A native of Steel City, Pittsburgh, Cecelia Tichi is an award-winning author and faculty member at Vanderbilt University. Her books span American literature and culture from colonial days to modern times, but recently draw upon the Gilded Age (1870-1914) that prompted her book on Jack London and another on seven activists in that tumultuous era. Tichi’s What Would Mrs. Astor Do? A Complete Guide to the Manners and Mores of the Gilded Age (2018)
The decades following the American Civil War burst with invention they saw the dawn of the telephone, the motor car, electric lights, the airplane but no innovation was more welcome than the beverage heralded as the “cocktail.”
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The world Mrs. Astor presided over, powered by great wealth and governed by a rigid etiquette, today would seem stultifyingly futile. Anne de Courcy reviews “What Would Mrs. Astor Do?” by Cecelia Tichi.
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This was my first Cozy Mystery book. I found it to be a sweet read and it was a nice story. I enjoyed reading about the characters, I want to hang out with them, have a few drinks and maybe solve a mystery or two. The story ran smoothly and keeps the reading invested into the story.
A Fatal High Note is an unraveling tale as Val and Roddy track down information about the elusive Rankin and his business competitions with Flager, the wealthiest railroader in town. Cecelia Tichi weaves this mystery and delivers so many thought-out directions and elements with an entertaining cast of characters.
To say that I love Cecelia Tichi’s "What Would Mrs. Astor Do?" is simply an understatement! For a researcher like myself, this book is a treasure trove of information. Dr. Tichi writes in a delightful and engaging way, bringing the stories of these long-dead figures to life.
A wonderful look into cocktails from The Gilded Age. The book is filled with recipes and drawings of drinks from different bartenders and people. A great look into a variety of drinks that I can’t wait to try and make myself.
I thought this would be more about the etiquette of the time, as dictated by Mrs. Astor. Instead, this is a very interesting book about what it was like to be one of the 400 during the Gilded Age.
I think everyone has heard of Miss manners and Emily post, well this is a book about what Mrs Astor would do in the Gilded Age and it covers everything from calling cards to walking with a cane down the Avenue.