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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0732268222, Paperback)A road novel of unremitting Australianness: the sheep in the tuckerbag, a lone woman watching for snakes, mutual misinterpretations of city and bush. Along the way, Jack and Maria are assaulted by stories of love and heartbreak told by strangers in every country town.
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"The Duchess Who Wouldn't Sit Down is dedicated to a new understanding of the traditions and history of hospitality. Jesse Browner leads the way back through Western Civilization, from a present-day poker game, where a cunning chef disarms his rivals with perfect sandwiches, to the ancient Greeks, whose gods punished or exalted the mortals according to their excellence as hosts. Along the way, we visit the summer home of Adolf Hitler, a staunch vegetarian who liked to lecture his guests on the horrors of the slaughterhouse. We meet Lady Ottoline Morrell, the hapless heiress who opened her home to Britain's greatest writers, only to be publicly lampooned in their novels. We catch John James Audubon in the act of playing a cruel prank on a defenseless guest. We explore the gilded cage of Louis XIV's Versailles, where an ambitious duchess preferred to destroy all her social prospects than sit on a folding stool. And we try to survive supper with the Roman emperors, for whom classic dinner-table entertainment was a good poisoning."--BOOK JACKET.
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