Mater Gladiatrix

Mater Gladiatrix

by Richard A. Marin

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ISBN-13: 9781483472164
Publisher: Lulu Publishing Services
Publication date: 07/23/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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File size: 8 MB

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Mater Gladiatrix 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Steven_G More than 1 year ago
This book tells the story of a young woman from a very modest background who achieves remarkable success (both professionally and in raising her family) during a historical era when society was not particularly welcoming of women to our most elite universities and/or to the highest echelons of professional success (i.e. the 1930s to 1960s). That storyline alone was so fascinating that I wound up reading this book in two extended sittings where I only reluctantly put the book down. Personally, the story captured my interest on several levels. First, the nature of her accomplishments is worthy of recognition, since this was a woman whose success was based on doing good works for literally thousands of people and families in deep need of assistance, which spanned many geographic regions of the US and South America, often necessitating making a life for her and her family in some very challenging and/or remote circumstances. Second, this was a person whose success reflected her selfless, kind, caring and generous nature which, at least for me, echoes the finest qualities that I have observed in my own maternal parent, and will always stand as a benchmark that I aspire to reach. Third, the story itself has been related in a very appealing and entertaining way, courtesy of the author’s good-natured sense of humor about the family’s periodic trials and tribulations, which the author experienced first-hand as the son of this exceptional woman. In summary, this is a fascinating story, related in a very entertaining manner, and which is inspiring on many levels. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mater Gladiatrix reminds us that genetic DNA testing is no adequate substitute for details and stories that are passed through generations. The author, Richard Marin, clearly has done the research and shows us how he has uncovered his roots. While reading the book, it became obvious that much had come from first hand conversation, through an apparent family trait of storytelling. What is captivating is how the subject of the book, Millie, unknowingly became a leader in a movement that had no name back then. The derivation of her strength was clear , as is the generational impact, on her family. As a single mom (a rarity back then), Millie had the inherent need to follow her convictions and show her family the meaning of strength. Marin has a way of bringing the reader through, while reliving , the adventures of his mother's life and some of those that came before her. Millie's impact is inspirational and Marin has captured this in his compelling and yes, fascinating, story. Don't miss this one!
pchabrowe More than 1 year ago
More than a loving son's tribute to his mother, this is the story of how Millie Uher, a maverick and first-wave feminist in many ways, shaped her life. It was one devoted to development work, the well-being of women and children near and far, while raising three children largely on her own. In Mater Gladiatrix, Richard Marin renders his mother a woman worth knowing. A brave and unconventional woman, a woman of substance.
jayr59 More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has ever struggled to balance work, home and school as a single parent wondering how it will affect their children should read Mater Gladiatrix, the live story of Millie Uher. Undeterred by several challenges in her early adult years, she dedicates her life to charitable service, traveling to remote locations around the work with her three young children in tow while managing to earn a PhD at University of Wisconsin along the way. The story's rich details and vignettes make for a fast read and leave us wanting for more.
GQ More than 1 year ago
Mater Gladiatrix is a masterfully written book that tells a wonderful story about an inspiring women. Few authors manage to write non-fiction that is as entertaining as fiction but Rich Marin has done it here. The "character" development and historical context are superb. We are swept away as Marin takes us on his mother's journey around world, from the Roaring Twenties to the present and introduces us to those she befriended and loved along the way. Millie, a woman truly ahead of her time, "lived a life of adventure, passion and meaning" that we can all learn from. This book is the antidote for over-programmed lives and should be read by men and women who want to be moved, inspired and entertained.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Millie was one of a tiny handful of extraordinary women to break new ground for professional women everywhere. In a determined but unassuming way, she changed much of the developing world for the better. This is an account of an amazingly focused single mom, who answered a calling without hesitation, fear, or fanfare. Millie never turned the spotlight on herself and was not daunted by her challenges or by the prospect of disrupting gender and workplace stereotypes. Marin’s Mater Gladiatrix is also a tribute to a mother from a very proud son who has created a concise and clear picture of his singular mom that made me feel like I knew her well.
GWR1 More than 1 year ago
The very aptly titled Mater Gladiatrix is the tale of an independent, intrepid, accomplished woman of the twentieth century, Ludmilla (Millie) Uher. The boundaries of Millie’s century-long life seemed to define many of the possibilities for self-realization and achievement for American women of her generation. Having earned a Ph.D. in the 1930s, when such a degree was beyond a rarity for her gender, and then going on to a dynamic and varied career in regional development and social work, Millie Uher was an original. Her son Richard Marin has crafted a loving yet objective narrative sewing the disparate patches of Millie’s life into a quilt of clear and consistent pattern. After reading this fascinating biography, the reader will agree with the author’s conclusion that Millie “may have invented the modern woman and broken gender barriers before anyone knew to apply labels.” In addition to being a story of one woman’s assault on the low glass ceiling of her day, however, this is also a compelling account of a woman on a mission—in this case, the admirable mission of bringing assistance and survival tools to underserved populations in many diverse settings. Millie lived a life of adventure and accomplishment that took her to nearly every continent. Along the way, she entered into a somewhat nontraditional marriage with a dashing Venezuelan and subsequently raised three children—basically as a single mother. Though distinctly not a materialist, she consistently provided for her family—always on her own terms. One of the interesting devices of the book—dictated, really, by the way Millie’s life unfolded-- is that nearly every chapter is framed by a different geographical setting. The author also manages to wind thematic unity into each chapter, so that each could almost stand alone as a short story. A master storyteller, Marin has an eye for detail that transports the reader into the time and often-exotic place of each chapter. There are also abundant allusions to popular culture throughout—particularly to familiar American movies—that lend further color to individual episodes. (The chapter on her college years, “The Way They Were,” is particularly evocative of time and place.) Mater Gladiatrix is a guaranteed good read, with something for everyone. In telling the story of his mother’s life, Marin illuminates a cast of characters worthy of a good novel. At the end, one feels they know this interesting woman very well. Her son's concluding observation draws a wonderful portrait of the unpretentious, unself-conscious woman she remained throughout her life: "Millie may have qualified as an icon for all she did in her life. She gave back to the world far more than she took. All she ever wanted in payment was what her father John always wanted: just a cold beer, thanks."
LJT More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating story, filled with engaging stories of a full life, well lived. The main character was ahead of her time but seemed not to notice. The book draws you in, is easy to read and makes you want to know what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an inspirational story about the life of an incredible, trail-blazing woman. And what a time to be reminded of the power of women! A great read for all, but get an extra copy for your daughters. Beyond the powerful themes of courage and fearlessness in the face of adversity, you will be drawn in by the beautiful writing, the vivid storytelling.
MMRVC More than 1 year ago
Inspirational biography which reads like fiction because of Mille's remarkable accomplishments. Read it and you will see what I mean. I especially enjoyed following Millie's exploits set against the historical backdrop of the 20th century. A totally enjoyable and easy read and a wonderful tribute to this extraordinary lady!
RHCornell76 More than 1 year ago
Well-crafted biography resonates best when written as history, and anyone who wants to know more about the world we live in today should read Mater Gladiatrix and the story of a smart, pragmatic, daring woman who carved her own path to fulfillment without the need of support groups, career gurus or social media "how-to" videos. Rich Marin refers to his mother, Millie Uher, as "free-spirited" throughout the book. But that doesn't capture all of Millie Uher. Rather, she's a prime example of one of those women (like my first boss, who was of similar age) who didn't feel she had to break the rules to get ahead - she just didn't think the rules mattered all that much as long as she could figure out a way to do what had to be done, and leap at opportunity when it came along. Millie never set out to be a role model for anyone, not even her three kids she dragged along on her international adventure. But she became a role model for anyone who needs to believe traveling your own road is the way to go. A great read and a heartfelt memoir by the author.
PeterBrine More than 1 year ago
An interesting, uplifting story of a woman whose foresight and passionate zest for adventure should inspire anyone who reads this book. She was a great example why just doing it is far more satisfying than just watching or wondering. Well written and enjoyable.
David Taggart More than 1 year ago
I have known Rich Marin for over 15 years and had heard many a story about Millie, an explorer, pioneer, fighter, and giver. Millie broke glass ceilings before there were glass ceilings. Mater Gladiatrix is a wonderful tribute to a lady I have never met... however is someone I now feel I know. Rich's descriptive and textured prose... and great storytelling abilities are exemplified in this book. Mater Gladiatrix is as engrossing and enthralling as a fictional story... however it just happens to be true.
KLBW More than 1 year ago
A story about a woman before her time but only because “she did what she had to do” to support her children and family. It emphasizes a personal grit to continue with life on your own and what can happen if you are positive and always looking out for others. I could not put the book down and read it into the night, to make sure everything ended well. (I like happy endings.) It is inspiring to know what you can do with your life, even if your partner leaves you stranded and what comfort can come when you have a partner and children that believe in you and your abilities. It’s all about family and the good things that come from solid relationships and belief in oneself. A true example for future generations.
Jlundo More than 1 year ago
Fascinating reading, and the best kind of non-fiction. Mr. Marin brings history to life with quips and anecdotes that really draw you into the wild story of an incredible woman living life to the fullest, simply because she knew no other way. Fun to read, and inspirational to see someone blowing through boundaries with zest.
ddecooman More than 1 year ago
Mater Gladiatrix is a heartfelt valentine from an adoring son to his trailblazing mother. The author provides a solid look into the human spirit, inspired by moxie, adventure and a can-do attitude. Here we get to travel the world with nostalgic glimpses into a bygone area…you will enjoy the journey!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Part biography, part history, part social commentary - and some very good laughs at the ironies of life. A very entertaining read of a life more than very well lived!
CarolynLundholm More than 1 year ago
A fascinating story of an incredibly strong and determined woman. The author paints the story beautifully, bringing to life each piece of Millie's history in such an engaging way you can't wait to see where her journey goes next. An especially wonderful story for my daughters about how powerful women can be even in the face of hardship and adversity.