Blog Tour: “Scribbling Women” True Tales From Astonishing Lives by Marthe Jocelyn

scribbling-women Title: “Scribbling Women” True Tales From Astonishing Lives

Author: Marthe Jocelyn

Martha’s Website:

200 pages, Publisher: Tundra Books

Genre: Children’s Nonfiction

Buy The Book: Amazon

Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than to spotlight Marthe Jocelyn’s new book “Scribbling Women” True Tales From Astonishing Lives. Jocelyn’s book showcases women whose stories may have been lost to history if not for the writings they left behind. Marthe Jocelyn’s profile of Daisy Ashford is the standout piece in the book. Young girls (and boys) will love reading about child novelist Ashford’s authoring of an accidental best seller. I absolutely cannot wait to share this book with all of the young girls in my life! I want to thank Tundra Books for including me in the “Scribbling Women” blog tour.

Contest Alert! Please click the following link for information about how you can enter to win a collection of 28 fabulous books authored by Marthe Jocelyn: Contest information is at the bottom of the linked post.

Also, make sure and stop by the other stops on the blog tour for “Scribbling Women” by Marthe Jocelyn:

Monday, March 28

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

More About “Scribbling Women” From The Publisher:

In 1855, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote to his publisher, complaining about the irritating fad of “scribbling women.” Whether they were written by professionals, by women who simply wanted to connect with others, or by those who wanted to leave a record of their lives, those “scribbles” are fascinating, informative, and instructive.
Margaret Catchpole was a transported prisoner whose eleven letters provide the earliest record of white settlement in Australia. Writing hundreds of years later, Aboriginal writer Doris Pilkington-Garimara wrote a novel about another kind of exile in Australia. Young Isabella Beeton, one of twenty-one children and herself the mother of four, managed to write a groundbreaking cookbook before she died at the age of twenty-eight. World traveler and journalist Nelly Bly used her writing to expose terrible injustices. Sei Shonagan has left us poetry and journal entries that provide a vivid look at the pampered life and intrigues in Japan’s imperial court. Ada Blackjack, sole survivor of a disastrous scientific expedition in the Arctic, fought isolation and fear with her precious Eversharp pencil. Dr. Dang Thuy Tram’s diary, written in a field hospital in the steaming North Vietnamese jungle while American bombs fell, is a heartbreaking record of fear and hope.
Many of the women in “Scribbling Women” had eventful lives. They became friends with cannibals, delivered babies, stole horses, and sailed on whaling ships. Others lived quietly, close to home. But each of them has illuminated the world through her words. (Summary provided by the publisher.)


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Scribbling Women on my foyer table


  1. says

    I agree. I will be giving this book out to neices for their birthdays. What could be more inspiring to young girls than to read about extraordinary women (even the not so famous ones) and their lives?

  2. says

    This tour is almost as fascinating as the book itself. The book is a great read and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve also enjoyed getting to know Marthe through the various interviews.

  3. says

    thank you all for your enthusiasm! and thank YOU, Well-Read Wife, for your thorough post. Looking quickly at the Scribbling Women in the book, I realize that of the eleven, only three were wives! Does solitude lead to adventure? Or to writing? or to both?

    • Mandy B says

      Hi Marthe,
      Thanks for stopping by! Those questions sound like they would make a great topic for a guest post;) *cough* *cough*
      I’m also going to be doing a giveaway post for Scribbling Women next week. I didn’t want to have the giveaway today because of the giveaway in conjunction with the blog tour.

  4. martha s says

    i only wish, like Isabella Beeton’s mother, that i had 21 children too. i would give a copy of this book to each one, male and female alike, and hope it would inspire them each to fulfillment of some kind or another.

  5. Christinabean says

    I am also enjoying this tour. It’s interesting to read all of the comments and questions Marthe has been answering. My question for Marthe – what would you say to Mr. Hawthorne if you could speak to him right now?

    • says

      poor Mr. Hawthorne has thousands of resentful high school students loathing him, thanks to their enforced reading of The Scarlet Letter. I don’t think I’d need to even open my mouth – I’d just hand him a reading list …


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