Books from the Backlog #93

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week's neglected book

The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman

Publication Date: April 24, 2001
Publisher: Atlanta Monthly Press
A New York Times Notable Book from the author of A Stolen Tongue: A tale of crime and survival in nineteenth-century England “as unsettling as it is brilliant” (The Washington Post Book World).

In Sunderland, England, a city quarantined by the cholera epidemic of 1831, a defiant, fifteen-year-old beauty in an elegant blue dress sells her body to feed her only love: a fragile baby boy. When the surgeon Henry Chiver offers Gustine a different kind of work, she hopes to finally change her terrible circumstances.

But Chiver was recently implicated in the famous case of Burke and Hare, who murdered beggars and sold their corpses for medical research. And soon, Gustine’s own efforts to secure cadavers for Chiver’s anatomy school will threaten the very things she’s working so hard to protect . . .

Why did I add The Dress Lodger to my bookshelf?

I think that I bought this book largely because of the cover.  I love the way her blue dress pops in the design.  I have had this book for a very long time.  I love the sound of this story.  I tend to enjoy historical stories and the fact that this has a darker tone to it really appeals to me.  I hope to pull this one off my shelf soon.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?
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  1. This one sounds like quite the story, and I agree that the cover pops. When Mom and I were in Edinburgh a few years ago we did a Burke and Hare tour and it was so awesome. It ended up being just us and our wonderful guide, Dougal. Being just us, I was able to take TONS of pictures. Very interesting and horrifying story there.

  2. Hope you can get to enjoy it soon! There are just so many choices to be made when picking our next reads that some get left behind for no reason!

  3. That description reminds me of how depressing it must have been to live back then. Hope the book has some uplifting stuff in it.

  4. I haven't read much from this time period but it definitely sounds interesting.

  5. It sounds thrilling. And what a creative cover.

  6. This sounds interesting and I read a book that touched on the Burke case earlier in 2019 and found it fascinating.

  7. Ha! I've bought books for pretty covers. But, the blurb does sound good and I just read a different historical mystery that had a strong connection to Burke and Hare. Forgot to post my Books From the Backlog this week so I'll be starting next week. :)

  8. Oh wow this sounds definitely interesting. I like historical stories with a darker tone sometimes too.

  9. This sounds like something I would like too. The cover is quite a draw, I agree!

  10. an odd title, but it sounds intense. hope you enjoy it
    sherry @ fundinmental


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