Posts Tagged ‘Nellie Bly’


I love to wander among the library shelves ,picking up random books and finding something new. Sometimes, I want a little more direction . A few weeks ago I read Devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America / Erik Larson . ( really good- about the Chicago world’s fair ). when I read that book , I remembered that I really enjoy history and I decided to see out some more nonfiction. I went to our new database, BookBrowse. BookBrowse is an online magazine for booklovers – including reviews, previews, “behind the book” backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more. One of the ways to browse for books is to look at the read alike page. I find looking by author is better than by title. I also went to nonfiction – and browse by time period. I ended up finding a lot of books to add to my huge to-be-read list. So What book did I end up with ?  Eighty days : Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s history-making race around the world / Matthew Goodman

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It took Phileas Fogg, Jules Verne’s fictional hero, 80 days to get around the world. In 1889, Nellie Bly went around the world in just 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes, and 14 seconds, beating Fogg by more than 7 days. Nellie Bly was a daredevil reporter, often working undercover for her assignments, at a time when women were not expected to make themselves heard. For most of Nellie’s life, women were not even allowed to vote.
Other people’s ideas of a woman’s proper role never stopped Nellie, however; whatever she could dream, she did. Hers was an exciting and very public life, one that Sue Macy captures with spirit and compassion in Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly.

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