The Road from Coorain


Author: Jill Ker Conway
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307797308
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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Jill Ker Conway is a noted historian, specializing in the experience of women in America, and was the first woman president of Smith College.

The Road From Coorain


Author: Jill Ker Conway
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446485390
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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The Road From Coorain is the beautifully written narrative of Jill Ker Conway's journey from girlhood on an isolated sheep-farm in the grasslands of Australia to her departure for America (and eventually the presidency of Smith College).

The Road from Coorain


Author: Jill K. Conway
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0749398949
Category: Australia
Page: 237
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The Road From Coorain is the beautifully written narrative of Jill Ker Conway's journey from girlhood on an isolated sheep-farm in the grasslands of Australia to her departure for America (and eventually the presidency of Smith College).

True North

A Memoir
Author: Jill Ker Conway
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307797333
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 272
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True North is the inspirational Canadian Chapter of Jill Ker Conway's life story, which began with her much love, bestselling memoir, The Road from Coorain. Beginning with her departure from Australia, Jill Ker Conway tells of her romance with Harvard House Master John Conway, of coming to grips with his manic-depressive disorder, and of their move to Canada in 1964 where she became the first female vice-president at the University of Toronto. In this vibrant memoir, we watch as a most private woman makes of herself a public persona in Canada. From the Hardcover edition.

Inventing the Truth

The Art and Craft of Memoir
Author: Russell Baker,William Knowlton Zinsser
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780395901502
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 227
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Nine authors discuss the problems and pleasures of reinventing the past.

Written by Herself

Literary Production by African American Women, 1746-1892
Author: Frances Smith Foster
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253207869
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 206
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ÒI am very impressed by Frances Smith FosterÕs Written by Herself, a work of thorough scholarship, judicious criticism, and original insights. . . . This book will confirm her leadership among those working in this ever-expanding field.Ó ÑWilliam L. Andrews Written by Herself is the first comprehensive cultural history of literature by African American women prior to the twentieth century. Beginning with the earliest extant writings, Frances Smith Foster frames her textual analyses within the writersÕ social and literary contexts. These works stem from literary traditions and cultural interventions received, invented, or modified by writers who defied the accepted literary prerogatives of their race, gender, and class. Their literature was argument, designed to correct or to instruct an audience often ignorant about or even hostile to Black women. Adapting existing genres and literary techniques, these authors developed a form of literary signification and saw themselves as part of a continuing literary tradition. Foster begins with the oral histories of Alice, a slave born in Philadelphia in 1686. She continues with political activists Maria W. Stewart and Anna Julia Cooper, precursors of the African American womenÕs literary tradition that included Lucy Terry Price, Phyllis Wheatley, Jarena Lee, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Keckley, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and Octavia Victoria Rogers Albert.

My Life on the Road


Author: Gloria Steinem
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1780749198
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 304
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Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. Every fall, her father would pack the family into the car and they would drive across the country, in search of their next adventure. The seeds were planted: Steinem would spend much of her life on the road, as a journalist, organizer, activist, and speaker. In vivid stories that span an entire career, Steinem writes about her time on the campaign trail, from Bobby Kennedy to Hillary Clinton; her early exposure to social activism in India; organizing ground-up movements in America; the taxi drivers who were "vectors of modern myths" and the airline stewardesses who embraced feminism; and the infinite contrasts, the "surrealism in everyday life" that Steinem encountered as she travelled back and forth across the country. With the unique perspective of one of the greatest feminist icons of the 20th and 21st centuries, here is an inspiring, profound, enlightening memoir of one woman's life-long journey.

Written by Herself

An Anthology
Author: Jill K. Conway
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780679736332
Category: American prose literature
Page: 684
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Cooper's Creek

Tragedy and Adventure in the Australian Outback
Author: Alan Moorehead
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1616080221
Category: History
Page: 224
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Originally published: New York: Harper & Row, c1963.

Dancing with Strangers

Europeans and Australians at First Contact
Author: Inga Clendinnen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521616812
Category: History
Page: 324
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This 2005 book tells the story of the first British settlers of Australia and the people they found living there.

Living My Life


Author: Emma Goldman
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486157946
Category: Social Science
Page: 528
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Volume 2 of the candid, no-holds-barred account by foremost American anarchist Goldman continues with the fascinating story of her life, the anarchist movement, her famous contemporaries, and their influential ideas.

Bound Feet & Western Dress

A Memoir
Author: Pang-Mei Chang
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307792242
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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"In China, a woman is nothing." Thus begins the saga of a woman born at the turn of the century to a well-to-do, highly respected Chinese family, a woman who continually defied the expectations of her family and the traditions of her culture. Growing up in the perilous years between the fall of the last emperor and the Communist Revolution, Chang Yu-i's life is marked by a series of rebellions: her refusal as a child to let her mother bind her feet, her scandalous divorce, and her rise to Vice President of China's first women's bank in her later years. In the alternating voices of two generations, this dual memoir brings together a deeply textured portrait of a woman's life in China with the very American story of Yu-i's brilliant and assimilated grandniece, struggling with her own search for identity and belonging. Written in pitch-perfect prose and alive with detail, Bound Feet and Western Dress is the story of independent women struggling to emerge from centuries of customs and duty. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Too Close to the Falls


Author: Catherine Gildiner
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101043954
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 400
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Welcome to the childhood of Catherine McClure Gildiner. It is the mid-1950s in Lewiston, New York, a sleepy town near Niagara Falls. Divorce is unheard of, mothers wear high heels to the beauty salon, and television has only just arrived. At the tender age of four, Cathy accompanies Roy, the deliveryman at her father's pharmacy, on his routes. She shares some of their memorable deliveries-sleeping pills to Marilyn Monroe (in town filming Niagara), sedatives to Mad Bear, a violent Tuscarora chief, and fungus cream to Warty, the gentle operator of the town dump. As she reaches her teenage years, Cathy's irrepressible spirit spurs her from dangerous sled rides that take her "too close to the Falls" to tipsy dances with the town priest.

A Schoolteacher In Old Alaska

The Story of Hannah Breece
Author: Jane Jacobs
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 030736707X
Category: History
Page: 336
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When Hannah Breece came to Alaska in 1904, it was a remote lawless wilderness of prospectors, murderous bootleggers, tribal chiefs, and Russian priests. She spent fourteen years educating Athabascans, Aleuts, Inuit and Russians with the stubborn generosity of a born teacher and the clarity of an original and independent mind. Jane Jacobs, Hannah's great-niece, here offers an historical context to Breece's remarkable eyewitness account, filling in the narrative gaps, but always allowing the original words to ring clearly. It is more than an adventure story: it is a powerful work of women's history that provides important—and, at times, unsettling—insights into the unexamined assumptions and attitudes that governed white settlers’ behaviour toward native communities at the turn of the century.

If You Knew Suzy

A Mother, a Daughter, a Reporter's Notebook
Author: Katherine Rosman
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061991228
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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“Katherine Rosman has a great gift for articulating the yearnings of daughterhood and the mysteries of motherhood.” — Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture “Katherine Rosman’s voice rings with truth, pain, and hard-won humor as she reports from the heart in this bold, cathartic tale of a daughter’s search to find meaning in her mother’s death.... This book beats with a heart of its own.” — Janice Y.K. Lee, author of The Piano Teacher In lively, intimate prose, Wall Street Journal culture reporter Katherine Rosman reconnects with her late mother by reporting on the life she led outside of her roles as mom and wife.

Cherry


Author: Mary Karr
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101650745
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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From Mary Karr comes this gorgeously written, often hilarious story of her tumultuous teens and sexual coming-of-age. Picking up where the bestselling The Liars' Club left off, Karr dashes down the trail of her teen years with customary sass, only to run up against the paralyzing self-doubt of a girl in bloom. Fleeing the thrills and terrors of adolescence, she clashes against authority in all its forms and hooks up with an unforgettable band of heads and bona-fide geniuses. Parts of Cherry will leave you gasping with laughter. Karr assembles a self from the smokiest beginnings, delivering a long-awaited sequel that is both "bawdy and wise" (San Francisco Chronicle).

Growing Up


Author: Russell Baker
Publisher: RosettaBooks
ISBN: 0795317158
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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Russell Baker won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for this biography/autobiography about growing up in the backwoods of Virginia, in a New Jersey Commuter town, and in the Depression-shadowed urban landscape of Baltimore, all happening between the world wars. Baker introduces us to the people that impacted his early life, and he also discusses powerful love, awkward sex, and courage in the face of adversity. The Great Depression provided the backdrop against success, and to help his mother and family through it, he delivered papers and hustled subscriptions of The Saturday Evening Post, which introduced him to bullies, mentors, and heroes who faced national disaster with hard work and good cheer.

Felipe the Flamingo


Author: Jill Ker Conway
Publisher: Fulcrum Pub
ISBN: 9781555915476
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 32
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Felipe is small for a flamingo of his age, and his feathers and legs are not pink, but with the help of some friends he sorts out his problems and begins to feel better about himself.

Daisy Bates in the Desert

A Woman's Life Among the Aborigines
Author: Julia Blackburn
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307829235
Category: Social Science
Page: 240
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In 1913, at the age of 54, Daisy Bates went to live in the deserts of South Australia. Brilliantly reviewed, astonishingly original, this "eloquent and illuminating portrait of an extraordinary woman" (New York Times Book Review) tells a fascinating, true story in the tradition of Isak Dinesen and Barry Lopez.

Writing the Memoir


Author: Judith Barrington
Publisher: The Eighth Mountain Press
ISBN: 9780933377509
Category: Education
Page: 187
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Provides guidelines for writing memoirs and personal accounts, including tips on telling the truth, writing about living people, and placing a personal story in a larger context.