In the 1920s, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald careered through New York City and Great Neck, Paris and the South of France, leaving in their wake a trail of splintered Champagne glasses and glittering bons mots. Their tragic, slow-motion falls — she to madness and a series of mental institutions, he to alcohol and an indifferent public — seemed inevitable, and drawn from the pages of one of his novels. She was reckless to the point of oddity; he always drank like a professional, collapsing the arc from charming to churlish early on. But theirs was surely one of the most fascinating literary and romantic partnerships, symbiotic to the point of cannibalism.
—  Therese Anne Fowler

liv’s top 10 fave historical women (l-r)

  1. nell gwynn, mistress to king charles ii of england (1650-1687)
  2. madame de pompadour, mistress to king louis xv of france (1721-1764)
  3. hurrem sultan, haseki sultan of suleiman “the magnificent” of the ottoman empire (1502-1558)
  4. madame de montespan, mistress to king louis xiv of france (1640-1707)
  5. catherine ii “the great,” empress of russia (1729-1796)
  6. georgiana cavendish, duchess of devonshire, society hostess & style icon(1757-1806)
  7. anne boleyn, queen consort of king henry viii of england (1501-1536)
  8. madame du barry, mistress to king louis xv of france (1743-1793)
  9. anne of austria, queen consort of king louis xiii of france & regent for her son, louis xiv (1601-1666)
  10. elizabeth i, queen regnant of england (1533-1603)

bonuses (because i’m indecisive asf):

Won’t we be quite the pair?– you with your bad heart, me with my bad head. Together, though, we might have something worthwhile.
—  Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Therese Anne Fowler


  1. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, by bell hooks
  2. A Companion to the Study of History, by Michael Stanford
  3. Teaching for Social Justice, Edited by William Ayers, Jean Ann Hunt, & Therese Quinn
  4. The White Architects of Black Education: Ideology and Power in America, 1865-1954, by William H. Watkins
  5. Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, by Lisa Delpit
  6. Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century, by Howard Gardner
  7. On the Teaching & Writing of History, by Bernard Bailyn
  8. Awakening the Natural Genius of the Black Child, by Amos N. Wilson
  9. How to Study History, by Norman F. Cantor & Richard I. Schneider
  10. Testing African-American Students, Edited by Asa G. Hilliard, III
  11. Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks & Get Students Excited About Doing History, by James W. Loewen
  12. The Community Teacher: A New Framework for Effective Urban Teaching, by Peter C. Murrell, Jr.
  13. Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past, by Sam Wineburg
  14. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen
  15. Making Their Mark: Educating African-American Children, A Bold New Plan for Educational Reform, by Dr. Israel Tribble, Jr.
  16. Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, by bell hooks
So I’m reading Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald...

And I know that Scott and Zelda look like this…

But in my head they keep morphing into…

I’m only in the beginning though. I’m sure once the book starts painting a less flattering picture of Scott, I’ll stop imagining him as Tom Hiddleston. But for now *heart eyes*

bibliochor :)