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Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick (Original)
Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick (Original) | Mallory O'Meara
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A Tor.com Most Anticipated Book of 2019A PureWow "Book We Can't Wait to Read in 2019"A Bustle Nonfiction Book Coming Out In 2019 To Start Getting Excited AboutThe Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick--one of Disney's first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood's classic movie monstersAs a teenager, Mallory O'Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, Creature from the Black Lagoon, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. For, as O'Meara soon discovered, Patrick's contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O'Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick's contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney's first female animators. And at last, O'Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature's success, and where she went.A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O'Meara's The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.
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BillBlume
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Parts of this book made laugh and nearly cry. I wanted to rage and, other times, celebrate. Milicent‘s story—how men tried to erase her from Hollywood history—not only mirrors O‘Meara‘s trials within the entertainment industry today but women everywhere. It‘s a great book, and I can‘t wait to read O‘Meara‘s next book GIRLY DRINKS when it comes out.

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BillBlume
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Oh, wow! This really speaks to me. As someone whose parents once tried to tell my son behind my back “He‘s wasting his time” writing... Yeah, I get this. I share Mallory‘s anger for Milicent regarding this.

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BillBlume
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Love this caption Mallory O‘Meara gives this photograph. Throughout this book, she does a great job celebrating Milicent‘s beauty without making it all about her looks or judging her for the importance Milicent placed on this.

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BillBlume
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I think this paragraph really gets to the heart of what this book is really all about. Reading about Milicent‘s struggle within the film industry mirrors Mallory‘s and the struggle almost every woman encounters when trying to carve out a place where misogyny remains rampant.

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BillBlume
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I‘m still reading LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, and Mallory O‘Meara does such a great job writing in a conversational voice. When she details the voice acting career of one of Milicent‘s romantic relationships, she made me laugh as she explains he voiced the notorious “wolf whistle” from “Red Hot Riding Hood” that now lives on more as a gif. When I say, O‘Meara is the kind of person I‘d like to hang out in a bar with, it‘s not an exaggeration.

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Cinfhen
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Thank you Kindle Gods 🙏🏼Only yesterday I wrote I was waiting for this book to be a #KindleDailyDeal and Lo & Behold so it shall be 😇

BillBlume I‘m in the middle of this one and enjoying it a lot. 2w
thebluestocking Ha! I was coming here to make sure you saw it was a deal today! 💙 2w
readordierachel You're magic! 2w
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Bookzombie I just came to see if you saw this! Lol. 2w
Cinfhen Thanks so much friends @thebluestocking @Bookzombie Now if only the lottery gods will answer me @ReadOrDie 😂😂😉 2w
Cinfhen I was listening to the audio but the author‘s narration was so annoying @BillBlume so I was excited to find the ebook 🤩I‘m looking forward to jumping back into the story. 2w
TrishB I love it when that happens!! 2w
Suet624 You have a special connection. Someone is definitely listening to you. 😀 1w
Cinfhen If only those book-gods could give me the lottery numbers @Suet624 😉 1w
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rachelsbrittain
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Finally finished my 2019 stats! Featured above are 12 books I considered particular standouts this year.

Total Books: 180
Pages Read: 46,014
Fiction: 166
Nonfiction: 15
Female & Nonbinary Authors: 128
Authors of Color: 58
Queer Authors: 57
Library: 96 (54%)
ARCs: 44 (25%)

PSA: if you use a book tracking spreadsheet (like the one from Book Riot that I use) do not--DO NOT--put off adding the info, or you, like me, will deeply regret it.

Crazeedi Great job!!👏👏🎉🎉 2w
readordierachel 180! Very impressive! I bet that was a beast to enter at the end 😆 2w
rachelsbrittain @readordierachel thanks! And yeah-- do not recommend 😂😂 2w
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BillBlume
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I love how Mallory O‘Meara discovers that Milicent worked on the very animated film (the sequence with the Chernabog in “Fantasia”) that inspired much of her own love for horror films. Really enjoying O‘Meara‘s journey in this book.

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TieDyeDude
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My favorite books I read this year. The Lady from the Black Lagoon is by far the best! And Faith Erin Hicks made it on twice. I had a good mix of fiction, nonfiction, prose and graphic novel. I don't have any specific goals for next year, just trying to keep diversifying.

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StellarDoc
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Many thanks to @Liberty for putting this book on my radar. I absolutely loved Mallory O'Meara's snarky tone (especially in the footnotes) and I loved learning about Milicent Patrick! And #Loki enjoyed having me sit still.

rachelsbrittain Such a good one 3w
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StellarDoc
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I love a sassy footnote.

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thelizflynn
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I enjoyed this bio! Milicent Patrick led such an interesting life, & O‘Meara did a great job bringing her accomplishments & career to light. Some criticize the book for going on tangents, & I agree with that. I feel like lot of that info was added as filler because not enough was available about Milicent. I do also feel that O‘Meara made some assumptions about people & their feelings, which I found entertaining but kind of inappropriate for a bio.

Cinfhen I‘m thinking of using this for the #Hollywood prompt #Booked2020 🎧 3w
thelizflynn @Cinfhen nice! I listened to the audiobook, which is narrated by the author. I thinks that made it more engaging for me personally! 3w
Cinfhen I have the audio too! I like NF on audio so I‘m hoping that works for me as well. 3w
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Addison_Reads
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Easily one of the best books I've read all year. This is a well researched and well written look into an often overlooked part of Hollywood history. Even if you aren't a fan of horror/monster movies, you'll still learn so much from this book about the treatment of women in the movies. Highly recommend!

#TeamFestivus #TBRReads @wanderinglynn #wintergames @StayCurious @Clwojick (16pts)

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BillBlume
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Decided to start Mallory O‘Meara‘s THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON tonight. The intro alone is devastating with the facts O‘Meara drops, including this footnote.

Sace 😳 And considering Hollywood has a bigger influence on our society than NASA..... (ok, maybe I'm being hyperbolic but hopefully you get what I'm trying to say...) 1mo
BillBlume @Sace yes! Totally agree with you. 1mo
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AReedCollett
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I had the awesome oppurtunity to meet Mallory O'Meara today at the Ozark Book Con and have her sign my copy of her book. She is one fantastic lady!

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HoneyBeeLee
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Listened to the audiobook while I work and man was it good. I must admit I was suggested this book by my bf since he is an major fan of horror movies and their history. So happy he told me to read this one. Just to learn about Milicent's life and major contributions to Creature from the Black Lagoon was mind blowing. Kept finding myself getting irritated with the men during her time as I listened but so so good.

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HoneyBeeLee
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Started listening to the audiobook for this one at work to keep the spooky spirit going for Halloween. Have to say it‘s really good so far. This woman‘s life is just something else. Anyone else read this one? What did you think?

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melissajayne
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1. Just read it and loved it.
2. No
3. Yes
4. Size 11 or 12 ladies/ Size 9 or 10 Men‘s (sometimes I have to buy men‘s shoes, especially when it comes to runners)
5. I‘ll try

@howjessreads #friyayintro

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melissajayne
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Loved loved loved this book. Not only is it a biography of the first female creatives in Hollywood, but it is also a memoir of O‘Meara‘s journey of researching Milicent and how little has changed in Hollywood in the 70+ years since Milicent began her career. 5⭐️#biography #memoir #2019 #nonfiction #bookreview

ShyBookOwl So good! 3mo
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StellarDoc
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Hiding from my students during lunch. #ProfessorAloneTime

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Jen2
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Spectacular story!!!

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AnansiGirl
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Day 1 of playing along the #7Covers7Days #covercrush I‘m seeing in the feed.

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Iceangel9
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Labor Day reading! Three of the four were awesome!

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overtheedge
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Millicent Patrick was a feminist whose career is full of firsts, and really incredible.
She created The Creature from the Black Lagoon, but it was stolen by a jealous male colleague and her name soon disappeared.
Patrick went on to become one of Disneys first female animators. She is said to be quite an unconventional woman
Cant wait to read this. It looks fascinating and just perfect for me?
Anyone read this??

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Bookzombie
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Book 1 of #SummersEndReadathon - Loved it! Both a memoir of O‘Meara and a biography of Milicent Patrick, designer of the monster in The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Patrick‘s life is fascinating. O‘Meara also does a great job of showing how little things have changed from 1950‘s Hollywood to now. #nonfiction19 #readingwomen #readingwomenchallenge #pickedbecauseofthecover

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Bookzombie
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I made a decent dent in Dry today while cleaning and food prepping for next week. Now I‘m switching back to the tagged book as I wrap up my chores. #SummersEndReadathon

aprilpohren Loved this one! 5mo
Sresendez12 I thought the audio for this one was good! 5mo
Bookzombie @aprilpohren @Sresendez12 I‘m really enjoying it! 5mo
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Bookzombie
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I was able to get in a couple of #SummerEndsReadathon hours driving to and from my mom‘s old house today. I‘m really enjoying this nonfiction on audio.

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razmanda
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I‘m not a big monster movie person but the hidden history of the women who designed the iconic Creature from the Black Lagoon caught my eye. Milicent Patrick was a prolific artist and talent who, because she was a woman in the 1950‘s, had many of her achievements taken from her. I‘m immensely grateful to Mallory O‘Meara for her impeccable research and dedication to this story, one that helped her on her own path to monster movie glory.

Bookzombie I‘m currently listening to this one on disc when I‘m in my car. 5mo
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ShyBookOwl
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My nerdy passion for horror film combined with my love of Mallory's podcast, Reading Glasses, led me to pick up this book and I was not disappointed. Her biography of Milicent Patrick, creator of the black lagoon monster, is so well researched, and elegantly interwoven with stories from the author's personal experiences in the film industry... all while being unapologetically feminist. I loved it. What an interesting untold story!

SW-T Glad to see your review. This is on my TBR. Library hold is long 🙄 6mo
ShyBookOwl @SW-T oh no! Well, hopefully you'll find it worth the wait 😊 6mo
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ShyBookOwl
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"Disney... They own Star Wars, your childhood emotions, and by the time this book is published, probably several planets."

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cookreadsleep Why the question mark? Do you disagree? 6mo
ShyBookOwl @cookreadsleep question mark? 😕 (maybe pre-coffee me is missing something... sorry!) 6mo
cookreadsleep @ShyBookOwl lol. It shows the quote and then underneath it there's a question mark. I thought it was an expression of confusion or something. 6mo
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cookreadsleep @ShyBookOwl Maybe it's an emoji that doesn't show up on my computer! 6mo
cookreadsleep @ShyBookOwl Yep. That's what it is. It's the laughing face on my phone. My bad!! 6mo
ShyBookOwl @cookreadsleep ohhhh yes! It's actually a laughing emoji lol 6mo
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Freddie4473
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Had to watch this movie because listening to this book made me really need to see what its it's all about.

melissajayne I requested the movie from my local library 3mo
Freddie4473 It was cool to watch after reading the book. 3mo
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ATB
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So nice of Mallory (we are on a first name basis) to acknowledge me personally. LOL.

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Latest #nonfiction2019 update. I found the tagged book super inspirational; the subject and the author are both badass women!
So glad I decided to play along with this #BINGO, I've already read way more nonfiction than I did last year and quite a bit has been five star books!

thereadingowlvina That's neat!. I've been reading lots of non-fiction this year. I was wondering how do I join this Bingo? Is it too late to join? 😬 7mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @thereadingowlvina nope, just start playing! I would look through the #nonfiction2019 tag to find an empty version of the board and then you can start matching up your books with squares. 7mo
thereadingowlvina @WhatWouldJaneDo Oh great!!! Thank you so much!! I find that challenges like this motivates me to read from my TBR pile! 😬 7mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @thereadingowlvina me too! And if I'm ever not sure what to read next I can use a challenge to help pick something. 7mo
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RebelGrrrl
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Sangria + a book = best way to spend a Sunday.
It's math at work. ^_^
Seriously this history of Milicent Patrick and the insight into animation and being a woman in creative industries is fantastic. This book is funny at moments, and the passion Mallory O'Meara has transcends the page.

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Fantastic! The story of Milicent Patrick, badass Hollywood makeup designer who created the Creature from the Black Lagoon but was discredited by her crappy male boss, as well as the tale of the author's journey to find out Patrick's story (this is the first biography ever written of her, and many refused to believe she designed the Creature). I love O'Meara's podcast and am so glad I listened to the audio to get her humor in her own voice.

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SkeletonKey
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Pretty absent here lately as I pack up and get ready to move tomorrow. Hello, anxiety.

Started listening to this one since I couldn‘t wait any longer for a time where I‘ll get to sit and read again.

I 🖤 Mallory.

cobwebmoth Sending positive energy for your move. *hugs* 7mo
JoScho I am currently packing as well and I move in a week. The anxiety is insane-I get it. Hang in there! 🖤 7mo
Bklover By this time next week the worst will be over! Hugs to you!💜. (I hate moving) 7mo
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batsy All the best for your move. 7mo
readordierachel Good luck with the move. Hope it all goes smoothly. 7mo
Tanisha_A All the strength to you! 7mo
jmofo Here‘s hoping it goes well and it‘s a good move! 7mo
SkeletonKey @cobwebmoth @JoScho @Bklover @batsy @readordierachel @Tanisha_A @jmofo - Thanks, everyone! I am moved and settling in now. Sloooowly. 7mo
JoScho Oh good! We moved Sunday and I am beyond exhausted and there is so much to do. Wishing you lots of luck 🖤 7mo
SkeletonKey @JoScho - so much to do, indeed 😓 wishing you luck too!! 7mo
JoScho Thank you! 7mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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This is part Milicent Patrick‘s story, part Mallory O‘Meara memoir, and part cuss words. I loved it.

Exbrarian Stacked! 7mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Should I be studying? Yes.

Am I kinda sick and watching Greys while drinking endless amounts of coffee and reading? Also, yes.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Two hours until gym time means two hours to hang with Mallory and Milicent.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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And then there‘s this.

😍

Swoon.

Crazeedi Ooooh I want to read!! 7mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Crazeedi I am loving it so far and I‘m a huge Mallory Omeara fan so the book feels like she‘s telling me a story. I‘m into it. 7mo
therealdealbeall I'm almost done with the audio version. It's definitely worth the read/listen! 7mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I‘ve never been more in love with a dedication page. 🖤

MicheleinPhilly I‘m going to have that Lady Gaga song in my head all day now. 7mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly 🤣🤣 You. Are. Welcome. 7mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Currently reading. 🖤

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NotCool
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Millicent Patrick is an interesting figure in a well researched book. While writing about Patrick, O‘Meara wove her own story into the biography. The way their experiences mirror each other, decades apart, fills me with worry for O‘Meara and all the women and people from marginalized communities trying to make art.

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PedanticPastorMartha
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Amazing! O‘Meara presents the story of a talented woman few know about, sadly—Milicent Patrick, artist, designer, and creature creator in the heyday of Hollywood‘s monster movies. She created the Creature from the Black Lagoon—but misogyny was even more prevalent in that time, and she didn‘t receive the proper credit. O‘Meara draws parallels to today‘s media world, and tells her own story of research. She‘s a fantastic writer, btw.

PedanticPastorMartha Also, Patrick‘s story is fascinating in other ways—frex, she grew up at the Hearst Castle. Her father was a structural engineer for the various building projects. She was smart and talented—and also stunning, but especially the first two. Excellent read. 7mo
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JoScho
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The Kindle daily deals got me! This one has received so much Litsy Love I just had to snag it for $2.99
#blameitonlitsy

WhatWouldJaneDo I picked this up on audio but haven't had a chance to start yet; very excited to read it! 8mo
rohit-sawant Looking forward to this one! 8mo
Lea It‘s so good!! 8mo
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JoScho @rohit-sawant @WhatWouldJaneDo me too! 💚 8mo
JoScho @Lea yay! 8mo
Craftylikefox I love it so much!!! I hope you enjoy 😊 7mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Guys, today has to be the biggest kindle daily deal day of the year. First half of what I picked up.

MicheleinPhilly I can‘t believe we got 2 great days so close together! 🎉🎉🎉 8mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly I was especially pumped about today. So many great things that I was looking forward too. 8mo
MicheleinPhilly Your haul makes me feel so much better about mine. 😂 Although I‘ve bought like 20 books this weekend from the UK site. 😬 8mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 I bought 14. I also picked up 4 from B&N yesterday. 8mo
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JPeterson
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After about three weeks of traveling (Athens for 2 weeks, home for 2 days, Chicago for 4 days), I‘m excited to just sit home all day and read. I have so many books I started before and during everything, here‘s to hoping today I can finish something. 😋

teainthelibrary I love that mug!! I have a Powell's mug as well, but not as cute as that one! 8mo
Tamra I recommend reading Lincoln in conjunction with the audio, of you have access. It‘s marvelous! 8mo
heikemarie Lady from the Black Lagoon looks so interesting! 8mo
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JPeterson @teainthelibrary Thanks! My boyfriend got it for me when he was on a business trip in Portland! 8mo
JPeterson @Tamra I plan on checking out the audio version once I finish the print! I‘ve heard great things about it! 8mo
JPeterson @heikemarie I‘m a few chapters in, and l loving it so far! It‘s really fascinating! 8mo
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JPeterson
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When in a new city for the weekend, it‘s important to stop at the closest indie bookstore. And get a new book, of course. 🤓

Eyelit Of course! 8mo
mabell Nice! I haven‘t been to that one. 8mo
mdemanatee Great bookstore! Welcome to Chicago! 8mo
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EchoCharlie
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"Never, ever underestimate the power of nerds". Always good advice