|Books About 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 200 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!
May Monthly Feature
Code Girls: The untold story of
the American women code
breakers of WWII.
by Liza Mundy
This book follows in the line of other recent books that have told the story of women's contributions to the war effort in WWII. I was a bit hesitant to read it, as I had read the others stories, thinking this might just be a repeat. I am glad I did not follow my instinct. Code Girls delivers an engaging read, helping the reader to again recognize all of the female talent that was tapped to help win the war. These women deserve the same recognition as all of the others who answered the call to help our country. It also has the added benefit of giving the reader insights into how codes are written and then broken. If you enjoyed Hidden Figures and The Girls of Atomic City, you will enjoy this one too.
April Monthly Book Feature
by Michael Shulman
When Meryl Streep performs, she makes it look so easy, as if her talent is in-breed and she just needs to flip a switch and she becomes her character automatically. This book provides a much different perspective and shares how she worked diligently to become the esteemed actress she is today.
March Monthly Book Feature
by Tara Westover
Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. As the seventh child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard. When one brother came back from college with stories of the world beyond the mountains, Westover decides to prepare herself to successfully score high enough on the ACT test to be admitted to BYU. She ultimately earns her PhD in history from Cambridge University. Beautifully written, this is the story of one young woman's ability to overcome unbelievable challenges and find her place in the world.
February Monthly Book Feature
Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.
by Katy Tur
We are now in year two of Donald Trump's presidency. Katy Tur was in from the beginning of his rise to the oval office. As NBC's correspondent assigned to the Trump campaign, she spent 500 days following his campaign from start to finish. Tur provides us with an inside view of covering Trump's presidential campaign. Her dogged determination to hold Trump accountable for his statements led to Trump repeatedly single her out. At one point Trump got the campaign crowd so riled up against her that the Secret Service Service agents had to escort her to her car. Whether you like Trump or not, Tur's role covering his campaign gives her a perspective that very few people have about the man who sits in the oval office.
January Monthly Book Feature
Shoot Like a Girl
by Mary Jennings Hegar
After being commissioned into the U.S. Air Force, MJ Hegar was selected for pilot training by the Air National Guard, finished at the top of her class, then served three tours in Afghanistan, flying combat search-and-rescue missions, culminating in a harrowing rescue attempt that would earn MJ the Purple Heart as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device.
But it was on American soil that Hegar would embark on her greatest challenge—to eliminate the military’s Ground Combat Exclusion Policy, which kept female armed service members from officially serving in combat roles despite their long-standing record of doing so with honor.
In Shoot Like a Girl, MJ takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.
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