Bolton, Brenda and Susan Mosher Stuard
Women in Medieval Society. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1976.
Call Number: HQ1143 .W64
Early medieval women exercised public roles, rights, and responsibilities….In the later Middle Ages, the social position of women altered significantly, and the reasons why the role of women in society tended to become more restrictive are examined in these essays.
Carter, Cynthia Jacobs.
Africana Woman: Her Story Through Time. Washington: National Geographic, 2003.
Call Number: E185.86 .C325 2003
Celebrates the political, economic, social, and cultural contributions of women of African descent throughout history, from Queen Tiye, Queen of Egypt in 1300 B.C., to abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, to journalist and activist Ida B. Wells, and others, giving voice to these women in a collection of diary excerpts, songs, poetry, and artwork.
Cass, Victoria Baldwin.
Dangerous Women: Warroirs, Grannies, and Geishas of the Ming. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.
Call Number: HQ1137.C5 C37 1999
Grannies, geishas, warriors, mystics, recluses, and predators_these are the dangerous women of traditional China.
Cleopatra: The Great. New York: Harper, 2008.
Call Number: DT92.7 .F58 2008
Fletcher draws on a wealth of overlooked detail and the latest research to reveal Cleopatra as she truly was, from her first meeting with Julius Caesar to her legendary death by snakebite. Bringing the ancient world to life, Cleopatra the Great is full of tantalizing details about the Pharaoh's infamous banquets, her massive library, her goddess outfits, beauty regimes and hairstyles.
Goldstone, Nancy Bazelon.
The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc. New York: Viking, 2012.
Call Number: DC104 .G65 2012
The untold story of the extraordinary queen Yolande of Aragon, queen of Sicily, who championed Joan of Arc.
Lightman, Marjorie and Benjamin Lightman.
A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women. New York: Facts on File, 2008.
Call Number: HQ1136 .L54 2008
Provides alphabetically arranged entries profiling the lives of women from archaic Greece in the seventh century BCE to the fall of Rome in 476 CE, including poet Julia Balbilla, Boudicca, Cleopatra III, Sappho, and Eurydice.
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Queen Elizabeth in the Garden: A Story of Love, Rivalry, and Spectacular Gardens. Katonah, NY: BlueBridge, 2012.
Call Number: SB466.G7 M27 2012
Taking a fresh and original approach to the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth I, this book tells the incredible story of her great passion for gardens, and how the two most powerful men in England during her reign fought a decade-long duel for their queen's affections by creating lavish gardens for her.
Massie, Robert K.
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman. New York: Random House, 2011.
Call Number: DK170 .M34 2011
Presents a reconstruction of the eighteenth-century empress's life that covers her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage, and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.
Women in Ancient Egypt. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993.
Call Number: HQ1137.E3 R63 1993
An idealized version of women appears everywhere in the art of ancient Egypt, but the true nature of these women’s lives has long remained hidden. Gay Robins’s book, gracefully written and copiously illustrated, cuts through the obscurity of the ages to show us what the archaeological riches of Egypt really say about how these women lived, both in the public eye and within the family.
Tyldesley, Joyce A.
Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen. New York: Penguin, 2005.
Call Number: DT87.45 .T95 2005
For over a decade Nefertiti, wife of the heretic king Akhenaten, was the most influential woman in the Bronze Age world; a beautiful queen blessed by the sun-god, adored by her family and worshipped by her people. Her image and her name were celebrated throughout Egypt and her future seemed golden. Suddenly Nefertiti disappeared from the royal family, vanishing so completely that it was as if she had never been.
Van Sertima, Ivan.
Black Women in Antiquity. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books, 1984.
Call Number: HQ1137.A35 B43 1984
This unique volume provides an overview of the black queens, madonnas, and goddesses who dominated the history and imagination of ancient times.
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Baker, Jean H.
Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion. New York: Hill and Wange, 2011.
Call Number: HQ764.S3 B35 2011
In this lively new biography, an historian argues convincingly that Margaret Sanger deserves the vaunted place in feminist history she once held. Baker's nuanced account of Sanger's life emphasizes the passion of her convictions.
Cooper, Thea and Arthur Ainsberg.
Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2010.
Call Number: QP572.I5 C66 2010
Written with authentic detail and suspense, and featuring walk-ons by William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Eli Lilly himself, among many others, "Breakthrough" relives the heartwarming true story of the discovery of insulin.
Lucretia Mott's Heresy: Abolition and Women's Rights in Ninteenth-Century America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Pres, 2011.
Call Number: HQ1413.M68 F38 2011
Lucretia Coffin Mott was one of the most famous and controversial women in nineteenth-century America. Now overshadowed by abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison and feminists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mott was viewed in her time as a dominant figure in the dual struggles for racial and sexual equality. History has often depicted her as a gentle Quaker lady and a mother figure, but her outspoken challenges to authority riled ministers, journalists, politicians, urban mobs, and her fellow Quakers.
Gilbert, Olive and Frances W. Titus.
Narratives of Sojourner Truth. Salem, NH: Ayer Co., 1988.
Call Number: E185.97 .T882 1988
Narrative of Sojourner Truth is one of the most important documents of slavery ever written, as well as being a partial autobiography of the woman who became a pioneer in the struggles for racial and sexual equality. With an eloquence that resonates more than a century after its original publication in 1850, the narrative bears witness to Sojourner Truth's thirty years of bondage in upstate New York and to the mystical revelations that turned her into a passionate and indefatigable abolitionist.
Seneca Falls: The Birth of the Women's Rights Movement. New York: Schocken Books, 1976
Call Number: HQ1412 .G85 1976
Traces the course of the women's rights movement from its origin in the Seneca Falls Convention through the passage of the Nineteenth Ammendment giving women the right to vote.
Lasser Carol and Stacey M. Robertson.
Antebellum women: Private, Public, Partisan. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.
Call Number: HQ1418 .L37 2010
How did diverse women in America understand, explain, and act upon their varied constraints, positions, responsibilities, and worldviews in changing American society between the end of the Revolution and the beginning of the Civil War? Antebellum Women: Private, Public, Partisan answers the question by going beyond previous works in the field.
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Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson. New York: Knopf, 2011.
Call Number: PN4874.P3528 S54 2011
A portrait of the newspaper proprietress shares details of her high-profile family life, her famous merger of the Washington Herald and Washington Times, and her considerable role in influencing period politics and society.
Stersber, Bernarda dn Judity Sealander.
Women of Valor: The Struggle Against the Great Depression as Told in their own Life Stories. Chicago: I.R. Dee, 1990.
Call Number: HQ1412 .W66 1990
The struggle against the Great Depression as told in excerpts from the life stories of sixteen talented and influential women who confronted the problems that affected ordinary women.
Time-Life Books and Joan Swallow Reiter.
The Women. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1978.
Call Number: HQ1418 .T55 1978
Text and illustrations present a portrait of the industrious women who helped settle the West
Waisman, Charlotte S. and Jill S. Tietjen.
Her Story: A Timeline of the women who Changed America. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.
Call Number: HQ1410 .W354 2008
An illustrated celebration of the contributions of women to American history profiles more than nine hundred individuals from all backgrounds and philosophies.
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Louisa May Alcott. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010.
Call Number: PS1018 .C47 2010
Susan Cheever's comprehensive and definitive biography sheds new light on of life of Louisa May Alcott, whose work has inspired generations of women. Cheever laces this provocative biography with musings on the genesis of genius, and her identification with Jo March when she was a rebellious girl in the throes of puberty.
Hannay, Margaret P.
Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010.
Call Number: PR2399.W7 Z7 2010
In this first full-length biography of Lady Mary Wroth, Margaret Hannay's reliance on primary sources results in some corrections, as well as additions, to our knowledge of the lives of Wroth and of her children. The narrative is enhanced with a chronology; family trees of the Sidneys and the Wroths; a map of Essex, showing places where Wroth lived; a chart of family alliances; portraits; and illustrations from her manuscripts.
Hopkins, Pauline E. and Ira Dworkin.
Daughter of the Revolution: The Major Nonfiction Works of Pauline E. Hopkins. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007.
Call Number: E185.6 .H7 2007
Pauline E. Hopkins (1859–1930) came to prominence in the early years of the twentieth century as an outspoken writer, editor, and critic. Frequently recognized for her first novel, Contending Forces, she emerged as one of the most prolific African American women writers of fiction prior to 1930 and is currently one of the most widely read and studied African American novelists from that period. While nearly all of Hopkins's fiction remains in print, there is very little of her nonfiction available. This reader brings together dozens of her hard-to-find essays.
Horowitz, Lelen Lefkowitz.
Wild Unrest: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Making of "The Yellow Wall-Paper." New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Call Number: PS1744.G57 Z69 2010
Presents a biography on the late author that focuses on the real events that inspired the famous work, "The Yellow Wall-Paper," along with the author's views on the work's true inspiration and meaning.
Hurston, Lucy Anne.
Speak So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. New York: Doubleday, 2004.
Call Number: PS3515.U789 Z74 2004
A life of the distinguished African American folklorist and author features facsimiles of her writing and samples of her works in their original published format.
Hurston, Zora Neale.
I Love Myself when I am Laughing -- And Then Again when I am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader. Old Westbury, NY: The Feminist Press, 1979.
Call Number: PS3515.U789 A6 1979
The most prolific African-American woman author from 1920 to 1950, Hurston was praised for her writing and condemned for her independence, arrogance, and audaciousness. This unique anthology, with 14 superb examples of her fiction, journalism, folklore, and autobiography, rightfully establishes her as the intellectual and spiritual leader of the next generation of black writers.
The Alice Behind Wonderland. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Call Number: PR4611.A73 W56 2011
In the summer of 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church in Oxford, Charles Dodgson--better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll--dressed the six-year-old Alice Liddell in ragamuffin's clothes, and then snapped the camera's shutter. In The Alice Behind Wonderland, Simon Winchester uses the famous photograph of Alice as the launching pad for an appreciative energetic and penetrating look at the inspiration behind, and the making of, one of the greatest classics of children's literature.
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This display spreads the colorful rainbow of women's history from ancient times to the present and celebrates the lives of both famous and ordinary women in the workplace, music, literature, and the performing arts.
Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons why Women Run. Emmaus, PA: Rodale Books, 2011
Call Number: GV1061.10.W66 A76 2011
Built on the success of her popular blog on RunnersWorld.com, Kristin Armstrongs new book is an intensely personal look at how running creates a special sense of community for the women who participate, and how it has helped her and many others mark the milestones of their lives.
Banner, Lois W.
Women in Modern America: A Brief History. Belmont, CA: Thompson/Wadsworth, 2005.
Call Number: HQ1419 .B35 2005
This brief text examines the broad themes that have shaped women's experiences in the United States from 1890 to the present day. Students are invited to investigate the ways in which notions of gender difference have changed over time, as well as how a wide variety of women have both created and responded to shifting, often controversial cultural, political, and social roles.
Ferrero, Pat., Elaine Hedges, and Julie Silber.
Hearts and Hands: The Influence of Women & Quilts on American Society. San Francisco: Quilt Digest Press, 1987.
Call Number: HQ1418 .F47 1987
This volume presents nineteenth-century American life as it was experienced and recorded by women with photograph-laden pages. The century's great movements and events are explored through the eyes of quilters.
Fleischmann, Arthur and Carly Fleischmann.
Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Call Number: RJ506.A9 F587 2012
The father of a child who was diagnosed as autistic at the age of two describes the intensive therapies that were pursued before Carly had a breakthrough at the age of ten, when she began using her computer to communicate.
Prime Time: Health, Sex, Fitness, Frienship, Spirit: Making the Most of Your Life. New York: Random House, 2011.
Call Number: RA776.75 .F655 2011
The Oscar-winning actress, fitness expert, and political activist outlines a roadmap for seniors who are experiencing unprecedented rates of longevity, sharing practical advice on everything from fitness and sexuality to coming to terms with past mistakes and embracing a spiritual life.
Suits: A Woman on Wall Street. New York: Atlas & Co., 2011.
Call Number: HG2463.G59 A3 2011
A fiercely ambitious woman from the Persian-Indian community ventures from Houston to New York to follow her dream of working in the world of banking and finance in pursuit of success, honor, and family pride.
Hewlett, Syliva Ann and Ripa Rashid.
Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets: Why Women are the Solution. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2011.
Call Number:HD6054.2.D44 H49 2011
The war for talent is heating up in emerging markets…The solution is hiding in plain sight: the millions of highly educated women surging into the labor markets of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and the United Arab Emirates. Increasingly, these women boast better credentials, higher ambitions, and greater loyalty than their male peers.
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Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty. Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty.
Call Number: ND1329.N36 H63 2010
Documents the life of the American artist, from her education at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women to the development of her controversial political views and the role of the feminist movement in enabling her recognition.
Iskra, Darlene M.
Women in the United States Armed Forces: A Guide to the Issues. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2010.
Call Number: UB418.W65 I85 2010
Women in the United States Armed Forces: A Guide to the Issues covers over a century of accomplishments of military women, from the Civil War to the current wars in the Middle East.
Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the first Lady. New York: Broadwa Books, 2006.
Call Number:E904 .B87 K47 2006b
Laura Bush offers a remarkable look at the private world of this famously reserved woman, as well as the beliefs and attitudes that shape it. The book will surprise readers whose knowledge of the first lady comes from cautious media interviews and speeches.
Lee, Chana Kai.
For Freedom's Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2000.
Call Number:E185.97.H35 L44 2000
The youngest of twenty children of sharecroppers in rural Mississippi, Fannie Lou Hamer witnessed throughout her childhood the white cruelty, political exclusion, and relentless economic exploitation that defined black existence in the Delta. In this intimate biography, Chana Kai Lee documents Hamer's lifelong crusade to empower the poor through collective action, her rise to national prominence as a civil rights activist, and the personal costs of her ongoing struggle to win a political voice and economic self-sufficiency for blacks in the segregated South.
McKinstry, Carolyn Maull and Denise George.
While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2011.
Call Number: F334.B653 M356 2011
On September 15, 1963, a Klan-planted bomb went off in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Fourteen-year-old Carolyn Maull was just a few feet away when the bomb exploded, killing four of her friends in the girl's rest room she had just exited. It was one of the seminal moments in the Civil Rights movement, a sad day in American history ... and the turning point in a young girl's life.
Obama, Michelle and Lisa Rogak.
Michelle Obama: In her Own Words. New York: PublicAffairs, 2009.
Call Number: E909.O24 A25 2009
Quotations from a variety of sources including newspaper and magazine articles, transcripts, speeches, and TV interviews and profiles. This book of quotations provides a highly readable survey of Michelle Obama's thought, words, and beliefs.
Perry, Barbara A.
Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady of the New Frontier. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2004
Call Number: E843.K4 P47 2004
In a mere one thousand days, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy created an entrancing public persona that has remained intact for nearly forty years. Even now, a decade after her death, she remains a figure of enduring - and endearing - interest. Yet, while innumerable books have focused on the legends and gossip surrounding this charismatic figure, Barbara Perry's is the first to focus largely on Kennedy's White House years, portraying a first lady far more complex and enigmatic than previously perceived.
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The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi. New York: Experiment, 2012.
Call Number:DS530.53.A85 P66 2012
Peter Popham distills five years of research—including covert trips to Burma, meetings with Suu Kyi and her friends and family, and extracts from the unpublished diaries of her co-campaigner and former confidante Ma Thanegi—into this vivid portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, illuminating her public successes and private sorrows, her intellect and enduring sense of humor, her commitment to peaceful revolution, and the extreme price she has paid for it.
The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What you need to Lead but won't Learn in Business School. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010.
Call Number: HD6054.3 .R49 2010
While the leadership landscape may be shifting in women's favor, women are nowhere near an equal presence in leadership roles when compared to men. Rezvani's achievement was to engage some extraordinarily accomplished women as mentors, each of whom provided tools and information that young women can use to shape their own careers. "The Next Generation of Women Leaders" encourages younger women to be their own advocates when it comes to professional growth and advancement, and it provides tangible how-tos on negotiating the workplace as a woman.
Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family. New York: Crown Archetype, 2010.
Call Number: E840.8.R48 A3 2010
As comfortable describing lighthearted family moments as she is recalling the poignancy of her mother's cancer battle and the heady challenge of going toe-to-toe with Soviet leaders, Rice holds nothing back in this remarkably candid telling. This is the story of Condoleezza Rice that has never been told, not that of an ultra-accomplished world leader, but of a little girl – and a young woman -- trying to find her place in a sometimes hostile world and of two exceptional parents, and an extended family and community, that made all the difference.
The Queen Mother: The Official Biography. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Call Number: DA585.A2 S46 2009
The official and definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of Prince Charles--and the most beloved British monarch of the twentieth century.
Simmons, Dawn Langley.
Rosalynn Carter: Her Life Story. New York: F. Fell Publishers, 1979.
Call Number: E874.C44 S55 1979
Behind every great man there is an equally great woman. Franklin Roosevelt had Eleanor, Winston Churchill his Clementine…and Jimmy Carter his Rosalynn.
Source: Simmons, Dawn Langley. "Prologue" Rosalynn Carter: Her Life Story. New York: F. Fell Publishers, 1979. Print.
Taraborrelli, J. Randy.
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot. New York: Warner Books, 2000.
Call Number: E843.K4 T35 2000
A portrait of three famous Kennedy wives examines their relationships with the Kennedy family and their individual struggles to cope with infidelity, tragedy, and assassination.
Hillary Rodham Clinton: Polarizing First Lady. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2006.
Call Number: E887.C55 T76 2006
Neither a "hit job" nor a facile tribute, Gil Troy’s lively and refreshingly nonsensational new book provides a revealing look at arguably the most polarizing first lady in history and undoubtedly the most prominent American woman of our time.
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Janis Joplin: Rise up Singing. New York: Amulet Books, 2010.
Call Number: ML3930.J65 A83 2010
Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most compelling and influential figures in rock-and-roll history. Her story—told here with depth and sensitivity by author Ann Angel—is one of a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked diligently to improve as a singer. It’s the story of an outrageous rebel who wanted to be loved, and of a wild woman who wrote long, loving letters to her mom. And finally, it’s the story of one of the most iconic female musicians in American history, who died at twenty-seven.
Barcella, Laura and Jessica Valenti.
Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop. Berkeley: Soft Skull Press, 2012.
Call Number: ML420.M1387 M235 2012
Collects pieces on the popular singer by women writers, covering a wide range of opinions on her life, her creative work, her sexuality, and her social significance.
Cher: If You Believe. Lanham, MD: Taylor Trade Pub., 2004.
Call Number: ML420.C472 B44 2004
In this brand new book pop music authority Mark Bego tackles all the recent developments including her well-documented grief after ex-husband Sonny Bono's tragic death. Cher: If You Believe also includes the most complete discography ever of her career as well as a "boyfriend-ography!"
Bennetta, Jules-Rosette and Simon Njami.
Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and the Image. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2007.
Call Number: GV1785.B3 J85 2007
Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was a dancer, singer, actress, author, politician, militant, and philanthropist, whose images and cultural legacy have survived beyond the hundredth anniversary of her birth. Neither an exercise in postmodern deconstruction nor simple biography, Josephine Baker in Art and Life presents a critical cultural study of the life and art of the Franco-American performer whose appearances as the savage dancer Fatou shocked the world.
Brown Sugar: Over One Hundred Years of America's Black Female Superstars. New York: Continuum, 2007.
Call Number: PN2286 .B6 2007
With a wink or a nod, a shake of their shoulders or hips, America's "Dark Divas," "Sepia Sirens," "Black Beauties" have acted out fantastic stories full of whispers and secrets. They have played with the myths, created legends, turned the social order topsy-turvy.
Lips Unsealed: A Memoir. New York: Crown, 2010.
Call Number: ML420.C25557 A3 2010
The front woman for The Go-Go's, one of the most iconic bands of the 1980s, takes a spellbinding look at life in the fast lane of the rock world and explores her struggles with weight, sobriety, spirituality, and self-esteem.
Shania Twain: The Biography. New York: CMT Pocket Books, 2005.
Call Number: ML420.T953 E44 2005
Drawing on interviews with the singer, as well as with friends, family members, and associates, chronicles her odyssey from her poverty-stricken youth in a Canadian mining town to her rise to the heights of the country music world.
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Garr, Gillian G.
She's a Rebel: The History of Women in the Rock and Roll. Seattle: Seal Press, 1992.
Call Number: ML394 .G28 1992
She's A Rebel is an impassioned spirited retelling of rock & roll history and essential reading for all fans of popular music.
Holiday, Billie and William Dufty.
Lady Sings the Blues. New York: Broadway Books, 2006.
Call Number: ML420.H58 A3 2006
Lady Sings the Blues is the fiercely honest, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie Holiday, the legendary jazz, swing, and standards singing sensation. Taking the reader on a fast-moving journey from Holiday’s rough-and-tumble Baltimore childhood (where she ran errands at a whorehouse in exchange for the chance to listen to Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith albums), to her emergence on Harlem’s club scene, to sold-out performances with the Count Basie Orchestra and with Artie Shaw and his band, this revelatory memoir is notable for its trenchant observations on the racism that darkened Billie’s life and the heroin addiction that ended it too soon.
Remembering Josephine. Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1976.
Call Number: GV1785.B3 P36
I have not stripped Josephine of her illusions about herself. I , too, wish everyone to hang on to his own illusions about himself -- and about Josephine.
Source: Papich, Stephen. "Preface." Remembering Josephine. New York: bobbs-Merrill Co; 1976 xviii. Print.
The Barbra Streisand Companion: A Guide to her vocal Style and Repertoire. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000.
Call Number: ML420.S915 P64 2000
Barbra Streisand has enjoyed worldwide artistic success for more than three decades, and her recordings are a consistent and integral part of her multifaceted professional life. As part of Greenwood's series, Companions to Celebrated Musicians, this volume explores the musical life and style of Barbra Streisand and places her in the context of American popular music of the second half of the 20th century.
he Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2009.
Call Number: ML421.S86 R53 2009
Explores the rise and fall of this popular trio based on recollections from friends, family, and Motown contemporaries who were there when their songs were made, their hits climbed the charts, and the group faded away into history due to personal issues and professional strife.
Turner, Tina and Loder Kurt.
I Tina: My Life Story. New York: Avon Books, 1986.
Call Number: ML420.T95 A3 1986b
Tina Turner's is the most fascinating true story in show business. From Nut Bush, Tennessee, to Hollywood stardom...from Ike's Kings of Rhythm to onstage with Mick Jagger and the Stones...from the lowest lows to the highest highs, Tina has seen, done, suffered and survived it all.
Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joi Mitchell, Carly Simon -- and the Journey of a Generation. New York: Atria Books, 2008.
Call Number: ML400 .W35 2008
Girls Like Us is a groundbreaking and irresistible biography of three of America's most important musical artists--Carly Simon, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell--and offers an epic treatment of these mid-century women who dared to break tradition.
Women of Motown: An Oral History. New York: Avon Books, 1998.
Call Number: ML400 .W45 1998
Women of Motown, [re]members of "girl groups" and solo artists during the heyday of the world's most famous record label.
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Alley, Robert S. and Irby B. Brown.
Murphy Brown: Anatomy of a Sitcom. New York: Delta, 1990.
Call Number: PN1992.77.M855 A45 1990
The authors of Love is All Around: The Making of the Mary Tyler Moore Show take a behind-the-scenes look at the hit sitcom <>>Murphy Brown, a highly acclaimed classic-in-the-making that's racking up ratings along with Emmys.
Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography. Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography.
Call Number: PN2287.D256 B64 1997
She captured America's hearts in such stunning films as Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess. Finally, the true story of America's first Black movie star is revealed in this brilliant, in-depth biography-from her turbulent childhood in Cleveland, to her Hollywood girlhood, her battles against racism, her rise to fame, her marriage and affairs, and her professional and personal decline.
Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2012.
Call Number: PN2287.S67 C36 2012
Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) rose from the ranks of chorus girl to become one of Hollywood's most talented leading women-and America's highest paid woman in the mid-1940s.
Angela Bassett. Philadephia: Chesea House Publishers, 2002.
Call Number: PN2287.B384 A3 2002
A biography of the actress known for her work in such films as How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale.
Sex and the City. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2009.
Call Number: PN1992.77.S465 J47 2009
This title examines the full run of 'Sex and the City' and its production background, place in television history, innovations to the genre, and reception.
Johnson, Melissa Ewey.
Halle Berry: A Biography. Santa Barbara: Greenwood Press, 2010.
Call Number: PN2287.B4377 J76 2010
Outlines the life and career of Halle Berry and describes many of the roles that she performed on her way to becoming an Oscar award-winning actress.
Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark. New York: Viking, 2011.
Call Number: PN1998.3.K34 K46 2011
In her nearly quarter-century (1968-1991) reviewing films at The New Yorker, Pauline Kael became the most widely read, the most influential, the most powerful, and, often enough, the most provocative critic in America. Her passionate engagement with the work of a new generation of artists--and her ability to share her enthusiasm with a fresh, vernacular, and confrontational style--changed the face of film criticism
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Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Call Number: PN1992.4.L5355 A3 2011
From acclaimed director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, son of glamorous Warner's movie star Geraldine Fitzgerald: a dreamscape memoir of his boyhood, coming-of-age, and making his way in the worlds of theater, film, and television.
Matlin, Marlee and Betsey Sharkey.
I'll Scream Later. Matlin, Marlee and Betsey Sharkey.
Call Number: PN2287.M54285 A3 2009
The compelling memoir of the Academy Award-winning actress and role model for 30 million deaf and hard-of-hearing people serves as an inspiration and a lesson in overcoming adversity.
McClay Michael and Deanna Gaffner-McClay.
I Love Lucy: The complete Picture History of the Most Popular TV Show Ever. New York: Warner Books, 1995.
Call Number: PN1992.77.I253 M33 1995
Now, for Lucy fans everywhere, comes a long-awaited tribute to the most popular series in television history. Created by a real insider who, as the son of Desilu's publicity director, literally grew up on the "I Love Lucy" lot, this is the only book of its kind authorized by the Lucille Ball estate.
Moreley, Sheridan and Ruth Leon.
Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow. New York: Arcade Pub., 1999.
Call Number: ML420.G253 M73 1999
Judy Garland lived, loved and died entirely in the pubic eye. The authors describe the star, who, despite her troubled personal life, captivated audiences the world over. The volume focuses on images chronicling her extensive movie career.
Rival Queens: Actresses, Performance,a nd the Eighteenth-Century British Theater. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.
Call Number: PN2582.W65 N87 2010
In eighteenth-century England, actresses were frequently dismissed as mere prostitutes trading on their sexual power rather than their talents. Yet they were, Felicity Nussbaum argues, central to the success of a newly commercial theater. Urban, recently moneyed, and thoroughly engaged with their audiences, celebrated actresses were among the first women to achieve social mobility, cultural authority, and financial independence.
Wicked Women of the Screen.
Call Number: PN1995.9.W6 Q56 1987
A survey of those actresses famous for playing the "wicked women" of the screen. The book covers Bette Davis, Joan Collins, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich and many others. David Quinlan describes their lives and their careers and there are full filmographies.
Shearer, Stephen Michael.
Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr. Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr.
Call Number: PN2287.L24 S54 2010
Providing probing and detailed coverage of Hedy Lamarr's five marriages, children, various lawsuits, radio roles and shoplifting headlines, Shearer has combined extensive archival research with insightful interview quotes. The result is a fascinating biography that recreates Hollywood's Golden Age of Glamour.
Reel Women: An International Directory of Contemporary Feature Films about women. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007.
Call Number: PN1995.9.W6 S62 2007
In Reel Women: An International Directory of Contemporary Feature Films about Women, media librarian Jane Sloan has assembled an impressive list of more than 2400 films—from nearly 100 countries—that feature female protagonists.
Whedon, Joss and Micol Ostow.
Once More with Feeling. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002.
Call Number: PN1992.77.B84 O64 2002
This teleplay represents the original shooting script for the episode "Once more, with feeling;" thus we have preserved all typos and mis-attributions.
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