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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: Two Paths: America Divided or United

Two Paths: America Divided or United by John Kasich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

John Kasich tells a bit of his life story, a bit of his philosophy of "governing" (and how that changed from his time on the Hill to his time as governor of Ohio), and then launches into an account of his time on the campaign trail in 2016 running for the Presidency. I picked up this book to refresh myself on Kasich after hearing that he'll speak at the Democratic National Convention this coming week. I read the audiobook, narrated by the author.

The book reads pretty much how I remember Kasich - light on policy, with an emphasis on fiscal conservatism and a balanced federal budget, but with a whole lot of heart and empathy, and an enthusiastic yet unpretentious delivery. If such a thing as "compassionate conservatism" really exists, Kasich seems to embody it far better than W did. You do get a good sense of who he is in reading this book.

Only three stars because Kasich was a bit too adroit at disowning some of the events on the campaign trail - saying more than once that "I wasn't into the strategy" of the campaign. Compared to the rest of the book his discussion of the campaign was a bit too disingenuous for me.

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