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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

How to Create the Perfect Wife

How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate - Wendy Moore

This book relates the bizarre tale of Thomas Day, wealthy English gentleman of the Enlightenment, who was obsessed with the educational theories of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.  So much so that he kidnapped two orphans, with the goal of raising them so that one of them would become his wife, who would live with him in contentment in rural isolation, without servants and serving as his drudge mule, but providing him with intelligent conversation while obeying his every whim. 


The lucky one was the one found unacceptable after six months, who was pensioned off.


Moore also covers what happened to the other girl, to Day, to his friends, and to the story, which inspired several novelists of the 19th century, including Henry James.


It's truly impressive how many famous people show up in this tale.


I was also amused at how Day's characterization reminded me of that of Cato in Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome novels, with smallpox scars replacing the beak nose.


I enjoyed this one thoroughly and look forward to reading the author's other works, when I can find them.