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Margot Mifflin

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Margot Mifflin is an author praised for writing "delicious social history (Dwight Garner, The New York Times). She wrote the first history of women's tattoo culture, Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo, and The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman, a finalist for a Caroline Bancroft History Award.

Her 2020 book Looking for Miss America, the first cultural history of the Miss America pageant, is a Cosmopolitan Best Nonfiction Book of 2020, a New York Post Best Book of 2020, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book, a National Book Review 5 Hot Books Pick, and a PureWow 12 Best Nonfiction Books of 2020. It was awarded the 2021 Pop Culture Association's Emily Toth Best Book in Woman's Studies award.

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Margot Mifflin I can't guarantee it would make a good plot, but my father was adopted and no one knows from where or under what circumstances. Apparently his mother …moreI can't guarantee it would make a good plot, but my father was adopted and no one knows from where or under what circumstances. Apparently his mother sometimes cried when asked about it. This is a mystery I'd love to solve. (less)
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Margot Mifflin. Counterpoint, $28 (320p) ISBN 978-1-64009-223-5




































Mifflin (Bodies of Subversion), an English professor at
Lehman College, intertwines the histories of the Miss America pageant
and American feminism in this vigorously researched and wryly humorous
account. Over the

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“But the very pattern Olive wore appears on a ceramic figurine of the late nineteenth or early twentieth century that displays traditional Mohave face painting, tattoo, beads, and clothing.”
Margot Mifflin, The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman

“In the early years of the Civil War, she continued to lecture and make other celebrity appearances. She visited the Old Ladies Home in New York City, where she bought a needlepoint bookmark in the shape of a Latin cross. She shopped in Boston. She visited the Abbotts in 1863. And in 1864, she learned that the Mohave leader who had orchestrated her adoption into the tribe was coming east. After a chain of events on the Colorado that Olive could never have imagined during her life as a Mohave, Irataba, now a Mohave diplomat and leader revered by whites, was in the city after a visit with President Lincoln in Washington. She bought herself a ticket to see him.”
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“In the coming years, Irataba emerged — from the perspective of the federal government — as the leader and spokesperson not only of the Mohaves, but of all the Colorado River tribes.”
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