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review 2016-10-31 15:15
needs to be picked up
The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution - John Oller

I loved it, loved reading about his life, and the places he was at, Mr.Oller has a way at lest with this book that brings to life the story of the Swamp Fox , it's like as your reading it , you're experiencing every thing they went through, it like your watched a movie come to life, while I did know a little bit about the Swamp Fox, I actually learned a lot more not just about him and his guys but also about the American Revolution , thus is a book that needs to be read and added to any book shelf. With that said I would love to say thinks to NetGalley for giving me a chance at reading what turned out to be a great book in a change for my honest opinion.

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text 2015-03-05 20:28
Snowed in with a Book!
Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood - Cari Beauchamp

We had a heads up it'd be bad today and so stayed home from work - but I didn't really think it'd be snowing ALL day. (Remember, I'm the person who's not lived in a place with snow for decades now. I've lived in Kansas and Massachusetts, but you grow out of practice with snow and stuff.) So I'm about to leave the computer and go back to where I spent my morning - snuggled up with a book under a blanket, with the curtain open so I can see the snow fall and appreciate what I'm not going to walk through outdoors. Also I have several Cadbury Creme Eggs. Am very pleased about this.


I'm assured that all of this doesn't mean we can't make it out of our area and in to work tomorrow, but I feel skeptical.


Have been hopping from this book about Frances Marion to various Le Fanu ghost stories. Ghost stories just go with snow somehow - if I had a fireplace with a fire they'd be perfect. But Marion - well, I'm quickly becoming a fangirl. She's very focused on pursuing her writing in a field that's new to her, and doing it by herself. Not to mention being divorced twice by her mid twenties.


In 1915 she participated in the march for suffrage parade in NYC - historical background:


PBS This Day in History

New York Historical Society 

(Both links have photos of the parade. Though not of the hecklers - it was not always a safe thing to take part in these, and in some cases there was violence. And the police weren't necessarily going to help out.) 

p. 55: "Francis and friends like Adela Rogers had marched in parades before, yet they nursed a nagging suspicion that women were "trading superiority for equality." Women had been voting in California since 1911 and it seemed such an "obvious right" it was almost insulting to have to convince others."

It's always good to remember that no matter the state of women's rights there were always times when practical women would ask "is this really necessary - it's clear we're capable." Also that, in the early days everyone still clung to the idea that "women are special" (the whole putting the gender on a pedestal, sacredness of motherhood, etc.) and that that attitude could be a positive. (Nope, for the most part it tended to be used to argue that women should stick to "their world" - meaning wife/mother/housekeeping.)


I also forgot the whole part about many states allowing women to vote in regional elections long before the national law passed. Which reminds me I have a paper book on women's suffrage I've been meaning to read. Meanwhile this book on Marion mentions SO many interesting women in the arts - and as usual I'm noticing  a lot of them don't have their own biographies. Not that I'd have time to read them all, of course.


Ok, off to my blanket and Cadbury eggs!

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review 2013-10-02 00:00
Strange Stories of the Supernatural
Strange Stories of the Supernatural - Wilkie Collins,Francis Marion Crawford,Richard Middleton,W.W. Jacobs I gave it three stars based solely on "The Monkey's Paw". I've always liked that story.
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review 2013-07-03 00:00
For The Blood Is The Life: An Uncanny Gothic Vampire Tale
For The Blood Is The Life: An Uncanny Go... For The Blood Is The Life: An Uncanny Gothic Vampire Tale - F. Marion Crawford A man, robbed of his inheritance, succumbs to the temptations of a vampire.

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review 2011-11-12 00:00
Big Girl Love - Erotica Romance Short Story
Big Girl Love - Erotica Romance Short Story - Marion Francis Very short story, where the only plot was to have a man fall in lust with a voluptous girl. The writing was not very good, and switched between present and past tense even within the same phrase. Not something I would recommend to any of my friends even if it was a fast read.
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