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The Other Einstein
The Other Einstein: A Novel | Marie Benedict
There was more than one genius in this marriage. A literary historical in the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, a novel of Albert Einstein's wife, the devoted mother of the three children they had together, and a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.
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taraWritesSci
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Pickpick

Behind every great man was a woman used up and cast aside. At least that's how this story goes.

Mitza Maric was a fellow physics student and brilliant mathematician to Albert Einstein whom she ended up marrying. The story is a fictionalized account based on the historical documents and letters, and those who knew them. It's a less than stellar representation of Einstein, but not all that far-fetched considering the times and status of women.

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Bookwm85forever
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My favorite quote of the day. “I hope no outside force ever changes your velocity.” #bookclub #booknerd #bookworm #bookaddict

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Ravenclawsbookshelf
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Barnes and Noble Book Haul books. I love Historical Fiction but don't read a ton of Adult books. I picked these two because I know I love the genre. Not pictured here are the books my mom got. The Book Haul tote is on the bottom. The third book is my planner. I love ot because it's set up like a Bullet Journal with weekly and monthly spreads.

Have you gone to the B&N Book Haul yet? If not are you planning to? What books did you get?

Ravenclawsbookshelf Tagged is the first book of the two I'll read once I finish a current read. 6mo
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a.bookish.byrd
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Mehso-so

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This one sure leaves a lot that can be debated, doesn‘t it? Of course this is fiction but I don‘t want to think that Einstein was as terrible as he is painted here.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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How many women‘s achievements are relabelled or have been bundled into the achievements of men?

I haven‘t read this one yet...

KCorter Yeah, the title turned me off too. 9mo
marleed Oh I read you! I‘ve had this pet peeve for years when I receive an email from ADoctorsWife or AnOfficersWife or AllMyKidsArePerfectMom. Its reminded me often Don‘t Do That! 9mo
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rachelm
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Mehso-so

You guys, moral of the story is don‘t marry Albert Einstein. Just saying.

Many good moments, but some really repetitive writing that was especially obvious when hearing.

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Laughterhp
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I almost stuck completely to my TBR list for April! Here‘s all the books I read this month!

Read: 13
Officially bailed on 1

Genres Read:
5 Romance
3 Historical Fictions
1 YA
2 Science Fiction
2 Mystery

10 women authors
3 #MountTBR
2 #ReadingWomenChallenge
3 #ReadHarderChallenge
1 #Booked2019
4 #ReadingUSA2019

Favorite Reads: Firefly Big Damn Hero & Between The Devil and the Duke

#AprilWrapUp #SpringIntoReading #AprilStats #AprilReads

BarbaraBB No #ReadingUSA2019 reads? 10mo
Laughterhp @BarbaraBB Ahh I forgot to include that! I read 4 I think this month!! 10mo
BarbaraBB I thought so 😀😘 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did great! 📖💖 10mo
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kstadt929
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Mehso-so

Breezed through this one tonight while doing stuff around the house ... I liked the idea of the story, but parts of it were a little dry. It made me wonder how much of it is actually true (some of that was addressed in the author‘s note in the end) and I felt bad for “The Other Einstein” in many ways. Overall it kept my attention while being busy tonight!

rretzler Until I read the book, I believed that Einstein‘s first wife had actually helped him with his major discoveries. After I read it, I had totally changed my mind and felt that she was a hindrance to him. Not what the author intended, I‘m sure! I, like you, felt that it was only so-so. 10mo
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kstadt929
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Moving and unpacking boxes of BOOKS while listening to a new audiobook 🎧📦

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Laughterhp
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Ahh this book was so good and so frustrating! It makes me so mad reading books about the past where women can‘t be as smart as they actually are and they have to fit stereotypes. The beginning of the story starts out promising and then Albert and Mitza‘s relationship implodes. I loved hearing Mitza‘s journey and story even if it was maddening.

#thereadingwomenchallenge - women in science
#ReadingUSA2019 - PA (Author)

Librarybelle 👍 11mo
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Laughterhp
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Perfect Sunday morning - we cleaned up the yard last weekend, so we have a lot of stuff to burn. Trying to get a good fire going before the rain comes this afternoon.

#sundayreading #sundayreads #womeninscience #thereadingwomen

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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

I love the idea here of telling the story of Mileva Marić as she meets and eventually marries Albert Einstein as they both pursue physics. However, I didn‘t care for the writing style and found the book overly dramatic in a way that took away from the narrative rather than contributing to it.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Pennsylvania (author from)
#dogsofLitsy #Greta

Laughterhp Glad to know this works for PA! This is on my TBR for April. 11mo
Kaye I was wondering how this book would be. Great job on your states ! 11mo
Hooked_on_books @kaye Thanks! I‘m way ahead of where I expected to be at this point. 26/50 11mo
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Kaye Terrific ! This is an interesting challenge as we have such a wide variety to choose from. Not as restrictive as lots of them are . 11mo
mellissimo I felt exactly the same way about this one. It's a shame since the story itself is so interesting! 11mo
Librarybelle That‘s a shame about the book! It‘s on my tbr list...her new book has garnered a lot of praise, but it makes me wonder if it has the same type of writing style as this one. 11mo
Hooked_on_books @Librarybelle I have the exact same thought. I don‘t intend to read her again. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 11mo
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ozma.of.oz
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A fictionalized account of Einstein meeting his first wife while they were both studying physics in Zürich, their marriage, children, and eventual separation.

I'm not sure how much of the theory was Mileva's, but this story did inspire me to start looking for women's overlooked contributions to science and culture - which should definitely include women taking care of the domestic responsibilities leaving their husbands free to "work." ?????

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AutumnRLS
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Book mail!

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actualdisneyprincess
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I‘ve been spending the morning doing some miscellaneous PR stuff for the library and keeping an eye on things in Children‘s, so now it‘s time to make some more progress with “The Other Einstein,” and the kombucha I just cracked open! 😋 #theothereinstein #mariebenedict

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sammisho
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It never fails...I am having a crappy day and something from this community will cheer me up! Thank you so much @Lynnsoprano for the gift. I am looking forward to reading this! #kindlitsy

Lynnsoprano Glad to be of service 😘 Enjoy! 13mo
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MicrobeMom
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#booked2019 This is my new to you author. I have never read Maria Benedict, but immediately interest because it features a female scientist. This book made me sad and angry specifically with Albert Einstein. Maleva his first wife is a victim of her time. The story develops slowly following Maleva to school in Switzerland through her divorce from Albert. Well written with a strong feminist voice and an easy way of relating the science.

Cinfhen Great Review and nice job on completing prompt ~ tagging @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 13mo
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C.Perone
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Mehso-so

The writing was good enough that I would read another book by Ms. Benedict; the story however, pissed me off (which might actually be a testament to the writing). Mileva was equally responsible for the derailing of her future though she chose to place the blame solely on Albert.

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C.Perone
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Next up

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Deborah42
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Albert Einstein met his first wife while they were both studying physics in the 1890s. She was a brilliant student, and the only female. She and Albert fell in love, married, and co-authored several papers together. However, Mitza‘s name never appeared in print. There is speculation that she came up with the theory of relativity, and her husband took the credit.
Another historical male figure who was (probably) a flaming shithead? Shocker.

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GirlWellRead
Panpan

Benedict's telling of the woman behind one of the greatest minds falls flat. Her writing style, which consists of short, choppy, basic sentences that have little to no imagination and lack in description made this book hard to read. She starts too many sentences with "I". Needless to say, I had to push through to even finish this book. Too many liberties taken and poor writing.

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TheSpineView
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I went to Target to get a few things and came home with a new book. At least I kept it to one. I thought about a couple more but I have years worth to read. Someone please tell how to read for a living!

MinDea I enjoyed this one! 1y
TheSpineView Good! I have heard mixed things. 1y
Crazeedi Good book! 1y
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kricheal
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Mehso-so

I know that this book takes place in the early 1900's and times were different, BUT I really hated Albert Einstein. Who knew he could be a villain? #55

JennyM I felt the same way about him after reading this book! 1y
MaGoose I also felt like that after reading this book. 1y
TNbookworm I felt the same way! 1y
paulfrankspencer I'm sure a proper biography would be better, but the Einstein episode of Timesuck with Dan Cummins will also make you ambivalent about Einstein. If you can tolerate some irreverence and lots of language, that's an entertaining way to learn more. 1y
Mollyanna Agreed! 1y
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sophierayton
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Loved it! And I don't say that often. Short without feeling short. Can you imagine, all of the genius humankind has missed out on because of the invalidation of women over the years. I never really gave Einstein much thought before but after reading this powerful feminist novel, think he's an absolute ****, which I'm sure most readers would agree. I'm so glad this inspiring woman's story is being told, albeit in a fictionalised way.

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Pandalibrarian
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I finished listening to this yesterday on a long drive. The narrator did a beautiful job bringing Mileva to life. I never knew the story of Albert Einstein‘s wife and early years. I really liked getting to know Mileva and have a much diminished view of Albert.

Crazeedi Agree🤨 1y
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kricheal
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Starting this next on #overdrive #currentlyreading

Crazeedi It was a pretty good book! 1y
TNbookworm I really enjoyed this book. 1y
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Texreader
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A couple of my pics at a Little Free Library in the neighborhood.

tpixie Ooo they both look so awesome!! 1y
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Kboltz
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Pickpick

Great book about the life of Mileva Maric Einstein‘s first wife who is thought to have been a physics partner of Einstein‘s discoveries. Thank you for not allowing me to be a woman during times when woman couldn‘t basically Do Anything!!!

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BarbaraJean
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At my work, there‘s a counter in the kitchen/lunch room where people leave things they‘re giving away. Everything from candle holders to can openers (seriously, once there was a pile of five or six can openers)... and sometimes books. While I was making my morning tea, I happened upon this in the giveaway spot. Score! I‘m pretty sure I heard about this book on Litsy, but can‘t remember from whom! Has anyone read this? What did you think?

Cinfhen Fun find! 2y
DebinHawaii Great find! I haven't read it but I've heard good things! 📚👍 2y
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awishman
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Mehso-so

I was really looking forward to this book, but it really fell flat for me. The writing felt heavy handed and the characters were inconsistent and not executed well.

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Leigh0906
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I‘ve taken a weekend break from reading. Something I only do for very special occasions- this one is the Avett Brothers three-night stint in Myrtle Beach. Only 40 minutes from home- I can‘t miss it!! Who am I kidding, I listened to an #audiobook on the way down there this afternoon 😝

Wife Have you seen the documentary about the Avett Brothers? It‘s called May It Last. 2y
Kaye Wow 😮 how lucky to live that close to Myrtle Beach ! 2y
JoScho I love the Avett brothers and I am in Charleston 😊 2y
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jlondon1963
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Read this for our April Book Club pick. A fictional accounting of Einstein‘s first wife. Interesting read that pushes you to want to know more about Einstein and the letters exchanged between he and his first wife.

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InnerSavvy
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Enjoyed reading about the wife of Einstein and the restrictions women dealt with at the beginning of the 20th century.

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BeckaroniAndCheese
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Road trip today to Flagstaff- LOTS of quiet time on the road to wrap up this audiobook.

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Expandingbookshelf
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My Blind Date with a Book was revealed to be... “The Other Einstein” by Marie Benedict! Bumping it to the top of my to read pile now!

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SassyBookworm
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WOW!!! This book I could hardly put it down! The beginning was filled with so much promise for Melieva, the second half just broke my heart. Such a touching book on the horrible treatment of intelligent women during that time frame. Especially coming from her own husband. Truly heartbreaking to read but such an amazing book!!

#SassyBookworm😏 #HistoricalFiction #heartbreaking

Andrew65 Stacked! 2y
damyantig Excellent! Added to stack. 2y
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SassyBookworm
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Just started this book today and I‘m having a hard time putting it down!! Can‘t wait to see where this goes! (Or how late I‘ll be up tonight 😏🤓)

#SassyBookworm 😏 #CurrentlyReading #LateNightConfessions #WhoNeedsSleepAnyWay #BookwormProblems

MinDea I really enjoyed this! I liked this one too 2y
ElenaBaer This has been to my TBR pile for a while !! 2y
ReadingisMyPassion I enjoyed this book. 2y
rustoryhuf It‘s such a good story. I‘m thinking it‘s PBS that did a series on Einstein and it also shows the impact of his wife‘s genius on his work. 2y
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KaiKai
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Bailedbailed

I so wanted to love this book, but I couldn't finish it. On the other hand, I'm loving my Harry Potter book clip 😊

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sb3626
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Mehso-so

This book was sadly realistic on just what women went through back in the day because they were considered less than. Mileva was a genius who thought that all of the promises that Albert told her were going to be followed through when in fact he just took every piece of her and was a selfish human. Still stewing about how Albert acted toward her.

DivaDiane Huh. Haven‘t read the book, but why is it that so many genius men were/are so reprehensible toward the women in their lives? Ugh. Felix Mendelssohn was the same way toward his sister Fanny. 2y
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Sills
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#ShareTheLitsyLove I radiate towards Historical fiction❤️ Marie Benedict's research, intellect, creativity, and human compassion shed light and life to a humbling, profound intellect-you will remember Mileva Einstein after this exceptional read. Bring on a new novel Marie Benedict❤️

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kiminreverse
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Albert Einstein is why we need feminism. This inspired by a true story novel is well-written and well-narrated. And Benedict's new book is at the library waiting for me to pick it up! #audiobook

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Bookish_B
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I enjoyed this book but it certainly left me with a lot of questions. Not about the story itself but about the real people, their working relationship and their marriage. I now need to do additional reading to try to sort out fact from fiction but I'm really hoping Einstein was not really as he was depicted here. So disappointing.

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LibrarianRenee
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Lovely cover. Lovely book.

I would love to learn more about Mileva Einstein. She sounds amazing.

robinb Me too! Thanks for the rec! 2y
SassyBookworm On my TBR list! & waiting for it to check out on my Libby app! 2y
SilversReviews I listened to this. ENJOYED it!! 2y
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ElyssaReads
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#BookMail

Along with jury duty (which I was much less excited about), I received this beautiful book from @MirandaB016 in the mail - thanks so much for doing the giveaway! Excited to delve into this one soon!

MinDea I quite enjoyed this book. 2y
MirandaB016 I have no idea how I missed this notification, but I'm so glad you received the book! I hope you enjoy it! 2y
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MirandaB016
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The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict, is a fictional story based off of a real woman: Mileva "Mitza" Marić, Albert Einstein's first wife. I really enjoyed this story, and I loved the writing--so much so that I'm giving away a copy of the book. For my full recommendation and giveaway information, visit http://bit.ly/2zSV62h. #giveaway #giveaways #raffle #WhatToRead #booklover #HistoricalFiction #adultfiction

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Stellina
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Trying to decide which to read next 🤔📚

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Tamra
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Mehso-so

The idea of telling Melana‘s story is an interesting one, but it‘s difficult to tell fact from fiction. The author‘s note indicates the truth is not easy to discern from the record. The dialogue is clunky in parts and I tired of references to Einstein‘s eyes, 👀. But, these stories always rekindle appreciation for women who fight and break barriers!

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DiruVamp
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This was a very quick and very interesting read. A work of fiction mixed with facts in the same way as Mrs. Poe. The author decided to write the book after her son did a book report on him and they learned about Mileva. I‘m glad she wrote this book because she sounds like she was a remarkable woman who was completely overshadowed by her famous (and asshole-y) husband.

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