What are you reading? (Morgan M., Chicago, IL)

(For the week of September 30th, 2010 – Morgan M., Chicago, IL)

Morgan, What are you reading?

I’m currently reading Sin and the Second City by Karen Abbott, which my stepmom gave me.  This is a non-fiction book about a very seedy and fascinating underground world in the earlier part of 1900s Chicago. It’s about the Everleigh sisters who started “the most famous brothel” in American history. Minna and Ada Everleigh basically built an empire that originated from stories of young girls being abducted and forced into “white slavery”. That particular chapter of the book is super creepy. There were some raging pervs back in the day! They wanted to open a club where girls were paid handsomely, were kept healthy, fed well, treated well by their clientele, all the while being…well, whores. Admittedly, I haven’t gotten very far into the book, but the fact that this is an historical account of women who, at a time were mostly oppressed wives and daughters, took the reigns on their lives in an, albeit, unconventional way is AMAZING and surprisingly inspiring, not to mention kinda funny.

What was the last thing you read?

Technically, I just re-read Romeo & Juliet because my theatre company, Babes With Blades, is producing it next year. Besides R&J, I think the last book I read was Carnet De Voyage by Craig Thompson. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s basically a travel journal written as a graphic novel. All the drawings are in black and white, which enhanced the story for me with their simplicity. The story revolves around Craig Thompson going abroad for a book signing of his graphic novel Blankets (another fabulous read) all the while dealing with a sad break up, traveling to stunning destinations all by himself and the interesting people he meets along the way. Overall, the book just made me want to travel and start writing my own graphic novels.

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Books. Adventures. Chicago. Married. Mommy. Cat.

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