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Women’s History Month

SELECTIONS FROM OUR COLLECTION OF FICTION AND NON-FICTION IN HONOR OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH.

Non-Fiction

Mad women: the other side of life on Madison Avenue in the ’60s and beyond / Jane Maas

Offers an inside look at what it was really like to be an ad woman on Madison Avenue in the 1960s and 1970s, from casual sex to professional serfdom, in this bittersweet memoir.

Seven women: and the secret of their greatness / Eric Metaxas

Offers seven captivating portraits of some of history’s greatest women, each of whom changed the course of history by following God’s calling.

A short history of women: a novel / Kate Walbert

Walbert deftly explores the ways in which successive generations of women have attempted to articulate what the nineteenth century called the woman question. Her novel is a moving reflection on the tides of history, and how the lives of our great-grandmothers resonate in our own.

Top 101 women of STEM / edited by Nicholas Faulkner

This extensive and insightful text introduces readers to an eclectic mix of women who have excelled in all areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Some of the figures are less well known than others, but all are highly accomplished and inspirational in their fields.

The women behind Rosie Riveter: working for the U.S. war effort / by Pamela Dell

You’ve probably seen her — arm raised, bandana on her head, a steely expression in her eye. She’s Rosie the Riveter, and she has told women “You can do it” for decades. Read about Rosie’s rise to fame and the ways she inspired a movement. Find out how her battle cry helped win World War II and has since been a symbol of strength for U.S. women everywhere.

Women of the constitution: wives of the signers / Janice E. McKenney

This new publication is the first work devoted exclusively to brief biographies of the 43 wives of the signers of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Each entry includes vital information, where known such as birth, parents, marriage, children, and death as well as a footnoted biography with its own bibliography. Also provided are illustrations of many of the wives and their homes, as well as an appendix describing the now historic residences in which the signers and their spouses resided.

Women : our story / foreword, Rebecca Boggs Roberts

A celebration of the pivotal but less-recognized roles women have played in culture and society reexamines history from a female perspective, from early matriarchal societies through the Suffragette movement and twentieth-century feminism.

Women photographers: from Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman / Boris Friedewald

Since the inception of photography as an art form nearly 200 years ago, women have played an important role in the development of the genre, often pushing boundaries and defying social convention. Each artist is profiled in spreads featuring splendid reproductions of key works and an in-depth overview of her career and contributions to the art of photography. This thorough and accessible introduction to the greatest women photographers from the 19th century to today features the most important works of 55 artists, along with in-depth biographical and critical assessments.

Women rowing North: navigating life’s currents and flourishing as we age / Mary Pipher

Mary Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Drawing on her own experience as daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, caregiver, clinical psychologist, and cultural anthropologist, she explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face. “If we can keep our wits about us, think clearly, and manage our emotions skillfully,” Pipher writes, “we will experience a joyous time of our lives. If we have planned carefully and packed properly, if we have good maps and guides, the journey can be transcendent.”

Women will vote: winning suffrage in New York State / Susan Goodier and Karen Pastorello

Women Will Vote celebrates the 2017 centenary of women’s right to full suffrage in New York State. Susan Goodier and Karen Pastorello highlight the activism of rural, urban, African American, Jewish, immigrant, and European American women, as well as male suffragists, both upstate and downstate, that led to the positive outcome of the 1917 referendum.

Wonder women: sex, power, and the quest for perfection / Debora L. Spar

Explores “why, a half century after the publication of Betty Friedan’s ‘The feminine mystique’… women still feel stuck… [detailing] how American women’s lives have–and have not–changed over the past fifty years”.

Women’s Fiction inspired by actual events

America’s first daughter: a novel / Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

The atomic city girls: a novel / Janet Beard

In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders.

Lilac girls: a novel / Martha Hall Kelly

Inspired by the unbelievable life of a real World War II heroine, Martha Hall Kelly’s 2016 debut novel is a beautiful story of love, bravery, and the fight for justice. Readers meet three remarkable women: Caroline, a New York socialite busy at work at the French Consulate; Caroline, a Polish teenage and secret messenger for the resistance; and Herta, a young doctor struggling to stay afloat in the male-dominated Nazi society. Though separated by continents, these three women’s lives become intertwined, and none of them is ever the same again.

Someone knows my name / Lawrence Hill

Tells the heartbreaking, incredible story of Aminata Diallo, a young black girl abducted from Africa and enslaved in South Carolina, who turns the most horrific circumstances into a chance to make a difference. After being torn apart from her family, Aminata escapes the plantation she’s on during the chaos of the Revolutionary War and heads to New York, where she helps pen the Book of Negroes before teaming up with British abolitionists who are trying to create a new colony in Sierra Leone.

That Churchill woman: a novel / Stephanie Barron

The Paris Wife meets PBS’s Victoria in this enthralling novel of the life and loves of one of history’s most remarkable women: Winston Churchill’s scandalous American mother, Jennie Jerome. Wealthy, privileged, and fiercely independent New Yorker Jennie Jerome took Victorian England by storm when she landed on its shores. As Lady Randolph Churchill, she gave birth to a man who defined the twentieth century: her son Winston. But Jennie–reared in the luxury of Gilded Age Newport and the Paris of the Second Empire–lived an outrageously modern life all her own, filled with controversy, passion, tragedy, and triumph. Breathing new life into Jennie’s legacy and the gilded world over which she reigned, That Churchill Woman paints a portrait of the difficult–and sometimes impossible–balance between love, freedom, and obligation, while capturing the spirit of an unforgettable woman, one who altered the course of history.

Victoria / Daisy Goodwin

In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne. Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone. Drawn from Victoria’s diaries, the author brings the young queen even more richly to life in this magnificent novel.

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