Thursday, 24 June 2010

Wild Reviews!

(Sorry for such a tiny photograph) Are you a woman? Are you a feminist? Do you like history? Does 19th century women's history strike your fancy? Do you like to live on the edge? Do you fancy yourself the petticoatless pistol packing heroine of your own imagination? Do you admire the women authors who dared to write under their own names? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, GO READ THIS BOOK!

Wild Women: Crusaders, Curmudgeons, and Completely Corsetless Ladies in the Otherwise Virtuous Victorian Era, by Autumn Stephens is one of my favorite in-bed reading books. It is a survey of exactly what the title says - women who didn't sit politely in the corner while life passed them by, but took the bull by the horns (and occasionally shot at it too)! Sound too much like some dry, nonfiction history lesson? Each lady gets at most two pages (that is, one full leaf), which often includes a picture, and spunky wit and alliteration! Great for picking up a random fact or two, or sparking your interest for further research!

This book tackles everything from those naughty Suffragists, to those even naughtier ankle barers (and even a courtesan or two!) There are pistol packers and lighthouse lookouts, even a presidential candidate - long before women could vote! A truly fantastic and interesting read!

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