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With my MLIS degree complete and my first part-time real librarian position in high gear I find that my pleasure reading has gotten back on track. I figured now would be the time to get back to blogging. Let's hope I can keep on top of my books. So with my trusty Pomeranian dog "Spike" stiill by my side I will continue the challenge to read 1001 books.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Scribbling Women" Blog Tour

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.


  1. I agree with you on wanting to know more. However, that is a way for us to go explore on our own and I love to do that. Great post.
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  2. I think it was just the right length for a younger reader. Not intimidating by being a 400 page book but giving them enough to perhaps encourage them to read a full fledged biography or book about a woman of time period the they enjoyed.

  3. I agree with Jodi. This is something I can hand to my 6th grader and I know it's short enough to leave her intrigued and not bored out of her mind.

  4. Great review. This book is an excellent springboard for additional discussion and research projects.

    I hope that one day I do scribble something worth saving!

  5. I enjoyed reading your 'scribbles' and will be creating more of my own shortly. Thanks.

  6. i agree that the book left me wanting more. let's hope for a second volume, if not third, fourth, fifth. in the history of the world there will never be a shortage of scribbling women.

  7. Oh! further volumes would be wonderful to see! Great idea Martha!