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The Woman They Could Not Silence
The Woman They Could Not Silence: The Timeless Story of One Woman's Journey to Be Heard | Kate Moore
From the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journalbestselling author of The Radium Girlscomes another dark and dramatic but ultimately uplifting tale of a forgotten woman whose inspirational journey sparked lasting change for women's rights and exposed injustices that still resonate today. 1860: As the clash between the states rolls slowly to a boil, Elizabeth Packard, housewife and mother of six, is facing her own battle. The enemy sits across the table and sleeps in the next room. Her husband of twenty-one years is plotting against her because he feels increasingly threatened--by Elizabeth's intellect, independence, and unwillingness to stifle her own thoughts. So Theophilus makes a plan to put his wife back in her place. One summer morning, he has her committed to an insane asylum. The horrific conditions inside the Illinois State Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois, are overseen by Dr. Andrew McFarland, a man who will prove to be even more dangerous to Elizabeth than her traitorous husband. But most disturbing is that Elizabeth is not the only sane woman confined to the institution. There are many rational women on her ward who tell the same story: they've been committed not because they need medical treatment, but to keep them in line--conveniently labeled "crazy" so their voices are ignored. No one is willing to fight for their freedom and, disenfranchised both by gender and the stigma of their supposed madness, they cannot possibly fight for themselves. But Elizabeth is about to discover that the merit of losing everything is that you then have nothing to lose... Bestselling author Kate Moore brings her sparkling narrative voice to The Woman They Could Not Silence, an unputdownable story of the forgotten woman who courageously fought for her own freedom--and in so doing freed millions more. Elizabeth's refusal to be silenced and her ceaseless quest for justice not only challenged the medical science of the day, and led to a giant leap forward in human rights, it also showcased the most salutary lesson: sometimes, the greatest heroes we have are those inside ourselves. "The glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still."--NPR Books for The Radium Girls
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FelinesAndFelonies
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This is one of my favorite non-fiction books ever! The author also wrote Radium Girls. This is the story of a woman committed to an Insane Asylum in Illinois by her husband. She was committed at her husband's request after he tired of her having her own ideas. It is a horrifying, curious, disturbing story that is like an eerie echo of the societal issues surrounding gender at present. I literally said Wow when I closed this book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

NikkiM5 Oh wow, sounds heartbreaking and infuriating at the same time. 2mo
EKonrad Such an interesting read! 2mo
FelinesAndFelonies @NikkiM5 the part that got me was the discrediting of women's voices and how that is seen now but in different situations. The description of women as crazy for being bold or emotional. Really disturbing. @EKonrad it was very eye-opening. 2mo
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MaggieCarr
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Can I give a book five stars and be flustered as all get out at the opposition she had to face as a result of having a brain, common sense, and a desire to be heard just because she was a woman, wife & mother? Well, it seems I can. Hot dang if this didn't get me all sorts of riled up and she's long since been dead and buried but her legacy lives and her fight was not in vain. Can't wait to get my hands in Radium Girls.

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Moore again dazzles with a narrative nonfiction detailing Elizabeth Packard‘s commitment to an asylum by her husband, her fight for freedom, and the unrelenting advocacy she performed on behalf of women and the mentally ill. I was particularly struck by Moore‘s postscript where the parallel between Packard‘s experience and modern women‘s continued fight against those that dismiss us as “crazy” is drawn. Well, “just look at what crazy can do.” 5⭐️

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Victoriahoperose
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This is such an important story from history. It was very well researched and genuinely interesting to listen to. I‘m glad I stuck through it and finished it. The writing is good, but sometimes a bit dry. Overall, I thought it was interesting and something we should definitely be aware of and listening to about things that we should be aware of as women to make sure our history doesn‘t repeat itself.

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keys_on_fire
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This was an amazing insight into how much influence one person can have just by never giving up. It is disturbing how easy it was for husbands to discard their wives by committing them as insane. For me, this was a heavier subject than Radium Girls and took me longer to get through, but I really love Kate Moore's ability to tackle such a tough subject with compelling storytelling.

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Aims42
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A tough to read at times book, but worth it!! I got an Erik Larson vibe from Kate‘s writing; informative, factual, but never boring 👍🏻 I‘m definitely giving her first book a read

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SpookyMazeOfBooks

a must read .

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Aims42
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Ending my Labor Day weekend the same way it started ☺️

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TieDyeDude
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Essential reading! After being blown away by Radium Girls, I put this on hold as soon as I was able to, and Moore does not disappoint. As I read Ms. Packard's story, I might not have loved every page, but honestly, with all the shit she goes through, I felt obligated to push through and hear her whole story. And it's a doozy! One of the earliest fighters for women's rights, her ordeal would break the ordinary man, let alone other women.

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everlocalwest
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With Radium Girls the story was gripping and tragic but the writing just serviceable, this book suffers even more strongly for that. Moore did a fantastic amount of research but it bogged down her narrative. A difficult balance, wanting to serve the legacy of someone while telling a compelling story in such a way that modern readers will grab tight to them. Moore tips too far in trying to get the details in Worth the read but sometimes an infodump

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TheBiasedBibliophile
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To seamlessly combine Packard‘s own words with Moore‘s prowess as an author is an outstanding feat of talent! There were so many moving parts to this story, it was clear that a lot of research & skill were necessary to transform it into a masterpiece. While I could ramble on about so many fantastic aspects of this book, the part that stirred my heart the most was the beautiful way that Kate Moore conveyed Elizabeth Packard‘s sense of sisterhood.

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DarkMina
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#weekendreads

1. Song of Achilles and Sky Without Stars on audio.
2. Both depending on the story
3.Tagged

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EadieB
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1860. This is a true story of the historical battle for women's mental health rights. Elizabeth Packard's husband of twenty-one years feels increasingly threatened by Elizabeth's intellect, independence, and unwillingness to stifle her own thoughts. He makes plans to put his wife back in her place by committing her to an insane asylum. There are many rational women on her ward who have been committed in order to keep them in line.

EadieB Elizabeth's refusal to be silenced and her ceaseless quest for justice challenged the medical science of the day, and led to a giant leap forward in women's human rights. I enjoyed this book but thought it could be shorter as it repeated facts too many times. If you enjoy stories about forgotten women of history, then you will enjoy this book. 5mo
DarkMina This sounds good. I really liked The Radium Girls. Stacked! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 5mo
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Daisey
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I received a hardback copy of this book through @Sourcebooks for a @litsybookclub read and started it at the beginning of July. However, life got busy and I didn‘t have the time or focus to finish it. My #audiobook hold came in a few days ago and I finished it while working and driving. It‘s a frustrating and fascinating story of a fight for women‘s rights. I didn‘t get as caught up in this as Moore‘s Radium Girls, but it was well worth the time.

keys_on_fire This is next on my list; I have put it to the side I order to read book club obligations and I‘m not doing that this time!! 😂 6mo
Daisey @TheAromaofBooks This is my August #BookSpin book 11! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 5mo
Daisey @keys_on_fire I completely get it. Additionally, this is quite a long book to fit in amongst others as well. 5mo
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Jgotham
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This started out pretty well and I was invested but soon it started to draaaaag. The story and the premise was good but I honestly think the book could‘ve been half the size. It soon became monotonous and I didn‘t need every single detail over and over. I don‘t want to dissuade anyone from reading because I think it is an important piece of history. Just wished it was shorter.

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abookishbutterfly
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I do not think a single fictional horror story exists that can outdo the things that have happened and will happen in this world. We live the ultimate terror daily. The story detailed in this book is truly a terrifying one and while it‘s part of history, it‘s something that did happen - something that could happen again in different ways.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3993966712

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abookishbutterfly

“Truth… may for a time be crushed to the earth, [but] it shall rise again with renovated strength.” ~Elizabeth Packard, as quoted in The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore

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abookishbutterfly

“You can cage a bird and thus keep her down a level with her serpent-mate, but just give her the use of her powers, its freedom, and she will rise.” ~From Elizabeth Packard‘s journal, as quoted in the book The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore

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BookishMarginalia
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#Recommendsday This is the true story of #ElizabethPackard, who was committed by her pastor husband to an insane asylum in 1860 for being too independent-minded. But Elizabeth would persevere and win not just her freedom, but changes in the laws, benefiting all people deemed “insane” and most importantly, married women. This book is a testament to the power of one strong, energetic individual with a mission. Very relevant to our times!

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WanderingBookaneer
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#TrickyCat loves nestling next to @BookishMarginalia as she reads #CatsOfLitsy

BookishMarginalia I think he thinks he‘s a puppy! 6mo
RaeLovesToRead So cute!! 😍 6mo
Gissy 😻❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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BookishMarginalia
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This is the very determined #ElizabethPackard in her #authorphoto — she looks as fierce as she was!

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BookishMarginalia
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#ElizabethPackard refused to bow to the constraints of 19th century American social and legal mores that kept women firmly in their allotted boxes.

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Jgotham
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She would not submit to him. As she put it, “A peace based on injustice…is a treacherous sleep whose waking is death. Your honor lies in waking out of it.”

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BookishMarginalia
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I dropped everything to read this book because the borrowed audiobook is due soon! 47% in and I am riveted. Elizabeth Packard is a force to be reckoned with.

UPDATE: Made it to 67% before the library loan expired. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Back on hold 🤷🏻‍♀️

#immersionreading #womensrights

MamaGina Do you use Hoopla? It‘s on there now! 🤓 6mo
EKonrad I loved this one! So interesting! 😊 6mo
BookishMarginalia @MamaGina Yes! Thanks! 6mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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And my non-fiction streak continues with a past @litsybookclub monthly pick.

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tpixie
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Thanks @Sourcebooks This book is an amazing recounting of a remarkable woman who paved the way for Asylum Reform, Women‘s Rights, and Medical Accountability. It‘s nonfiction but “Reads like a book“

@Sourcebooks #sponsoredbookclub
#Litsybookclub
#WomenInspiringWomen
#Bookmarked

Tamra I agree, it definitely reads like a novel. Sometimes truth is more unbelievable than fiction, and this book is a good example! (edited) 7mo
tpixie @Tamra yes! There were so many times I was sadly amazed/ terrified as I read this. Elizabeth was a remarkable woman, dedicating her life to this cause! I‘m so glad someone else- you!- has read this book. I feel we all should! (edited) 7mo
melissanorr I just put this on a list of recommendations at the library! 7mo
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Tamra @tpixie yes indeed! 7mo
CoverToCoverGirl I need to read this. 7mo
Chrissyreadit I wonder if Brittney Spears has read this? Sounds like she can relate- although she did/does have mental health needs. 7mo
Chrissyreadit I def want to read this. 7mo
tpixie @melissanorr perfect! It‘s a must read! 7mo
tpixie @Chrissyreadit tI certainly could apply to Brittany ! 7mo
tpixie @CoverToCoverGirl @Chrissyreadit this is such an important part of Women‘s History! 7mo
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EKonrad
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One of the best non-fiction books I've read in a while - such a captivating story of a woman who was committed to an asylum in the 1860s for basically disagreeing with her husband. Truly inspirational and fascinating account of a crusader for mental illness patients and women. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #arc

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2021/07/03/the-woman-they-could-not-silence-book-review/

tpixie Yes!!! Great review! Remarkable book and woman! 7mo
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litsybookclub
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So sorry! There wasn‘t a meeting this month nor questions because I was sick and graduate school homework! I will post the July book soon too!

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Tamra
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Awesome research about one tenacious woman…..whew! Elizabeth would most certainly be labeled a b*tch and worse today. Hopefully she does indeed have the last word, eventually.

Big kudos for all the research! The postscript will raise the hair on the back of your neck. 😳

The one downside is it‘s too long, being belabored or repetitive in parts.

tpixie I did the audio and then would refer back to the book. I think that helped. 7mo
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keys_on_fire
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Super excited about the tagged book, as I LOVED Radium Girls, which this author wrote. Ordered it from Barnes and Noble today and got the Nicola Yoon book for $5!!

AileenRR LOVE The Sun is Also a Star 💖 7mo
youneverarrived Tagged book sounds so good! The Radium Girls is one of my favourites 💚 7mo
keys_on_fire @AileenRR I‘ve heard it‘s good, so I couldn‘t pass up that deal! 7mo
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tpixie This book, The Woman…, is a must read! @youneverarrived @keys_on_fire (edited) 7mo
keys_on_fire @tpixie I‘m starting The Woman next!! 7mo
tpixie @keys_on_fire awesomeness! 7mo
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Tamra
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Bailed on two other audio books before this one - definitely an infuriating and fascinating subject! I feel badly saying I‘m “enjoying” it. 😐

MallenNC I am waiting on my copy to arrive. I felt the same way about Radium Girls — I was infuriated by what they went through but was glad to read their story. 7mo
Tamra @MallenNC I was so surprised I got the audio from the library quickly! I liked Radium Girls too! 7mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Birthday gifts from @WanderingBookaneer 👏🏼💜👏🏼 She took me on a birthday shopping spree to Barnes & Noble! #BirthdayLoot #bookhaul

DivineDiana The best gift! Happy Birthday! 📚🎉📚 7mo
Suet624 Happy birthday!!! 7mo
Gissy Felicidades! Happy Birthday! 🎂🎈 🎈🎈🎉🎉🥳📚📚📚❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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Leftcoastzen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 7mo
MaureenMc 🥰🥳🎂 7mo
QuietlyLaura Happy Birthday! 🎉 🥳📚 7mo
LeslieO HBD! Great haul! 7mo
bookful Happy birthday 🎂🥳 oooo book goodies! 7mo
DarkMina Happy birthday! 7mo
OrangeMooseReads Happy Birthday!!!! 🎂 7mo
Chrissyreadit Happy Birthday!! ❤️🎉🥳❤️ 7mo
Ephemera Hoax is excellent. I just read it. 7mo
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Kaylamburson
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Was just sent this marketing email and it got me! Just pre-ordered The Woman They Could Not Silence on Audible! Comes out tomorrow!

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I‘ll bet you‘ve never heard of Mrs. Elizabeth Packard. Although her story is quite dramatic, she‘s not in history books. And, if her husband Theophilus had anything to say about it, she would have lived out her days in an asylum for the insane. Yet, she was quite sane. Combines biography, social history with feminist perspective before her time.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2021 #abouthelpingothers #nonfiction2021

Daisey I‘m so looking forward to reading this one! I just need to find time. 7mo
Jgotham I almost picked this up over this week. Looks so good 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Daisey And I obviously need to find some time for Litsy! Hope you enjoy this book whenever you get to it. 🤓 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Jgotham It‘s definitely worth it! 7mo
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litsybookclub
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New month, new book. Please join us in reading this month‘s selection. Questions, ask @Bookworm83 or @Graciouswarriorprincess .

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That looks good! You were interested in reading this one too, right @BarbaraTheBibliophage 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes! I have the ARC and will be reading it before the pub date! Thanks for the heads up. 😎 8mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage You‘re welcome. I thought you might be interested. 8mo
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Mitch
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Wow - another one for the ‘2021 year of exciting new book releases‘ pile! 👍🏼

wanderinglynn Sounds like an incredible story. Stacked! 11mo
thewallflower0707 Stacked! 11mo
Mitch @wanderinglynn agreed! 11mo
Bookzombie Stacked! 11mo
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