A simply whelming monument to gold medal housekeeping which covers a vast range of material from time-budgeting through buying furnishings, cleaning equipment, laundry and kitchen processes, entertaining, sewing, storage, repairs, to health and safety regimens, how to hunt for help, pet problems, record-keeping and consumer tips. Moreover, there's some brush-up material for old (dishpan) hands -- what the thread count means in linens, specialty care of items like that fashionable cast-iron pot, new wrinkles such as the trash condenser. For the dewy young there's the best way to make a bed, how to wash ceilings (the seasoned frau will laugh all the way to the yellow pages), how to defrost, etc. Some sections -- the one on repairs for instance -- are weak due to fuzzy explication: ""Close the stop-valve [where?] shutting off the water to the faucet. Grasp the handle [of what?] . . . unscrew the nut around [around?] the faucet."" Illustrations may help. Best for the child bride.