Before picking up this book, I had never heard the name Marjorie Willis and after reading the book, I understood why. Ms. Hillis is one of those “hidden” historical people that unless you study a particular area and era inside and out, you will never hear of.
I’ve read plenty about the Roaring 20s and the pre-World War II era. Plenty. This era of American history fascinates me and in some ways our society today is a lot like it as much as things have changed. For example, Prohibition is still here except now it is with items such as marijuana and not alcohol. The effects are similar and at the same time but farther reaching. This is for another time. Another example is Wall Street and society was shaken to it’s core again in 2008. Yet sometimes the question bed, did we really learn? How much of what we have is still only on paper?
Marjorie Hillis wrote several books, her best known at that time being Live Alone and Like It. Ms. Hillis wrote for the single woman of the 1920’s and managed to sell products, known today as cross-promotion, for major retailers at the same time. Ms. Hillis managed to ride out the Great Depression and continued writing for many years, even after she married at an older age for the first time. The author, Joanna Scutts, paraphrases the book and goes into the historical context surrounding Ms. Hillis and her works.
10/10 for helping your mind to bloom. A must for feminists, Women’s Studies, Jazz Age enthusiasts, and history buffs.