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Women's History Month

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Created by Lisa Petrecca
  • Details about Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State

    Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State

    Lauren R. Silberman; Diana M. Bailey (Foreword by)

    The daring women of Maryland made their mark on history as spies, would-be queens and fiery suffragettes. Sarah Wilson escaped indentured servitude in Frederick by impersonating the queen's sister. In Cumberland, Sallie Pollock smuggled letters for top Confederate officials. Baltimore journalist Marguerite Harrison snuck into Russia to report conditions there after World War I. From famous figures like Harriet Tubman to unsung heroines like "Lady Law" Violet Hill Whyte, author Lauren R. Silberma……more

  • Details about Cleopatra: a life

    Cleopatra: a life

    Stacy Schiff

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.…more

  • Details about The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

    The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

    Rebecca Skloot.

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells-taken without her knowledge-became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they would weigh more than 50 million metric tons-as much as a hun……more

  • Details about Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars

    Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars

    Nathalia Holt

    The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space. In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible……more

  • Details about You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

    You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

    Felicia Day; Joss Whedon (Foreword by)

    The Instant New York Times Bestseller--Featuring a Foreword by Joss Whedon "Felicia Day is a lot of fun, and so is her book."--George R. R. Martin From online entertainment pioneer, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a "relentlessly funny and surprisingly inspirational" (, memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world. When Felicia Day was a g……more

  • Details about Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    Sheryl Sandberg

    Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women's voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women's progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full pote……more

  • Details about How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life

    How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life

    Lilly Singh

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the 2017 People's Choice Award winner for Favorite YouTube Star comes the definitive guide to being a bawse : a person who exudes confidence, hustles relentlessly, and smiles genuinely because he or she has fought through it all and made it out the other side. Lilly Singh isn't just a superstar. She's Superwoman--which is also the name of her wildly popular YouTube channel. Funny, smart, and insightful, the actress and comedian covers topics ranging from rela……more

  • Details about The house on Mango Street

    The house on Mango Street

    Sandra Cisneros.

    Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world,The House on Mango Streetis the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many……more

  • Details about Bastard out of Carolina

    Bastard out of Carolina

    Dorothy Allison.

    Greenville County, South Carolina, a wild, lush place, is home to the Boatwright family-rough-hewn men who drink hard and shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who marry young and age all too quickly. At the heart of this astonishing novel is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a South Carolina bastard with an annotated birth certificate to tell the tale. Observing everything with the mercilessly keen eye of a child, Bone finds herself caught in a family triangle that will ……more

  • Details about The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    Edith Wharton; Laura Dluzynski Quinn (Notes by); Cynthia Griffin Wolff (Introduction by)

    The return of the beautiful Countess Olenska into the rigidly conventional society of New York sends reverberations throughout the upper reaches of society. Newland Archer, an eligible young man of the establishment is about to announce his engagement to May Welland, a pretty ingenue, when May's cousin, Countess Olenska, is introduced into their circle. The Countess brings with her an aura of European sophistication and a hint of scandal, having left her husband and claimed her independence. Her……more