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We've all had that crush on a prominant figure in culture.  Maybe it's always been an actor for you, or a writer that you just can't get enough of.  Some of you may even be crushing on that dashing figure of patriotism, or that chilling figure of murder and mayhem.  Whoever your historical crush is don't worry because I have the book for you!

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes--from Cleopatra to Camus by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd is chock full of swoon worthy historical figures from all different walks of life.  In the book Murphy gives you a quick life overview along with what makes the person a heartthrob, including their sex life, why they matter, best feature, and heat factor.  From men to women, there's someone in there for everyone (both of the platonic and romantic persuasion).

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes--from Cleopatra to Camus
Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd
Zest Books
January 7, 2014
From the poetic tenderness of Lord Byron to the alluring confidence of Bessie Coleman, Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes – from Cleopatra to Camus, by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd features fifty heartthrobs from the ages most likely to catch our eye and asks the question: Would you really want to date them? The book mines our shared cultural past for history’s most swoon-worthy icons such as Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, and Che Guevara, and ranks them according to their overall "crushability," based on their relative levels of heroism/villainy.
Sounds awesome right?

As for me, I've always had a lady-crush on one Sylvia Plath.

While having a tough life fraught with bouts of depression, Sylvia paved the way for confessional style writing in both her poetry and her fiction.  She is one of my favorite poets, evoking some pretty heavy and deep emotions looking at the personal and private aspects of her life.  What some people consider her best work, The Bell Jar, was published only a couple weeks before her final suicide attempt, and such a brilliant and daring woman was forever lost.  I have a crush on her because she didn't shy away from writing about such intense things and she paved the way for many other women writers to be just as bold.

To learn more about my heartthrob and find one of your own, grab your own copy of Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes--from Cleopatra to Camus at any of the below retailers:

About the authors:

Born and raised among the sprawling cornfields of rural Pennsylvania, Kelly Murphy now writes from her child-sized apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Her articles have appeared in Brokelyn, Brooklyn Based, Chic Today, NCTE’s The Council Chronicle, and various other publications. A Penn State graduate, Kelly currently works in publishing. Hallie Fryd is the author of Scandalous!: 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends), which was a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Winner in 2012.


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  1. This is such a fun idea! This book is on my wishlist now!

    1. I just saw there was a question and leave a comment lol.
      Well, I love history and there are so many figures I'm fascinated with I can't pick one so 3 that I find super interesting are Jack the Ripper how did he/she get away with that? It's disturbing. Princess Diana that woman was amazing her heart for others was huge. St. Paul/ Apostle Paul his writings are inspiring!

  2. You know, I haven't read a lot of Sylvia Plath's poetry! She was part of a 1960s lit class I took in college, but we only covered maybe 2 of her poems (and a little of her life). I really should read The Bell Jar soon.

    -- Anastasia @ Here There Be Books

    1. The Bell Jar is one of those must-read contemporaries. It is semi-autobiographical, and mirrors Plath's own problems with depression and mental illness. it's very good, but, for lack of a better word, depressing.


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