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Book Review - Wild Women

Just a little announcement before we begin: It's March! I thought March would never come with its warmth ... oh wait, it's still cold, and the forecasters say no warmth until close to mid-March.

Still, it is March, and there is reason to hope.

Today's First of the Month Book Review is a book called Wild Women by Autumn Stephens. I picked the book up at my local library for some research, and found it highly informative and entertaining.

The focus of the book is on women who broke the Victorian mold in one way or another. Well-known women include Calamity Jane, Amelia Bloomer and Susan B Anthony. Others include women who broke laws for a reason like Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. Sprinkled throughout are the other stories of women who seduced, lied, cheated, excelled in business or education, or simply lived lives of adventure in an age where women were expected to be content at home.

I never heard of the majority of the women in these pages. Some I knew about, but the majority I did not. My purpose for picking up the book was for a series I'm writing set in the 1920s. The main character, and her family, are unusual, but not extraordinary; they simply believe in justice for all, and live accordingly. Yet, throughout the series, I wanted them to talk about women who did and were famous for being extraordinary. This book provides a list of women perfect for that trouble.

If you want to learn about the other side of the Victorian womanhood, this is a good book to begin. If you need inspiration for your Victorian heroine whether historical or steampunk, this is a good overview of a variety of women. All in all, it's a good book to read. Each story lasts two pages, and provides the name, dates, and pertinent information about the woman.


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