Just got off reserve from the library
Just got off reserve from the library
I started this one last night and I‘m finding it exceptionally well done so far. 👍🏻
(And the publishers really outdid themselves with this edition; the “naked hardcover” under the jacket displays all the victims‘ names).
This is not just another book about Jack the Ripper. This focuses only on the five victims lives from their childhoods to circumstances that led to them living on the streets. #bookphotography ☀️
My day was pretty bluh until about 20 minutes ago, when I picked up The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, by Hallie Rubenhold. I predict that I will not be putting it down any time soon. 😱
Different side of the story.
Get a look at what the women were like before their deaths.
This book is breaking my heart. I‘m reading on my lunch hour, sobbing at my desk. 😭😭
An eye opening book about five women downtrodden by Victorian society, who have little in common but the place and time of their murders.
I especially liked Runbenhold‘s conclusion where she calls society to account for celebrating criminals rather than empathizing with and supporting victims.
I‘m about halfway through Bowlaway but I got this last night and HAD to start it today. Has anyone else picked this up yet?
I have so much else that I should be reading, but this is what I (currently) WANT to read, so I‘m going to start it now. I know I‘m in the minority here, but this is one time that I prefer the US cover to the the UK cover. This is so much more atmospheric than the black and white broadsheet-style cover. 🤷🏻♀️ #currentlyreading
The orchestra is tuning up - it‘s opera tonight! English National Opera at the Coliseum in a production that follows the lives not the deaths of The Rippers victims. Niche, I know! It‘s either going to be amazing...... or not! 🤣
My favorite book so far this year - it‘s a must read. Grab a copy! Rubenhold tells the story of each of Jack the Ripper‘s victims, something that has yet to be done. Spoiler: they weren‘t all prostitutes as various telling indicate. Plus, she spells out the social history of 1888. It‘s marvelous and spellbinding and heartbreaking. And, her conclusion is absolute perfection. A great example of narrative nonfiction. Thanks to #NetGalley for the ARC.
I saw the post from @LeahBergen and immediately wanted to read this. I managed to get approved for an ARC on Edelweiss. Hope to read it quickly before the North American release on April 9th.
I have other books started, but I really want to read this before the official pub date in the US - April 9. I‘ll sneak a few pages in before work this morning....
Meticulously researched biographies of the women murdered. Hallie shows how easy it was to slip into a life of drink, workhouses, doss houses and tramping the streets, dispelling the myth that these were all prostitutes. If you are looking for speculation about who he was or details of the murders, this book is not it, rather it is the life of women who are usually forgotten and judged for their lifestyles.
#BookMail Pt8 I love this edition from Waterstones! It‘s a bit disconcerting at first,the “newspaper” dust jacket is smaller than the book itself. I thought they may have sent the wrong one initially,then I realised it‘s so you can see the names written all over it.This non fiction looks at the lives of the “canonical five”. Most books are written about their killer, the author thought it was high time his victims were remembered instead.I agree👍
4.5 STARS - An engaging, well-researched and unflinching look at the lives of the five female victims of the infamous murderer. I found this to be quite eye-opening and (it feels odd to day) enjoyable read that opened my eyes to daily life for women in the 19th century. Look for it April 9/19.
My review: http://bit.ly/2UOMvEs
After Book Depository sent me the wrong book, said they'd send the correct one, then cancelled the order completely, I've finally caved and ordered this from Amazon's UK site.... the things I'll do for a pretty cover.
I‘ve been really looking forward to this one (and think the UK cover is SO much better than the US cover 😬).