I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how popular my post about women’s suffrage in Greenpoint turned out to be. Now that the dog days of summer are truly upon us, I can think of nothing better to do than wait them out in the cool confines of one’s own home reading a book.
And on that note, I would suggest that any of you who are interested in the subject of women’s suffrage might want to check out Liberty by Lucy Moore. I just completed this book and have to confess I enjoyed it thoroughly. Here’s a brief description courtesy of Harper Collins (the publisher):
“Woman is born free and lives equal to man in her rights,” declared Olympe de Gouges in 1791. Throughout the French Revolution, women, inspired by a longing for liberty and equality, played a vital role in stoking the fervor and idealism of those years. In her compelling history of the Revolution, Lucy Moore paints a vivid portrait of six extraordinary women who risked everything for the chance to exercise their ambition and make their mark on history.
Those of you who are interested in doing a little armchair (and time) traveling might find my current read of interest as well; Murder City: The Bloody History of Chicago in the Twenties by Michael Lesy. I started leafing through it last night. Once I glanced at chapter 11 (entitled Belva and Beulah— I am notorious for not reading chapters in order), I could not put this book down until I finished it! While I do not wish to give away the tale of these two murderesses, I will note that in it you will learn the origin of one of America’s most popular musicals!
I purchased both of the above books at our local bookstore, (the aptly-named Word Books). Why not do what the anonymous missive* gracing the beginning of this post says and read more books!
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*From Greenpoint Avenue across from the waste treatment plant, no less!