"Scribbling Women"

"Scribbling Women"

True Tales From Astonishing Lives

Book - 2011
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Profiles women authors who have defied something that would have held others back, from societal convention to oppression, including Nellie Bly, Daisy Ashford, and Dang Thuy Tram.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9780887769528
0887769527
Branch Call Number: 808.89/JOCELYN
Characteristics: x, 197 p. : ill., map, ports. ; 24 cm.

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missreadingrobyn
Nov 24, 2016

The writing has good flow and the factual information came across as being incredibly well researched. This books strikes me as something that would be perfect for a book report or as an essay citation. Scribbling Women feels very purposely young adult friendly and would be a great way to introduce young people to non-fiction writing.

melwyk May 01, 2012

This book is a delight to read. Jocelyn explores the lives of women of many cultures and many eras. It is organized chronologically, which works well, and begins in distant Japan with Sei Shonagon, famous list maker. It moves through women who were journal keepers, letter writers, journalists, a slave making a record of her life, adventurers and writers of fiction and facts.

There are thrilling lives outlined in this book, with just enough information given to whet the appetite. It won't overwhelm younger readers, and will hopefully inspire older readers to search out more information on many of these intriguing women. I really enjoyed reading this and found it illuminating both for the factual lives of these women and for the recognition of lesser known lives. The respect given to women's daily life shines through in Jocelyn's writing and is much appreciated.

debwalker May 30, 2011

"Biography, sampler, history, a study of writing, of character: Scribbling Women: True Tales from Astonishing Lives by Stratford’s Marthe Jocelyn is all of these.

Meet Sei Shonagon, the witty courtier from 10th century Japan, whose lists are like poetry. (“Scruffy things: The back of a piece of embroidery. The inside of a cat’s ear.”)

Meet Ada Blackjack, whose brief, phonetically spelled journal entries chronicle her hard-won, daily survival on a remote Arctic island: (“July 1st . . . I saw Polar bear out on the ice and this evening I went to the end of the sand spit shot a eider duck I shot him right in the head thank God keep me a live till now.”)"

Deidre Baker
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deejayjones
Apr 25, 2011

Wonderful book, well written highlights of amazing women. Recommend.

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