People have been telling me that they either read fiction or nonfiction, like being right-handed or left-facing-handed. Not both usually. At least in my neighborhood.
I used to read mostly fiction for fun but over time I have been reading more nonfiction for pleasure. Maybe I can get a balance some day, who knows?
Other reviewers have complained that not a lot happens in the book but I found it a surprisingly easy read. I do warn any potential reader that she makes it clear that Herland has no people of color.
Despite its flaws, it did have two good points: women still need real pockets and our children are still not safe.
And it made me ask questions and think about society. Now I want to find more modern utopias.
The three men of Herland in my imagination: Jeff the idealist, Terry the macho one, and Van, the scientific one.
It's easy to dislike Terry. Before they even reach Herland, he's plotting to turn the women against each other and become king and then have his pick of the women. His two friends he plans to execute. He's clearly joking but it felt chilling not fun to me.
Spoiler: Terry's scheme does not even begin to happen.
Mary Roach has a fearless curiosity. She goes to the kind of places and asks the kind of questions that I just couldn't. The early chapters on dissection, decomposition, and crash analysis were the most fascinating in a forensics way. She's really funny and her footnotes made me stop and look up the whole story.