Life Stories: Biographies of Remarkable Women

Pacific LadyPacific Lady: The First Woman to Sail Solo Across the Pacific Ocean by Sharon Sites Adams, with Karen J. Coates
Coates recounts the ocean crossing and stormy personal life of a brave pioneer, Oregon native Sharon Sites Adams, who in 1965 was the first woman to sail alone from the mainland U.S. to Hawaii.

The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
Conway, the first woman president of prestigious Smith College, relates the journey from her isolated Australian outback childhood to her forays into American education, with honesty, insight and humor.

Don’t Let’s Go To the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
This story of a white woman’s African childhood, shaped by racial struggles, is told with vibrant affection, revealing a rarely-seen world of family joy in the midst of turbulent national events.

Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love by Dava Sobel
Sobel excels in making the dusty past come alive, and this poignant tale of a daughter’s devotion to her embattled father highlights their loving humanity as well as the tumultuous times in which they lived.

Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran by Azadeh Moaveni
Time magazine reporter Moaveni feels torn between Californian and Iranian cultures as she learns about her heritage and herself while on assignment in Tehran.

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields
Given Lee’s extreme reserve, Shields does a remarkable job of painting a detailed and illuminating picture of the beloved author, from her childhood inspirations to her celebrated work with Truman Capote.

        ~ Misha & Ann, Central

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