Ten Days a Madwoman by Deborah Noyes


Genre: Biography

Page Count: 132

Publication Date: 2016

Summary: Nellie Bly moved to New York in 1887 with the intent of becoming a famous journalist – 33 years before women in the United States had the right to vote.  Women journalists at the time were expected to write about fashion and recipes but Nellie Bly wanted to write about things that really mattered. She approached the owner of the New York World, who suggested an outrageous idea that just might make her famous – go undercover into the asylum on Blackwell’s Island and report on the conditions inside.  She discovers neglect, abuse and false confinements.  Writing about this puts her in the spotlight and from then on, she continues to come up with outlandish schemes that will keep her stories on the front page of the papers. The book is filled with photographs of her various adventures.

Recommended? Yes.  When I was younger, I read a book about Amelia Earhart and she became my idol – I can see Nellie Bly becoming an idol for somebody else. It never occurred to her that she couldn’t do something simply because she was a woman.

If You’re Offended…  Don’t worry – this book is recommended for ages 10 & up.

Noteworthy Excerpts: “Who could tell but that the strain of playing crazy and being shut up with a crowd of mad people might turn my own brain and I would never get back.”  “You could say that it would be impossible for a slender, comparatively frail young woman to do such a fearsome thing. But that is because you are not thoroughly acquainted with Nellie Bly.”


One thought on “Ten Days a Madwoman by Deborah Noyes

  1. I liked this read as well— Many young girls could look to her as a definite role model for following your dreams and not letting anything stop you on your journey.


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