An excellent handbook for the woman who wants to improve her housekeeping technique, and to run her house on oiled wheels. Should prove a long lifed stock item, as it is more comprehensive, and more practical for the average American household than other books in the field. From the first steps towards securing household help (through personal recommendation, agency, advertising), the interview, planning and supervising the work; on to the machinery of household management, equipment, program, housecleaning, laundry, daily and weekly routine work. Psychological and human aspects. Emergencies. Entertaining in relation to number of servants. A final section on the future of household employment (unionization, training schools, wages and hours legislature). Schedules of work -- costs, etc. given for one servant household, two servant household; full time or part time servant. Edith Barber's experience has covered a good many years of applied efficiency to various aspects of the household.