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Ten Days in a Madhouse
Ten Days in a Madhouse | Nellie Bly
"The insane asylum on Blackwell's Island is a human rat-trap. It is easy to get in, but once there it is impossible to get out." Twenty-three-year-old journalist Nellie Bly, describing New York City's most notorious mental institution, wrote those words in 1887 after getting herself committed to the asylum. After her release she wrote a shocking expose called Ten Days in a Madhouse, launching her career as a world-famous investigative reporter and helping to improve conditions at mental institutions across the United States. Her story is just as remarkable today as it was shen she wrote it. Soon to be a major motion picture. Newly designed and typeset by Waking Lion Press.
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Chab256
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#NFNovember was really #NFFall for me...ending with Nellie Bly's ground breaking undercover assignment at Blackwell's Island Asylum in 1887.
Of all the disturbing neglect and abuse suffered by those women there, it was perhaps most disturbing how easily one could be deemed crazy, even when sane. For Nellie, a refusal to sleep for 1 night at a boarding house for working women, a (fake) loss of memory, and enlarged pupils was about all it took!⭐⭐⭐

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Rachel.Rencher
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I first heard about Nellie Bly in my American History 111 class. I was intrigued by her story about spending ten days in an insane asylum, but I had no idea how much she experienced or the changes she brought about for treatment of mental illnesses.

Also, did you know she traveled around the world in 72 days after she was inspired by Jules Verne? So cool!

ChaoticMissAdventures There is a really good non fiction called 80 Days that is all about her trip. It is by Matthew Goodman. Highly recommend it. (I am a bit obsessed with Bly) 3w
TheBookHippie I admire her greatly!!! She‘s an amazing woman. 3w
TheBookHippie @ChaoticMissAdventures Thanks for the book recommendation !!! I‘ll look it up! 3w
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Tamra The stuff of nightmares. Mental institutions of yore are more scary than any fictional horror. 3w
GingerAntics This sounds really interesting! 3w
Rachel.Rencher @ChaoticMissAdventures I'm going to look this up! Thank you 😁 3w
PSreads73 Sounds interesting. Read a little about these older mental institutions in psychology classes in college. This is now on my TBR list. 1w
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Bly‘s account of her stay in the Women‘s Lunatic Asylum was considered a landmark in investigative journalism during the 19th century. She experienced the desolation of the poor when she was temporarily in a women shelter house, & it‘s astonishing how easily one is presumed & judged insane. The harsh conditions & the abuses in the asylum were recorded impartially in her report. It led to an investigation which brought reform to the asylum. #NFnov

erzascarletbookgasm Tagging @merelybookish @Cinfhen as you mentioned you‘re interested in the book. What a brave woman Nellie Bly was! 1mo
Texreader Great review. I also think this is still amazing investigative journalism to this day! But all the more impressive she did it when she did it. So courageous 1mo
batsy Great review. Need to add this to my list. So glad it's on Serial Reader! 1mo
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Cinfhen Same @batsy thanks for the tag, Jessie 1mo
youneverarrived I‘m intrigued by this one. 1mo
Bookishthoughts I am halfway through this one right now! So glad you enjoyed it. I am in awe at how easy everything has been for her, at least the Judge had a kind heart. 1mo
Bookishthoughts Are you going to watch the movie? 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @texreader thanks! After finishing this, I found out more about her. She went undercover many times to expose other issues and she even repeated the feat of travelling around the world in just 72 days! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks @batsy , it‘s a fairly short read, and thank goodness for Serial Reader. Hope you‘ll find it a good read when you get to read it @Cinfhen @youneverarrived 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Bookishthoughts yes, she did come across a few kind hearted souls...in the woman shelter there‘s one, the judge, one doctor... I‘m not sure if I‘ll be watching the movie. Saw the trailer though. Hope you‘ll enjoy it! 1mo
merelybookish Great review! She sounds pretty amazing. I find stories set in asylums pretty upsetting but it sounds like this one is worth reading! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @merelybookish I looked her up after finishing this and found her even more amazing! I hear you about stories in asylums however as she wrote it ‘journalistic‘ style (?) it‘s only a little discomforting in parts for me. 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Texreader Oh my gosh that is horrible 1mo
Balibee146 A powerful excerp and reading the book blurb what a fascinating woman she sounds 👍 1mo
Balibee146 Excerpt, even 🙄🙄 1mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook Good grief. 1mo
Crazeedi She was a tour de force in her time, fearless and bold! 1mo
Moray_Reads An amazing woman 1mo
Clwojick 1pt. 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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merelybookish I'll be interested to see your thoughts on this one! 1mo
Clwojick 1pt. 💗
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#weeklyforecast
📕 continue with Dracula
📘 start two non-fiction books for #NFNov - a physical copy and #Serial Reader
📙 start Fragile Things for #AuthorAMonth

Cinfhen Love the graphics going on here!!!! 1mo
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kaysworld1
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I absolutely loved this audiobook 10 days in a mad house by Nelly Bly.
It was read with honesty and enthusiasm.
#audiobook #reading #books #bookworm #realstories #listerningtobooks #femaleauthor ♀️🎧📚📚📚

TrishB Hi Kay - just to let you know, card arrived today. Thank you 😘 1mo
kaysworld1 @TrishB 😊🎂🥳 1mo
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demicaractere
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💜 When I was very young my best friend called me Peaches since I liked peaches so much. My family has been calling me Michi for a long time as well.
💜 Hmmm... Bread? I also like a really good salad. Soup is good too (idk I'm not too in to appetizers).
💜 I think we're going to see Spiderman: Far From Home.
💜 Vendredi, viernes, 금요일 (geum-yo-il).
#friyayintro

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StayCurious
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#lilithjuly @Cinfhen @KarenUK Nelly Bly, ace reporter, certainly wasn‘t a #basketcase, but she pretended to be one in order to get admitted into an asylum. Her goal? To show the mistreatment of inmates. She risked her freedom, her sanity and even her life to expose the truth. She also had other fabulous adventures and is a hero of mine.

Cinfhen Sounds fascinating!!! 5mo
gradcat Good history posts today! ♥️ 5mo
KarenUK What an amazing life! 5mo
AnnaClark Added to my stack! Only 99 cents for kindle from amazon! Sounds super interesting. 5mo
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tjwill
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Currently listening to this one. Nellie Bly is fascinating. This was some hardcore investigative journalism.

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Kpiper
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Wow. Just wow.

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thebookishtype15
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Totally forgot that I had read 2 other nonfiction books already this year!

Ten days in a Madhouse by Nellie Bly (written by a woman) and
The Rules do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (unlikable character)

Check out my blog for reviews!
Expressionsofabookworm.wordpress.com

I'm thinking of my next immediate nonfiction read!

#nonfiction2019

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thebookishtype15
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I enjoyed this. We get a basic oversight of what insane asylums were like in the 19th century. How easy it was for her to be considered insane was amazing, especially by 4 doctors. It's a great little short read and I'm happy I finally got a chance to read it.

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thebookishtype15
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About halfway in and I'm enjoying this. I cant believe how easy it was to get into am insane asylum. Cant wait to finish this.

shmreads I'm watching Riverdale and it does feel so! Under the mask of religion - those are the worst. 11mo
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litenthusiast
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Twenty-four hours of reading. I finished 4 books and am half-way through 2 others. This was such a fun thing to do over the long weekend, and look forward to participating in another in the future. Thank you @TheReadingMermaid and @Andrew65 for organizing this. #24B42019 #readathon

TheReadingMermaid You are most welcome sweetheart. And if you want to continue we still have tomorrow in play too! 😉 11mo
Andrew65 Fantastic achievement! Well done. Great to have had you with us! 🙌🙌🙌🥳🥳 11mo
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MelissaSue81
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This was excellent. A quick audio listen, but fantastically written and also such an important work historically. Glad I took the couple hours to listen to it!

Reviewsbylola This sounds really compelling. 12mo
callielafleur This was an incredible read. I may have to check out the audio! 12mo
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MelissaSue81
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Today‘s audiobook. I remember this story from college/grad school but i wasn‘t expecting the writing style to be so compelling!

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Moray_Reads
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In 1887 Nellie Bly had herself admitted to an asylum to investigate the conditions of the inmates. Her story caused #americanhorror, made her famous and ushered in reforms #NoFemmeBer @Cinfhen @Billypar

Caroline2 Oh this sounds like a fascinating read! Stacked!! 👍🏻 13mo
Moray_Reads @Caroline2 I still need to read it myself, I saw someone talking about it on TV but still haven't read it! 😬 13mo
jillrhudy I‘ve always been curious about how she got out! 13mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! I‘m sure back then it truly was a mad house!!! Fascinating 13mo
WhatThePuck It was definitely an interesting read. Especially the people that were inside. Insanity was defined a little differently back then. 13mo
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AmCheri
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September book bingo! And terrors in a mad house.

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Martta
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Last of my summer vacation book order arrived. New book for my #nonfiction collection. 😊

ju.ca.no Had my eyes on this before, it sounds intriguing! 1y
Martta @ju.ca.no I've been wanting to read it for awhile now. I've heard a lot about this book in general but I've not seen many reviews about it. I first learned about it years ago when they made the American horror story Asylum. I was surprised to learn that part of that story was loosely based on this book. Can't wait to start reading it. It does sound very intriguing but might be a tough read also! 1y
ju.ca.no @Martta ooh I didn‘t know that!! Now I‘m even more curious! 1y
Martta @ju.ca.no Here, number five: https://www.telltalesonline.com/21911/american-horror-story-real-life/
There is some more info in some Youtube video. I can't remember which on but I'm sure you can find it if you are interested.
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ju.ca.no @Martta thanks! 1y
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LaurenReads
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Nellie Bly was badass. This book included the noted article as well as 2 other investigative pieces by her. While her writings show signs of the time period, they were strong pieces that brought about change for women.

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MattieH
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Quick read. Very good, very disturbing.

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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4🌟

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Beginning my next book!

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Merchgal
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Book 1 of 2018:: “It is only after one is in trouble that one realizes how little sympathy and kindness there are in the world.” #NellyBly #whattoread #goodreads #litsy #amreading #bibliophile

TheAnitaAlvarez I‘ve always wanted to read this! 2y
Merchgal @TheAnitaAlvarez good read. But I wish it were a little longer. 2y
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callielafleur
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Nellie Bly was an undercover reporter who, in the 1880s, got herself committed to the insane asylum on Blackwell's Island, and spent several days as an inmate there. When released, she wore about the horrible conditions for the New York World. As a result of her reporting and testimony, more money was provided from the state for the hospital, and conditions improved. This tiny book is the collection of Bly's articles.

Bly is such an inspiration!

ElishaLovesBooks This sounds fascinating!! 2y
callielafleur It is amazing. And only 65 pages! 2y
Christine11 Wow - she sounds really interesting! 😊 2y
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callielafleur @Christine11 Check out her Wikipedia page, it's crazy. She did so much! I'm excited to read more about her. 2y
Christine11 I definitely will do ! 😊💕 2y
Rcoco Where did you find this? It has been on my tbr since@my daughter did a report on nelly bly for school. But I haven‘t been able to find it! 2y
callielafleur @Rcoco It was in the nook store for $1.99! It must be in the public domain, so I'm sure you can find it for free or cheap online, if you're not a nook person. 2y
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Caffeinated_Reader
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My son, 15, got me this for Christmas! He knows I love books 💜 I think I‘m going to make this book #16 read in 2017 😍 merry Christmas everyone 🎄🎁

RaimeyGallant How thoughtful. :) 2y
britt_brooke 💚💚💚 2y
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nerdygeekybookgirl
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I've been wanting to read this for a while now. Finally have my chance. Hope it's worth the wait.

SilversReviews She made an appearance in Fiona Davis's book, THE ADDRESS. 😀 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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This one‘s from my extensive to-read list. Nellie Bly went undercover in a ‘mad house‘ to see how the insane were treated in the late 1800‘s.

#NovemberByTheNumbers for the 10th of November

Tamra Would be horrifying. 2y
CathyJ Oh my that sounds interesting! 2y
DrexEdit She also went around the world in 80 days. One of the original gonzo reporters. It seems like all the history day projects I judged last year were on Nellie Bly, so I feel like I know a lot about her! 😁 2y
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Kathrin
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It's is soul shattering to think about the conditions the people had to face and that some women just got locked up because of inconvenience or because there was not other option for them to be taken care of. Interesting and short piece. The audio book version that I listened to also included two short pieces when Bly posed as working girl to expose condition for female workers in this time.

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aprilpohren
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In the beginning I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get into this or enjoy it. After about 15 pages, I was hooked. This is a very gut-wrenching and eye-opening account of what one woman who went undercover to write an article on the life within in an insane asylum had to endure. I had know that life was not the greatest for these patients, but the reality is shocking and frankly horrifying! Ten days, unbearable, a lifetime unfathomable.

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aprilpohren
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Interesting and heart-wrenching thought to ponder.

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aprilpohren
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Intriguing read so far!

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RowReads1
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Yeah_I_Read Oooo I was just reading an article about this lady! I bet the show will be good. I liked her in House of Cards 2y
RowReads1 @Yeah_I_Read She's a good actress who looks the part. 2y
8leagueboot This sounds amazing. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Oooo, thanks for the tag! Looking forward to this. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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In 1887, intrepid reporter Nellie Bly pretended she was crazy and got herself committed, all to help improve conditions in a New York City mental institution. This book is her exposé. Read more in this article: http://en.newsner.com/reporter-was-locked-in-mental-hospital-for-10-days-when-he...
#livetotell #mentalhealth

Lcsmcat A read a kid-level book about her when I was about 9 or 10 and was fascinated. I'll have to check this out. 2y
JazzFeathers Brave woman! 2y
Reecaspieces She makes a cameo appearance in the Address by Fiona Davis. She is one of the patients in the mental hospital. Pretty interesting 2y
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BlissfulWriting02
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Nellie Bly's Ten Days in a Mad-House is very informative about the treatment of patients- mentally ill or not- in an insane asylum during the 19th century. It also shows how incompetent "medically trained physicians" can be. I think this book symbolizes that no one really knows how a person without sanity thinks and acts, and because of that people who do not deserve to be in medical facilities are.

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OrangeMooseReads
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Started this one this afternoon. Heading to my bro and SIL's for a late lunch and to just hangout. Riding in the backseat I need to have a distraction or I'll not be feeling great when we get there.

Lcsmcat I was a big fan of Nellie Bly when I was a kid. I ought to read an adult biography of her. 2y
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Mindyrecycles
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VioletBramble The asylum where she stayed is now part of an apartment building. Every time I walk past I wonder what it must be like to live in a place with such horrible history attached to it. 2y
kathedron She must have been a courageous woman: I'd have been terrified they'd not let me out ever. 2y
bookwrm526 @River_Voice she had a plan for that, but I still think it would have Beene huge fear - even the best plan can fail! 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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So this looks like someone printed it off the internet and bound it.
The cover picture ... not centered
The title page ... yeah
A chapter title at the bottom of the page?
And this last page ... glad I paid $7 for this.
Oh and both the books aren't even in the same size font. I'm frustrated with it. There were no reviews or anything.
Lesson Learned.

britt_brooke Weird. And frustrating. 😤 3y
juliannebenford I think that's out of copyright so they probably downloaded it for free and threw it together - there are a lot of people doing that! 3y
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Lakesidemusing
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Starting today! Seems fitting for both #Halloweenreads and #NonfictionNovember 👻🎃#booktober

the_hibernator I've got this one on my TBR too 3y
Lakesidemusing @the_hibernator Read the first chapter or two and like it! 3y
tasha This is a great book!! 3y
Lakesidemusing @tasha at 65% now and I agree! 3y
tasha Especially when you really think about the chance she took doing this! 3y
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readingonarainyday
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Wow! This book about how patients of an insane asylum are treated was just mind blowing. Some of the events in this book are just so hard to believe, especially when it's so obvious that the patient sounds perfectly rational. Made me wonder over and over what constitutes insanity.

Oh and I should add, this book features a woman reporter kicking butt. In 1887. Yup. 🙅

britt_brooke Sounds interesting. #stacked 3y
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readingonarainyday
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Oh boy, my head hurts just reading this. I can't believe inmates of an insane asylum are treated this poorly. Even someone without a condition will go crazy just by being here.

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readingonarainyday
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What a way to welcome patients to the Insane Asylum! 😡

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readingonarainyday
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That's a scary thought to ponder.

My next read while the rest of the house is in a deep slumber after our lunch feast. Only about a 100 pages. Will I be able to finish it before the house wakes up?

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KrisConstantReader
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Another ebook from earlier today--free ebook and it looks great.

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Biljana
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BookBabe 😮 wow! Thanks! @MrBook , take a look! 3y
jessberk13 @BookBabe also the fussy librarian, bookbub, bargain booksy, book gorilla... I get a bunch of emails every day with sweet deals! 3y
BookBabe @jessica thanks for the tip! 😊 3y
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JenBrown
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I'd never heard of Nellie Bly before I came across a random article about 19th century women. I was immediately fascinated by the story of how in 1887, she managed to get herself locked up in a women's asylum and once she was released denounced the precarious condition those women had to bare.⭐️⭐️⭐️

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AmyStewart
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Brilliant. Brave. Amazing. Imagine a young woman going undercover in an insane asylum in 1887 – a full 33 years before we even had the vote. Nellie Bly was fierce.

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