The Lady From The Black Lagoon, Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara #bookreview

Welcome back to Lamon Reviews. I recently finished listening to a wonderful audiobook by Mallory O’Meara.

I have been listening to Mallory for the past three years as she co-host with Brea Grant, (the best book and reading podcast I listen to) Reading Glasses! I love this podcast and listen every week.

My Review

I finished the audiobook The Lady From The Black Lagoon, Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara. My spot in the library queue came up after I got on the list a few weeks ago.

O’Meara gives as much detail as available about Milicent Patrick’s life, her career, her husbands, and her death. Although it is centered around her legacy with the creation of the Black Lagoon Creature, O’Meara makes sure readers understand Milicent as a whole person that loves, works hard, and has to deal with things such as depression and debilitating migrains like so many others.

I really enjoyed the entire book. Learning about Milicent Patrick was eye opening, not because she was basically written out of history when her work was not credited, no, I am sure we can find a plethora of examples of that, possibly even up to today!

I felt it was eye opening because of the way Mallory is inclusive of all females and marginalized peoples in the whole picture. Although Milicent professional life and career was stalled and stolen from her by the patriarchy we are all born into, Mallory makes a point of reminding us all that Milicent was one of many women and the fight for equality and inclusiveness is real and continues today.

I went on an emotional ride listening to details of Milicents life and the underlying story of how this book was researched and created. I got mad, cried, chuckled, got mad, and cried again. I can’t imagine how Milicent felt after doing what she was told, then being fired because of someone elses ego.

Mallory make several very poinant points, but the one I really take to heart is when she express her disappointment when Milicent simply accepts what happends. Every woman is not the strong antagonist that is always willing to or should fight, rail, and martyr themselves for our sake.

Realizing this has made me think hard on numerous things, spacifically how I see woman that are fighting for equality and inclusiveness. I believe for every one fighter, there must be a hundred Milicents that quietly accept the world as it is.

It makes me quite sad to say, I think I’m like Milicent. Although I have not had my hard work taken from me and not creditied, but if I were in that position, I don’t believe I could fight. But I am so very happy for those that do. You make the world better for me and gives me a voice that would be silenced without you.

Well, that is not where this post was suppose to go. I just wanted to talk about this awesome audiobook I listened to and recommend it to others.

Which I do whole heartedly. I want others to read this book and realize there is still a way to go. No matter our talents, recognition can and is still often stolen due to bias of sex, race, orientation and all things that makes us individual humans.

Readers that love biographies will enjoy this book. Or if you just want to take a short break from fiction and listen about the quirky life of an artist icon that was on the team that made cinimatic history with The Creature from the Black Lagoon, this is your book.

My Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

I hope you enjoyed today’s review. Let me know in the comments what you think and if you will give The Lady From the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara a read.

And As Always…

Go forth, dear readers, support your favorite indie authors and encourage reading and literacy.

K. LaMon
Lamon Reviews

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