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Book Picks: Celebrate Women's Equality Day

Suffrage parade in New York City, May 1912. Library of Congress. 

Suffrage parade in New York City, May 1912. Library of Congress. 

Ninety-three years ago this month (August 26th, 1920 to be exact) women were granted the right to vote. Every president has published a proclamation for Women's Equality Day since 1971 when legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug.[1]  In honor of our special day I worked with Diane Garrett (and staff) of Diane's Books in Greenwich to compile a quick list books celebrating strong and inspiring woman. 

Please note, all of these books can be bought in digital formats on Diane's Books' website. However, If you have the time, you should stop in for a visit to find your next book. The place is always brimming with energy and overflowing with books. It is the smallest place you will ever get lost in. Diane's Books, 8A Grigg Street, Greenwich, CT

Want to find your local Independent bookstore? Visit IndieBound.org and shop local! 

This Pulitzer Prize-winning take on one of history's most alluring, powerful and controversial figures (man or woman) is riveting. Check everything you learned in 8th grade history class at the door. 

Joan of Arc and Madame Clicquot were the two women heroes I knew when growing up in France.
— Mireille Guiliano, author of the NY Times bestseller, French Women Don't Get Fat

This little known story about how prestige brand Veuve Clicquot came to dominate the world is fascinating.  The story of Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin who, when widowed at 27, took over the family business in the midst of the turbulent Napoleonic reign and rose to become a leader in a man-dominated industry.

The story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh,  wife of one of our earliest documented "tabloid" celebrities, Charles Lindberg. There story is one of opposites attract whose lives come to be dominated by the intense glare of news media cameras, obsessed with every detail of their lives and marriage. Elusive Anne's entire story has never been told so thoroughly until now. From her love of adventure, her intense marriage, the kidnapping and death of her baby boy, to her well-respected writing career that ultimately made her feel a sense of accomplishment and self respect. . 

You may or may not have heard of Liz Murray in the news a few years ago for her incredible "homeless-to-Harvard" story. Raised by mentally ill, drug addicted parents in New York City, Liz and her sister spent most of their childhood homeless and taking care of each other. After her mom died of AIDS, Murray took control of her own destiny and attended a high school in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.  Often mocked for her her lice-infested hair and dirty clothes and tired from nights spent on a subway train, she persevered and graduated in two years. A truly inspiring story of grit and grace. 

Please note, all of these books can be bought in digital formats off Diane's website. But I must say, if you have the time, you should stop in. The place is always brimming with energy and overflowing with books. It is the smallest place you will ever get lost in.  

 

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