Synopses & Reviews
Women werent supposed to take their lives into their own hands, light out by themselves, have independent, off-the-beaten-path adventures. Nonetheless, throughout history there have been women who cast off the shackles of expectation, stepped out of the cave, and slashed their way into history. Elegant, witty, sometimes hilarious, sometimes moving, always perceptive, Barbara Holland tells us the stories of women, famous and infamous, celebrated and unsung, who have stepped over the edge. Here are Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Bonnie Parker (of Bonnie and Clyde), Amelia Earhart, George Sand, Isadora Duncan, Mata Hari, Belle Starr, and their lesser-known sisters in adventure and spirit Gertrude Bell, uncrowned queen of Iraq; Daisy Bates, Victorian anthropologist of the Australian aborigines; American pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read; Queen Jinjun of Angola.
These irrepressible adventurers, who reveled in the limitlessness of possibility and desire, are brought irresistibly to life by Barbara Holland in a book that will entrance and delight readers.
"A girl-power version of womens history, Hollands entertaining book chronicles the lives of women who have defied convention....A brisk, enjoyable volume." Publishers Weekly
"Holland's nonacademic approach will appeal to readers looking for a blend of entertainment and inspiration; her brief summaries of the lives of these interesting women might well encourage readers to move on to traditional biographies of one or two of her subjects." Booklist
About the Author
Barbara Holland is the author of several books, including Endangered Pleasures and Bingo Night at the Fire Hall. A regular columnist for Country Journal, she has also written for Smithsonian, The Washington Post, Mid-Atlantic Country, Utne Reader, Cosmopolitan, and Washingtonian. She lives in western Loudoun County, Virginia.