Living out her days in a remote part of her South American homeland, Violeta finds her life shaped by some of the most important events of history as she tells her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves above all others.
In Florence during the 1550s, captivating young duchess Lucrezia de' Medici, having barely left girlhood behind, marries the ruler of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio, and now, in an unfamiliar court where she has one duty--to provide an heir--fights for her very survival.
In 1973 Montgomery, Alabama, Civil Townsend, a young Black nurse working for the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, grapples with her role when she takes two young girls into her heart and the unthinkable happens, and nothing will ever be the same for any of them.
Two daughters of a Vietnamese Lord unite the women of their country against the oppressive rule of the Han Chinese, who have executed their father and forced their country into Confucian teachings, arranged marriages and steadily increasing taxes.
A noted actress's memoir, in her own words, spans her incredible, inspiring life, from her coming-of-age in Rhode Island to her present day.
Out of the eighteenth century comes the family saga of Maria Theresa, the only woman ever to rule the vast Habsburg Empire, and three of her remarkable daughters: Maria Christina, governor-general of the Austrian Netherlands; Maria Carolina, the queen of Naples; and Marie Antoinette, the glamorous, tragic queen of France.
This story of the world's richest and most glamorous entertainer looks at her heroic stint during World War II as an Allied spy in occupied France and her efforts to combat Nazism.
There is a particular kind of rage reserved for women, especially women in power or vying for it. From the ancient world, through the European Renaissance, up to the most recent U.S. elections, the Misogynist's Handbook has been wielded to put uppity women in their place.
The Nineteenth Amendment was an incomplete victory. In this riveting narrative, Dr. Elisabeth Griffith integrates the fight by white and Black women to achieve equality, providing a sweeping, century-long perspective, and an expansive cast of change agents.
At the height of the Holocaust, twenty-five inmates of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp were selected to design, cut, and sew for Nazi women in a dedicated salon. Drawing on diverse sources - including interviews with the last surviving seamstress - The Dressmakers of Auschwitz follows the fates of these women.
In 1850s South Carolina, just before enslaved nine-year-old Ashley was sold, her mother, Rose, gave her a sack filled with few things. From Rose's gift to her daughter, Miles then follows the paths their lives took to write a history of the experience of slavery in the United States.
The story of how an all-female Kurdish militia drove ISIS from the Syrian town of Kobani, empowering the women of that region and earning the respect and support of U.S. Special Operations Forces.
An intimate biography of the first Asian-American woman and only immigrant serving in the U.S. Senate describes her upbringing in rural Japan and Hawaii, firsthand experiences with economic insecurity and dedicated advocacy of progressive change.
Documents the lesser-known story of how four trailblazing women from the radio era, including Irna Phillips, Gertrude Berg, Hazel Scott and Betty White, helped establish the foundation of the modern television industry.
Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the women who raised them, who were born at the beginning of the 20th century and contended with prejudice as Black women.
With nearly a century of life behind her, Stella Levi had never before spoken in detail about her past. Then she met Michael Frank. He came to her Greenwich Village apartment one Saturday afternoon to ask her a question about the Juderia, the neighborhood in Rhodes where she’d grown up.
This autobiography from the tennis legend discusses not only her historic accomplishments on the court, but also her activism as a feminist and social justice fighter in the wake of her coming out as a gay at age 51.
The woman behind the icon known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the undisputed Queen of Halloween, reveals her full story, filled with intimate bombshells, told by the bombshell herself.
In this blend of memoir, media criticism and cultural critique, the Deafblind writer and four-time Hugo Award finalist discusses how the media represents disability in books, movies and TV, as well as her efforts to fight ableism.