|Welcome to the world of real women!||
What's the purpose of this website????
I have always been an avid reader, ever since I was introduced to the magic world of books through Dick and Jane. In my reading journey, I found myself most often searching for books about real women--women who really existed and from whom I could learn about life. As a young girl, I can remember reading about Russian ballerinas and envisioning myself dancing in Swan Lake!
The first specific book I remember reading was Karen by Marie Killilea. This is a classic written in 1952. Somehow it spoke to me and I have been on the hunt ever since to read about women who once walked on this earth.
Through the years, I have made lists and lists of the books I have read. I have always wanted to share this resource with others who wanted to know more about real live women. I retired in the summer of 2011 from a long career in education and now have the time to do so. This website is the compilation of those lists. At this time there are approximately 150 books for you to investigate and enjoy! I add more as I read them.
There is a contact link on the home page for you to send me your comments and/or suggestions for books to add. I would love to hear from you!
How this site is organized
No book is exclusively about one topic alone. My challenge was to decide to how to categorize the books so that you, the reader, could access them in some organized way. The ten categories listed on the home page are the ones I decided on. Each category has a home page with a list of the books and then a page that follows with a copy of the cover and an annotation about the book.(My apologies to all librarians who read these pages for the lack of the most accurate bibliographic annotations.) The second page in the home section lists all of the books currently listed on the site. Although I have read all of the books on the website, I did not write the annotations. They are from Amazon.com and are attributed to the author as stated on Amazon.
Check out previously recommended books in the MORE section of the website!
Monthly Book Feature--
by Artis Henderson
Much has been written about the lost warriors from our ten plus year wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the stories of those who were left behind are not as numerous. This book by Artis Henderson attempts to fill that void. Her husband, Miles, is killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq only five months after they are married. Henderson explores how the pain of losing her husband transforms into strength and courage. But it's the fact she admits feeling lost and alone, and doesn't always write about herself in a positive light, that makes her story so real. Beautifully written and poignantly told, Henderson helps us to appreciate the sacrifices that all the loved ones of our fallen warriors have experienced, many, many of them women.
Monthly Book Feature--
Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me
by Patricia Volk
Although I read memoirs, I don't usually select them as monthly book features as I find other genres more appealing. However, reading Shocked made me change my mind. Volk provides for her readers an original and stylish memoir using two women to compare and contrast how they lived their lives as a woman in the 20th century and how they both influenced her own life. The author is a gifted story teller, a bit of a philosopher and has an eye for detail. As a reader, it was easy to vicariously re-live the lives of the three women gracing the pages of the book--sometimes those are the best reasons to read!
Monthly Book Feature--
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Booth Luce
by Syliva Jukes Morris
When I was in high school, I participated in a speech contest and the topic of my speech was Clare Booth Luce. Coming across this book so many years later, I was motivated to re-acquaint myself with Luce. I am certainly glad I did. This book provides rich insight into Luce's personality, which borders on narcissistic. Her drive to rise from her beginnings as an illegitimate child to a political force is a fascinating read. The book ends in 1942 as Luce is elected to Congress from Connecticut. In addition to telling the story of Luce's life, this book provides an engaging look at life in the first half of the 20th century in the US. A book about the second half of her life is due out in July 2014.
Looking for specific book or woman?
Type in the name below and see if you can find it on this website. If you can't, send me an email on the comment page and I'll see if I can find her!
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My name is Diane Burke and I am retired from a long career in education both in K-12 and higher ed. I currently live in Chesapeake, Virginia with my husband, Joe.
Last updated: 3-1-2014