Cheryl Mendelson spent many happy hours in the well-kept homes of her grandmothers — one Italian, the other from the British Isles. After turning her back on the work of keeping house herself for many years, she returned to it with relish. Now she’s written a book on the topic, part practical manual, part cultural and historical examination of housework. It’s called “Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House” (Scribner).


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