Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Welcome and hello! Thank you for joining the tour from Lisa’s World of Books. We are on day 2 of the “Scribbling Women” Blog Tour!
[Photo: Tom Snyder]
Once you have read my review be sure to check out the Tundra Books Blog at Tundra Booksfor updates on the tour, information about purchasing a copy of this marvelous book, and to find out about an amazing contest they are having to win copies of all of Marthe Jocelyn’s books!
In Scribbling Women: True Tales from Astonishing Lives Marthe Joselyn brings together the stories of common women who changed history through their letters, stories, and journals. Although these women come from disparat and seemingly separate lives Jocelyn connects their stories through history and even manages to create a Circle of Life style ending as she links the final woman's tale to one of the first's.
The book begins in 1st Century Japan, with She Shonagan a woman who wrote about her cloistered palace life in The Pillow Talk which is the only remaining example of what women's life was like in her time and culmantes around the world with Doris Pilkington Garinara, an Aborigine woman who's story hearkens back to that of Margaret Catchpole, an English woman who was among the first of Australia's 'settlers' and who's letters tell of its first struggling years.
If I had any criticism about the book, it would have to be that I wanted to know more and was sad as each chapter (and story) ended. What Ms. Jocelyn has done is to provide a primer which can lead to further investigation into these fascinating women's lives. In fact, the books ends with a challenge to the reader to start writing their own history. Who knows, maybe your 'scribbles' will someday wind up in a book!
Remember to stop by Tundra Books and please follow the tour to Kerry at Shelf Elf.