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Allison Pataki

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Allison Pataki grew up in upstate New York and attended Yale University, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in English. While at Yale, she received Distinction in the Major from the English department and served as a campus reporter and news anchor for the student-run campus visa mer television program, YTV News. The daughter of former New York State Governor George E. Pataki, Allison was inspired to write The Traitor's Wife: A Novel of Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America, now a New York Times Bestseller, based on the rich Revolutionary War history of her hometown in New York State's Hudson Highlands. Allison spent several years writing for television and digital news outlets prior to transitioning to fiction. The Traitor's Wife: A Novel of Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America is Allison's first novel and it made The New York Times bestseller list in 2014. In 2015, her novel The Accidental Empress became listed on The New York Times bestseller list as well. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
Yale University
Pataki, George (father)
Pataki, Libby (mother)
reConnect Hungary (co-founder)
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Allison Pataki (born in 1984) is an American author and journalist.

Pataki was born in New York, and is the daughter of former New York State Governor and 2016 presidential candidate, George Pataki and his wife Libby (née Rowland). Allison attended Yale University, where she majored in English. She met her husband, David Levy, during her sophomore year at Yale, and they married in June 2012.

In 2015, Pataki co-founded reConnect Hungary, an educational and social immersion program for young adults of Hungarian heritage, who are born in the United States or Canada, to gain a better understanding of their Hungarian heritage



Historical fiction is a genre I don't indulge in much, but I really enjoyed The Traitor's Wife, which tells the tale of Peggy Shippen, Benedict Arnold's wife, and her hand in the plot to deliver West Point and George Washington into the hands of the British during the American Revolution. Allison Pataki's research seems solid and while her writing doesn't soar, it is certainly serviceable and engaging. I did really enjoy her descriptions of the period clothing. The characters Pataki writes are well drawn, with Peggy being an absolute spoiled-brat standout. An enjoyable, informative reading experience.… (mer)
LordSlaw | 22 andra recensioner | May 20, 2024 |
Finding Margaret Fuller, Allison Pataki, author; Barrie Kreinik, narrator
This is a rather remarkable story about a little-known early feminist. The novel offers a veritable tableau of the many famous, near famous, and creative people of her era, like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Emily Bronte, George Sanders and David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allen Poe, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Louisa May Alcott, and so many more. Margaret Fuller was able to interact with all of them as an equal, the young and the old, the famous and the not-yet-famous. Her character and her demeanor seemed to encourage others to accomplish whatever goals they hoped to achieve. Born in 1810, this story of Margaret Fuller begins around 1836, when she was single and approaching her 26th birthday. It continues until her untimely and tragic death in 1850, when she was just 40 years old.
When the novel about Margaret’s life begins, the reader learns that she was raised by a demanding father who insisted on educating her far beyond what was considered necessary or appropriate for most women of her time. As a result, she had few friends and few male suitors. They found her intimidating, but not Nathaniel Hawthorne. He found her work and conversation stimulating and encouraged her to do more. For her part, Margaret was thrilled to discover a man who would entertain conversations with her without feeling threatened by her knowledge or intelligence. Hawthorne had admired the work she was doing and invited her to be a guest in his home. At that time, his wife was pregnant and often in bed a little under the weather. Thus, Margaret often went walking with him and their friendship grew with each conversation. His inspiration encouraged her independence and success.
For several years, Margaret, a journalist, wrote columns for The Tribune. She was their first female foreign correspondent and had been living in Italy. There, she met and married an Italian soldier in the service of the Pope. When the people revolted against his rule, the Pope fled. However, the violence turned back in his favor, with soldiers firing upon unarmed citizens; he soon returned to power. Although her correspondence was valuable, alerting the world to the plight of the people, they were soon in further danger. Her husband had been a soldier opposing the Pope, and he was now being hunted. They now fled, and soon they decided to relocate to America. The journey home, unexpectedly, turned out to be more treacherous and more dangerous.
Margaret was a woman ahead of her time. She was unafraid to explore the world without a chaperone, which was generally considered unwise and unsafe. It was thought that women needed the protection and support of a man in order to flourish and survive. For example, the author George Sanders, was a woman who wrote under the persona of a man. All the power resided in the hands of men. Had Margaret lived longer, she would have accomplished so much more for the cause of women’s rights and civil rights. She was an inspiration to so many.
Perhaps Margaret Fuller was scandalous, living a life of freedom that was unknown to women, but she was aware of the shortcomings of her time, of the unequal opportunity afforded to men and women, white people and people of color, the rich and the poor, the religious and the secular and she endeavored to right those wrongs.
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thewanderingjew | 6 andra recensioner | May 16, 2024 |
This is like the East Coast, prudish version of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo—not entirely as exciting as the time period in which she lived and experienced.
lizallenknapp | 27 andra recensioner | Apr 20, 2024 |
Free spirited Margaret Fuller fights against the stereotypes and expectations of women. After spending a summer with Ralph Waldo Emerson, she quickly becomes one of his confidants. Through her connection with Emerson she meets many of the famous writers and Transcendentalists of the era. However, she longs for romance, and a story of her own.

The book started pretty slow. It took a while for me to get into the story and characters. I enjoyed reading about Fuller's time in Europe, however that was only a short part of the novel. I also enjoyed learning about famous novelists and how their lives were entwined. Overall,, 3 out of 5 stars.… (mer)
JanaRose1 | 6 andra recensioner | Apr 9, 2024 |



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