I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe: Following a Rosetta and Jeremiah, young couple during the Civil War, I could not help but fall in love with these fully realized, flawed characters. Based on a true story, we experience both major battles and mundane days with Rosetta and Jeremiah. McCabe opens up America in the 1860’s to us modern readers and explores the highly delineated worlds men and women were forced to inhabit. It seems hard to believe that women could have pulled this off but once you realize no man had seen a women in pants before, it becomes more believable. Even though I finished it a few weeks ago, I cannot stop thinking about this book and have mentioned it several times on Twitter and to friends. I Shall Be Near to You is hauntingly good. This is important inclusionist history and every feminist worth her salt should read this book.
What I watched: North by Northwest, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Fright Night, The Addams Family, Galaxy Quest, The Benchwarmers, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, The Mighty Ducks