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The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara
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it was ok

This is an odd sort of book.

It's part biography of an interesting creative, Milicent Patrick (the reason I picked it up). She really was interesting! Wish I could have known her!

It's part memoir of a young filmmaker and her research journey, Mallory O'Meara (probably mostly this). Maybe it's the middle aged curmudgeon in me, but I have trouble crediting a memoir from someone who hasn't completed three decades of life yet.

It's part feminist rant (a rather simplistic one, unfortunately, that is reminds me of every under-read, knee-jerk underclassman shallow over-reaction I've ever encountered--cringey).

It's part fan girl squee (that part was kind of fun).

I wanted to like it, but in the end, I have to rate it lowly because it's trying to be too many things at one time and doesn't do any of them justice as a result.

I found the narrative voice at times engaging and at times off-putting, but it was my own interest in Milicent Patrick and The Gill-man kept me going through to the end. I wish more of the book had been about its ostensible subject.
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Reading Progress

May 2, 2019 – Started Reading
May 2, 2019 – Shelved
November 10, 2019 – Finished Reading

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