The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The

I just finished reading this book and immediately got on my computer to tell you all about how wonderful it is.  I loved it.  I started it yesterday and couldn’t put it down.  I even read it during intermissions at the (poorly-lit) hockey game last night.

I read it based on Emily‘s recommendation of it.  I thought it would just be a good story of a girl at boarding school and a secret society.  Despite spending my entire academic life in public institutions, I’ve always been fascinated by the secret societies at prep schools and the Ivy League colleges.  But this book turned out to be so much more.

Frankie is the kind of girl that I want to be.  The feminist who actually tests the gender roles around her.  As much as I may talk about feminist ideas, I still have to ask one of the men at work to change the water bottle or kill the palmetto bug  (the Floridian’s nice way of saying “cockroach”) I find in my office.  I can’t completely break out of the female role I was molded into.  In my profession, I occasionally will have to brush up against the Old Boys network just like Frankie so I enjoyed living vicariously through her.

I also enjoyed the way she thinks.  The decision-making process she goes through during every conversation.  The neglected positives.  It made it all rather enjoyable to read.

And I’m glad that I learned that a female peacock is a peahen and together they are peafowl.

Everyone should go out and read this book.

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