Abigail’s Time Warp Advice (the website) has provided classic advice for contemporary dilemmas to readers of all ages, from all walks of life. In this book, author Abigail Grotke offers readers a chance to step back in time as she pulls out relevant quotes, tidbits, and words of wisdom from her collection of old advice books in a quest to solve modern-day problems (she has over 1,000 advice books in her library!). The books span a period from 1822 to 1978 and cover the age-old topics of dating, love, living together, marriage, beauty, puberty, and sex. While the language is often quaint and curious, the insights provided remain remarkably fresh. This book takes an affectionate look at how advice throughout the ages is still meaningful today. Combining the best of Miss Abigail’s question and answer columns, each chapter features sidebars containing freestanding tips or selections related to chapter topics. Additional material includes short features on selected authors, silly book titles, and entertaining flap copy or jacket material. Retro book covers, advertisements, “chick-lit”-style line drawings, and other amusing, related ephemera serve to illustrate the book.

Order your copy today!

Miss Ab new coverThe 2010 paperback edition

This new edition was published in October 2010 by WooHer Press.

ISBN: 978-0-615-38906-6; LCCN 2010936922
Trade Paper 268pp, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Order online: Amazon

Also available at the Miss Abigail show. If you’re interested in a copy, you may also contact me for more information.





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The 2012 ebook edition (for Kindle and Nook and iPad/iBookstore)

The 2010 edition, reformatted for your favorite ebook reader.

ISBN: 978-0-615-57153-9

Kindle? Order at Amazon

Nook? Order at Barnes & Noble

iPad? Order in iTunes.



Dating, Mating & Marriage: Classic Advice for Contemporary Dilemmas

The 2006 Edition

Published in March 2006 by Thunder’s Mouth Press (which was later absorbed by Da Capo Press). This has gone out of print, but you might still be able to find copies at the links below.

ISBN: 1-56025-835-7; EAN 978-1560-25835-3; LCCN 2006385000
Trade Paper 224pp, 5 1/2 x 7 1/4

Order online: Amazon or Indebound.org





Miss Abigail's Guide, German Edition

Handbuch für Verliebte: Guter Rat vom ersten Kuss bis zum Altar

The beautiful German edition of the book, available in hardback (with fuzzy black swirls on the cover!) or paperback from Bastei Lübbe.

ISBN: 978-3-431-03749-4 (HC)
ISBN: 978-3-404-66433-7 (PB)

Order online:

Bastei Lübbe