I will say that I have not finished reading the book. And you are probably thinking, I should stop writing reviews before I finish. However, I can't wait to finish the book to write a review because I LOVE this book! This book is very readable and very real. I don't want to read through it too fast because there is so much to absorb in what I am reading. So I don't want my review to be put off for too much longer. I feel as if I am sitting beside these women as they go through their life. The author does a very good job of putting the events in a larger context of the time. She does not show bias toward any one side. She tells us what these women went through and to the extent possible, she tells us what they felt about it. At no point in time did I feel like she was trying to convince me to think of this controversial figure in a certain light. I felt that I was being encouraged to make up my own mind.
This is not simply a book about the women in John Brown's family. This is not simply a book about radical abolitionism. This is a book about a nation, a struggle, a time period. This is a book about family, duty, and sacrifice for a cause. It is a book that will cause to look at history differently. It might even make you look at the present differently. It will make you question your beliefs.
I would recommend a physical copy of the book as it would be easier to refer to the notes on the author's source material. And I would recommend buying this book and not simply borrowing it from the library. You will want to read it more than once.
If you are interested in the lives of women, get this book.
If you are interested in abolitionism, get this book.
If you are interested in the Civil War era, get this book.
If you are interested in family dynamics, get this book.
If you are even slightly interested in history, get this book.
I received a free copy of it through NetGalley with the agreement that I give an honest review. My review is rather late at this point, but better late than never, hopefully.
- Hardcover: 296 pages
- Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (August 6, 2013)
- Language: English