Friday Morning Bookclub

October 14, 2010

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives My Name is Mary Sutter 3 3/4 Omelets

Filed under: My Name Is Mary Sutter,Polls,Rate The Book — susanbright @ 10:19 am

Amazon readers gave My Name is Mary Sutter 4 stars

Barnes and Noble readers gave My Name is Mary Sutter 4 stars

Mary is a a young midwife who aspires to be a doctor during the Civil War. After being turned down from medical school and losing the man she loves to her sister,  Mary takes matters into her own hands and heads to D.C. to offer her assistance to the war effort. I love historical fiction, yet have read very little about the Civil War. Although somewhat predictable, I found My Name is Mary Sutter an interesting read.


October 13, 2010

My Name is Mary Sutter: A Review By Bonnie

Filed under: Book Discussions,Book Recomendations,My Name Is Mary Sutter — susanbright @ 4:36 pm

            My Name is Mary Sutter is a story of one woman’s determination. A young woman, named Mary Sutter, her twin sister and their brother grew up around the time of the Civil War in America.  Mary followed in her mother’s footsteps becoming a midwife but was not content with this. She wanted to become a surgeon at a time when there were no woman doctors. She applied to Medical School and was rejected so she questioned a surgeon about interning with him so she could learn and again, the answer was no. Mary traveled to Washington from Buffalo to work as a nurse in the war. She started at the bottom, scrubbing floors, moving up to bandaging wounds, then to assisting with amputations. There were so many horrific injuries that eventually Mary had to begin performing amputations on her own to save soldiers’ lives. After gaining much respect in the medical field she finally was admitted to Medical School and became the doctor she always wanted to become.
           Mary was unlucky in love, which took a back seat to her intense love of medicine and only after obtaining her goal did, she at last find love with the very doctor she had worked so closely with during the war. This was an interesting  book about family dynamics, the liberation of women’s rights and romantic love all in one story.

October 7, 2010

My Name Is Mary Sutter: The Real Dorothea Dix

Filed under: Historical Fiction,My Name Is Mary Sutter — susanbright @ 11:55 am

As in this month’s book, Dorothea Dix served as the Union’s Superintendent of female nurses during the Civil War. Dix was born in 1802 in Hampden, Maine. She was self-educated, became a teacher, and even opened her own school for girls.  Dix was involved in working to improve the treatment of mentally ill patients for more than 20 years, and was  instrumental in opening the first public mental hospital.  At the age of 59, on the onset of the war, she volunteered to work for the Union. Dix was appointed in June 1961 and was in charge of the Union army nurses throughout the war.  “Dragon Dix” was known to  accept only plain women over the age of 30  and required that the 3,000+ nurses wore simple black or brown skirts, and no jewelry.  After the war she returned to working to help the mentally ill.  Dorothea Dix was included in the Great American Stamp Collection and  in 1993 her picture appeared on a 1 cent stamp.

October 6, 2010

My Name Is Mary Sutter- Interesting Facts About The First Female Doctor

Filed under: Historical Fiction,My Name Is Mary Sutter — susanbright @ 4:15 pm

In this month’s book, Mary Sutter is a midwife who dreams of being a doctor at a time when it was ALMOST impossible to get into medical school. Mary travels to D.C. hoping to find someone willing to teach her about medicine. The country is in the midst of The Civil War and Mary finds herself working in ill equipted hospitals not only changing linens but also taking care of the injured soldiers including aiding with amputations.

In reality, the first woman to graduate from medical school was Elizabeth Blackwell. Elizabeth was born in England in 1821 long before the factitious  Mary Sutter. She came to the United States with her family and became a teacher.  In 1847, after teaching in schools in Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina, Elizabeth began applying to medical schools. She was interested in meeting the needs of women who she felt would be more comfortable seeing a female doctor. After being turned down numerous times, Elizabeth applied to the Geneva Medical College in New York. When the Administration asked the students input as to whether she should be accepted, they assumed it was a joke and said yes! Elizabeth graduated first in her class from Geneva Medical College in 1849. After graduating she provided free outpatient care to women and children and in 1857 opened the New York Infirmary For Women and Children.  Elizabeth and her sister organized the Women’s Central Association of Relief, which helped with selecting as well as training nurses during the Civil War.

October 5, 2010

Rate This Month’s Book: My Name Is Mary Sutter By Robin Oliveira

Filed under: Historical Fiction,My Name Is Mary Sutter,Polls,Rate The Book — susanbright @ 10:43 am

Please help us rate our books! All votes and comments are welcomed.

October 2, 2010

Meet Robin Oliveira, The Author Of This Month’s Book: My Name is Mary Sutter

Filed under: Historical Fiction,My Name Is Mary Sutter — susanbright @ 9:41 am

Robin Oliveira grew up outside Albany, New York.  She has a BA degree in Russian, a MFA degree in writing and is a registered nurse. My Name is Mary Sutter is Oliveira’s first novel and was originally titled The Last Beautiful Day. The Last Beautiful Day was awarded the James Jones First Novel Fellowship in 2007. Quite a bit of research went into writing this novel. Oliveira read books on obstetrics, the history of the Civil War and even Florence Nightingales Textbook. She studied  surgeon’s manuals, midwives diaries and soldiers journals from not only the Civil War, but also WWI and WWII.  Oliveira spent time in the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Oliveira lives in Seattle with her husband and two college age children.

September 25, 2010

This Month’s Book: My Name Is Mary Sutter By Robin Oliveira

Filed under: Historical Fiction,My Name Is Mary Sutter,What is next?? — susanbright @ 10:03 am

Mary Sutter is a midwife who dreams of being a surgeon. However it is 1861, a time when it  is unheard of for a women to be accepted into Medical School. After sending in application after application with no response, Mary leaves her home in Albany, New York and heads to Washington D.C determined to fulfill her dream. Our book club has always enjoyed Historical Fictions. Join us in reading this novel which takes place during The Civil War!

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