Thursday, February 6, 2014

Historical Heartthrobs Blog Tour: The Author's Top Ten Crushes


In no particular order:

  1. Huey Newton: The ultimate rebel with a cause. Also, this badass mugshot.

  2. George Sand: Androgynous, sexually ambiguous, lover of all things erotic.

  3. Lord Byron: He’s like the ex-boyfriend you sometimes reminisce about fondly in a, Whoa, that was a wild ride, kind of way.

  4. Helen Gurley Brown: Even back then, she knew the most attractive thing a girl could do was, well, whatever she wanted--without compromising her femininity.

  5. Albert Camus: Classic intelligentsia--popped collar, insistent gaze, cigarette casually dangling from his lips.

  6. Sylvia Plath: That angsty emo chick inside of me lives for this girl.

  7. Nikola Tesla: The ultimate hard-to-get bachelor. Because he was asexual.

  8. Dorothy Parker: Snarky, smug, and whipsmart--the total package.

  9. Harry Houdini: A little freaky and oh-so-tragic.

  10. Maya Deren: This one’s purely superficial--she’s just the most ethereal, beautiful waif you want to place on your shelf.

From the poetic tenderness of Lord Byron to the alluring confidence of Bessie ColemanHistorical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes – from Cleopatra to Camus, by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd features fifty heartthrobs from the ages most likely to catch our eye and asks the question: Would you really want to date them? The book mines our shared cultural past for history’s most swoon-worthy icons such as CleopatraMarie Antoinette, and Che Guevara, and ranks them according to their overall "crushability," based on their relative levels of heroism/villainy.

"From Benjamin Franklin to Benazir Bhutto, Murphy introduces 50 historical crushes in chronological order. . . . While the short biographical sketches are informative and interesting, the titillating nature of the sex-life column should have teens tittering. The further reading section includes many similar books that could spark interest in historical scandals. Not a book to be read from beginning to end, but surely a tantalizing start for a beginning researcher." -Booklist 

"The good thing about falling for a dead person is that they never leave you, as Murphy and Fryd demonstrate in this broad-ranging, tongue-in-cheek guide to the hotties of history. The diverse individuals profiled stand out for their commitment to social causes, artistic and political influence, and sheer audacity. . . . With engrossing photos, lively quotations, and witty writing, it’s “the complete package”—just like Nellie Bly." -Publishers Weekly

Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, January 16 (Special author blog post)
Dear Teen Me
Monday, January 27
Live to Read
Biblio File
Tuesday, January 28
Here There Be Books
Wednesday, January 29
O2B Heavenly Minded
Ink and Page
Saturday, February 1
My Book Addiction and More
Thursday, February 6
The Mod Podge Bookshelf
Friday, February 7Sylvia Plath
In the Best Worlds
Monday, February 10
YA Book Nerd
Wednesday, February 12
Book Referees
Comp Lit and Mediaphilia
Friday, February 14
The Young Folks
Word to Dreams

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