Tag Archives: Women’s History

Lit With Love
Katharine Ashe The Prince

The Prince

Sonali Dev  interviews author Katharine Ashe about her new book, The Prince. Book 4 in the Devil’s Duke Series,  includes cross-dressing and the tale of a daring scheme that could send our star-crossed lovers hurtling toward danger… and an unparalleled love.

The Prince

The Prince
by Katharine Ashe
$7.99
Air Date/Time June 8, 5 pm (Central)
1st ed., 240 pages

Libby Shaw refuses to accept society’s dictates. She’s determined to become a member of Edinburgh’s all-male Royal College of Surgeons. Disguising herself as a man, she attends the surgical theater and fools everyone—except the one man who has never forgotten the shape of her exquisitely sensual lips.

Forced to leave his home as a boy, famed portraitist Ziyaeddin is secretly the exiled prince of a distant realm. When he first met Libby, he memorized every detail of her face and drew her. But her perfect lips gave him trouble—the same lips he now longs to kiss. When Libby asks his help to hide her feminine identity from the world, Ziyaeddin agrees on one condition: she must sit for him to paint—as...

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Stranger Than Fiction
Joan Dejean
The Queen’s Embroiderer

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Paul Berlanga interviews author Joan Dejean about her latest historical treasure-hunt The Queen’s Embroiderer: A True Story of Paris, Lovers, Swindlers, and the First Stock Market Crisis.

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The Queen’s Embroiderer: A True Story of Paris, Lovers, Swindlers, and the First Stock Market Crisis
by Joan Dejean
$30.00
Air Date/Time: May 24, 12:30 pm (Central)
400 pages, hardcover

From the author of How Paris Became Paris, a sweeping history of high finance, the origins of high fashion, and a pair of star-crossed lovers in 18th-century France.

Paris, 1719. The stock market is surging and the world’s first millionaires are buying everything in sight. Against this backdrop, two families, the Magoulets and the Chevrots, rose to prominence only to plummet in the first stock market crash. One family built its name on the burgeoning financial industry, the other as master embroiderers for Queen Marie-Thérèse and her husband, King Louis XIV. Both patriarchs were ruthless money-mongers, determined to strike it rich by arranging marriages for their children.

But...

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LadyBird & Friends
Kate Hannigan
A Lady Has the Floor


Betsy Bird will meet Kate Hannigan to answer your questions about A Lady Has The Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out For Women’s Rights 

Author Kate Hannigan will speak with Betsy Bird – and with YOU if you submit a question! This book is great to learn about American history and the very first woman to run for President, for grades 2-5, ages 7 to 1,000.

AND the illustrations by Alison Jay are to die for – very beautifully done. You will love this book even more after Kate has signed it!

A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights
written by Kate Hannigan, illustrated by Alison Jay
$17.95
Air Date/Time March 6, 1 pm (Central)
1st ed., 32 pages, hardcover

A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights
American history for ages 7-10, grades 2-5, exile measure 780.

Activist Belva Lockwood never stopped asking herself the question: Are women not worth the same as men? She had big dreams and didn’t let anyone stand in her way–not her father, her law school, or even the U.S. Supreme Court. She fought for equality for women in the classroom, in the courtroom, and in politics. In her quest for fairness and parity, Lockwood ran for President of the United States, becoming the first woman on the ballot. In this riveting nonfiction...

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Berta’s Books
Donna Seaman
Identity Unknown

Roberta Rubin interviews author Donna Seaman about her newest release Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.

Where are all the women artists? Donna Seaman brings to dazzling life seven women forgotten by the official texts. Featuring stunning examples of the artists’ work, Identity Unknown speaks to all women about their neglected place in history and the challenges they face.

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A House Divided
Paula Tarnapol Whitacre
A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

Bjorn Skaptason interviewed Paula Tarnapol Whitacre about her new book, A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose.

Abandoning a sad yet safe life, Julia moves to Alexandria to become a relief agent in a Union hospital during the worst of the Civil War. Through Wilbur’s diary, Whitacre is able to show exactly how the times change us and we change them back.

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A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose
By Paula Tarnapol Whitacre
$32.95
Air Date/Time September 28, 5pm (Central)
1st ed., 320  pages, hardcover

In the fall of 1862 Julia Wilbur left her family’s farm near Rochester, New York, and boarded a train to Washington DC. An ardent abolitionist, the forty-seven-year-old Wilbur left a sad but stable life, headed toward the chaos of the Civil War, and spent most of the next several years in Alexandria devising ways to aid recently escaped slaves and hospitalized Union soldiers.

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time shapes Wilbur’s diaries and other primary sources into a historical narrative sending the reader back 150 years to understand a woman who was alternately brave, self-pitying, foresighted, petty—and all too human.

Paula Tarnapol Whitacre describes Wilbur’s experiences against the backdrop of Alexandria, Virginia,...

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Solved!
Emilie Lucchesi
Ugly Prey

Libby Hellmann spoke with journalist Emilie Lucchesi about her new book, Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago.

A true crime tale about  a poor immigrant woman with very little English – and a very dead husband – the criminal justice system that sentenced her to hang, and the media circus that made her face the most hated in the nation.

Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago
By Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi
$26.99
Air Date/Time September 7, 3pm (Central)
1st ed., 336 pages, cloth

Sabella Nitti was an Italian immigrant who spoke little English and struggled on her primitive family farm outside Chicago before her arrest in 1923 for the murder of her missing husband. Within two months, she was found guilty and became the first woman ever sentenced to hang in Chicago.

Journalist Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi leads readers through Sabella’s sensational case, showing how, with no evidence and no witnesses, she was the target of an obsessed deputy sheriff and the victim of a faulty legal system. She was also—to the men who convicted her and the reporters fixated on her—ugly. For that unforgiveable crime, the media painted her as...

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Stranger Than Fiction
Donna Solecka Urbikas
My Sister’s Mother

Paul Berlanga speaks with Donna Solecka Urbikas about her book, My Sister’s Mother. 

In this unforgettable memoir, Donna recounts her family history and her own survivor’s story, finally understanding the damaged mother who had saved her sister. Order Your Signed Copy.

My Sister’s Mother: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Stalin’s Siberia
by Donna Solecka Urbikas
$26.95
Air Date/Time August 1, 2pm (Central)
1st ed., 312p., hardcover

In 1940, Janina Slarzynska and her five-year-old daughter Mira were taken by Soviet secret police (NKVD) from their farm in eastern Poland and sent to Siberia. 

In the 1950s, younger daughter Donna yearns for a “normal” American life. In this unforgettable memoir, Donna recounts her family history,  finally understanding the damaged mother who had saved her sister.

Finalist, Best Traditional Non-Fiction Book, Chicago Writers Association

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A House Divided
Pamela Toler, PhD
Heroines of Mercy Street

Heroines of Mercy Street

Bjorn Skaptason talked with Pamela Toler, PhD about her latest book, Heroines of Mercy Street: the Real Nurses of the Civil War. It is the companion book to the PBS series.

Using diaries, letters, and books written by these pioneers, Toler creates a fascinating portrait of true heroines. Order Your Signed Copy,

Heroines of Mercy Street

Heroines of Mercy Street:
Real Nurses of the Civil War
by Pamela Toler, PhD
$27.00
Air Date/Time May 2, 3pm (Central)
1st ed., 304p., hardcover

Heroines of Mercy Street tells the true stories of the nurses at Mansion House, the Alexandria, Virginia mansion turned wartime hospital and setting for the PBS drama Mercy Street. Among the Union soldiers, doctors, wounded men from both sides, freed slaves, politicians, speculators and spies who passed through the hospital in the crossroads of the Civil War, were nurses who gave their time to save lives and aid the wounded.

Civil War nurses  ushered in a new era for medicine in the midst of tremendous hardship. While the country was at war, these women not only learned to advocate and care for patients in hostile settings, saved countless lives, and changed...

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