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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: The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11
by Garrett M. Graff

Riveting, compelling and horribly (in both senses of the word) effecting The Only Plane in the Sky is an excellent work of oral history and a must listen audiobook.

Garrett Graff has gathered together the words of many who were directly and indirectly impacted by the events of 9/11/2001, and sequenced them chronologically to let us take it all in as it happened. His intent, he says, is not to convey the facts of 9/11, but it's impact - what it felt like to live through that day.

As Graff also notes at the beginning of the book, those of us who were alive on 9/11 all have a story to tell about it, and that in itself is testimony to the impact it had. But those not yet born, or too young to remember, don't have that, and this book is really meant for them.

If you are at all like me you will find yourself shaken and teary eyed at more than one point in listening to this audiobook (and I do feel this is best experienced as an audiobook).

I rate this audiobook 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - it was exceptional and I think everyone should listen to it.

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