The Only Woman in the Room (The Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

The Only Woman in the Room (The Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

by Marie Benedict

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ISBN-13: 9781492696827
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Edition description: Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 53
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies.

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The Only Woman in the Room 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I would have never chosen the book had it not been chosen for me as a B&N Bookclub selection. I found it hard to put down and when I did, I found myself impatiently eager to dive into it again. I hold to the belief that everyone has a story. Uncovering the hidden story of the famed Hedy Lamarr made me see, in her life, those colorful threads woven in the tapestry of humanity, how we each have our part to play as we are placed in situations to bring out a greater good. The reading of this book makes me look forward to finding out more about this woman. Hedy Lamarr went from a floozy starlet to an amazing, interesting and complicated woman-sister in 270 pages before my eyes.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Fascinating story of Hollywood Icon Hedy Lammar and her struggle to be known for her intelligence rather than her stunning looks. This book allows an interesting close-up into Hedy Kiesler’s (Lammar) concealment of her Jewish roots to avoid falling into Hitler’s criminal designs for her people. It also reveals her inexorable quest for a way to atone for what she believed to be her sins, her responsibility in the plight suffered by the Jewish people under the genocidal Third Reich as a result of this concealment and her marriage to arms’ dealer Friederich Mendl. Lin-Dai Fix Station, Va
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Anonymous 29 days ago
Thank you for sharing an extraordinary historical life that continues to have an impact on all of our lives today. Very well written.
Anonymous 19 days ago
I enjoyed reading the book.
Nycol 3 months ago
The Only Woman in the Room is a remarkable, well-researched (yet fictionalized) account of Hedy Lamarr's life by author Marie Benedict. Although a stunningly, beautiful actress, Hedy wanted to be seen for something other than her beauty – fortunate for us – she possessed the intellectual goods to back it up. After giving up her budding acting career to marry Friedrich Mandl (an influential arms dealer) at 19 and then experiencing a tumultuous marriage, Hedy escapes her husband’s rule to immigrate to America. Upon her arrival to America, Hedy worked diligently to re-make a name for herself as an actress, but she couldn’t help but to feel guilty about those left behind in Austria. After hearing about the many injustices and atrocities in Austria at Hitler’s hand, Hedy decided to use some of the information that she’d gained while married to Friedrich Mandl to invent military arms for America to use against Germany. Her genius was not fully recognized by the armed forces however, her invention was patented and contributes greatly to today’s technology. As a huge fan of historical fiction, I absolutely loved this book. The author did a great job with the pace of the story as well as the plot development. It was one I didn’t want to put down and read in 24 hours. I highly recommend this book. I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Ratbruce 3 months ago
It is no wonder that B&N choose this as their February book club book. This well researched, fictionalized account of Hedy Lamarr's calculated marriage to an Austrian arms dealer, her daring escape from Austria just before Hitler invaded and her parallel lives as a one of Hollywood's most beautiful leading ladies and an inventor who spent her evenings inventing a wireless steering mechanism for torpedos. Her life as an actress and a scientist is told in this captivating historical novel. Highly recommended
lghiggins 3 months ago
We meet Hedy Kiesler as a young actress in Vienna, Austria, in 1933 just as munitions manufacturer Friedrich (Fritz) Mandl begins courting her. Europe is on the cusp of war, and Hitler has started his attack on Jews. Under other circumstances, Hedy’s parents might have refused permission for the courtship, but they could see the benefit of a marriage to the rich, powerful, and well connected man. Unfortunately, Mandl’s character changes after their marriage, and he becomes abusive and controlling. Hedy’s father had encouraged her as a child in studying many subjects, especially the sciences. Hedy teams her interest in science with her position as an ornament at dinner parties to listen in on the conversations of dangerous and powerful guests in the Mandl home. Later, after escaping from Fritz, she tries to use that knowledge to save lives as Hitler continues his military advances. The book is divided into two parts. The first part deals with Hedy, her marriage, and the entrance of the United States into the war. The second focuses on her two careers after her escape from Fritz: one as the famous Hedy Lamarr (her new, non-German sounding, stage name) and the other as an inventor. Her talents as an actress and her incredible beauty outweigh her potential contributions to the war effort in the eyes of the men in power at that time. In The Only Woman in the Room, Marie Benedict has created a historical novel about a very complex woman living in times that were difficult for everyone, but especially for women. It is important to remember that even though the book is well researched, Benedict is basically filling in the skeleton of a plot with details, some of which are true and others that only might have occurred. In this book Hedy is overcome with guilt over hearing Hitler’s plans but not doing anything about them. She doesn’t believe in God, but she is dogged by a fear that she has not done enough to make up for her silence and inaction. Of course, as she finds out later, as a woman there was little she could contribute that would be valued. During the last part of the book, I couldn’t help but wonder whose scales she was concerned about—her own sense of morality, public opinion, or judgement by a higher being. That was never clarified and yet it appeared to be a driving force for her. I liked this book but not as much as Benedict’s two prior books, The Other Einstein and Carnegie’s Maid. All three novels address the hidden contributions of women. All three ladies are women of talent and intellect operating under difficult circumstances. All deserve respect, but I think I can empathize more with Mileva, Einstein’s first wife, and with Clara, a lady’s maid in Andrew Carnegie’s household. Hedy was born into privilege and by virtue of her beauty moved in important social circles. Although perhaps it shouldn’t, that background erects a barrier for me. The Only Woman in the Room is a well-written and well-researched historical novel. Benedict specializes in drawing out the stories of women whose intellectual abilities have been overlooked. It will be interesting to see whose story she will discover and share in her next historical novel. I would like to extend my thanks to and to Sourcebooks Landmark for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
MarisaGbooks 3 months ago
In 2 words --that match the person this novel was written about : BRILLANT AND BEAUTIFUL this novel had a strong woman as well as a strong back story. Absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down. Old Hollywood glamour and brains are what Hedy has! cant wait to discuss in book club great pick
Anonymous 3 months ago
This is a well written and researched fictionalized historical narrative of the life of Hedy Lamarr. Born Hedwig Keisler, she was a young glamorous Jewish 19 year old actress starring in a theater production in Vienna when she met Friedrich Mandl, a powerful munitions dealer known as the ‘Merchant of Death’. Mandl is obsessed with Hedy and pursues her fanatically. Her parents pressure her into a marriage with Mandl, believing the union will offer them protection in the rising anti semitic, progressively pro Nazi climate in Austria. Early on in their marriage Mandl realizes Hedy is far from being a beautiful woman with a vacuous mind. She is quite intelligent and is useful in his business transactions. Hedy becomes privy to Mandels’ shady business dealings, often with important political figures of the time such as Mussolini and Hitler. Mandl is also a violent, controlling and abusive husband. Hedy eventually escapes the marriage and emigrated to Hollywood. The book glosses over her successful Hollywood career, choosing to concentrate on her lesser known important contributions in the field of wireless communications. Hedy is determined to make a positive contribution towards Allies winning WW ll. I found it to be truly inspiring and eye opening account into the behind the scenes story of her life.
brf1948 3 months ago
The Only Woman in the Room, like her previous work, The Other Einstein, is a historical novel-based-on-fact look and the life and contributions of women in science written by Marie Benedict. The Only Woman in the Room follows the life and times of Austrian actress Hedy Kiesler, through her youthful marriage to munitions manufacturer Friedrich Mandl. Following her escape from Austria and Mandl in 1937, she fled to the USA where she began a film career as Hedy Lamarr. Hedy made important and far reaching contributions to science and held several copyrights with her associate Gilbert Adrian for technology that is still important today. She was not 'just another pretty face'. I received a free electronic copy of The Only Woman in the Room from Netgalley, Marie Benedict, and Sourcebooks Landmark in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.
teachlz 3 months ago
Linda Zagon's review Jan 05, 2019 · edit really liked it Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “The Only Woman in the Room” by Marie Benedict Sourcebooks Landmark, January 8, 2019 Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “The Only Woman in the Room” by Marie Benedict, Sourcebooks Landmark, January 8, 2019 Marie Benedict, Author of “The Only Woman in the Room” has written an intriguing, captivating, dramatic, entertaining, suspenseful and intense novel. The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction. The timeline for the story is around World War Two. The story goes into the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The story takes place in Austria, and in Hollywood California. The Author describes her colorful cast of characters as complex and complicated. Hedy Kiesler is a Jewish actress in Austria. Hedy is described as gorgeous and talented. The time is just before World War Two, and the political feel in Austria is tense. For her safety, her parents are convinced to let her marry a wealthy and political munitions dealer. Her husband is supposed to be a guarantee to protect her from Nazi Germany. He is friends with Benito Mussolini. Hedy and her husband get married in church. Hedy realizes that he is abusive, and as the political climate changes, she tries to escape. There are many things that Hedy hears in the house. Eventually Hedy arranges to escape, and gets to Hollywood. She becomes Hedy Lamarr. Hedy Lamarr is one of the most famous and beautiful actresses, but liked to experiment with scientific projects. Some of her ideas were brought to the attention of the United States Navy. They were initially dismissed because Hedy was a woman. It is only years later, that we realize how intelligent and powerful she was. I loved the way Marie Benedict vividly described the landscape and scenery in Austria, and the Hollywood scene. I would highly recommend this amazing novel for readers who enjoy Historical Fiction. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review. 3 likes
Etain 3 months ago
The Only Woman in the Room is an extraordinary book! Hedy Lamarr was known for her acting and incredible beauty, but few knew of her scientific mind. Marie Benedict has fleshed out Miss Lamarr's story of not only escaping from Austria and World War II, but also from an abusive husband who was known as the "Merchant of Death". Lamarr's fans knew only of her war efforts to sell bonds, not of her unjammable frequency-hopping invention. An invention that would improve communication to torpedoes, and that continues to be a part of our everyday lives. This is a thoroughly researched, superbly written, and absolutely fascinating book. Historical fiction at its finest. Thank you NetGalley for the advance copy.
Anonymous 3 months ago
What a story! Absolutely mesmerizing, and even inspiring, historical fiction. I seriously could not put this down! Love Marie Benedict!
Anonymous 5 days ago
Truly enjoyed reading this book. An amazing story, it was hard to book the book down.
DinkyAZ 10 days ago
This is a group review for Stranger Than Fiction bookclub. We are thrilled to join the B&N monthly selection book club! This book isn't bad, but it also isn't good. The author presents a cursory overview of actress Hedy Lamarr's amazing life and makes it utterly un-amazing. THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM moves through events too quickly. We're talking about the woman who in real life invented a technology that is the foundation of our modern wifi with a WWII naval torpedo system. But Benedict's Lamarr isn't smart enough to do those things as the focus tends to be on her and her first marriage. When she becomes an inventor, there's nothing written in the character that allows this development to make sense. Had the book taken its time in moving through the events of her life, we could have learned more about her. We could have actually cared. Instead, we're left with scenes that should have been moving that aren't. The real Lemarr fought her entire life to be taken seriously, and here, she is not. This particular aspect of the book caused a very lively debate among us. If this book achieved one thing, it was to engage everyone in our group in a lively discussion of how women have been treated throughout history.
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alexcan3 13 days ago
I think I am more at 3.5 stars than 4. This is an easy read. It is also an interesting read. I read the novel in one day. The middle-of-the-road star rating, for me, is related to the story actually being too short. The pace and coverage of her life in Austria was on point. The second half, her life in Hollywood, felt rushed. I thought there was little detail other just naming one movie after another, one actor after another. There had to be more to her life in California to share with the reader. Her efforts in help the Allies with the war, specifically around the accuracy of torpedo launches/target strikes was very interesting. Everything else in the second half of the book seemed rushed or not addressed. I expected to meet her mother in California, as an example. All in all, it was good, not great.
smg5775 15 days ago
Starting with Hedy Lamarr as a 19-year-old Austrian actress known as Hedy Kiesler, we see Hedy's life during the escalation of Germany's take over of Europe. Hoping to keep herself and her family safe she marries arms manufacturer and dealer Fritz Mandl to whom she is a trophy wife. After escaping a marriage that becomes unbearable Hedy gets to the US where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood actress. Worrying about what she overheard in Austria but did not act upon, she develops a torpedo system for the Navy which is rejected. That technology is used to create wi-fi that we use today. Hedy led an interesting life. She is caught up in the lead up to WWII and meets many historical people through her marriage. When she escapes she comes to Hollywood and resumes acting. She is intelligent but, unfortunately, is not recognized for her intelligence. I liked her. She was fascinating and talented on so many levels. She is a role model. I enjoyed this book. I finished it in one day because I was so caught up in the story. I loved the first person point-of-view. This is a keeper.
Anonymous 16 days ago
I really enjoyed the book up until the last several chapters. I love interesting stories and the author drew me in with the well developed characters of Hedy, her family, and aquaintences. I was able to feel the very tight and loving bond between Hedy and her father and understand this is where she attained a good amount of her strength and confidence to be so brave and bold and never be beaten down by the dark circumstances of the second world war and her extremely challenging marriage. I was not as impressed by the way the story unfolded after she came to America. It seemed like a whirlwind... one movie part after another and the mention of some very famous co-actors and directors but not much depth to that part of her life. A quick marriage and a baby and more marriages, and the efforts of developing a torpedo system...I kind of lost track of who Hedy was anymore. But it was an amazing story...Hedy’s story and it deserved to be told. I will think of her when I rewatch some of the old movies...Algiers, Ziegfeld Girl, Boom Town, etc.
ethel55 19 days ago
I was really excited to read this, having just recently learned about Hedy Lamarr's scientific contributions. The book is broken into two sections, the first detailing her marriage to an Austrian arms dealer on the eve of WWII, Fritz Mandel. She is still Hedy Keisler, Mandl sweeps her off her feet, and with the blessing (and cautions) of her father, marries him after only a few months. It doesn't take long to realize this won't end well for Austria, when dinner party after dinner party take place with an increasing political edge. Hedy eventually escapes to London, and the second part of the book, which find her in Hollywood, under contract with Louis B. Mayer. She eventually teams up with composer George Antheil and they do patent their wave type technology, but it goes no where with the war effort, which Is what she was hoping all along. The book just wasn't fleshed out enough, it felt really short, more like a list of accomplishments.
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