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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
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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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 🙄 2w
ShyBookOwl @SW-T oh no! Well, hopefully you'll find it worth the wait 😊 2w
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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? 2w
ShyBookOwl @cookreadsleep question mark? 😕 (maybe pre-coffee me is missing something... sorry!) 2w
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. 2w
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cookreadsleep @ShyBookOwl Maybe it's an emoji that doesn't show up on my computer! 2w
cookreadsleep @ShyBookOwl Yep. That's what it is. It's the laughing face on my phone. My bad!! 2w
ShyBookOwl @cookreadsleep ohhhh yes! It's actually a laughing emoji lol 2w
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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.

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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? 😬 3w
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. 3w
thereadingowlvina @WhatWouldJaneDo Oh great!!! Thank you so much!! I find that challenges like this motivates me to read from my TBR pile! 😬 3w
WhatWouldJaneDo @thereadingowlvina me too! And if I'm ever not sure what to read next I can use a challenge to help pick something. 3w
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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* 1mo
JoScho I am currently packing as well and I move in a week. The anxiety is insane-I get it. Hang in there! 🖤 1mo
Bklover By this time next week the worst will be over! Hugs to you!💜. (I hate moving) 1mo
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batsy All the best for your move. 1mo
readordierachel Good luck with the move. Hope it all goes smoothly. 1mo
Tanisha_A All the strength to you! 1mo
jmofo Here‘s hoping it goes well and it‘s a good move! 1mo
SkeletonKey @cobwebmoth @JoScho @Bklover @batsy @readordierachel @Tanisha_A @jmofo - Thanks, everyone! I am moved and settling in now. Sloooowly. 3w
JoScho Oh good! We moved Sunday and I am beyond exhausted and there is so much to do. Wishing you lots of luck 🖤 3w
SkeletonKey @JoScho - so much to do, indeed 😓 wishing you luck too!! 3w
JoScho Thank you! 3w
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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! 1mo
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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.

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Swoon.

Crazeedi Ooooh I want to read!! 1mo
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. 1mo
therealdealbeall I'm almost done with the audio version. It's definitely worth the read/listen! 1mo
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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. 1mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly 🤣🤣 You. Are. Welcome. 1mo
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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. 2mo
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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! 2mo
rohit-sawant Looking forward to this one! 2mo
Lea It‘s so good!! 2mo
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JoScho @rohit-sawant @WhatWouldJaneDo me too! 💚 2mo
JoScho @Lea yay! 2mo
Craftylikefox I love it so much!!! I hope you enjoy 😊 2mo
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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! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly I was especially pumped about today. So many great things that I was looking forward too. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Your haul makes me feel so much better about mine. 😂 Although I‘ve bought like 20 books this weekend from the UK site. 😬 2mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 I bought 14. I also picked up 4 from B&N yesterday. 2mo
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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! 2mo
Tamra I recommend reading Lincoln in conjunction with the audio, of you have access. It‘s marvelous! 2mo
heikemarie Lady from the Black Lagoon looks so interesting! 2mo
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JPeterson @teainthelibrary Thanks! My boyfriend got it for me when he was on a business trip in Portland! 2mo
JPeterson @Tamra I plan on checking out the audio version once I finish the print! I‘ve heard great things about it! 2mo
JPeterson @heikemarie I‘m a few chapters in, and l loving it so far! It‘s really fascinating! 2mo
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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! 2mo
mabell Nice! I haven‘t been to that one. 2mo
mdemanatee Great bookstore! Welcome to Chicago! 2mo
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EchoCharlie
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"Never, ever underestimate the power of nerds". Always good advice

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EchoCharlie
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This book is so good. I can't wait to listen to Mallory O'Meara talk at Denver Comic Con #feminism #representation

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amie
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I listened (via Hoopla) to two books this week about women in Hollywood history and enjoyed both.

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rachelsbrittain
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1. Shuri: Search for the Black Panther, An Unkindness of Ghosts, and The Future of the Mind

2. The Lady from the Black Lagoon

3. I'm loving the wild flowers in bloom right now, especially the red clover and pink poppies 🌸

#weekendreads

ChasingOm The border you chose for this prompt is the border we used on our wedding invitations! 😍 2mo
rachelsbrittain @ChasingOm oh my gosh I love that! I really like greenery as a border 2mo
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Weaponxgirl
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#booksandvinyl this album has zombie on it which is a type of monster so good enough for me.
This isn‘t a straight up biography, we get the author talking about her search for information for Millicent and her reaction to the things she finds out.
I found this a brilliant thing to do as she is giving me the fully interactive experience of why I read biographies of women like this. Continues in comments

Weaponxgirl As a kid if I heard about a strong independent woman doing her own thing I wanted to know more. I looked up to these people, they gave me a role model outside of the norm. Let me know it is possible to be different and I related them to my own life. This is exactly what the author has done with Millicent. She lets you know from the start what a inspiration she was to her as a woman working in horror movies 3mo
Weaponxgirl She talks about the sexism that Millicent faced and how it is all too familiar to her today. This might make it not a book for everyone since I know some people want their biographies strictly to the point about the person and don‘t want the authors opinions but I personally loved this take. 3mo
Weaponxgirl She talks about moments where she was disappointed in Millicent as she was once of the only people she had to look up to when younger but then Examines these thoughts and what it means to her. A really unique book about a really unique and wonderful woman. I‘d highly recommend 3mo
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SW-T I‘ve been wanting to read this since I first heard about it. May have to move it up my TBR! 3mo
Weaponxgirl @SW-T it was one of the holds that suddenly came in from the library that threw off my reading last month but I‘m glad it did. I forgot to say just how funny and snarky the author is too. I did laugh out loud a few times too. 3mo
TieDyeDude My favorite book I've read/listened to this year! She narrates it herself 3mo
Weaponxgirl @TieDyeDude I bet this was great on audio. It‘s definitely been a highlight so far. 3mo
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Ncostell
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I listened to this which was read by the author. Milicent Patrick was the artist who designed the image of the iconic Creature from the Black Lagoon and Mallory O‘Meara examines her life in the misogynistic world of early Hollywood. The author, who is a producer of horror films, unfortunately finds many parallels between the sexism experienced by Milicent in the 1940s and 50s and what she experiences in the film industry today.

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Kelican17
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Mehso-so

I was excited to read this book. I wanted to like this book. But it was a frustrating read. I feel like I know more about William Randolph Hurst, Walt Disney, and SFX departments than I do about Milicent Patrick.

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EchoCharlie
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More depressing, sexist statistics from Hollywood

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EchoCharlie
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I grew up loving the work of Ray Harryhausen, so I am SO excited for this book. Especially after this intro:
"It's so difficult to be something if you cannot envision it. To see no way in, to see the world you love populated exclusively with those who are not like you is devastating."

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holarosarita
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#iconicfootnotes (Real nervous about how my book club mates are going to react to all of this.)

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TieDyeDude
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All the stars! Part mystery, part behind-the-scenes Hollywood expose, part feminist manifesto, part biography, part memoir; The Lady From the Black Lagoon has everything! I loved it all. I especially enjoyed the narration from the author. This is an extremely personal project, and her voice wonderfully conveys all the emotions. I can't recommend this enough.
Pictured are some things I own that are mentioned in the book.

Weaponxgirl That ink and paint book looks great! 3mo
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holarosarita
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#bookclub book! I actually bought a hard copy because the cover is so pretty. #mypick

khooliha It's gorgeous! 3mo
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janeycanuck
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I have no interest in horror movies but I love Mallory O‘Meara so it was a pleasant surprise that there was so much of herself in the book.

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Weaponxgirl
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The last of my library holds that all came in at once and ruined my reading plans for the month! I am excited to read this but I think I‘m going to have to step away from the memoirs and biographies for a bit after this one.

mreads The watercolor book looks cool@ 3mo
Weaponxgirl @mreads I‘m having a real crafting, I wanna be more creative again moment and this one looked really fun. I‘ll try and remember to post some of the stuff inside when I look at it properly 3mo
mreads @Weaponxgirl or what you make 😁 3mo
Weaponxgirl @mreads if I ever make something I like then it‘s a deal! 😁 3mo
TieDyeDude I just finished Black Lagoon. You picked a great one to end on 3mo
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TieDyeDude
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I'm only an hour into the audio, and I'm LOVING IT!

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Kleonard

I'm not sure what interested me about this book, but I've always loved the look of the monster from Creature from the Black Lagoon. Now I'm realizing Milicent Patrick, born Mildred Rossi, and the creator of this look was robbed of credit for her work apparently due a jealous colleague (Bud Westmore, Universival). I found a few parts of Rossi's/Patrick's early life a tad dry, but her story is one that should be known.

thebluestocking I was just listening to a Literary Disco podcast episode with the author! 3mo
Ncostell I‘m listening to this audiobook now and am finding it to be fascinating. 3mo
Kleonard @thebluestocking —Oh! Thank you for mentioning the podcast. I hope to see the author‘s this summer when she comes to Denver. 3mo
Kleonard @Ncostell I—I loved it as an audiobook as well! 3mo
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janeycanuck
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It‘s finally nice enough to read out on the balcony!! Glorious!

LauraJ Pug! 3mo
CouronneDhiver Lovely! Here too ... except my outdoor space is a little soggy. ☀️ Just need a few more hours of sun to dry it up. 3mo
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RealBooks4ever
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Those of us who grew up watching monster movies on Creature Features are well acquainted with The Creature From The Black Lagoon. My whole life I never knew he was the product of the imagination of a woman! Why had I never heard about Milicent Patrick? This book will tell you why.

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Booksnchill
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Mallory O‘Meara has a deeply personal connection to her subject. Milicent Patrick was a pioneer- a woman in 1950‘s Hollywood who was beautiful and full of artistry- she designed the Creature for Universal, lived at Hearst Castle, animated for Disney and was denied credit for her talent because, well, men. This is a feminist shout with a very Sarah Vowell vibe- O‘Meara is a great storyteller, seeking Patrick‘s story and telling her own. 5🌟Audio

Kaye I like her hair. Pretty ! 3mo
Booksnchill @kaye she narrates her book very well- her hair has a bit part🤣 3mo
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Augustdana
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Love the detective story the author is recounting while researching Milicent. It really draws you in, and I feel like cheering when there is a breakthrough.

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Booksnchill
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Grabbing my Sunday walk between thunderstorms- last night‘s storms created the natural obstacle course shown above- or maybe it was created by the Creature!! Listening to this great audiobook narrated by the author about Millicent Patrick who created the creature for the 1954 film then disappeared because, well, men. The author narrates and is very reminiscent of Sarah Vowell- not the voice but the tone and the wry humor. @HeatherBookNerd 👍 🧟‍♂️

HeatherBookNerd Sounds like a fun one! 3mo
Booksnchill @HeatherBookNerd one for the audio list for sure! 3mo
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Augustdana
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Just finished Homes, and now for something completely different.

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LadyElaine
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Lady history getting me through my workday!

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RealBooks4ever
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Just got this in! Love the quote! 💜

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rachelsbrittain
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1. The Lady from the Black Lagoon; Black Leopard, Red Wolf; The Voice in My Head; and The Lost Coast

2. Princess Bride, Pride and Prejudice, and Howl's Moving Castle are the first ones that come to mind

3. Both!

#weekendreads

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melissajayne
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Updated list for #24hourreadathon. Took some books off my list. Two are #ebooks (The Threat and Homes), otherwise I would show a stack of them. Going to cut up veggies and make a veggie dip tonight so that they are ready for tomorrow.

5:11 pm PT: Added A Rule Against Murder.
#deweysreadathon #readathon

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melissajayne
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My list of #24hourreadathon books. Won‘t necessarily finish all of them, but I‘ll try to read a little of each one. Since I have to be at work on Sunday morning at 10 am, I‘ll likely read until about Midnight/1am (I start at 5 am PT). Will finalize the list later today.

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rachelsbrittain
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Currently listening (and loving)

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Deborah42
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I‘m not even a fan of monster movies, but I was riveted by Milicent Patrick‘s story. After creating the iconic costume for The Creature from the Black Lagoon, her department supervisor not only took full credit for her work, but also ruined her career and erased her story from official records. Now I want a list of monsters and movies created by women!

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“One of the hardest things about misogyny in the film industry isn‘t facing it directly, it‘s having to tamp down your anger about it so that when you speak about the problem, you‘ll be taken seriously. Women don‘t get to stomp around like Godzilla. Someone will just ask if you‘re on your period.”