I’m not completely sure how to go about creating or sustaining a blog, so I thought I would just dive into the deep end and just do it. I have NO social media presence by choice and am hoping to keep this as a kind of running diary for myself.
So let’s begin!
As I love to read and am indiscriminate about what exactly I read, I’ll start with what I am currently reading. My tablet with my Overdrive, Nook, and Kindle reading apps is always with me and I take my lunch hour to sit quietly, turn my brain off of work, and read something.
Publisher’s Synopsis: From “a top-notch emerging writer with a crisp and often poetic voice and wily, intelligent humor” (The Boston Globe): a collection of stories that explores the lives of talented, gutsy women throughout history.
The fascinating lives of the characters in Almost Famous Women have mostly been forgotten, but their stories are burning to be told. Now Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise, resurrects these women, lets them live in the reader’s imagination, so we can explore their difficult choices. Nearly every story in this dazzling collection is based on a woman who attained some celebrity—she raced speed boats or was a conjoined twin in show business; a reclusive painter of renown; a member of the first all-female, integrated swing band. We see Lord Byron’s illegitimate daughter, Allegra; Oscar Wilde’s troubled niece, Dolly; West With the Night author Beryl Markham; Edna St. Vincent Millay’s sister, Norma. These extraordinary stories travel the world, explore the past (and delve into the future), and portray fiercely independent women defined by their acts of bravery, creative impulses, and sometimes reckless decisions.
The world hasn’t always been kind to unusual women, but through Megan Mayhew Bergman’s alluring depictions they finally receive the attention they deserve. Almost Famous Women is a gorgeous collection from an “accomplished writer of short fiction”
I am really enjoying this. One story that stood out in particular is “The Siege at Whale Cay”, based on real life butch M.B. “Joe” Carstairs, known to be the fastest woman on water in every sense of the word. I was so intrigued that I did a bit of research on Joe to find out more about her life. A known womanizer, she had multiple affairs with screen stars like Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. She is also thought to be one of the first to bring the nautical tattoo into popularity, having tattooed arms – quite the scandalous thing at that time. A very interesting life.
The rest of the book is just as interesting and has given me some real food for thought on the other women in the book and i think I will have to devote some time researching the other stories as well.
I recommend this if you are looking for a quick and easy read!