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Madame Candidate

Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President by Jill Norgren

Reviewed by Christine Stansell
The New Republic Online


Women's biographies are the pre-eminent form of popular women's history, and the only nonfiction books that female readers will dependably buy. In the past forty years, the genre has flourished, nourished by an unending curiosity about women's lives that feminism generates. Famous men's wives and sisters turn out to have amazing stories of their own (Vera Nabokov, Alice James, Zelda Fitzgerald). Sagas of sisters, spun from strands of rivalry and adoration, are mesmerizing (the Peabodys, the Mitfords). Writers, their struggles for art and life in equal measure inevitably complicated by..." Read the entire The New Republic Online Review.

3 Responses to "Madame Candidate"

    Shirley Harned April 5th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    Very good review...BUT... in the following quoted paragraph is an egregious error of word use! At least it is an error if all the rest of the review has Ms. Lockwood's character rightly described. Here it is:

    "At eighty-four, she also lost her home -- then, as now, a premier measure of dignity for an aging woman. Yet she remained nonplussed: involved in world affairs,...."

    The reviewer either does not know the meaning of the word "nonplussed" or she lost her way and said the opposite of what she was thinking. Which brings me to ask, what WAS she thinking?!

    Albert Armijo April 5th, 2007 at 7:12 am

    Very good. I passed this on to some of the female members of our family.
    Thanks much.

    Lynn Payton April 6th, 2007 at 8:30 am

    Magnificent review and a skillful summing up of women's current status in politics.

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