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Abigail Grotke
Silver Spring, MD
email: missabigail at missabigail dot com
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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!


Posts Tagged ‘authors’

The Business of Getting Well

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

All this talk about the downright rude behavior of our politicians debating the health care bill has me feeling ill! Makes me wish Bernarr MacFadden’s International Health Resort was still around. I found this little undated pamphlet in my pile of “flat things” while looking for a book jacket for something else. It has some wonderful answers to the questions “why should I go way from home for treatment?” when one gets sick, and the reasons why you might want to visit his particular health resort, such as: “You will enjoy a complete change of scene – new places and new faces exert a wonderfully improving influence upon people who are sick.” And, “You will have the daily services – not of one physician, but of many specialists,each of whom will study your case in detail.” Or this one, which sounds like a lovely little vacation: “You will enjoy your stay here. Interesting health talks, musical concerts, refreshing games and drills in the big gymnasium; the association with cultured men and women, interested like yourself in regaining health, will make every day of your stay pleasant and congenial.”

Scans of the entire four-page pamphlet are posted over my Flickr account for your reading pleasure.

This reminded me also that I still need to read a bio about MacFadden. I said I was going to awhile back but never did. Bad me! I just ordered it. The author’s website has a ton more information about him, as does this site.

Mr. America

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

There’s a new biography out, by Mark Adams, about one of my favorite authors, Bernarr Macfadden.

It’s called How Muscular Millionaire Bernarr Macfadden Transformed the Nation Through Sex, Salad, and the Ultimate Starvation Diet.

The Post had a review today – I haven’t read the book yet but plan to pick up a copy!

Birthday Chats with Tomorrow’s Man – a little family history

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Originally uploaded by Miss Abigail.

I recently had the pleasure of hearing from a woman named Robin, the granddaughter of Louis Le Claire Jones, author of the 1940 Birthday Chats with Tomorrow’s Man. She had done a Google search after finding a photocopy of her grandfather’s book and stumbled across this site. She writes “I’ve known for years that he had created this book for his sons Bob, Dick and Bill Jones (Bob was my Dad. Dick and Billy were my Uncles)… I never got to meet either of my Father’s folks. Daisy, his Mom, died while the sons were fairly young, and Louis died a few years before I was born in 1948. I can only assume that the dedication in the front of the book is referring to her….” She told me that he was a musician, as was Daisy. The book is illustrated with some cartoons, and we both wonder if Louis created these (she thinks he might have). She goes on to report: “Here is a fun bit of info for you: beneath the printer’s name in the front of the book, you will see Distributors: Richards and Williams 112 S. Scoville Ave, Oak Park, IL. Richard and William were my Dad’s younger brothers, and 112 S. Scoville is where they grew up!! I think Louis had a sense of humor.”

To get a taste of some of her grandfather’s advice, visit Tips for the Turned Down and The Nerve!

Thank you, Robin, for sharing this wonderful information! I love to hear from the families of authors of my books; if there are others of you out there, please get in touch.