Abbie Grotke is a friend and colleague at work who, like me, has a rich life outside our place of employ. She has gone from a collector of old books on etiquette, home economics, and marriage manuals to a web author to a newspaper columnist to published author to the subject of an off-Broadway play based on all of the above.
Today, at the Enoch Pratt Light Street Branch (where another friend of mine, Jan Westervelt, is the branch librarian), Abbie regaled a small but enthusiastic audience with her stories about the amazing trajectory of her life that all started with a collecting obsession. In addition to being treated to an entertaining talk, I felt somewhat validated in my own collecting habits.
I have reviewed Abbie’s book, Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage already, so you can read what I had to say about it here. But I will say that her hilarious review of etiquette and romance through the last couple of centuries is well worth the read. At times, the advice makes you want to howl at its naivété or its inappropriateness for modern times. Other times, it makes you think, “some things never change.” Either way, her breezy style makes it a fun read. The book is available at Amazon.com.
There are two websites for Miss Abigail: Abbie’s original site, and the site that was created for the play. Here both URLs:
More photos from today’s talk can be found in this set in my Flickr photostream. You won’t want to miss some of the book covers.
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