Multcolib Picks: All That, and in a Corset Too: Surprising women in history

Eighty Days
Eighty Days Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-making Race Around the World By Goodman, Matthew Book - 2013 910.4109252 B6611g 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:On November 14, 1889, two young female journalists raced against one another, determined to outdo Jules Verne's fictional hero and circle the globe in less than 80 days. The dramatic race that ensued would span 28,000 miles, captivate the nation, and change both competitors' lives forever.

Soundings The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor By Felt, Hali Book - 2012 B-Th3296f 2012 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A compelling portrait of one of the most interesting "forgotten" women of the twentieth century, the scientist who mapped, for the first time, the ocean floor.

The Adventures of the Woman Homesteader
The Adventures of the Woman Homesteader The Life and Letters of Elinore Pruitt Stewart By Stewart, Elinore Pruitt Book - 1992 B-St493a 1992 Available in some locations

Annotation:Generations of readers have delighted in Elinore Pruitt Stewart's Letters of a Woman Homesteader (1914) and Letters on an Elk Hunt (1915), among the most engaging accounts of life in the American West.

On A Farther Shore
On A Farther Shore The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson By Souder, William Book - 2012 B-Ca2395s 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Rachel Carson, founder of the modern environmental movement, began work on her seminal book Silent Spring in the late 1950s, when a dizzying array of synthetic pesticides had come into use.

Marie Curie and Her Daughters
Marie Curie and Her Daughters The Private Lives of Science's First Family By Emling, Shelley Book - 2012 B-C975e 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:"Marie Curie was the first person to be honored by two Nobel Prizes and she pioneered the use of radiation therapy for cancer patients. But she was also a mother, widowed young, who raised two extraordinary daughters alone: Irene, a Nobel Prize winning chemist in her own right, who played an important role in the development of the atomic bomb, and Eve, a highly regarded humanitarian and journalist, who fought alongside the French Resistance during WWII.

Hedy's Folly
Hedy's Folly The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World By Rhodes, Richard Book - 2011 791.43028092 L216r 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, Lamarr fled to America at the start of World War II; she brought with her not only her theatrical talent but also a gift for technical innovation.

Nothing Daunted
Nothing Daunted The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West By Wickenden, Dorothy Book - 2011 B-Wo8606w 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:"A captivating book about Dorothy Wickenden's grandmother, who left her affluent East Coast life to "rough it" as a teacher in Colorado in 1916"

Gertrude Bell
Gertrude Bell Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations By Howell, Georgina Book - 2007 B-B443h 2007 Available in some locations
Southern Lady, Yankee Spy
Southern Lady, Yankee Spy The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy By Varon, Elizabeth R. Book - 2003 973.785 V259v 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:Northern sympathizer in the Confederate capital, daring spymaster, postwar politician: Elizabeth Van Lew was one of the most remarkable figures in American history, a woman who defied the conventions of the nineteenth-century South.

She-wolves The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth By Castor, Helen Book - 2011 942.0099 C354s 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:When Edward VI died in 1553, the extraordinary fact was that there was no one left to claim the title of king of England. For the first time, England would have a reigning queen, but the question was which one...

Cleopatra A Life By Schiff, Stacy Book - 2010 B-C628sc 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.

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