Thursday, March 5, 2015

Just Added (4)

Here's a look at the latest books I've added to my Goodreads TBR! Make sure to add me so I can see what you're reading!

A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman, Sharon Rudahl  

Summary from Goodreads:

A wonderful retelling of the famous anarchist and radical icon Emma Goldman's extraordinary life, this graphic biography embodies the richness and drama of Goldman's story in a wholly original way.

A Dangerous Woman depicts the full sweep of a life lived to the hilt in the struggle for equality and justice. Emma Goldman was at the forefront of the radical causes of the twentieth century, from leading hunger demonstrations during the Great Depression—"Ask for work! If they do not give you work, ask for bread! If they do not give you work or bread, take the bread!"—to organizing a cloakmakers' strike, from lecturing on how to use birth control to fighting conscription for World War I, while her soulmate, Alexander Berkman, spent fourteen years in jail for his failed attentat against industrialist Henry Clay Frick.

Sharon Rudahl's lovely, energetic illustrations bring Goldman's many facets and passions to new life; her work belongs with the critically acclaimed graphic nonfiction of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis. Featuring a foreword by Alice Wexler, A Dangerous Woman is a marvelously compelling presentation of a woman devoted to revolutionizing her age.

Why I added it: I love nonfiction graphic novels (the last one I read was The Beats on the Beatnik Generation) and I'm really eager to try a biography in graphic novel form. I don't know anything about Ms. Goldman, so this should be an interesting read. 

The Case of the Missing Moonstone, Jordan Stratford 

Summary from Goodreads

Jordan Stratford imagines an alternate 1826, where Ada Lovelace (the world’s first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (author ofFrankenstein) meet as girls and form a secret detective agency!

Lady Ada Byron, age eleven, is a genius. Isolated, awkward and a bit rude—but a genius. Mary Godwin, age fourteen, is a romantic. Adventurous, astute, and kind, Mary is to become Ada’s first true friend. And together, the girls conspire to form the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency—a secret constabulary for the apprehension of clever criminals. Their first case involves a stolen heirloom, a false confession, and an array of fishy suspects. But it’s no match for the deductive powers and bold hearts of Ada and Mary.

Mystery fans will love this tween girl riff on Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. History buffs will be delighted to see all the real figures who play a role in this story and appreciate the extensive backmatter that helps separate truth from fiction. Parents and educators hoping to promote the STEM fields for girls will be thrilled to have a series where two girls use math, science, and creative analytical thinking to solve crimes. But most espicially--emerging readers will love this series filled with humor, action, intrigue and wonderful artwork from Kelly Murphy.

Why I added it: This book has a list of perfect ingredients: middle grade. Mary Shelley, Willkie Collins, Ada Lovelace, mystery, history and girl power!  

The Tortoise and the Hare, Elizabeth Jenkins

Summary from Goodreads:

A love story with a difference, this exquisite novel subtly demonstrates that in affairs of the heart, the race is not necessarily to the swift—or the fair. It comes with a beautiful cover by Florence Broadhurst.

The magnetic Evelyn Gresham, 52, is a barrister of considerable distinction. He has everything life could offer—a gracious riverside house in Berkshire, a beautiful young wife, Imogen, who is devoted to him, and their 11-year-old son, a replica of his father. Their nearest neighbor is Blanche Silcox, a plain, tweed-wearing woman of 50 who rides, shoots, fishes, and drives a Rolls Royce—in every way the opposite of the domestic, loving Imogen. Their world is conventional country life at its most idyllic: how can its gentle surfaces be disturbed?

Why I added it: Look how beautiful this Virago edition is! I'm so jealous of the U.K's many choices for beautiful book publishers and how easily they can get their hands on the many different Penguin Publishing editions! Anyways, I heard about this book on a booktube channel and the premise really caught my eye; it sounds like a book that I would love! Plus I've really been wanting to read more classics by women, and especially women who seem to have been forgotten.  You can see the current list of women writers I'm working on reading here. 

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