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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: A Sporting Chance : Australian Sporting Scandals and the Path to Redemption

A Sporting Chance : Australian Sporting Scandals and the Path to Redemption
 by Titus O'Reily
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Sporting Chance is a humorous take on sports scandals in Australia, and the ready forgiveness of sports stars ('Good Blokes' all) by Aussie sports fans. It's written by Melbourne's Titus O'Reily, a broadcaster / podcaster / comic / writer and sports aficionado.

This book was a gift from a great friend on our last visit to Australia in 2018, that is only now getting pulled of my pile of "to read" books and getting the attention it deserves.

I found this book quite funny, even though I only knew a slight bit about of a few of the sports stars, and knew nothing about the scandals that O'Reily writes about. The book manages to cover scandals from practically the founding of the country all the way up to the present day. Australia is a sports mad country, maybe even more so than the US if you can believe it. This book is a great way of getting to know some of the history of Aussie sport, and to get a better understanding of Aussie sports fans.

If you'd like to get a flavor for O'Reily's humor / writing style - check out the "About" section of his web site at https://www.titusoreily.com/about-titus.

While it did help that I've been to Australia several times and had some familiarity with sports there, I think any Australia-phile or sports fan might get a kick out of this book.

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