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Something Worth Doing Paperback – September 1, 2020
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In 1853, Abigail Scott was a nineteen-year-old school teacher in Oregon Territory when she married Ben Duniway. Marriage meant giving up on teaching, but Abigail always believed she was meant to be more than a good wife and mother. When Abigail becomes the primary breadwinner for her growing family, what she sees as a working woman appalls her--and prompts her to devote her life to fighting for the rights of women, including the right to vote.
Based on a true story, Something Worth Doing will resonate with modern women who still grapple with the pull between career and family, finding their place in the public sphere, and dealing with frustrations and prejudices when competing in male-dominated spaces.
"I have long admired Jane Kirkpatrick's rich historical fiction, and Something Worth Doing is well worth reading! Oregonian Abigail Duniway is a vibrant, fiercely passionate, and determined activist who fought for women's suffrage. Women of today have cause to respect and admire her--as well as the loving, patient, and supportive husband who encouraged her to continue 'the silent hunt.'"--Francine Rivers, author of Redeeming Love
"Reading Jane Kirkpatrick's story of this persistent, passionate, and bold Oregon icon is indeed something worth doing!"--Susan G. Butruille, author of Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail
Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books, including One More River to Cross, Everything She Didn't Say, All Together in One Place, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have won the Carol Award for Historical Fiction and the 2016 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award, among others. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.
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- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0800736117
- ISBN-13 : 978-0800736118
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Revell (September 1, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Even though Abigail lived over 150 years ago she faced some of the same problems that women face today -the pull between career and family and the prejudice women encounter when they compete in a male-dominated world. This is also a timely book to celebrate 100 years since women gained the right to vote when the 19th Amendment was ratified. Thank you to all the women who faced scorn and ridicule for fighting for what they believed was right.
To be honest, I cared more for Jenny Scott - Abigail’s nickname before she married - who had a softness to her before marriage and life in general wore her down like a child’s teddy bear. She was still smart and headstrong in those early days, but you got the feeling that she smiled and laughed more often then too. I guess marrying a man before you were sure about whether you loved him or not could do that to you. But even after she realized that Ben was a good husband to her and an advocate for her passions, her cynicism could be overwhelming at times.
That feels unfair now that I’ve typed it. I hate doing laundry even with the wonderful modern inventions of the washing machine and dryer. There are days that I wish that I could quit working and do what I really love. Heck, hire a housekeeper so that I don’t have to vacuum my house ever again. And I can. Because women like Abigail broke the mold and fought for women’s suffrage. Equality has a long way to go yet, but because of women’s rights activists, I am not limited to certain jobs or activities because of my gender. I realize now that tact is a four-letter word when one needs ferocity and tenacity to breakdown oppression.
Kirkpatrick’s ability to create a captivating story from pieces of personal correspondence and archival research is truly remarkable. I would have to read all of the author’s source material to ascertain where the real Abigail Scott Duniway ended and the fictional shading to bring her to life began. With the exception of a small section where the narrative shifts to Ben’s point of view, the entire novel is seamless. I felt fully immersed in the time period and was excited to see which business venture Abigail tackled next. I related to her struggle of pursuing her dreams while taking care of her family at the same time. Although her mission was much more noble than any of my own undertakings.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, but especially to women who want more adventure in their life or those who worry that they are spreading themselves thin. I know that’s a wide spread, but there are so many connections to today’s modern woman that make this book a real gem.