Shopping has always been an art, a chore, a pleasure - even danger. It started at home, with written orders for husbands, servants or suppliers to fill. Department stores in the nineteenth century turned shopping into an event, and coincided with a new freedom for women.
Jane Austen found her sister Cassandra a locket. Joan Didion bouth nail enamel and a toaster on impulse and George Eliot, for some reason, hated Shopping.
The Virago Book of the Joy of Shopping revels in … mehrthe lists, the etiquette and the thrill of finding just the right thing.
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