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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: Maps for the Modern World

Maps for the Modern World
by Valerie June Hockett

Valerie June Hockett is a singer songwriter who performs under the name "Valerie June". Her music is a blend of folk / blues / gospel /country. I had not heard of her before checking out this book, but I've since searched her out. She currently has three studio albums. Her latest album includes the beautiful song "Call Me A Fool". You should go find it on YouTube and take a listen.

Anyway, this book is her first book of poetry. The topics are meditative and heartfelt, but also playful. Most of the poems have accompanying color line drawings by Hockett. They are broken into five themed sections.

Many of the poems are meditative, but there are topics like social justice, music, and poetry itself that are sprinkled into the mix.

Poetry is outside my usual choice in reading material, so I took a chance in picking this book up. But I'm really glad I did. Some of my favorites from this collection are "Perfectly Imperfect", "For You", and "The Words" and there are a bunch of others that I liked as well.

I rate Maps for the Modern World 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - I really enjoyed the poetry and the drawings, and was glad to find out about a new (to me) musical artist too! Anyone who is already a fan of the music of Valerie June will like this book, as will fans of meditative and somewhat whimsical poetry. I also think anyone willing to take a chance on a book of poetry, and who may be looking for something inspirational would also appreciate this book.

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