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8 mins | May 13, 2020

Top 10 life lessons from books of the past

Worried about how to leave parties, need to get rid of bedbugs or simply want to know the best chat-up lines? In this piece from the Guardian, a book historian comes to the rescue with some pearls from the library of wisdom. "As a book historian, I’ve spent many hours examining the advice that past centuries found worthy of committing to paper, from dancing handbooks to etiquette manuals to recipe collections. I find these old books oddly uplifting: whatever your goal, they promise, you don’t need privilege, wealth, talent or long years of practice. All you need is the book and its quirky technique, and maybe some goose grease."

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