Nomination: Almost Famous Women: Stories

almost famous womenBergman, Megan Mayhew.  Almost Famous Women: Stories. 2015. 236 p. Scribner, $25.00 (978-1-4767-8656-8). Gr. 10-up.

History has not always been kind to unusual or unconventional women, often reducing such figures to footnotes in someone else’s story.  This collection provides an imagined peek into the lives of such complex, infamous, and gutsy women as actress Butterfly McQueen, heiress and boat racer Joe Carstairs, artist Romaine Brooks, aviator Beryl Markham, performers and conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, and musician Tiny Davis and the first ever integrated all women’s band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

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