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ARC Review: The Divorce Colony

The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier by April White April White’s The Divorce Colony is set during the Gilded Age, in the America of the late 1800s. It revolves around the lax divorce rules then to be found in South Dakota.  Today, getting divorced is almost easier than getting married. But in the Gilded Age, divorces were not so easy to obtain. Divorce was viewed as a moral concern for the state, and was denounced from the pulpit for threatening the sanctity of marriage. Even President Theodore Roosevelt spoke out against it.  Laws around divorce tended to be most lax on the frontiers of the United States. By the 1880s the territory of Dakota gained the dubious honor of posting the largest rise in divorces in the country. At the turn of the century one city - Sioux Falls, South Dakota - gained a reputation for having the laxest divorce laws of all, and required only a three month residency in order to take advantage of them

Review: Educated

by Tara Westover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of the few books I've read where all the build up and all the good things I'd heard about it were exactly spot on. An "extreme" coming of age story, with scenes of domestic abuse, cult behavior, and mental health issues, as well as rural poverty and isolation, all experienced by the author as a home schooled young girl. The author finds her way through all of this and goes on to receive a high level education including a doctorate, while losing some parts of her family connection (including with her parents). Highly recommend.