Friday, February 17, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Outrageous: The Victoria Woodhull Saga, Volume 1: Rise to Riches by Neal Katz + 50/50 Friday


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.


This week I'm spotlighting a current read, Outrageous: The Victoria Woodhull Saga, Volume 1: Rise to Riches by Neal Katz which I'm about half way through at the moment.  This novel is a fictionalized account of Victoria Woodhull's life from her own perspective, plus it has a touch of magical realism.  Woodhull (1838-1927), if you're not already familiar with her, was the first woman to run for President of the United States in 1872 as the nominee for the newly formed Equal Rights Party (a major part of her platform included the idea of free love), a full 48 years before women had the right to vote.  She and her sister, Tennessee, were also the first female stockbrokers on Wall Street and were friends/ consultants of the railroad and shipping tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt.  Victoria was also the first woman to address a Congressional Committee.  Later in life, she and her third husband lived in England - there's even a memorial to her at Tewkesbury Abbey.  Unfortunately, she was excluded from Susan B. Anthony's and Elizabeth Cady Stanton's History of Woman Suffrage - originally they were allies, but in the end it seemed they thought she was going too far too fast and would hurt their cause.  That being said it's really cool that this larger-than-life woman who was far ahead of her own time is getting rediscovered now.  Plus, it's getting Homer, Ohio, Victoria's hometown - a village close to my heart - back on the map!

Beginning:

I hurt.

56:

"I'm sorry, Tennie.  It must be hard for you to hear about my freedom and the friends I made along the way.  I swear to you, I will take you a way from here.  I mean it."  I broke down crying.


This week I'm also taking part in a brand new linkup called 50/50 Friday, which is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they'll have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - this week the topic is Character Most/ Least Likely to be a World Traveler.

Most:



Nix from The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig - She already is a world traveler!

Least:



Maddie from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon - She's been confined to her home for her entire life due to SCID, so she travels via books and the internet.

29 comments:

  1. Outrageous sounds interesting. I haven't heard of it before so thanks for mentioning it. :-)

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  2. Wow I feel bad, I had no idea who Victoria Woodhull was. o_o

    50/50 Friday sounds very cool! Your choices are spot-on, for that prompt.

    Have a great weekend, Lauren! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Well, now you know! :)

      Thanks for visiting, Alyssa!

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  3. Awesome book on Victoria Woodhull...thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. You're welcome and thanks for visiting mine as well. :)

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  4. Everything Everything is a perfect example! Why didn't I think of that...
    thanks for linking up <3

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  5. Interesting group of books. I've read The Girl from Everywhere and only the first couple of pages of Everything, Everything. I really should read more of that one. Today I have Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb. I love Eve and Roarke. Happy reading!

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    1. The ending of Everything, Everything is my favorite part. Thanks for sharing, Kathy!

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  6. Love the 56! It has me curious.

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    1. Victoria and her sister certainly had a rough relationship with their family... Thanks for commenting, Vicki!

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  7. Sounds like an epic novel! Happy weekend!

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  8. Wow, Victoria Woodhull sounds like an amazing woman. I actually have never heard of her, but I admire her bravery. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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    1. She was very brave, wasn't she. She accomplished so many firsts for women. Have a great weekend, Alicia!

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  9. It took me a second to figure out why her name was familiar. I'd really like to read this.

    My Friday 56 from The Blood Gospel

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    1. You really should try it! :)

      Thanks for visiting, Laura!

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  10. The book beginnings sound timely. some things just do not change.

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  11. All 3 of these sound really good to me. I'm going to have check Outrageous out. I haven't read any good historical fiction in awhile.

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    1. It's pretty interesting for sure! Hope you enjoy it!

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  12. Gah I haven't read any of these books yet and they all sound so good! I really need to get on with tackling my TBR and get some serious reading in.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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  13. I've heard of her but don't know much about her life. This seems interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. No problem - I'm glad I was able to pique your interest! :)

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  14. I've never heard of this book, but sounds like it would be a good read. Happy Reading :)

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