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The Tigress of Forli: Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de' Medici

by Elizabeth Lev

A Rome-based American historian tells the extraordinary story of Caterina Sforza, perhaps the most prominent woman of Renaissance Italy, who was a wife, a mother, a leader, and a warrior with the courage to...


Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction 2005

by Melanie Rehak

A plucky “titian-haired” sleuth solved her first mystery in 1930. Eighty million books later, Nancy Drew has survived the Depression, World War II, and the sixties (when she was taken up with a vengeance...


As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto

by Joan Reardon

This dishy and delightful, never-before-published correspondence between America's queen of food, Julia Child, and her confidante and mentor Avis DeVoto, shows not only the blossoming of a lifelong friendship,...


How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood

by William J. Mann

A narrative account of Elizabeth Taylor's career, with particular attention paid to how the consummate movie star influenced and crafted her image over the years.


Autobiography of a Face

by Lucy Grealy

This powerful memoir is about the premium we put on beauty and on a woman's face in particular. It took Lucy Grealy twenty years of living with a distorted self-image and more than thirty reconstructive procedures...


Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark

by Jane Fletcher Geniesse

With the publication of The Valley of the Assassins in 1934, a legend was launched. Freya Stark had begun the extraordinary adventures that would glamorize her, though distinctly unglamorous, as the last of...


The Way Home

by Ernestine Bradley

Growing up in Bavaria during World War II, Ernestine Bradley came to know wartime dislocations and food shortages, along with the challenges of taking care of her siblings while her mother was ill. The men of...


Slow Motion: A True Story

by Dani Shapiro

From one of the most gifted writers of her  generation comes the harrowing and exqui-sitely written true story of how a family tragedy saved her life. Dani Shapiro was a young girl from a deeply religious...


The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens

by Claire Tomalin

Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was 18, a hard-working actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep, and he was 45, the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came...


On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Author of Silent Spring

by William Souder

Published on the fiftieth anniversary of her seminal book, Silent Spring, here is an indelible new portrait of Rachel Carson, founder of the environmental movement

She loved the ocean and wrote three books about...


The Locust and the Bird: My Mother's Story

by Hanan Al-Shaykh

In a masterly act of literary transformation, celebrated novelist Hanan al-Shaykh re-creates the dramatic life and times of her mother, Kamila.

 

Married at a young age against her will, Kamila soon fell head-over-heels...


Westchester Burning: Portrait of a Marriage

by Amine Wefali

Amine Wefali had four beautiful children and houses in Westchester, Nantucket, and Florida--but her marriage had become acrimonious. She had moved into the attic of her exclusive home in Westchester, a suburb...


Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities

by Elizabeth Edwards

The bestselling author of Saving Graces shares her inspirational message on the challenges and blessings of coping with adversity.

She’s one of the most beloved political figures in the country, and on the...


Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas

by Maya Angelou

In this third self-contained volume of her autobiography, which began with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou moves into the adult world, and the white world as well, as she marries, enters show business,...


Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana

by Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Desperate to escape South Texas, Stephanie Elizondo Griest dreamed of becoming a foreign correspondent. So she headed to Russia looking for some excitement—commencing what would become a four-year, twelve-nation...


They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades

by Barbara Holland

Throughout history there have been women, endowed with curiosity and abundant spirit, who stepped out of the cave, cast off the shackles of expectation, and struck out for new territory. In this ode to bold,...


The Leopard Hat: A Daughter's Story

by Valerie Steiker

In this tender loving memoir, Valerie Steiker evokes a magical childhood on the Upper East side of New York with a woman whose own losses led her to delight in family, beauty and life itself.

Valerie Steiker’s...


Tamil Tigress: My Story as a Child Soldier in Sri Lanka's Bloody Civil War

by Niromi de de Soyza

In 1987, 17-year old Niromi de Soyza shocked her middle-class Sri Lankan family by joining the Tamil Tigers. Equipped with a rifle and cyanide capsule she was one of the rebels' first female soldiers. Now married...


Jezebel: The Untold Story of the Bible's Harlot Queen

by Lesley Hazleton

There is no woman with a worse reputation than Jezebel, the ancient queen who corrupted a nation and met one of the most gruesome fates in the Bible. Her name alone speaks of sexual decadence and promiscuity....


Just Jill: The Autobiography of Jill Allen-King OBE

by Jill Allen-King OBE

Just Jill is an inspirational and moving account of one woman's triumph over adversity and how she used her own experience of disability to benefit others. When she was growing up during the 1940s very few people...