Mira Jacob is an American writer. She is the author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, a novel about a patriarch who starts talking to ghosts, Good Talk, a graphic memoir. Jacob earned her MFA from the New School for Social Research. Jacob is the founder of a reading series in Brooklyn, she is the author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, a novel about a patriarch who starts talking to ghosts, how his seeing spirits affects his family. The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing took Jacob 10 years to complete, during which time her father became sick and died. After his death, Jacob rewrote much of the book with the father character as her own father. Jacob's second book, Good Talk, is a graphic memoir published in 2019. Jacob was born and raised in New Mexico to parents who immigrated from India in 1968, the same year they were wed in an arranged marriage; because there were so few Indian Americans in New Mexico, people assumed she was Native American, she told Kirkus: "They all thought we were Hopi or Apache or Mexican."
When Jacob was 20, her parents fell in love, she wrote in an essay for Vogue. Jacob wrote that their renewed relationship allowed her to form her own romantic relationship with filmmaker Jed Rothstein, whom she married, she now lives in Brooklyn with their son. The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing. A&C Black. 3 July 2014. ISBN 978-1-4088-4116-7. Die Aufforderung des Schlafwandlers zum Tanz. Bastei Entertainment. 12 March 2015. ISBN 978-3-7325-0591-3. Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2019. ISBN 9781408880173. Http://mirajacob.com/
Louisa Dow Benton was an American linguist and letter writer. She became physically disabled from rheumatism, unable to walk, lost the entire use of her hands, she learned to read Italian, German and Russian without any instruction. She took up Volapük, became well-known as a Volapük scholar, she carried on correspondence with several linguists in Europe and associations for the spreading of this language. Louisa Dwight Dow was born in Portland, March 23, 1831, she was the eldest child of Maria Cornelia Durant Maynard Dow. Her siblings included Emma Maynard Dow, Frederick Neal Dow, Cornelia Maria Dow, she was educated in the best schools of Portland, the last and chief of, the Free Street Seminary for young ladies, Master Hezekiah Packard, teacher. She had, besides these, teachers in French. On December 12, 1860, she married Jacob Benton, of New Hampshire, they passed four seasons in Washington, D. C. while Mr. Benton was a member of Congress, after which they resided at "Benton Manor" in Lancaster.
In the fall of 1887, she contracted rheumatism. She went several times to mineral springs in Canada, to Hot Springs, but derived no benefit from any of them, she could not walk or stand. Her hands and arms were so and affected by the disease that she stopped drawing and painting, devoted herself to the acquisition of languages, a study, always attractive to her, she learned to read fluently Italian, German and Russian, all with no teacher except for Greek. After that, she mastered it easily, she was so well known as a Volapük scholar that correspondence came to her from several prominent linguists in Europe, several European Volapük associations elected her corresponding member. Benton designed and gave a fountain to the town of Lancaster in memory of her husband, who died from the effects of an accident in the fall of 1892, he had long been a resident of the town and had attained prominence as a lawyer, business man and politician. This memorial fountain was erected on the corner of Main and Mechanic streets, directly in front of the doorway of the Town Hall building.
It was inscribed with the following memorial: "In memory of Jacob Benton as a gift to the town this fountain was erected by his wife Louisa D. Benton, on the day of his death September 29, 1892."She died at her home in Lancaster on December 7, 1895, from the effects of an operation for the removal of a cancer. This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Logan, Mrs. John A.. The Part Taken by Women in American History. Perry-Nalle publishing Company. P. 788. This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Making of America Project. New England Magazine. 33. J. N. McClintock; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Metcalf, H. H.. H.. The Granite Monthly: A New Hampshire Magazine. 14. Granite Monthly Company; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Amos Newton. History of Lancaster, New Hampshire. Rumford Press. P. 160. This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Willard, Frances Elizabeth.
A Woman of the Century: Fourteen Hundred-seventy Biographical Sketches Accompanied by Portraits of Leading American Women in All Walks of Life. Moulton. Wait, Eugene M.. The Second Jackson Administration. Nova Publishers. ISBN 978-1-59033-305-1. Works by or about Louisa Dow Benton at Internet Archive