Posts tagged with non-fiction

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Cover of Women's Rights and the French Revolution: A Biography of Olympe de Gouges by Sophie Mousset
November 10, 2022
  • Vicki J Kondelik
This is a biography of the playwright and feminist activist Olympe de Gouges, who was the author of pamphlets and other literature in support of women's rights and the abolition of slavery during the French Revolution. She was ridiculed and dismissed in her time, but later recognized as a pioneer of feminist theory, and had a great influence on later advocates for women's rights. The book has its flaws, but it is practically the only biography of this important figure available in English.
Cover of Joan of Arc by Helen Castor
August 9, 2022
  • Vicki J Kondelik
Helen Castor tells the story of Joan of Arc in the context of her times. The book is a history of the part of the Hundred Years' War in which Joan played a major role, and it begins with the English victory at Agincourt in 1415. Castor writes about the political factions, and shifting alliances, in France at the time, and about how Joan's appearance at the French Dauphin's court, followed by her victory at Orléans in 1429, changed the course of the war. She also writes compellingly and movingly of Joan's trial. For biographical information about Joan, look elsewhere, but this book is excellent as a history of her times.
Cover of The World of Maria Gaetana Agnesi by Massimo Mazzotti
March 18, 2022
  • Vicki J Kondelik
This is a fascinating biography of a female mathematician in 18th century Italy, Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-1799). A child prodigy, Agnesi received an education that was usually reserved for boys. She wrote one of the first textbooks on calculus, and was appointed to a university professorship, although she was unable to accept the position because of illness. Her later life was devoted to helping the poor, and educating the impoverished children in her neighborhood.
Cover of Women, Equality, and the French Revolution by Candice E. Proctor
March 7, 2022
  • Vicki J Kondelik
Historian Candice E. Proctor, who is also the mystery author C.S. Harris, discusses attitudes toward women during the French Revolution, and why the leading revolutionaries never gave women any political power, including voting rights. She also writes about some of the women who advocated for women's rights during the French Revolution.
Cover of Blood Sisters by Marilyn Yalom
June 28, 2021
  • Vicki J Kondelik
In Blood Sisters, historian Marilyn Yalom tells the story of the French Revolution through the perspective of women’s memoirs. She studied the memoirs of over eighty women, of various ages and social classes, who lived through the French Revolution. Many of them were aristocratic or upper-class women, because they were more likely to be literate, but she also writes about memoirs by poor or working-class women that were dictated to someone else. All of the memoirs make for compelling stories.
Book cover featuring a color photograph of two men embracing, their backs turned from the camera.
June 10, 2021
  • Autumn Nicole Wetli
June is Pride Month! Check out some of the LGBTQA+ books in the Library's OverDrive Collection.
Cover of The Angel of the Assassination: Charlotte de Corday by Joseph Shearing
November 30, 2020
  • Vicki J Kondelik
This is a biography of Charlotte Corday, the young woman who assassinated the French Revolutionary leader Jean-Paul Marat in 1793. The author, Joseph Shearing, was known for mystery novels based on true-life crimes. Even though this book is non-fiction, it reads like a political thriller or a novel of suspense.
Cover of Liberty by Lucy Moore
April 3, 2020
  • Vicki J Kondelik
Liberty by Lucy Moore tells the story of six remarkable women who lived during the French Revolution. They came from a variety of social backgrounds, from aristocratic to working-class women. During these difficult times, it is fascinating to read about these women who lived during another difficult time.
Cover of Napoleon: A Life by Adam Zamoyski
January 6, 2020
  • Vicki J Kondelik
In this detailed biography of Napoleon, Polish historian Adam Zamoyski gives us a balanced view of his character: not a hero, but not a villain, either. Zamoyski focuses on Napoleon's formative years and personal life, not so much on the battles, although that is covered as well.
Cover of Women and Power by Mary Beard
December 3, 2019
  • Vicki J Kondelik
Classicist Mary Beard writes, in two brief essays, about how the voices of powerful women in Western civilization have been suppressed though the years, from ancient times to the present day. She gives examples throughout history, from the ancient Greeks to the present.