Biography & Autobiography - Women

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Hons and Rebels

Jessica Mitford

Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family. Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the 1920s London smart set and a noted novelist and biographer; Diana, wife to the English f...

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Published: Sep 2004

Sarah's Seasons: An Amish Diary and C...

Martha Moore Davis

"Sarah's Seasons gives us insight into the life of an Old Order Amish woman—something rare and hard to come by. It also records the growing friendship between Martha Davis and Sarah Fisher and the juxtaposition of the author's...

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Published: Jul 2000

Chanel Bonfire

Wendy Lawless

Georgann Rea didn't bake cookies or go to PTA meetings; she wore a mink coat and always had a lit Dunhill plugged into her cigarette holder. She'd slept with too many men and a few women, and she didn't like dogs or chil­dren. Georga...

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Published: Nov 2013

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

Anna Quindlen

INCLUDING AN EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION BETWEEN MERYL STREEP AND ANNA QUINDLEN“[Quindlen] serves up generous portions of her wise, commonsensical, irresistibly quotable take on life. . . . What Nora Ephron does for body image and Anne L...

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Published: Apr 2013

Assata: An Autobiography (Lawrence Hi...

Assata Shakur

This presents the life story of African American revolutionary Shakur, previously known as JoAnne Chesimard.

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Published: Apr 1988

The Lady and the Panda: The True Adve...

Vicki Croke

Recounts the remarkable true-life adventures of Ruth Harness, an American bohemian socialite and dress designer, who, in 1936, ventured into one of the most dangerous, unexplored regions of the world on a quest--which had already cost...

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Published: Jun 2006

Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the Wor...

Robin Gerber

This is the entwined tale of two exceptional women. One was a voluptuous eleven-inch-tall beauty who debuted at the 1959 Toy Fair in New York City and quickly became the treasure of 9 out of 10 American girls and their counterparts in...

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Published: Feb 2010

The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain...

Linda Greenlaw

The world’s only female swordfishing captain, who gained fame as the source for the best-selling The Perfect Storm, offers a fascinating and brine-soaked tale of a thirty-day swordfishing voyage that must endure every hardship k...

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Published: Jul 2006

The Story of My Life: The Restored Ed...

Helen Keller

The tedious steps of the process of awakening the intelligence of a human being deprived of all the ordinary means of communication with her fellows at an age so early that practically no foundation has been laid by normal means--such...

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Published: Mar 2004

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions o...

Jill Lepore

National Book Award FinalistFrom one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a passionat...

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Published: Jul 2014

Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Life Rescu...

Dani Shapiro

At twenty-three, Dani Shapiro was in the midst of a major rebellion against her religious uringing. She had dropped out of college, was halfheartedly acting in television commercials, and was carrying on with an older married man when...

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Published: Feb 2010

Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress

Susan Jane Gilman

A collection of true stories by everyday women follows such remembrances as coming of age as an unfashionable white girl in an all-Puerto Rican neighborhood, experiencing embarrassment in front of a rock star, and receiving horrible m...

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Published: Jan 2005

Augusta, Gone: A True Story

Martha Tod Dudman

Parents are advised to approach this wrenching memoir with caution--it will evoke all their worst fears. IIt's not just that Martha Tod Dudman frankly delineates her daughter Augusta's descent into drinking, smoking, drug use, and tru...

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Published: Apr 2002

Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, fro...

Stacy A. Cordery

An entertaining and eye-opening biography of America's most memorable first daughterFrom the moment Teddy Roosevelt's outrageous and charming teenage daughter strode into the White House—carrying a snake and dangling a cigarette—t...

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Published: Oct 2008

Reckless: The Outrageous Lives of Nin...

Gloria Mattioni

Recounts the stories of nine women who made unconventional choices in order to bring about remarkable life achievements, including World Series of Poker Tournament champion Annie Duke, Iditarod winner Libby Riddles, and Playboy model-...

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Published: Oct 2005

The Pleasure's All Mine: Memoir of a...

Joan Kelly

When Joan Kelly took a weekend job as a professional submissive in a private dungeon, it seemed she'd finally found a perfect outlet for her pent-up desires. Suddenly, Joan was being paid to do things she'd only fantasized about. Hav...

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Published: Jan 2006

Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Jour...

Waris Dirie

Waris Dirie leads a double life -- by day, she is an international supermodel and human rights ambassador for the United Nations; by night, she dreams of the simplicity of life in her native Somalia and the family she was forced to le...

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Published: Oct 1999

A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unf...

Joan Anderson

Now available in paperback, the entrancing story of how one woman's journey of self-discovery gave her the courage to persevere in re-creating her life.Life is a work in progress, as ever-changing as a sandy shoreline along the beach....

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Published: Aug 2000

The Boys of My Youth

Jo Ann Beard

Jo Ann Beard beautifully evokes her childhood in the early '60s, a time in which mothers continued to smoke right up to labor, one's own scabs were deeply interesting, and Barbie dolls seemed to get naked of their own volition, knowin...

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Published: Jan 1999

Bark If You Love Me

Louise Bernikow

A single city woman meets Mr. Right-he has amber eyes and a wily heart. There's only one catch . . . he has four legs and a tail.Relatively indifferent to the natural world, allergic to dogs, and happily independent, writer Louise Ber...

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Published: Sep 2001

Dido Belle

Paula Byrne

From acclaimed biographer Paula Byrne, the sensational true tale that inspired the major motion picture Belle (May 2014) starring Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, Penelope Wilton, and Matthew Goode—a stunning story...

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Published: Mar 2014

May and Amy: A True Story of Family, ...

Josceline Dimbleby

Describes how, inspired by a stunning portrait by pre-Raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones and the discovery of a long-forgotten trunk of old letters, the author investigated her own family history to uncover a long-hidden story ...

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Published: Mar 2006

The Sound of Wings: The Life of Ameli...

Mary S. Lovell

When Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappeared in 1937 during her attempted flight around the world, she was already known as America's most famous female aviator. Her sense of daring and determination, rare for women of her time, broug...

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Published: Sep 2009

The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Ch...

Tilar J. Mazzeo

Veuve Clicquot champagne epitomizes glamour and style, with tribute paid everywhere from Lord Byron to Casablanca. But who was this young widow - the 'Veuve' - Clicquot, whose champagne sparkled at the courts of France, Britain, and R...

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Published: Oct 2009

That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpso...

Anne Sebba

The first full scale biography of Wallis Simpson to be written by a woman, exploring the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the Twentieth Century, a character who played prominently in the blockbuster film The Ki...

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Published: Feb 2013

Late Bloomer's Revolution, The

Amy Cohen

The debut of a sparkling and reassuring memoirist -- an inspiration to late bloomers everywhere'I like to consider myself a late bloomer, meaning someone who will eventually, however late, come into bloom. Although when and if I will ...

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Published: Jul 2008

Murder of a Medici Princess

Caroline P. Murphy

In Murder of a Medici Princess, Caroline Murphy illuminates the brilliant life and tragic death of Isabella de Medici, one of the brightest stars in the dazzling world of Renaissance Italy, the daughter of Duke Cosimo I, ruler of Flor...

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Published: May 2009

why I'm like this: True Stories

Cynthia Kaplan

Cynthia Kaplan takes us on a hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking journey through her unique, uncensored world -- her bungled romantic encounters and unsung theatrical experiences; her gadget-obsessed father and her mother, who, if ...

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Published: Jun 2003

Call Me Madam: From Mother to Madam

Dawn Annandale

When Dawn Annandale's marriage fell apart she was overwhelmed by debt and turned to prostitution to support her family. After one year, a near-fatal car crash and numerous encounters with men, she made the decision to stop working as ...

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Published: May 2008

The Enigma Woman: The Death Sentence ...

Kathleen A. Cairns

"Crack shot." "Enigma woman." "Good with ponies and pistols." "A much-married woman."What if such an unconventional woman—and the press unanimously agreed that Nellie May Madison was indeed un...

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Published: Apr 2009
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