I Want Mackenzi Lee to Write Everything: A Review of Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee

Seriously, I want her to write EVERYTHING. 

Here’s what my “initial thoughts” review said: everything gets 5 stars, the end.


That’s not a very good review. I mean, it is, but it’s not very thorough. It doesn’t tell you why I’ve suddenly decided Mackenzi Lee should narrate my life à la Morgan Freeman in the movie of my life that’s constantly playing in my head.

So here is the question you are all no doubt wondering: why is this book so awesome?

Answer: It’s all the wonderful, fantastic, heroic, evil, weird stuff that history classes don’t teach you*.

*Except for Lauf’s Women in Medieval Studies Independent Course, which was of course, AWESOME. 

For the first time since I discovered there’s an academic journal dedicated to studying Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it’s effects on this world we live in (no, I’m not kidding. It really exists.), I felt the need to spend the day on JSTOR just looking up historical women and finding all these cool facts like Mackenzi did. The downside is that most of the articles on JSTOR were written for academic purposes, and therefore lack the hilariously wonderful narration that Bygone Badass Broads has.

Bygone Badass Broads is a book that every human should read. The end.

Oh! My favorite (can I have a favorite here? it feels wrong) woman that I learned about in this book was Marm Mandlebaum, aka “The Queen of Thieves”. Who was yours?

well wishes candy fishes kait

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