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O My America!: Six Women and Their Second Acts in a New World

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  • Title: O My America!: Six Women and Their Second Acts in a New World
  • Author: Sara Wheeler
  • ISBN: 9780374298814
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Hardcover

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About "Sara Wheeler"

  1. Sara Wheeler

    Sara Wheeler was brought up in Bristol and studied Classics and Modern Languages at Brasenose College, University of Oxford After writing about her travels on the Greek island of Euboea and in Chile, she was accepted by the US National Science Foundation as their first female writer in residence at the South Pole, and spent seven months in Antarctica.In her resultant book Terra Incognita Travels in Antarctica, she mentioned sleeping in the captain s bunk in Scott s Hut Whilst in Antarctica she read The Worst Journey in the World, an account of the Terra Nova Expedition, and she later wrote a biography of its author Apsley Cherry Garrard.In 1999 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature From 2005 to 2009 she served as Trustee of the London Library.She was frequently abroad for two years, travelled to Russia, Alaska, Greenland, Canada and North Norway to write her book The Magnetic North Travels in the Arctic A journalist at the Daily Telegraph in the UK called it a snowstorm of historical, geographical and anthropological facts.In a 2012 BBC Radio 4 series To Strive and Seek, she told the personal stories of five various members of the Terra Nova Expedition.O My America Second Acts in a New World records the lives of women who travelled to America in the first half of the 19th Century Fanny Trollope, Fanny Kemble, Harriet Martineau, Rebecca Burlend, Isabella Bird, and Catherine Hubback, and the author s travels in pursuit of them.

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  1. I was SO looking forward to reading this book and it was SO disappointing When the author is about to turn 50 she finds these English women who all spent the second half of their lives in America reinventing themselves Each chapter is about one of the women and there is also a LOT of background about what was going on during that time period in US history While some of the women s stories were interesting, overall the whole book felt disjointed and some of the chapters had a lot about the author [...]


  2. I had two problems with this book but, apart from those, I did enjoy it because I love reading biographies and I love American history.At the very beginning, in her Author s Note, Wheeler declares that she finds the act of using first names in biographies to be deplorable a strong word indeed and I could not fathom why she was appealing for my understanding in this regard, asking the reader how could she call a woman Fannie when she has never met her I mean what else would you call a woman whose [...]


  3. A very pleasant read Wheeler follows the fortunes of 4 women who were very famous in the day, and still mean something now Fanny Trollope, Fanny Kemble, Harriet Martineau and Isabella Bird For good measure she adds 2 unknown ones, homesteader Rebecca Burlend and Catherine Hubback, one of Jane Austen s nieces and herself the author of several turgid novels Wheeler describes all these ladies with verve and empathy, without failing to make fun of their prejudices or idiosyncrasies Having embarked o [...]


  4. I still love the concept of this book Unfortunately, the author couldn t pull it off Six independent women left England to rediscover themselves in pioneering USA in middle age and this author describes their experiences and even follows their travels herself using maps they would have had in the 19th C and current maps How cool is that, obviously a good gift for me But she wandered too far from topic to provide history and trivia from the time Perhaps she didn t have enough material on her prin [...]


  5. only read the first two and a half chapters poorly written and edited it was as if the author published her research notes before organizing them all additional members of my book club agreed.


  6. I really wanted to like this book Wheeler tells the stories of 6 English women who come to America in their 40s and 50s to start over For some this means beginning businesses, while for others it means homesteading on the frontier As she tells their stories, Wheeler sets off on her own journey with two maps her GPS and the maps that would have been available to each of the six women She attempts to retrace their steps and see America as they would have seen it Unfortunately, I found Wheeler s wr [...]


  7. I have to say that my final response to Sara Wheeler s writing is much like her response to Harriet Martineau s.Wheeler travels the routes of six nineteenth century British women into and across the U.S in search of herself at midlife At the end we leave her in the little mountain town of Mineral in the shadow of California s Mount Lassen, a volcano last active in 1917 So she shares some spirit with one of her subjects, Isabella Bird, who in Colorado discovered something within herself almost ex [...]


  8. I seem to say this too often lately, but this is a wonderful book an admixture of memoir, biography, travelogue, history and philosophical musings I d not read anything by Sara Wheeler and look forward to her other books.But I m glad this was my first The idea of a second act in midlife is intriguing And the cost of that second act and its gains for all six nineteenth century women Wheeler follows are solid I like the semi balance of loss and reward over years and the joy amid trial for all six [...]


  9. O My America is a good read, but not an easy book to glide through Nevertheless, it is well worth the effort for several reasons an interesting view of American history from the viewpoint of English women visiting living in the developing United States in the 19th century somewhat akin to the BBC coming over to the US and reporting on various news stories, as they often do The result is often learning some facets of our history that you may not have much acquaintance with, such as Louisa May Alc [...]


  10. An amazing mix of biography, social anthropology, history, and travelogue, O My America Second Acts in a New World follows the lives of six women who visited America in the early part of the nineteenth century All of the women were transformed by their travel experience Sara Wheeler is well qualified for a sympathetic and objective description of this , and all of them transformed America in some way or another All six of them were authors to a greater or lesser extent, and over the course of th [...]


  11. So this was good in parts, I think she writes well and it was an interesting concept, but I agree with the reviewer who thought it was poorly editedme of the stories seemed patchy, disjointed And I was particularly irritated in a surprisingly pedantic way by her throw away remark about Lily Bart, from The Custom of the Country, one of my favourite Edith Wharton novels Wheeler writes that Wharton had given Lily a beard, in some strange transgender motif Of course the beautiful heroine didn t have [...]


  12. Readable and deeply entertaining, with a plethora of historical detail thrown in Indeed, that s sometimes the problem Wheeler is frequently distracted by tangential musings What she promises is the story of these six incredible women, and I wanted of that and less devotion to William Faulkner, Flannery O Connor, and the pioneering photographer Eadweard yes really Muybridge, interesting though they all are Great fun, and well written, but I never felt as though I got inside the heads of any of t [...]


  13. Sara Wheeler is an English nonfiction travel writer Wheeler s blend of extensive historical research with personal experience reminded me of Bill Bryson, although her research seems to go deep where his is broad When she was facing the age of female invisibility 50, for the males who may be reading she stumbled upon the story of Fanny Trollope who boldly adventured in the American West with her three youngest children when Cincinnati was a frontier town Her trip was a disaster, but resulted in a [...]


  14. Sara Wheeler has shifted conventional genre boundaries with this book Densely written, she has an incredible command of US history and the way people and events intersect and interact I enjoyed meeting her six girls and seeing them in the context of larger history The epilogue reaffirmed for me how deep my native California roots run the girl can leave CA but CA never ever leaves the girl I love the way she s written about a landscape that runs in my blood Sara Wheeler has inspired my newest int [...]


  15. A delightful, beautifully written composite of travel, memoir, social history and biography While painting rich, sympathetic portraits of six very different women whom she fondly terms my girls Wheeler also documents the rapid changes of the latter half of the nineteenth century Her six subjects are less role models than spirit guides, encouraging her and readers that personal reinvention is always possible, even as middle age approaches See my full review at For Books Sake.


  16. Read a review by Lyn Ralph and was intrigued Love women who reinvent selves in middle years Would love even passionate passionately women who reinvented selves at 70 Book idea Note Mother Jones and Helen Hunt Jackson both reinvented themselves in mid year and both told people they were older than their actual age Why 3 27 2014 choppy writing Loved the premise but not the execution Lots of interesting historical info about women s lives during mid nineteenth century.


  17. This book is an interesting but lengthy read about six women who traveled to America and what they discovered about themselves in their adventure I especially enjoyed the section dedicated to Fanny Kemble who married a Southern gentleman and a Plantation owner and how she viewed the slaves and how she felt about abolition This book is an enlightening look at earlier women who traveled and who were adventurous and spurs the reader on to a craving to get out and explore.This book is not a fast rea [...]


  18. Does Wheeler s interest in second acts stem from turning 50 or from having squandered the opportunities that fell her way post Terra Incognita Travels in Antarctica Reading this book stung because it became obvious that it was waste of my time


  19. The short biographies of six British women who travel separately to America during Victorian or civil war era include their impressions of the U.S American culture, slavery, etc The author retraces their journeys, and I found her own experiences and impressions equally interesting.


  20. I wass looking forward to this book but found it impossible to read Te author threw her own travels in there willy billy I got bored before reading 75 pages and will return it to the library tomorrow





  21. I really enjoyed this book It was like reading about a group of ladies that you would have loved to have been with.



  22. Good read but I wasn t crazy about the author inserting her personal narrative Her connections weren t that vital to the impact of the women s stories.


  23. Very entertaining The women have very different reasons for travelling here and very different experiences The author also travels to many of the same places.



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