Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

“I stand in the sunny noon of life…what concerns me now is, that my life be a beautiful, powerful, in a word, a complete life.” To say that Margaret Fuller was a woman ahead of her time would be an understatement. A born intellectual, she was educated in accordance with her father’s exacting standards; inContinue reading “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life”

Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953

Women’s History Month giveaway: Win a copy of this book! You might have noticed all the Sylvia Plath talk going around the internet as of late. That’s because this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Bell Jar, a novel about a young woman named Esther Greenwood who earns an internship positionContinue reading “Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953”

On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson

It’s impossible to think of Rachel Carson without thinking about Silent Spring, the book that helped launch the environmental movement. Published nearly fifty-one years ago, the book captured the nation’s attention at a time when nuclear fallout was a very real concern and pesticides were being used as in alarming amounts. Of particular concern wasContinue reading “On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson”

Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland

Women’s History Month giveaway: Win a copy of this book! Diana Dalziel was born in 1903 to a life of extreme privilege. With a wealthy father and a mother who had deep roots in New York society circles, Diana could have easily chosen to marry well and settle into the life of a well-kept societyContinue reading “Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland”

Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards

No one could figure out why Ann Richards had been selected to give the keynote speech at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Virtually unknown outside of Texas, where she was State Treasurer, she the invitation to have her give such an important speech left  politicos and journalists scratching their heads. Who was this older womanContinue reading “Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards”