|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 165 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!
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.
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!
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--
Traveling to Infinity: My Life
by Jane Hawking
If you saw the movie, The Theory of Everything, you are familiar with the story of Jane and Stephen Hawking. This book is the memoir upon which the movie is based. As with most good books, the book is better than the movie. The movie focuses its story telling on Stephen, with Jane as his constant support system. In her book, Ms. Hawking shares much more of her story in this partnership. She was a an aspiring academic when she married and put her career on hold to insure that Stephen could grow his. This book lets us into Jane's world with all of its struggles and triumphs.
Monthly Book Feature--
Isabella: The Warrior Queen
by Kristen Downey
When I was in school, history was taught by the voice of those in power. This almost always meant a male voice. So when learning about the rulers of the age of exploration, it was always about Ferdinand, Isabella's philandering husband. Downey triumpantly restores Isabella to her rightful place in history. She vividly narrates the incredible drama of her unending struggle to navigate countless intrigues and the treachery of men who wanted to bring her down. One of her many contributions was her efforts to place her four daughters on the thrones of Europe. These efforts have insured her influence is still felt today.
Monthly Book Feature--
by Donna Mabry
Born in the late 1800's, by the time Maude was 16, she was orphaned, married, a mother and a widow. Written by her granddaughter, who heard Maude's stories growing up, we learn not only about her early life in Tennessee, but how she also lived through the Depression, both World Wars, and migrated to Detroit as a way to survive. This heartwarming memoir paints the picture of a woman whose adult life spanned more than half of the 20th century, providing us first hand insights into the struggles and challenges many woman faced during this time. Maude stayed with me for days after I read this book!
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