Author: Jill Lepore
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Summary: This book covered a number of interesting topics, but it tried to do too much and ended up feeling very disjointed.
Now that I’m back from my travels, I’m excited to really dive into Nonfiction November starting with my first nonfiction review of the month. I wish I could tell you I was equally enthusiastic about the book, especially since it covered a lot of interesting topics. The Secret History of Wonder Woman doesn’t only cover the origins of the comic. It also includes a history of feminism, a biography of the comic’s creator, and biographies of the many women in his unorthodox love life. Unfortunately, the mish-mash of topics didn’t entirely work for me.
I haven’t read many comics, so I loved learning about Wonder Woman and I appreciated the many comics which were included so I could follow the discussion. I also enjoyed learning about the origins and evolution of feminism. The biographies of not only the creator of the comic, but of his wife and his lover, were a bit much though. These biographies were important for their influence on the creation of the comic, but the author often jumped into them abruptly enough that I felt disoriented. There were quite a few times while reading this book that I found what I was reading interesting, but I wasn’t sure why I was reading it.
Despite sometimes feeling lost, I always had fun reading this book. The material was fascinating, this was an easy read, and I enjoyed the author’s sense of humor. Because of the organizational issues, I suspect there are better books if you’re mostly interested in the history of feminism. If you’re particularly interested in Wonder Woman or comics in general though, I think this unique, behind-the-scenes look at the comic could be a great read for you.