dangerous_woman_lg.jpgI read my fifth book for 12 Books, 12 Months in record time. Possibly, that's because I loved it so much. Or, possibly, it's because Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman has a few more pictures than it does words. Either way, it was a quick one.

Read this book. If you don't read any of the other books I read for this challenge, read this one. It's so much fun. I knew quite a bit about Emma Goldman's political life before I picked it up, but not much on her personal life. The graphic novel combines the two seamlessly, with dialogue that comes mostly from letters, and is supplemented perfectly by Sharon Rudahl's illustrations. I'm not a graphic novel person--I admire Maus, and I loved Fun Home--and I was skeptical of a biography in this format, but it works perfectly. It's informative, entertaining, and nearly impossible to put down.


First - read The Inventions of Hugo Cabret. Huge book, but graphic like this, and is an amazing read.

Second - Sarah Vowell talks about Goldman a lot in Assassination Vacation, which is one of my all-time favorites. Leon Czolgosz (Sp?) that shot McKinley was a big fan of Goldman.I think you might like her book, too.

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