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[sticky post] The Sticky: An Introduction

This journal has been a couple of different things over the past few years. Right now, it's a place where I keep track of the books I've been reading, for my own reference and also for fun. Sometimes I talk about TV. Every once in a while, I do a fic exchange.

What you won't find here: politics, scholarship, personal experiences not directly related to books or TV, thorough reviews or criticism, serious business of any kind.

What you will find: the affective fallacy run rampant, gratuitous capslock, and lots of dumb jokes.

The general reading roundup is on Wednesday, Murder Monday is for mysteries and detective fiction, and occasional updates on Marcel Proust's novel In Search of Lost Time happen on Lost Time Thursdays. The 99 Novels tag keeps track of books from this 1984 list of "the best in English since 1939" by Anthony Burgess.

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Debbie Fakan Shattuck
Mar. 6th, 2017 06:02 pm (UTC)
Bloomer Girls
Hi Evelyn--
I hope you will consider reading Bloomer Girls despite Audrey_Archer's very negative review. The book does contain a lengthy bibliography but, more importantly, there are hundreds of detailed endnotes listing many primary sources on nineteenth-century women baseball players. The appendix is also important. I list every female player and team I found in the nineteenth century plus at least one source for each so others can do additional research if they would like. The book is heavy on analysis and lighter on anecdotes due to limitations from the publishers. I have already begun compiling information for a book that is almost entirely stories of the early female baseball pioneers. I've been researching the topic on and off for 30 years. It's a story that needs to be told. Bloomer Girls was the first attempt to do that.

Cheers,
Debbie Shattuck
evelyn_b
Mar. 6th, 2017 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Bloomer Girls
Hey, Debbie! I'd be happy to read it; it looks like a fascinating subject. I'll see if my library has it the next time I'm over there.

I should probably reiterate that this is a personal reading-tracking journal with reactions, not a proper review site. I don't hold myself to professional reviewer standards of reasoned argument or fairness or anything like that; I just say whatever comes into my head about books as I'm reading them, if anything does come into my head.

If I post about your book on this blog, it'll be in that spirit - I just want to say so at the outset to avoid any potential disappointment. I don't have any intention of trying to do proper book reviews here, now or in the future.

That said, I'll certainly check out Bloomer Girls as soon as I have time and opportunity. Thanks for suggesting it, and best of luck with your research!
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