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The Lady from the Black Lagoon
The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick | Mallory O'Meara
Coming soon! The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara will be available Mar 05, 2019.
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danimgill
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Despite the fact that it gets a little rambly in places this was an absolutely fascinating slice of Hollywood history focusing on the life and career of Milicent Patrick, the artist who created the Creature from the Black Lagoon whose legacy was hidden by her jealous boss. The author is clearly passionate about her subject, and I enjoyed the parallels she drew between her own Hollywood career experiences and Milicent‘s.

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rachelsbrittain
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Loved the idea of doing a #top6reads so far of 2019 since we just hit the middle of the year. So hard to choose (and probably forgetting some) but these six are definitely some of the best I've read this year. Great idea @Cinfhen !

Cinfhen I‘m loving all these posts!! Helping me decide what to read in the months ahead!!! I own 2w
Laughterhp I need to read Magic for Liars!!! 2w
rachelsbrittain @Cinfhen it's such a unique sci-fi book! I really enjoyed it 2w
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rachelsbrittain @Laughterhp it's so good 😍 2w
britt_brooke Some gorgeous covers in your list! 2w
rachelsbrittain @britt_brooke I agree! There've been a lot of beautiful covers lately! 2w
MarriedtoMrT After seeing a bunch of posts for Magic for Liars, I am eagerly awaiting my hold at the library but I think it‘s like 16 weeks or something for the e-audio. 😭 2w
HOTPock3tt I ADORED Red white & royal blue!! ♥️🇺🇸🇬🇧♥️ @rachelsbrittain (edited) 2w
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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2: I really enjoyed this. I listened to the audio version, which is read by the author. The actual book had pictures and footnotes that I enjoyed combing through.

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JPeterson
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All the monsters!!

Absolutely glorious. I loved learning about the history of Milicent Patrick and her role in creating the Creature.

My one con is that a better editor was needed. Parts were a bit repetitive and rambling. I also liked some parts when O‘Meara referenced herself, but could have done with less.

Overall I loved it! 4 Stars 🖤🖤🖤🖤

Now to actually go watch The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

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sebrittain
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We just released an episode of Unassigned Reading where we review 13 books in 19 minutes! Check it out

http://unassignedreadingpod.com/book-talk-all-books/

📚 Lady from the Black Lagoon
📚 We Set the Dark on Fire
📚 King of Scars
📚 Black Leopard, Red Wolf
📚 An Extraordinary Union
📚 And the Ocean Was Our Sky
📚 Educated
📚 Heretics Anonymous
📚 The Wedding Date
📚 Hurricane Child
📚 On the Come Up
📚 The Only Harmless Great Thing
📚 Becoming

ReadingRover Which is the opened illustrated one in the upper left corner? 2mo
ReadingRover @sebrittain I knew I needed to get that! I‘ve been meaning to! 2mo
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Sarz
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4 ⭐
I love the Reading Glasses podcast - it helped me get back into reading. So I love Mallory and she feels like one of my friends. And I absolutely love how much of herself Mallory has put into this book.

It's my #newin2019 pick for #booked2019
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I like that your polish matches your book 😉 2mo
Sarz @Cinfhen The cover is just gorgeous, isn't it? 😍 2mo
TieDyeDude My favorite book so far that I've read in 2019! 2mo
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Craftylikefox
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I love this book. It is the life of Millicent Patrick. How she grew up and how she eventually created the Creature from The Creature from The Black Lagoon, how Bud Westmore took credit it for it and fired her from his makeup department, because he was a jealous man child. Finally you learn what happened to her after. I teared up a couple of times. Now I want to go watch the movie. Snuggles with my Creature this morning. Can‘t reach coffee though🖤

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rachelsbrittain
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A 5 star read for sure. The untold story of Milicent Patrick, the woman who designed the monster from Creature from the Black Lagoon and was almost erased from cinematic history by a jealous boss. Her fascinating story was beautifully intertwined with the author's journey to uncover her story and her own experiences as a woman in the film industry. Absolutely wonderful. And I highly recommend the audiobook, too, as the author reads it herself.

rachelsbrittain And thanks to @sebrittain for telling me I had to read it! 3mo
DaveGreen7777 Awesome Litsy review, Rachel! 😊👏 3mo
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sebrittain
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5/5

This is a book about a fascinating artist in Hollywood and the author's journey to uncover her legacy after it has been overlooked for decades. It's incredibly interesting, and I definitely recommend the audiobook as it's read by the author.

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executivespooky
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Not quite a pick, but better than so-so. It's a so-so pick. Really interesting and tragic story about a legacy buried. I knew nothing of Milicent before, aside from what Mallory has said on RG. Her life was a wild ride. The "women have it rough" got old and a bit redundant for 300 pages. I had an issue with the insistence that Italians were white. In the early 20th century, Italians weren't white. Mil was among first generations to be "white."

Texreader 😻❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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sebrittain
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1. Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory Omeara and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

2. Becoming by Michelle Obama and The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

3. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain I can't wait to start Lady from the Black Lagoon after your description of it! 4mo
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LizzieLou
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I am loving this history of Milicent Patrick.

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LizzieLou
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So excited to start this.

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Christine
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I‘m a big fan of Mallory O‘Meara and am so glad to have read this. I admire her determination to bring Milicent Patrick into the spotlight and love how she drew connections between Patrick‘s story and her own. And while I‘m thrilled to have my signed copy (which has great photos and fantastic footnotes), I also enjoyed parts of it on audio, where the author‘s passion and personality shine through.

inmegslibrary Love it!! 4mo
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Chasingmermaids
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I really wished I liked this book. But it constantly repeated itself, giving recaps in the middle of the paragraph of what you just read. If it cut down on it it would be shorter and more enjoyable. But instead I was left completely frustrated.

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Christine
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Celebrated Int‘l Women‘s Day by seeing Mallory and Brea of the Reading Glasses podcast (definitely one of my most beloved book podcasts, and I listen to [too?] many) at my neighborhood bookstore last night! They were, as expected, totally delightful. Mallory represented her book with such passion and purpose, and she was incredibly sweet when we spoke as she signed my copy. 💜

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”Women are the most important part of horror because, by and large, women are the ones the horror happens to. Women have to endure it, fight it, survive it—in the movies and in real life.” Loving this so far. I feel like I‘ve been waiting for this book to come out for years. #femalewriters #horror #biography

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khooliha
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Turns out that I preordered A Lot of books this March. Today is wave one (with a third missing one??? Mods????????)

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kyraleseberg
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THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is available tomorrow!
Thanks to Hanover Square Press for an ARC to review.

My review is up on Roots & Reads: https://rootsandreads.wordpress.com/2019/03/04/review-the-lady-from-the-black-la...

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kyraleseberg
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"At one point I got desperate enough to consider showing up, possibly holding a boombox over my head."

I'm loving O'Meara's conversational style and humor!

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kyraleseberg
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So excited I received this ARC today! Thanks to Hanover Square Press and Goodreads for hosting the giveaway!

businessmermaid This book looks great! 5mo
kyraleseberg @businessmermaid So far it's excellent! 5mo
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Liberty
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GOATS AND GANGRENE, LOOK AT THIS GORGEOUS BOOK! I am so excited for my inky sister from another mister, my authra from another Mothra, Mallory O‘Meara. I know how hard she worked on this book, and I can‘t wait for everyone else to have the chance to read it. It‘s out March 5th! 🖤💚🖤

amb Yay! I pre-ordered can‘t wait until it downloads 5mo
janeycanuck My library ordered it on my suggestion - I seem to recall you talking about it on one of the Book Riot podcasts a couple of weeks ago and I didn‘t think it was going to be something that struck my fancy until your blurb. 5mo
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kyraleseberg
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Ahhhhhh I have been looking forward to this book for MONTHS!!! 😍🙌

AmyG Yay! 🎉🎉🎉 5mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 5mo
kyraleseberg @AmyG @Jas16 I knew my fellow Littens would understand my excitement!! 🤗 5mo
AmyG It is a wonderful thing to wake up to a goodreads win! 5mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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This biography of Milicent Patrick is 💯❗️Not only is it a well-researched biography that covers the life of one of the early female pioneers in Hollywood, but it is written by a current producer/horror fan and unapologetic feminist who inserts her own story and voice in the telling, making it a richer story. #netgalley Out March 5th in the US!

Weaponxgirl I heard about this and you‘ve made me want to read it even more! 6mo
tealwish As a fan of the author's podcast @ReadingGlasses I have been so curious about this! 6mo
Well-ReadNeck @tealwish ooooh! Subscribing now!!!! Thanks for the heads-up. (edited) 6mo
kyraleseberg I'm so excited for this one! My request is still pending on NetGalley 😔 6mo
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Courtneynobody
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Firstly, reader achievement unlocked: this was first ARC!

Secondly, I really enjoyed this book, which explores the life of Milicent Patrick, the woman who designed the monster from Creature from the Black Lagoon. Not only is it a well-researched look at a woman largely forgotten in Hollywood history, but O‘Meara does an excellent job tying Patrick‘s struggles to problems that are still pervasive in the film industry.

Well-ReadNeck 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 6mo
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zembla
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Bustle has an excerpt from this book up. The conversational tone and personal passion that @malloryomeara brings to her subject made this an even better read than a typical biography.

You can read the except here: https://www.bustle.com/p/the-lady-from-the-black-lagoon-tells-the-forgotten-stor...

SW-T Sounds really good! Thanks for the post. Have you heard about The Broadcast 41 by Carol Stabile? It‘s about women being forced out of tv and radio due to the “red scare” in the 1950‘s. 7mo
zembla @SW-T Oh wow, I haven't heard about that! I knew a lot of women were forced out of their jobs when men returned from WWII, but this is news to me. Thank you for the tip! 7mo
SW-T @christinamcc Welcome! 😊 7mo
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zembla
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Milicent Patrick designed the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but her jealous male boss ensured her contribution to film history would be attributed to him instead. Thus, many female horror fans (like O'Meara) grow up believing that horror isn't by or for women. Writer/filmmaker @malloryomeara stakes out a place for marginalized people in film by combining this forgotten history with passion and reflections on how the industry has(n't) changed.

zembla (This book comes out on March 5, by the way. I got my hands on an ARC, and I absolutely adored it.) O'Meara also cohosts the podcast @ReadingGlasses, which is perfect for #littens — it's about books and the reading life. https://www.maximumfun.org/shows/reading-glasses (edited) 7mo
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