"How To Be Victorian: A Dawn-To-Dusk Guide To Victorian Life" by Ruth Goodman; Liveright Publishing Co./Norton (464 pages, $29.95)
Ruth Goodman is a rare person. She has not just researched the Victorian era, she has lived it. She has sewn its clothes, lived its conditions and done its work. Yes, she has washed floors in an unheated house wearing a corset.