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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!


Recent Acquisitions: Speech and Personality Books

I was in Austin, Texas, for the long, hot, weekend and was mostly spending time with family, so I got only a few moments of shopping in at the amazing Uncommon Objects. I could have spent hours there! But due to my uncanny ability to focus and look for and find advice books in high-pressure situations (“only 10 minutes til the dinner reservation! I’m heading over!” called out sis), I scored two books from the “Mental Efficiency Series” while there: Speech: How to Use it Effectively and Personality: How to Build It.

Now that I’m home and looking at these, I’m pretty sure I have another of these in my collection, but I’m having trouble finding it on my shelves just now. Oh wait, there it is: Practicality: How to Acquire It. Funny thing is, the two new books are from 1915 and slightly smaller than the practicality title (that’s from 1916).

I’ll poke around in these and see if I can find something fun to share later this week.

In the meantime, happy belated Independence Day!


One Response to “Recent Acquisitions: Speech and Personality Books”

  1. Nina says:

    I could use some tips from the Practicality one!