And for generations to come, their actions would pave the way for others to step into the brave unknown and learn to fly. Written by female pilot and member of the original mercury 13 Gene Nora Jessen, Sky Girls celebrates the strength and smarts of these trailblazing women, Hidden Figures, and sits perfectly on the shelf next to The Radium Girls, or Code Girls.
Sky Girls: The True Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race #ad - . For a country on the brink of defining change, they would become symbols of hope, daring, and the unstoppable American spirit. A beautiful and inspiring book. Fascinatingly told. Donna shirley, former head of the U. S. Armed with grit and determination, they crossed thousands of miles in propeller-driven airplanes to defy the naysayers who would say it cannot — not should not — be done.
Our Spoons Came from WoolworthsNYRB Classics #ad - I told helen my story and she went home and cried. So begins our Spoons Came from Woolworths. England is in the middle of the great depression, and the money Sophia makes from the occasional modeling gig doesn’t make up for her husband’s indifference to paying the rent. She seems hardly fonder of her husband than she is of her pet newt; she can’t keep house everything she cooks tastes of soap; and she mistakes morning sickness for the aftereffects of a bad batch of strawberries.
Predictably, the marriage falters; not so predictably, Sophia’s artlessness will be the very thing that turns her life around. But barbara comyns’s beguiling novel is far from tragic, despite the harrowing ordeals its heroine endures. Sophia is twenty-one and naïve when she marries fellow artist Charles.
The Velveteen Daughter: A NovelShe Writes Press #ad - The velveteen daughter reveals for the first time the true story of two remarkable women: Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit, the author of one of the most beloved children's books of all time, and her daughter Pamela, a world-renowned child prodigy artist whose fame at one time greatly eclipses her mother's.
From the opening pages, the novel will captivate readers with its multifaceted and resonates with its multifaceted and illuminating observations on art, family, and the consequences of genius touched by madness. Pamela's dreams elude her as she struggles with severe depressions, an overbearing father, an obsessive love affair, and a spectacularly misguided marriage.
The Velveteen Daughter: A Novel #ad - Throughout, her life raft is her mother. The glamorous art world of europe and new york in the early 20th century and a supporting cast of luminaries—Eugene O'Neill and his wife Agnes Margery's niece, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Pablo Picasso, and Richard Hughes, author of A High Wind in Jamaica—provide a vivid backdrop to the Biancos' story.
But celebrity at such an early age exacts a great toll.
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a NationSt. Martin's Press #ad - From defending an innocent giant on death row to investigating an island in Arkansas with a terrible secret about slavery; from the warring halls of Congress to a crumbling medieval tower in Italy, Grace solved crimes in-between shopping at Bergdorf Goodman and being marked for death by the sinister Black Hand.
Grace and her partner, the hard-boiled Hungarian detective Julius J. Known for dressing only in black, Grace was appointed the first woman U. S. In the narrative tradition of in cold blood and The Devil in the White City, her poignant story unmasks unmistakable connections between missing girls, the role of the media, and the real truth of crime stories.
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Kron, two-faced cops, navigated a dangerous mystery of secret boyfriends, underground tunnels, rumors of white slavery, and a mysterious pale man -- in a desperate race against time to save Ruth. After graduating from N. Y. U. Law school, grace opened a legal clinic in the city for low-income immigrant clients, and quickly established a reputation as a fierce, but fair lawyer who was always on the side of the disenfranchised.
Margaret the First: A NovelCatapult #ad - The duchess herself would be delighted at her resurrection in Margaret the Firs . . . This is a gorgeous and wholly new approach to imagining the life of a historical woman. As the english civil war raged on, Margaret met and married William Cavendish, who encouraged her writing and her desire for a career.
Dutton expertly captures the pathos of a woman whose happiness is furrowed with the anxiety of underacknowledgment. Thenew york Times Book Review. As one of the queen’s attendants and the daughter of prominent Royalists, she was exiled to France when King Charles I was overthrown. After the war, her work earned her both fame and infamy in England: at the dawn of daily newspapers, she was “Mad Madge, ” an original tabloid celebrity.
Of Speculation. A “strikingly smart” novel dramatizing the life of a highly unconventional duchess in seventeenth-century England Jenny Offill, author of Dept. Yet margaret was also the first woman to be invited to the Royal Society of London—a mainstay of the Scientific Revolution—and the last for another two hundred years.
Margaret the First: A Novel #ad - The eccentric margaret wrote and published volumes of poems, feminist plays, philosophy, and utopian science fiction at a time when being a writer was not an option open to women. Chosen as a lit hub best book of 2016, gifted, and one of electric literature’s best Novels of 2016 Margaret the First is based on the life of Margaret Cavendish, an Entropy Best Book of 2016, the shy, and wildly unconventional seventeenth-century duchess.
Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, a MemoirBack Bay Books #ad - Mclain's beautiful writing and limber voice capture the intense loneliness, and determination of a young girl both on her own and responsible, sadness, with her siblings, for staying together as a family. As wards of the state, the sisters spent the next 14 years moving from foster home to foster home.
This powerful and haunting memoir details the years Paula McLain and her two sisters spent as foster children after being abandoned by both parents in California in the early 1970s. The dislocations, confusions, and odd pleasures of an unrooted life form the basis of one of the most compelling memoirs in recent years -- a book the tradition of Jo Ann Beard's The Boys of My Youth and Mary Karr's The Liar's Club.
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For the next eleven months, and watches their personalities develop: feisty, churlish, tracks them down when they go astray, we follow the newly minted dad as he takes the goslings on daily swims in the lake, and lovable. I read it through the night, twice. Stacey o’brien, author of wesley the OwlThe charming true story of one man’s journey to raise seven goslings in the name of science.
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Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of EvilHoward Books #ad - But just days after she made the connection, her cousin’s child was gunned down in a parking lot in Kansas, a victim of a Neo-Nazi out to inflict as much harm as he could. Their tearful reunion was proof to her that evil doesn’t always win. In beautiful interweaving storylines, the past and present come together in a nuanced, heartfelt “story of compassion and collective resistance” with “undeniable emotional power” Kirkus Reviews.
Years later, yvette couldn’t get the story of the Jewish tailor out of her head. Nearly 2, no one ever gave them up, but even though everyone on Erikousa knew Savvas and his family were hiding on the island, 000 Jews from that area died in the concentration camps, and the family survived the war. As yvette and her family wrestled with the tragedy in their own lives, the lessons she learned from the survivors of the Holocaust helped her confront and make sense of the present.
She decided to track down the man’s descendants—and eventually found them in Israel. Seventy years after her grandmother helped hide a jewish family on a greek island during world war ii, and one family’s harrowing tale of finding the lost pieces of its own history” Karen Abbott, forgiveness, a woman sets out to track down their descendants—and discovers a new way to understand tragedy, and the power of kindness in “an engrossing peek into a little-known chapter of World War II, New York Times bestselling author of Liar Temptress Solider Spy.
Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil #ad - Yvette manessis corporon grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories about how the people of the small Greek island Erikousa hid a Jewish family—a tailor named Savvas and his daughters—from the Nazis during World War II. Despite her best hopes, she was forced to confront the fact that seventy years after the Nazis were defeated, remainders of their hateful legacy still linger today.
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi DeltaSimon & Schuster #ad - Winner of the pat conroy southern book prize mississippi's #1 bestseller of 2015 and 2016 the Clarion-Ledger A New York Times Bestseller In Dispatches from Pluto, beautiful, adventure writer Richard Grant takes on “the most American place on Earth”—the enigmatic, often derided Mississippi Delta.
Richard grant and his girlfriend were living in a shoebox apartment in New York City when they decided on a whim to buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta. It’s lively, entertaining, and funny, containing a travel writer’s flair for in-depth reporting alongside insightful reflections on poverty, community, and race.
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta #ad - Yet even as he observes major structural problems, he encounters many close, loving, and interdependent relationships between black and white families—and good reasons for hope. On a remote, richard and his girlfriend, isolated strip of land, three miles beyond the tiny community of Pluto, Mariah, embark on a new life.
Dispatches from pluto is their journey of discovery into this strange and wonderful American place. They befriend an array of unforgettable local characters—blues legend T-Model Ford, catfish farmers, cookbook maven Martha Foose, eccentric millionaires, and the actor Morgan Freeman. Mississippi, grant concludes, is the best-kept secret in America.
He finds that de facto segregation continues. He falls not just for his girlfriend but for the beguiling place they now call home. Dispatches from Pluto is a book as unique as the Delta itself.
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation HistoryHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Together, one of them would triumph, they fought for the chance to fly and race airplanes—and in 1936, beating the men in the toughest air race of them all. A new york times bestseller * an amazon best book of the year * a new york times Book Review Editors’ Choice * A Time Best Book for Summer Between the world wars, or more dangerous, no sport was more popular, than airplane racing.
. While male pilots were lauded as heroes, the few women who dared to fly were more often ridiculed—until a cadre of women pilots banded together to break through the entrenched prejudice. Fly girls weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: florence klingensmith, an alabama divorcée; Amelia Earhart, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, who chafed at her blue blood family’s expectations; and Louise Thaden, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, a high school dropout from Fargo, the most famous, the young mother of two who got her start selling coal in Wichita.
The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America's Unknown Soldier and WWI's Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him HomeAtlantic Monthly Press #ad - Celebrated military historian and bestselling author patrick O’Donnell illuminates the saga behind the creation of the Tomb itself and recreates the moving ceremony during which it was consecrated and the eight Body Bearers, and the sergeant who had chosen the one body to be interred, solemnly united.
Brilliantly researched, the unknowns is a timeless tale of heeding the calls of duty and brotherhood, and humanizes the most consequential event of the twentieth century, vividly told, which still casts a shadow a century later. For the first time o’donnell portrays their heroics on the battlefield one hundred years ago, thereby animating the Tomb by giving voice to all who have served.
Their ranks include a cowboy who relived the charge of the light brigade, and an indomitable gunner who, though blinded by gas, an American Indian who heroically breached mountains of German barbed wire, a tough New Yorker who sacrificed his body to save his ship, a salty New Englander who dueled a U-boat for hours in a fierce gunfight, nonetheless overcame five machine-gun nests.
The body bearers appropriately spanned America’s service branches and specialties. The tomb of the unknown Soldier is sacred ground at Arlington National Cemetery. Their stories slip easily into the larger narrative of America’s involvement in the conflict, transporting readers into the midst of dramatic battles during 1917–1918 that ultimately decided the Great War.
The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America's Unknown Soldier and WWI's Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home #ad - Originally constructed in 1921 to hold one of the thousands of unidentified American soldiers lost in World War I, it now also contains unknowns from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and receives millions of visitors each year who pay silent tribute. When the first unknown soldier was laid to rest in arlington, seleted eight of America’s most decorated, commander of the American Expeditionary Force in WWI, General John Pershing, battle-hardened veterans to serve as Body Bearers.