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Biographies of some 400 interesting women. Originally published by Main Street Press in 1988. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
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November 25 ____
....Nation began her saloon-bashing career quietly. At first she would simply go into a bar and sing hymns and pray for the souls of the patrons. Eventually, when embarrassing the customers didn't work well enough, she stepped up to "hatchetiation" of the furniture, glassware, and mirrors. She lectured, wrote an autobiography, and sold souvenir hatchets to pay for her court costs, but in 1910 she retired, and not because of mounting legal fees. She took her axe to a Montana saloon, and the owner, a woman, beat her to a pulp.
Olsen has compiled a fascinating view of independent women throughout history, one for each day (birthday, death date, or arbitrary placement) of the year. Included are women from various cultures, notable for an event or many accomplishments. Entries are editorialized summaries with fresh facts on the known and an introduction to the obscure. Frustrating is the omission of many known death dates and the sparseness of some entries. Illustrations, largely from the Library of Congress, are excellent (though not always linked to entries), and the selected bibliography has some intriguing titles. The index lacks cross-references, and a profession/career index would have been helpful. Despite these limitations, however, this is an excellent source for library collections.
- Rebecca Sturm Kelm , Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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