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When Women Ruled the World: Making the Renaissance in Europe

An interesting look at the lives and relationships of four of the Renaissance’s most powerful women, though general readers might find the focus too scholarly and the arrangement of information somewhat muddled.

Slonim Woods 9: A Memoir

A poetic and intimate memoir of a harrowing ordeal. Any reader interested in the workings of cults or the experiences of people in cults will find this book worthwhile.

Everything I Have Is Yours: A Marriage

An intimate, absorbing, and painful look at chronic illness in a relationship. Readers in similar situations will likely find it strikes a deep chord, but anyone who has endured difficulties in a long-term relationship will find much to ponder here as well.

The Big Hurt

Some will no doubt find the messiness of Schickel’s life and history too much to enjoy, but readers drawn to women’s stories of struggle, self-destruction, and attempted recovery will likely be wholly absorbed.

The Ugly Cry

An honest account of an unconventional childhood, and of learning to accept the hard truths of loving people who disappoint you. Henderson’s debut is a treat for memoir fans.

Out of the Shadows: Six Visionary Victorian Women in Search of a Public Voice

Brisk and entertaining, this biography should draw the attention of readers interested in the social effects of the Spiritualist movement, or in 19th-century women’s history.

Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America

A sensitive paean to an oft-overlooked region of the United States and the young women who live there. Recommended for readers seeking books with a strong sense of place or about girls facing the challenges of the 21st century.

The Soul of a Woman

Those looking for in-depth stories of Allende’s earlier life will need to turn to her earlier works, but this passionate memoir presents a vibrant portrait of the current-day author and her thoughts on the future of women, and will be highly appreciated by fans of her works.

Doomed Romance: Broken Hearts, Lost Souls, and Sexual Tumult in Nineteenth-Century America

Heyrman’s previous experience writing on this era of evangelicalism gives her a noted assurance in navigating the complexities of this incident, and she infuses what might have been a dry recounting of facts and dates with effective levels of tension and emotion, making this not only a valuable book for scholars of this subject area but also interesting for a more general audience.

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