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The Only Woman in the Room
The Only Woman in the Room | Marie Benedict
She possessed a stunning beauty. She also possessed a stunning mind. Could the world handle both? Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she knew a few secrets about the enemy. She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis...if anyone would listen to her. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece.
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MrsV
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Passing on this one for now. Just getting out of the hugest book slump of my life, and I‘m just not getting into it. Maybe I‘ll be in a better frame of mind for it at another time.

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Come-read-with-me
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Pickpick

From my TBR pile. I wasn‘t sure if I would enjoy this book - I‘m not usually a Hollywood figure fan. However, this book was a pleasant surprise. It was a very interesting fictionalized version of the life of Hedy Lamar and how she tried to assist in the US effort during WW 2. It was also interesting to learn about the influence of her work on today‘s technology. 🌟🌟🌟 1/2. #wintergames. #thefilthyanimals

Crazeedi It was a very interesting book 1w
rather_be_reading 16pts🎁 1w
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MrsV
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1. Reading as much of tagged book as possible before it‘s returned to the library.

2. Not really, sadly.

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Lizpixie
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Bk10 of this weeks #LibraryHaul is another #NFNov pick. This is about the actress Hedy Lamarr, who was a lot more than just a pretty face. In 1937, Hedy Kiesler is desperate for a way out of Vienna, with her Jewish heritage it‘s only a matter of time before the Nazis realise who she is. But she‘s been listening at all those parties at her husbands castle, she has a few secrets that may help her new country. Including the fact she‘s a scientist.

Jaimelire Sounds good! 1mo
sarahnicoloff I love her. She was one smart, talented and beautiful woman. 1mo
Clwojick 1 pt. 1mo
Crazeedi This was an excellent book! I never knew Hedy story, she was a woman ahead of her time, brilliant 4w
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TheReadingNurse
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So far I'm enjoying reading about Hedy and her early life. Don't care much for her husband but what can you do 🤷🏽‍♀️

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bookandcat
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Next talk - standing room only about historical fiction between Marie Benedict (The Only Woman in the Room, about Hedy Lamarr, aka the book that kept me up til 3 am reading) and Whitney Scharer (The Age of Light). #morristownfestivalofbooks #mfob #mfob2019 #bookfestival #authortalk #historicalfiction

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Have a great time! 2mo
bookandcat @Riveted_Reader_Melissa thanks I had a wonderful time! 2mo
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Blaire
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Mehso-so

Hedy Lamar iat the age of 19 marries an arms dealer with incredible influence in WW2 politics in Austria. She is pulled into a life of power and control. As a Jewish woman, she must escape Austria and this life. The story continues through her film career in the US and her work on an invention to hopefully help the war effort. A so-so because the writing style didn‘t click with me and it felt dry for such an interesting story.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I think Benedict picks interesting topics and women for her novels. But I agree that her writing style is an impediment rather than an advantage. 2mo
Blaire @BarbaraTheBibliophage exactly. This is the first of hers I read and I really wish the writing were better. 2mo
Suet624 Sounds interesting. Too bad the writing is off. 2mo
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Quirkybookworm
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C.Perone
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Mehso-so

This actually wasn't a bad read; but it didn't live up to the promised story described on the flap.

The story itself described a very intelligent tinkerer, but not a scientist. And though her invention was brilliant I can see many reasons why the navy didn't fall over themselves trying to utilize it at the time that had nothing to do with the sex of the inventor. But that's the sole reason given🤷‍♀️

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C.Perone
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I enjoyed The Other Einstein so looking forward to this one

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R.L.Walker
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Pickpick

Great book and example that there is a lot more behind a pretty face!!

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kspenmoll
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But it seems to me, that Hedy, her history, and her creation may have even greater symbolic importance.
—-Author‘s Note,The Only Woman in the Room.

This book only makes me want to know more about this fascinating woman.

Ncostell There‘s a documentary about Hedy Lamarr on Netflix called Bombshell that I need to watch. I just read this book recently too and really want to learn more about her! 4mo
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Ncostell
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Pickpick

This was a look into the life of movie star Hedy Lamarr. Her marriage to a wealthy and abusive arms dealer in her native Austria is detailed as WWII is on the horizon. But she was not just another pretty face, and she took the information gleaned from that relationship and her interest of science and technology to create an invention that could benefit the Allied forces. I would love to learn more about her as she was a fascinating person.

kspenmoll I have this! Great review! I must read it soon! 4mo
Crazeedi @kspenmoll it's a great story. 4mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks! It was a quick read but very interesting. Hope you enjoy it too! 4mo
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janeycanuck
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Mehso-so

Not as exciting as the blurb made it sound like it would be, but an interesting read nonetheless.

My third book finished for #24in48 and book 5 for #14books14weeks

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heyhaleyjames
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this book is right up my alley! I'm only an hour and a half in, but I'm invested 👏🏼

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Bookwormjillk
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Starting a new book at 1:30 am because I just finished one and I can‘t go to sleep without starting a new one.

Reecaspieces I do that too. Lol. Enjoy. 5mo
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cewilf
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Stuck in my biggest reading rut in a while. I‘ve started and stopped 5-6 books recently, but none have pulled me in. I started this today on a recommendation from another teacher. She let me borrow it and asked if I would finish it before summer (so, by June 14) because she has friends who want to read it too...and I said yes 😅 That‘s one way to force myself to finally finish a book!

JoScho Hey Cassandra-I am you match for summer Santa. It says your package was delivered today-did you get it? 6mo
cewilf @JoScho hi! I did not...unless it was delivered after 3:30 when I checked. I will check when I am home today. Sometimes the mail person puts packages in the wrong box in our complex, but I‘ve always recovered them! I will let you know :) 6mo
JoScho Perfect! Fingers crossed 🤞🖤 6mo
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Kaylamburson
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Had such an amazing week at BookExpo and BookCon! It was wonderful to meet new and old Litten friends and connect on a deeper level than what the internet allows. Hopefully it won't be another year until the next meet-up!
Here's a snapshot of some of my bookish goodies!! An adorable tote bag from #Workman, a new wallet from #chicklitdesigns, artisanal stationary from #orangeart, candles from #waxspurts, a sticker from #MaiaToll, and a new book!!

Hooked_on_books Love the bag! 6mo
JohannaRose That's awesome! I love the tote and wallet! How fun! 😍 6mo
Lidia Looks like you all had lots of fun 😊 6mo
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Kaylamburson Thanks all!! It was a blast and love all my new goodies. @Hooked_on_books @johannaro. @Lidia !!! How are you? I haven't chatted with you in forever and I hope you're doing well. Are you still at the same address? 6mo
Lidia @Kaylamburson Hi! I have been mostly absent from Litsy the last couple months and are trying to reconnect here. My address has changed, I‘ll email you my new one. 6mo
Kaylamburson Sounds good, @lidia. I hope all is okay and looking forward to reconnecting! 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Omg so jelly! Looks like tot had lots of fun! 🎉🎉And the tote! 😱😍😍 6mo
Kaylamburson Thanks so much, @Jee_HookedOnBookz ! It was so much fun!! And it's my new favorite tote!! 😍 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Kaylamburson I bet! ☺️I have a shirt that says that hahaha 😅 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Kaylamburson thank you! ❤️ ☺️ 6mo
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bookandcat
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Pickpick

Another entry in "I started reading one chapter before bed and stayed up to finish the whole book" saga of my life. FABULOUS read. I love Benedict's penchant for recentering forgotten women of history, and this novel about Hedy Lamarr is no exception. She is more than a pretty face and a great actress - she was a scientist and inventor and also was once married to a notorious Nazi-era weapons dealer. This book is brisk but tense. 5 stars.

bookandcat For those keeping score, I told myself "just one more chapter" 43 times in a row. ???? 7mo
janeycanuck I just picked this up - I couldn‘t remember the title and my phone was dead. The most wonderful young woman kept at it with me to find the title when all I could remember was that it was published in 2019, had Hedy Lamarr as a character and that I thought it was a thriller. Have you read anything else by Benedict? 7mo
bookandcat @janeycanuck what an awesome person to persist in helping you look for the book! I hate when I can't remember the title! I have read The Other Einstein and loved that too. 7mo
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Sharpeipup
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BBQ with a side of fiction.

#bookanddinner

Drocchio03 Yum! 😋 7mo
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GivenLemons
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Pickpick

I‘ve been fascinated with Hedy Lamarr‘s life ever since I learnt about her frequency hopping invention and this book was just what I needed! Once she got married, I couldn‘t put it down until she got to America! I was so tense and worried for her.

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GidgetsTreasures75
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5-6-19: My 36th finished book of 2019! 📖#️⃣3️⃣6️⃣ #Theonlywomanintheroom #mariebenedict

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Sharpeipup
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Sad but probably true.

“Rulers and movements may rise and fall, but the power of money always prevails. “
#quotes

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trigeekgirl

I‘ve read two previous books by this author and so far this one is just as good as those. If you want books about strong, scientific-minded women in history, give this a read.

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AmyG
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It‘s hard to read when this girl is being so silly and cute. #catsoflitsy

Lynnsoprano Adorable! Hubby is severely allergic to cats, otherwise I‘d have one. Just get to love all the catsoflitsy 8mo
AmyG Thanks @Lynnsoprano 😘 8mo
Purrfectpages Love this picture! 8mo
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JoScho Love this picture of Hilly! 🖤🖤🖤 8mo
rretzler Awww. 💕 8mo
Leftcoastzen So cute! ❤️😻 8mo
Erofan 😻😻😻💕 8mo
kspenmoll That pose!!! 😻 8mo
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Christy2318
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Bailedbailed

I was excited for this one but gave up after 20%. The writing style was meh and I didn‘t care what happened.

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BoundBooks
Only Woman in the Room | Marie Benedict
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Pickpick

Still reading this historical fiction about the life of Hedy Lamarr before she started using that name. Early in her teens, she was a stage acts in Austria, but becomes tangled up with a mysterious and powerful man who very clearly has a hand in the second World War...Hedy's own Jewish family urges her on, pulled with warnings about getting too close to this potentially dangerous man, but, out of fear, sends her directly into marriage! I'm hooked.

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Littlestbookshelf
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved this book. It was a very short read at only 250 pages. I found her early life more fascinating, especially when she was married to Fritz Mandl and having to escape his castle. Now I really want to google every aspect of her life! Hedy Lamarr is the one on the left next to Judy Garland.

Crazeedi She was an amazing woman!! 9mo
lynneamch On #internationalwomensday, this seems the perfect place to mention that Benedict's publisher, @Sourcebooks, is the largest woman-owned trade book publisher in North America! 9mo
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Littlestbookshelf
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Hedy Lamarr was so pretty! Loving this book so far.

BookishMarginalia I enjoyed it too! 9mo
Littlestbookshelf @BookishMarginalia good to know! There seems to be mixed reviews on it but I am loving it so far! 9mo
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Littlestbookshelf
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Starting this one on this snowy day!

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jamicuns
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My February 2019 read. 1) Water For Elephants - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2) Love Warrior - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3) The Gilded Wolves - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4) Up From Slavery - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5) The Good Neighbor - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 6) The Only Woman in the Room - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 7) One Day in December - ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 8) If Beale Street Could Talk - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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theladygreer
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My list of recommendations for Women's History Month is up at BookBub! Check out new releases (some aren't even out yet) inspired by women of the past, from movie star inventors to 17th-century Dutch painters to an all-female Korean diving collective. So much to stack! https://www.bookbub.com/blog/2019/03/01/books-for-womens-history-month-editorial...

theladygreer WWII German-American internees 9mo
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theladygreer A Cuban spy during the American Civil War 9mo
theladygreer Russia's Night Witches 9mo
theladygreer Photographer Lee Miller 9mo
theladygreer Winston Churchill's mother 9mo
theladygreer Royal wedding gown seamstresses 9mo
theladygreer Cosmo's first female EIC 9mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

A novelization of Heddy Lamarr‘s life, which was thrilling and full of interesting twists and turns.

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Booksnchill
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Mehso-so

Well I won‘t lie- I expected much more from this book which reads to me like the outline of a book. Hedy Kiesler (Lamarr) had a fascinating life which is due more than the 250 pages it gets here. It is not the length but the depth that is lacking. I have not read Benedict‘s other semi- biographical works but this does not send me off in search of them- rather it sends me in search of a work that brings Hedy to life. 3🌟

Redwritinghood I felt the same way about this one. No depth. 10mo
Booksnchill @Redwritinghood yes I am looking for a better work on Hedy! 10mo
KarenUK I expected so much more too! Amazing story.... Meh book.... 10mo
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OutsmartYourShelf That‘s disappointing. I was looking forward to reading this one. 10mo
Booksnchill @KarenUK meh was going to be my review!! 10mo
Booksnchill @Deangirl me too- just very superficial 10mo
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jamicuns
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Pickpick

Hedy Lamarr is a name I had never heard of until this book. It is so unfortunate and such a tragedy that so many women are lost to our historical archives who contributed so much to the betterment of our society. And the reason for their lack of recognition? Because they were female. I enjoyed learning about Hedy‘s life. It‘s a great read.

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AmberWB
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Aaahhhh! What a great package! Thank you so much @Sills !! I am so excited to have The Only Woman in the Room! The bookmarks, the decal, the chocolate—all my favorites. But that scarf- I could NOT be more excited about it!! You totally “got” me. 😊
@bookish_wookish #lonelyheartsclubswap

bookish_wookish ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
Sills #AmberWB yay glad you liked it. I'm a huge Harry fan too🙂 Enjoy! 10mo
Sills @AmberWB yay glad you liked it. I'm a huge Harry fan too. enjoy🙂 10mo
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Booksnchill
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Short book fictionalizing Hedy Lamar‘s awesome story. The rain won‘t stop and Whiskey has just given up the fight to go for a walk any time soon😞 Happy Sunday Littens #DogsOfLitsy

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WanderingBookaneer
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@BookishMarginalia is upset that the U.S. Navy didn‘t take Heddy Lamarr‘s invention seriously because she was an actress. #MiaCat continues to sleep unperturbed in her lap. #CatsOfLitsy

Reagan This picture is the best. 10mo
Crazeedi I agree 100% 10mo
Mimi28 The same thing seems to be happening with Jussie Smollett now and I am seriously pissed to be in Chicago right now. Hey kitties!!! 😻😻😻 10mo
Lizpixie #stacked Love the photo, I was pulling the same face I think when I was reading Ruby Ridge! Hubs kept asking what I was yelling about😤 (edited) 10mo
Dragon 😻 10mo
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BookishMarginalia
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#CurrentView — After-dinner time in our household! Hope your Saturday has been as nice and low-key as ours! 💜❤️💜

erinreads I spy Dr. Mario! 💊 10mo
Linsy Beautiful roses! 10mo
WanderingBookaneer @erinreads : You spy correctly! 10mo
Aussie4paws We are gamers in our house too😁 10mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Lazy Saturday continues! I‘m reading the tagged book while @WanderingBookaneer is #audiogaming and the cats are lounging. Pictured here: the enigmatic #YetiCat 😍 #CatsofLitsy

Lcsmcat Such a pretty kitty! 10mo
whatsthEStorey Pretty blue eyes! 😻 10mo
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mirsophie
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1. Albuquerque, New Mexico
2. Marie Benedict
3. Super big
4. Bed or on a couch
5. The only woman in the room/ tagged book
#littenintro
@tessavi

tessavi Thanks for participating! 10mo
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mirsophie
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This was a powerful novel. I usually don't read historical fiction let alone adult novels but this one was eye opening and is very important for women to read in the #metoo era. This made me realize how much women were marginalized and still marginalized today. It is sad that Hedy never got recognized for her inventions when she was alive

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Jess
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Audiobooks and puzzles - happy together. Just finished this one and now on to Great American Novels.

DivineDiana Love this! Do you what it is called? Would love one for myself! ❤️ 10mo
Jess @DivineDiana it is one of those b&n puzzles that are so fabulous. This one is Heroines. Enjoy! 10mo
DivineDiana Thank you! 🙂 10mo
britt_brooke Love it!! 10mo
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Kpulver
Pickpick

I learned so much about Hedy Lamarr‘s life, particularly about her inventions and attempts to shorten WWII.

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Sills
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Hedy (Keisler) Lamarr, successful actress and intelligent inventor was determined to thwart the Third Reich's mass destruction and death. She worked tirelessly for the war effort because she was deeply guilt ridden of the knowledge she kept to herself when she fled her powerful armament husband in Austria. Although her invention was successful the Navy refused to use it because she was a beautiful woman. A future Lamarr movie night for sure!

Heideschrampf I love hedy lamarr! What a woman. I wish the generation instagram girls knew about her: JUST pretty need never be enough. 10mo
Sills Totally agree @Heideschrampf 10mo
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mirsophie
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Currently reading barnes and noble book club

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TheLibrarian
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*squee* Just returned from the local B&N Book Club where the author, Marie Benedict, talked and did a book signing!

Bookladylinda Love book signings!!! 10mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Love this! I will be seeing her at the Savannah Book Festival next weekend! 10mo
TNbookworm Awesome! 10mo
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balletbookworm
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Mehso-so

Well, finished in time to lead the Book Club discussion tonight. I‘ve already spoken to one member who hated it, and I‘m kind of lukewarm, so if anyone comes this discussion will be interesting. While Hedy Lamarr is a really interesting historical figure, I found this fictional account of her life as a married woman in Vienna and her subsequent work in Hollywood to be shallowly drawn and rather simplistic. Bloodless. It reads easily, though.

Yeah_I_Read I felt the same! For a book that is supposed to be about the brain behind the beauty, I found it sorely lacking in the brains department 🤷🏽‍♀️ 10mo
VioletBramble I finished this last night. I'm going to the book club here in NYC. I completely agree with your assessment of the book. I did think it picked up a bit when Hedy and George started working on the sequencer. More science and less fashion would have made a better book. I was immediately put off by the narration being in first person. 10mo
WhatDeeReads I could read a book of your reviews of other books. 10mo
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balletbookworm @WhatDeeReads aw, thanks ☺️ 10mo
KarenUK I felt the same as you, but our customers seemed to love it 🤷‍♀️... really good turn out and enthusiastic discussion... How was yours? 10mo
balletbookworm @KarenUK we unfortunately had an ice storm today and only one poor guy made it (he had kind of same opinion as me) so we are going to have a make up meeting next Tuesday for those who can make it. But I do know that one of the booksellers who comes to the group loved it and one regular member HATED it, so I‘m interested to see what they all said. 10mo
nofutureparttwo My store had ~10 people show up tonight, 4 of whom hadn‘t read it (yet wanted to discuss it anyway?); the rest were split, but more or less lukewarm in their opinions. Even the folks who enjoyed it didn‘t think it was particularly good. (Personally, I also thought it was bloodless). We still managed to have a great discussion about the erasure of women‘s contributions from the historical record, and the role of fiction in recovering them. 10mo
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