The Blue Tattoo Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

The Blue Tattoo


  • Author : Margot Mifflin
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Release Date : 2009-04-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN 10 : 9780803211483

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The Blue Tattoo Excerpt :

"Based on historical records, including the letters and diaries of Oatman's friends and relatives, The Blue Tattoo is the first book to examine her life from her childhood in Illinois including the massacre, her captivity, and her return to white society - to her later years as a wealthy banker's wife in Texas."--BOOK JACKET.

The Blue Tattoo Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

The Blue Tattoo


  • Author : Margot Mifflin
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Release Date : 2009-04-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780803254350

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The Blue Tattoo Excerpt :

In 1851 Olive Oatman was a thirteen-year old pioneer traveling west toward Zion, with her Mormon family. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America. Orphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapai Indians, Oatman lived as a slave to her captors for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own. She was fully assimilated and perfectly happy when, at nineteen, she was ransomed back to white society. She became an instant celebrity, but the price of fame was high and the pain of her ruptured childhood lasted a lifetime. Based on historical records, including letters and diaries of Oatman’s friends and relatives, The Blue Tattoo is the first book to examine her life from her childhood in Illinois—including the massacre, her captivity, and her return to white society—to her later years as a wealthy banker’s wife in Texas. Oatman’s story has since become legend, inspiring artworks, fiction, film, radio plays, and even an episode of Death Valley Days starring Ronald Reagan. Its themes, from the perils of religious utopianism to the permeable border between civilization and savagery, are deeply rooted in the American psyche. Oatman’s blue tattoo was a cultural symbol that evoked both the imprint of her Mohave past and the lingering scars of westward expansion. It also served as a reminder of her deepest secret, fully explored here for the first time: she never wanted to go home.

Curse of the Blue Tattoo Book
Score: 4
From 29 Ratings

Curse of the Blue Tattoo


  • Author : Louis A. Meyer
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 504
  • ISBN 10 : 9780152054595

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Curse of the Blue Tattoo Excerpt :

After being forced to leave her ship in 1803, Jacky Faber finds herself attending school in Boston, where, instead of learning to be a lady, she roams the city in search of adventure, and learns to ride a horse.

Captivity of the Oatman Girls Book

Captivity of the Oatman Girls


  • Author : Royal B. Stratton
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1859
  • Genre: Indian captivities
  • Pages : 314
  • ISBN 10 : HARVARD:32044036482610

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Bodies of Subversion Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

Bodies of Subversion


  • Author : Margot Mifflin
  • Publisher : powerHouse Books
  • Release Date : 2013-08-02
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 164
  • ISBN 10 : 9781576876923

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Bodies of Subversion Excerpt :

"In this provocative work full of intriguing female characters from tattoo history, Margot Mifflin makes a persuasive case for the tattooed woman as an emblem of female self-expression." —Susan Faludi Bodies of Subversion is the first history of women’s tattoo art, providing a fascinating excursion to a subculture that dates back into the nineteenth-century and includes many never-before-seen photos of tattooed women from the last century. Author Margot Mifflin notes that women’s interest in tattoos surged in the suffragist 20s and the feminist 70s. She chronicles: * Breast cancer survivors of the 90s who tattoo their mastectomy scars as an alternative to reconstructive surgery or prosthetics. * The parallel rise of tattooing and cosmetic surgery during the 80s when women tattooists became soul doctors to a nation afflicted with body anxieties. * Maud Wagner, the first known woman tattooist, who in 1904 traded a date with her tattooist husband-to-be for an apprenticeship. * Victorian society women who wore tattoos as custom couture, including Winston Churchill’s mother, who wore a serpent on her wrist. * Nineteeth-century sideshow attractions who created fantastic abduction tales in which they claimed to have been forcibly tattooed. “In Bodies of Subversion, Margot Mifflin insightfully chronicles the saga of skin as signage. Through compelling anecdotes and cleverly astute analysis, she shows and tells us new histories about women, tattoos, public pictures, and private parts. It’s an indelible account of an indelible piece of cultural history.” —Barbara Kruger, artist

The Mark of the Blue Tattoo Book

The Mark of the Blue Tattoo


  • Author : Franklin W. Dixon
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-01-22
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442489080

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The Mark of the Blue Tattoo Excerpt :

Chet Morton’s very first day on the job—driving a Freddy Frost Ice Cream truck—sends him straight into the deep freeze. Two thugs in ski masks hijack the truck and kidnap Chet! Frank and Joe find him tied up in an empty garage, and the only clue to the identity of his kidnappers is the blue star tattooed on their wrists—the mark of the Starz. A local street gang.

Bloody Jack Book
Score: 4
From 72 Ratings

Bloody Jack


  • Author : Louis A. Meyer
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN 10 : 9780152167318

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Bloody Jack Excerpt :

Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.

The Oatman Massacre Book

The Oatman Massacre


  • Author : Brian McGinty
  • Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
  • Release Date : 2014-10-22
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 273
  • ISBN 10 : 9780806180243

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The Oatman Massacre Excerpt :

The Oatman massacre is among the most famous and dramatic captivity stories in the history of the Southwest. In this riveting account, Brian McGinty explores the background, development, and aftermath of the tragedy. Roys Oatman, a dissident Mormon, led his family of nine and a few other families from their homes in Illinois on a journey west, believing a prophecy that they would find the fertile “Land of Bashan” at the confluence of the Gila and Colorado Rivers. On February 18, 1851, a band of southwestern Indians attacked the family on a cliff overlooking the Gila River in present-day Arizona. All but three members of the family were killed. The attackers took thirteen-year-old Olive and eight-year-old Mary Ann captive and left their wounded fourteen-year-old brother Lorenzo for dead. Although Mary Ann did not survive, Olive lived to be rescued and reunited with her brother at Fort Yuma. On Olive’s return to white society in 1857, Royal B. Stratton published a book that sensationalized the story, and Olive herself went on lecture tours, telling of her experiences and thrilling audiences with her Mohave chin tattoos. Ridding the legendary tale of its anti-Indian bias and questioning the historic notion that the Oatmans’ attackers were Apaches, McGinty explores the extent to which Mary Ann and Olive may have adapted to life among the Mohaves and charts Olive’s eight years of touring and talking about her ordeal.

Looking for Miss America Book

Looking for Miss America


  • Author : Margot Mifflin
  • Publisher : Catapult
  • Release Date : 2020-08-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781640092242

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Looking for Miss America Excerpt :

From an author praised for writing “delicious social history” (Dwight Garner, The New York Times) comes a lively account of memorable Miss America contestants, protests, and scandals—and how the pageant, nearing its one hundredth anniversary, serves as an unintended indicator of feminist progress Looking for Miss America is a fast–paced narrative history of a curious and contradictory institution. From its start in 1921 as an Atlantic City tourist draw to its current incarnation as a scholarship competition, the pageant has indexed women’s status during periods of social change—the post–suffrage 1920s, the Eisenhower 1950s, the #MeToo era. This ever–changing institution has been shaped by war, evangelism, the rise of television and reality TV, and, significantly, by contestants who confounded expectations. Spotlighting individuals, from Yolande Betbeze, whose refusal to pose in swimsuits led an angry sponsor to launch the rival Miss USA contest, to the first black winner, Vanessa Williams, who received death threats and was protected by sharpshooters in her hometown parade, Margot Mifflin shows how women made hard bargains even as they used the pageant for economic advancement. The pageant’s history includes, crucially, those it excluded; the notorious Rule Seven, which required contestants to be “of the white race,” was retired in the 1950s, but no women of color were crowned until the 1980s. In rigorously researched, vibrant chapters that unpack each decade of the pageant, Looking for Miss America examines the heady blend of capitalism, patriotism, class anxiety, and cultural mythology that has fueled this American ritual.

The Captured Book
Score: 4
From 10 Ratings

The Captured


  • Author : Scott Zesch
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2007-04-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429910118

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The Captured Excerpt :

On New Year's Day in 1870, ten-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comaches, he thrived in the rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe's fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years in a cave, all but forgotten by his family. That is, until Scott Zesch stumbled over his own great-great-great uncle's grave. Determined to understand how such a "good boy" could have become Indianized so completely, Zesch travels across the west, digging through archives, speaking with Comanche elders, and tracking eight other child captives from the region with hauntingly similar experiences. With a historians rigor and a novelists eye, Zesch's The Captured paints a vivid portrait of life on the Texas frontier, offering a rare account of captivity. "A carefully written, well-researched contribution to Western history -- and to a promising new genre: the anthropology of the stolen." - Kirkus Reviews

The Tattoo Widow Book

The Tattoo Widow


  • Author : Becky Parisotto
  • Publisher : FriesenPress
  • Release Date : 2021-10-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN 10 : 9781039112322

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The Tattoo Widow Excerpt :

“It’s like you have a secret when you have a tattoo; you get to capture its power, house it privately, and release it only when you want to. When you need to. In the time it takes you to complete a big piece, you mature, you change, you age. You grow.” There’s an intoxication to both ends of the needle; a tattoo goes deeper than the skin. Every tattoo Annalise collects tells a story; stories of love, loss, adventure, and a life reclaimed. Annalise and Dylan have a complicated relationship. Obsessed with his craft, Dylan is a tattoo artist whose entire identity and sense of self-worth has been overtaken by his profession. Dylan is temperamental and volatile, and Annalise finds herself constantly in his shadow while supporting him at great cost to herself. When Dylan commits suicide, Annalise finds that she is at a crossroads. So much of her life had been consumed by Dylan; who is she without him? Guided by the bittersweet dregs of her grandmother’s memory and followed by Dylan’s ghost, Annalise sets out on a journey of self-discovery. Her body is a blank canvas, and tattoos are the art form through which she processes, negotiates, and overcomes her past. A powerful literary novel about tragedy, loss, love and the reclamation of the self in light of interpersonal trauma.

The Black Tattoo Book
Score: 3.5
From 27 Ratings

The Black Tattoo


  • Author : Sam Enthoven
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2008-01-10
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440635922

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The Black Tattoo Excerpt :

Jack’s best friend, Charlie, is in serious trouble, possessed by an ancient demon called the Scourge who plans to use Charlie to bring about its evil ends—which, unfortunately, involve the destruction of the entire universe. Now Jack and the butt-kicking, sword-wielding Esme must contend with floating sharks, intelligent jelly, oversized centipedes, gladiator pits, and vomiting bats, all for the sake of saving Charlie from the Scourge. And, hopefully, saving the universe from total and utter annihilation.

The Tattoo Project Book

The Tattoo Project


  • Author : Deborah Davidson
  • Publisher : Canadian Scholars
  • Release Date : 2016-12-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN 10 : 9781551309453

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The Tattoo Project Excerpt :

Disrupting commonly held notions about who gets tattooed and why, The Tattoo Project describes, illustrates, and celebrates the social significances of commemorative tattoos. Written by scholars from various disciplines, as well as by community members and practitioners, this edited collection considers the meanings people make from their experiences of love, loss, trauma, resilience, and change, and why they choose to inscribe those meanings on their bodies. This methods-based text also examines the process of building a community-contributed digital archive of tattoo photos and stories, the result of which inspired the contributions to this book. Writing at the intersections between the public and the private, the authors consider the production and mobilization of knowledge across communities, disciplines, and space. Featuring beautiful tattoo photography, personal narratives from project participants, and original poetry by Priscila Uppal, The Tattoo Project is a novel read that bridges the gap between academic and popular audiences. This timely collection is a valuable resource for courses across the social sciences and humanities and for anyone interested in tattoos and their significance.

Blue Tattoo Book

Blue Tattoo


  • Author : Steven Edwin Laffoley
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2014-08-19
  • Genre: Halifax Explosion, Halifax, N.S., 1917
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 1897426607

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Blue Tattoo Excerpt :

Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters - from Boston mayor James Michael Curley to Group of Seven painter Arthur Lismer - The Blue Tattoo tells the sweeping story of the lives caught up in the unbelievable devastation of the Halifax Explosion.

Spiritual Tattoo Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Spiritual Tattoo


  • Author : John A. Rush
  • Publisher : Frog Books
  • Release Date : 2005-03-17
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN 10 : 9781583941171

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Spiritual Tattoo Excerpt :

Say "body modifications" and most people think of tattoos and piercings. They associate these mainly with the urban primitives of the 1980s to today and with primitive tribes. In fact, as this fascinating book shows, body mods have been on the scene since ancient times, traceable as far back as 1.5 million years, and they also encompass sacrification, branding, and implants. Professor John Rush outlines the processes and procedures of these radical physical alterations, showing their function as rites of passage, group identifiers, and mechanisms of social control. He explores the use of pain for spiritual purposes, such as purging sin and guilt, and examines the phenomenon of accidental cuts and punctures as individual events with sometimes profound implications for group survival. Spiritual Tattoo finds a remarkable consistency in body modifications from prehistory to the present, suggesting the importance of the body as a sacred geography from both social and psychological points of view.