Women's History Stars
Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram
Book Magazine, unless noted.
- My Face is Black is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations
Author: Berry, Mary Frances
Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 1400040035 Date: 2005
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Born into slavery, Callie House started the Ex-Slave Mutual Relief Fund, Bounty and Pension Association, which sought African American pensions based on those offered Union Soldiers. Persecuted for her ideas, she was jailed by the U.S. government.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- The Lost German Slave Girl: The Extraordinary True Story of the Slave Sally Miller and Her Fight For Freedom
Author: Bailey, John
Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871139219 Date: 2005
In brilliant novelistic detail, an award-winning historian John Bailey presents the story of a slave named Sally Miller, who in 1843 was believed by members of the New Orleans' German community to have been illegally enslaved. Bailey uses Miller's dramatic trial to describe the fascinating laws and customs surrounding slavery, immigration, and racial mixing.
- May and Amy: A True Story of Family, Forbidden Love, and the Secret Lives of May Gaskell, Her Daughter Amy, and Sir Edward Burne-Jones
Author: Dimbleby, Josceline
Publisher: Harmony $ 25 ISBN: 0609609998 Date: 2005
The compelling story of an intimate friendship between the painter Edward Burne-Jones and the much younger May Gaskell is richly illustrated by a remarkable collection of letters presenting a charming portrait of a circle of family and friends.
- Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire
by Foreman, Amanda
Publisher: Random $ 29.95 ISBN: 0375502947 Date: 2000
This year's Whitbread Prize-winning biography presents a rich evocation of 18th-century London, revolving around Lady Georgiana Spencer, the great-great-great-great aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales.
- Miss Leavitt's Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered how to Measure the Universe
Author: Johnson, George
Publisher: Norton $ 22.95 ISBN: 0393051285 Date: 2005
Radcliffe-educated Henrietta Swan Leavitt, fighting ill health and progressive deafness, stumbled upon a new law that allowed astronomers to use variable stars--those whose brightness rhythmically changes--as a cosmic yardstick. This is both a masterly account of how the universe is measured and the moving story of a neglected genius.
- Savage Summit: The True Stories of the Five Women Who Climbed K2, the World's Most Feared Mountain
Author: Jordan, Jennifer
Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060587156 Date: 2005
An exhilarating story of victory and disaster, success and heartbreak, Savage Summit is a moving tribute to the five brave women who achieved the near-impossible by climbing the world's most feared mountain.
Suggested Reading: Sports - Nonfiction Stars
- The Happy Bottom Riding Club: the Life and Times of Pancho Barnes
by Kessler, Lauren
Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 037550124x Date: 2000
In a biography written with authority and affection, Kessler presents the true life story of Pancho Barnes--the woman who outflew Amelia Earhart, outsmarted Howard Hughes, outdrank the Mexican army, and outmaneuvered the U.S. government.
- Charlotte: Being a True Account of an Actress's Flamboyant Adventures in Eighteenth-Century London's Wild and Wicked Theatrical World
Author: Shevelow, Kathryn
Publisher: Holt $ 27.50 ISBN: 0805073140 Date: 2005
The life of actress Charlotte Charke transports us through the splendors and scandals of eighteenth-century London and its wicked theatrical world. - Publisher Marketing.
- Eleanor of Aquitane
by Weir, Alison
Publisher: Ballantine $ 28 ISBN: 0345405404 Date: 2000
In this new biography, popular British historian Alison Weir vividly captures the life and times of one of the most remarkable women of the Middle Ages.
Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW.