Long overlooked in histories of finance, women played an essential role in areas such as banking and the stock market during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Yet their presence sparked ongoing controversy. Hetty Green's golden touch brought her millions, but she outraged critics with her rejection of domesticity. Progressives like Victoria Woodhull, meanwhile, saw financial acumen as more important for women than the vote. George Robb's pioneering study sheds a light on the financial methods, accomplishments, and careers of three generations of women. Plumbing sources from stock brokers' ledgers to media coverage, Robb reveals the many ways women invested their capital while exploring their differing sources of information, approaches to finance, interactions with markets, and levels of expertise. He also rediscovers the forgotten women bankers, brokers, and speculators who blazed new trails--and sparked public outcries over women's unsuitability for the predatory rough-and-tumble of market capitalism. Entertaining and vivid with details, Ladies of the Ticker sheds light on the trailblazers who transformed Wall Street into a place for women's work.~Goodreads Blurb
Since Occupy Wall Street has faded from our headlines and rarely do we mention the 99 vs the 1 percent, it was surprising to me how I had never noticed the role that the stock market and women’s role in investing had made in my life. Coming from a Conservative turned Independant background, I knew that I had always been suspicious of self made millionaires of the stock market. I always pictured them as men in ties with oily hair and too bright teeth. Men who gargle with Red Bull and shout into phones all day.
I suppose I never really thought about why the image in my head was always of men doing the job. Reading through this book “Ladies of the Ticker” I was brought up short by how much the past still affected the present and how we view gender roles in our stereotypes. It was very entertaining to see the women who busted those stereotypes but more enjoyable were the women who used the stereotypes against society.
This book is a bit heavy on the details and I would have enjoyed more human interest stories to balance out the straight facts. This would have made it longer and it would have felt more complete to me. As it is I feel as though there is more to learn and yet I am not sure of what direction to take. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy nonfiction and have an interest in women’s history.
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Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation is the first anthology to broadly collect solarpunk short stories, artwork, and poetry. A new genre for the 21st Century, solarpunk is a revolution against despair. Focusing on solutions to environmental disasters, solarpunk envisions a future of green, sustainable energy used by societies that value inclusiveness, cooperation, and personal freedom.
Edited by Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Christopher Wieland, Sunvault focuses on the stories of those inhabiting the crucial moments when great change can be made by people with the right tools; stories of people living during tipping points, and the spaces before and after them; and stories of those who fight to effect change and seek solutions to ecological disruption.
This is one of those books that gave me a real warmth in my heart while reading it. I love a good dystopian fiction as much as the next English Major but there is just something so nice about Solarpunk. I have seen the criticism that it is too simple and not realistic enough. Add that to the ongoing discussions of race, class and religion and there have been some pretty solid brawls in regards to the group. My opinion is that while Solarpunk is a nice idea, it is important to continue to have these discussions. If you are exposed to only one view the world very quickly loses definition and a realness that becomes obvious in the writing. It doesn’t need to be utopian in order to be Solarpunk, there are still struggles and arguments that happen in these worlds. There is just such an overwhelming layer of hope as the bedrock of these stories and poetry that you can’t help but see these stories as the authors’ children.
One of the things that I find difficult about anthologies, is that they are made up of short stories. I have just enough time to get into a story and connect with the characters before they are ripped away from me by the turning of the pages. I hope that there is enough of an outpouring of desire for more Solarpunk stories that some of these characters come back for further adventures. Even though I was given this by Netgalley and the publishers I exchange for honest feedback, I will be looking for a copy for my coffee table.
A man is forbidden to uncover the secret of the tower in a fairy-tale castle by the Rhine. A headless corpse is found in a secret garden in Paris – belonging to the city’s chief of police. And a drowned man is fished from the sea off the Italian Riviera, leaving the carabinieri to wonder why his socialite friends at the Villa Almirante are so unconcerned by his death.
These are three of the scenarios in this new collection of vintage crime stories. Detective stories from the golden age and beyond have used European settings – cosmopolitan cities, rural idylls and crumbling chateaux – to explore timeless themes of revenge, deception, murder and haunting.
Including lesser-known stories by Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, J. Jefferson Farjeon and other classic writers, this collection reveals many hidden gems of British crime.
There is such an other worldliness about placing your story in another country. You take your readers out of their comfort zones in the first break of the story. Without the creature comforts of their own lives, readers are automatically put on edge. Throw in a mystery and suddenly we are simultaneously wishing for our own beds and looking or shoulders for the next crime. Martin Edwards has put together a lovely collection of short crime stories. This anthology has all the best thrills a fan of Poirot and Marple could ask for. You have damsels, socialites, rogues, lovers and of course the police.
If you are tired of the same old villages or the noise of London is too much and leaves you longing for Golden Age mysteries that still have a bit of a surprise to them, then I highly recommend this collection. It gives you just what you need. Beautifully put together and spaced out so that you are not in France forever and then in Italy forever. You are bounced around the continent which I feel adds a whirlwind sense to match the characters. I don’t typically like antholigies as I have an unhealthy distrust of short stories. This one however has opened me back up to honoring the short and long stories. It introduces you to new author and new viewpoints. Even if you do not particuarly like one story there is bound to be a dozen more that you will enjoy.
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These are definitively in no particular order. They are all really great Podcasts and you should give them a listen. Fair Warning: If you learn something, bust a rib laughing or get distracted during your morning commute, it's not my fault so I don't have to say sorry. ENJOY!
1.The West Wing Weekly
This one I just started. Even though I have seen every episode of the West Wing I really enjoy listening to this while I get things done around the house. Josh Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway do a great job of making this fun and entertaining, while giving some context and background information.
Who doesn't enjoy a good story time? Clisare has managed to create a fun story driven podcast with loads of friends and good times. They talk about fun silly things and also serious important things. I watch it on youtube but it is on soundcloud and iTunes.
3. Personality Bingo
Warning: The theme song will get stuck in your head. It is going to happen just be prepared. It's a lovely little chat between Tom Moran and a bunch of comedians, actors, and musicians. Basically just a load of lovely people.
After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she'd make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility--no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise above one's station. The opportunity to be the female manager of The Dakota, which promises to be the greatest apartment house in the world. And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else . . . and is living in The Dakota with his wife and three young children.
In 1985, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities. Fresh out of rehab, the former party girl and interior designer is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Two generations ago, Bailey's grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden. But the absence of a genetic connection means Bailey won't see a dime of the Camden family's substantial estate. Instead, her -cousin- Melinda--Camden's biological great-granddaughter--will inherit almost everything. So when Melinda offers to let Bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda's vision. The renovation will take away all the character and history of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived in . . . and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a madwoman named Sara Smythe, a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an insane asylum on Blackwell's Island. ~Goodreads Blurb
Fiona Davis has beautifully crafted this story within a story. Based around the historical building the Dakota, “The Address” weaves its way back and forth between 1880 to 1980s flawlessly. With human intrigue, romance, drama, a mystery, and family story spanning a hundred years, Davis delivers a story that draws you and has you watching your back page after page. This historical fiction novel has earned its place on my shelf and I would be wary of loaning it out for fear that it would not come back. There was clearly a lot of research that went into the writing of this story, and the way it was shared with the reader, felt conversational rather than a lecture. There was a very clear “Restoration not Gentrification” vibe that really warmed my heart. Too often it is a tear it down and make it shiney and new conversation, rather than a bring back the light on these beautiful works. Fiona Davis clearly has a taste for NYC history and architecture that I hope draws a few more books out of her. I very quickly added “The Dollhouse” to my TBR list and I can’t wait to see what else she produces. The architecture, the history, the celebrities( hey Nellie Bly totally counts as a celebrity) it really is a great read and I strongly encourage you to buy a copy for yourself and a copy to share.
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Nick and his sister Anne know well the cruel justice of King Charles I and the dangers of speaking out against the Crown. Burning with righteous passion for the cause of political and religious freedoms, hotheaded Nick fights against royalist forces with Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army while his talented sister, Anne, works with their father to print illegal Dissenter pamphlets in a tiny shed hidden on Lord Owen’s land. The fruit of their covert political rebellion for justice in England is realized when they are witnesses to the historic trial and execution of the hated monarch, but their hopeful outlook for peace in the Commonwealth and Anne’s wedding day is shattered with the tragic death of their five-year old sister. The arrest of Lord Owen’s wicked son Rupert for the crime begins a chain of events that entwine their lives leading to a night of violence that irrevocably seals their fates, and Anne and Nick must embark on a dangerous voyage across the sea to a new beginning in the English colony of Virginia. ~Goodreads Blurb
It is not often that there is historical fiction from the life of the everyday sort of folks. It is the lives of the upper class and the royals that are not only more often recorded but they are seen as better and more interesting fodder for the everyday reader. I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy this Stuart Era piece at first but once I got past the first few chapter I began to see the appeal. Not only does the author have a family connection to her subjects but she has managed to make her own family history entertaining, and not strictly informative. There is an unhealthy amount of stories with either an unfair over-assumption about the base knowledge of one’s readers or the reader is assumed to be tabula rasa and then we, the readers, have to slough through a never ending lecture about something like Elizabethan policy making. Author DJ Presson has created a very neat balance between these two all too common pitfalls, by giving some backstory without dumping an entire textbook on us. It felt familiar to the works by Oliver Pötzsch (The Hangman’s Daughter Series) in that it is an author writing about his own family. Yet both of these authors have managed to create stories that mesh into history without over glorifying the families. It is no shame to be from a family that struggled or had to politically flee. It is nice to hear about the other families and not just the Tudors and the other royal families. With only 265 pages, it is a quick read but entirely enjoyable throughout. The story moves along at a fair clip and doesn’t drag its heels. If you enjoy Cromwell era historical fiction, this will be another on your list.
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When grandmother Maureen Phelan is surprised in her home by a stranger, she clubs the intruder with a Holy Stone. The consequences of this unplanned murder connect four misfits struggling against their meager circumstances. Ryan is a fifteen-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father, Tony, whose feud with his next-door neighbor threatens to ruin his family. Georgie is a sex worker who half-heartedly joins a born-again movement to escape her profession and drug habit. And Jimmy Phelan, the most fearsome gangster in the city and Maureen's estranged son, finds that his mother's bizarre attempts at redemption threaten his entire organization.
A bit more violent than I was expecting and tied to together with a humor that is decidedly Irish, Lisa McInerney's Glorious Heresies is a brilliant read. It's the written equivalent of being a fly on the neighbors wall. It all feels so very real and gritty that you can get lost in the story.I read this thinking it was going to be similar to Ghosts of Belfast but I would say that while they are in a similar vein they stand out very sharply from each other. There is a lightness the Glorious Heresies has even with all the grim and grit. It keeps the story from being completely devastating and heavy. If you enjoy reading fiction about "real" people than this one is definitely for you.
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For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the World's Fair feels like a gift. But only once he's there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off--a healthy boy "to a good home."
The winning ticket belongs to the flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel, famous for educating her girls. There, Ernest becomes the new houseboy and befriends Maisie, the madam's precocious daughter, and a bold scullery maid named Fahn. Their friendship and affection form the first real family Ernest has ever known--and against all odds, this new sporting life gives him the sense of home he's always desired.
But as the grande dame succumbs to an occupational hazard and their world of finery begins to crumble, all three must grapple with hope, ambition, and first love.
Fifty years later, in the shadow of Seattle's second World's Fair, Ernest struggles to help his ailing wife reconcile who she once was with who she wanted to be, while trying to keep family secrets hidden from their grown-up daughters.~Goodreads Blurb
As soon as word got out that there was going to be a new book by author Jamie Ford, I began my hunt for an ARC. I needed to read it as soon as possible. “Love and Other Consolation Prizes” was exactly what I’ve come to expect from Ford. Loosely based on a newspaper article, the story follows a young orphan boy’s new life in Seattle and in his old age taking care of his wife. In a familiar style, Ford jumps between two different times in his life, both centering around the World Fairs. This is a familiar style for Ford, that has definite throwbacks to one of his other books, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.” If you enjoyed that style, then you will enjoy his latest book as well. There is a great interaction within the story between the main characters and their children. It really shows the difference between generations and the sometimes missed history that can happen in families. Often times we forget that our parents existed before we were born and that they had lives at all let alone the sort of lives that Ernest Young and his wife had to endure. Unlike some of his other books that I felt were wrapped up with perfect endings, “Love and Other Consolation Prizes” left me with a twinge of sadness. I don’t often become emotionally involved with books but this one followed me around for at least a week. If you enjoy generational stories and historical fiction then I would highly recommend this book. I would also encourage you to find a nice comfy chair and prepare to be captured.
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Tuscany, 1096 AD. Luca, young heir to the title of Conte de Falconi, sees demons. Since no one else can see them, Luca must keep quiet about what he sees.
Luca also has dreams—dreams that sometimes predict the future. Luca sees his father murdered in one such dream and vows to stop it coming true. Even if he has to go against his father’s wishes and follow him on the great pilgrimage to capture the Holy Lands.
When Luca is given an ancient book that holds some inscrutable power, he knows he’s been thrown into an adventure that will lead to places beyond his understanding. But with the help of Suzan, the beautiful girl he rescues from the desert, he will realize his true quest: to defeat the forces of man and demon that wish to destroy the world. ~Goodreads Blurb
Another era that one doesn’t see as much of in Historical YA fiction, the Crusades. I suppose that may be because it wasn’t a very glamorous time. Say what you want about those Tudors, and I have, but you can’t say they weren’t elaborate. Very few people have written intriguing YA fiction about the Crusades, more often the story tend to focus on those left behind, and the struggles they have to overcome having their loved ones so far away. Robin Hood and the like are definitely what comes to mind when I think of that time period. Of course you have to remember that there were more than one Crusade and they all ended in different states of disarray for either sides.
Author Kimberley Starr has taken a unique approach to this book. The boy who sees demons has a unique voice that leaves the read almost uncomfortable and uneasy while at the same time drawing you in to see what sort of chaos this boy’s life will unwind to be. The female counterpoint has her own struggles and it leaves me torn between these broken children to see who I feel for more. The tone has a more defined change once these characters meet and their adventures unfold. The fantasy elements become more heavily added once they meet. Besides an annoying tendency towards unfounded jealousy, our lead characters are well thought out and play their roles to an excellent finish, though the Big Bad battle scene was smaller than I would prefer. I would recommend this book as an excellent starter towards Crusade historical fiction. With its fantasy elements distracting and at times almost excusing the actions of the Crusaders as simple possession, the story can get a bit gory and yet somehow it quickly moves on to new locations. Starr has done a great job of combining important historical characters with her own twist on history to create this fantasy rich tapestry of the past.
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Hamilton was a bastard son, raised on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. He went to America to pursue his education. Along the way he became one of the American Revolution’s most dashing—and unlikely—heroes. Adored by Washington, hated by Jefferson, Hamilton was a lightning rod: the most controversial leader of the American Revolution.
She was the well-to-do daughter of one of New York’s most exalted families—feisty, adventurous, and loyal to a fault. When she met Alexander, she fell head over heels. She pursued him despite his illegitimacy, and loved him despite his infidelity. In 1816 (two centuries ago), she shamed Congress into supporting his seven orphaned children. Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton started New York’s first orphanage. The only “founding mother” to truly embrace public service, she raised 160 children in addition to her own.
It seems as though thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda, the entire world now knows who Alexander Hamilton is. Even those who haven’t seen the show and have only been absorbing Hamilton through the great pop culture river that runs through life, have an idea of who and what he was about. This is another writer trying to explain the times and the lives of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton. I really enjoyed the fact that there was more focus of Elizabeth Schuyler before Hamilton arrived on the scene included in this book as I find that even with a feminist writer like Miranda, the women can end up as plot devices and advancers of the storyline rather than their own beings. I am not disparaging “Hamilton” by no means, it’s a musical about him. This story, ”The Hamilton Affair,” was more about the Hamiltons, their lives and loves.
As much as I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to other historical fiction readers interested in the Revolutionary War, there is so much more I want to know. I want to know more about the Schuylers, about the sisters and their lives. This story gave me a taste for their lives and I almost wish the writer had chosen to stick with them. I cannot begrudge author Elizabeth Cobbs for focusing on the relationships of Alexander Hamilton, they were more noted and written about historically. Now I have to go find more to sate my need for Revolutionary War historical fiction, a genre I wasn’t sure I would ever enjoy; but thanks to Elizabeth Cobbs I am itching for more.
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