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01-23-2012, 12:16 AM
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The History of Mistresses, by Elizabeth Abbott: This seemed a good idea at the time. How could this book not be interesting? And in fairness, it does give a thorough historical account of lots of different types of mistresses. But the writing is dry, not quite academic, but too close for comfort. The work could have used just judicious editing, as well, as I got the sense that the author used every single piece of information that she found in her research. Hopefully a more engaging writer will tackle the topic in the not too distant future.

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