I was surprised that even though this book was first published in 1938, the advice contained within it is, on the whole, surprisingly modern. It is strange that a book called 'Better than Beauty' would lead on two chapters to do with beautifying yourself with makeup, clothes and weightloss tips, but the reason given for this is that it is easier to be charming if you are comfortable and not worrying that you look okay. There are some good tips on how to act in and cope with different social situations that would be perfectly acceptable today - (this is in no way a prudish book from the dark ages)! Sure, some of the fashion tips serve more as historical comment than the way a modern woman would like to dress (there are several pages on which colours go together, such as dark brown being paired with copper, dusky pink, beige or yellow, which was very popular in the 1930's, but less so now), and we are lucky now to have ready made deoderants and skin products. But the overall advice of presenting the best version of yourself is very current.