The list author says: "I decided to compile a list of the women's biographies and memoirs I've read that I really enjoyed. I hope this list will at least steer whoever views it towards some fabulous women worth learning more about. I ended up creating a separate list for female authors.
Several of these have made it onto my other lists ... I also have a separate list devoted to royal women and first ladies.
The comments followed by as trices (**) mean that I reviewed the book."
"This book sparked my love of women's history. There are many mini-biographies through out the text, but the bibliography is phenomenal. It is literally a checklist (minus the empty check boxes, of course) of biographies, periods/regions in women's history ..."
"Leaming skipped over the first 18-20 years of Marilyn's life ... Instead of wanting to read another biography on Marilyn Monroe, I feel like I *need* to now. This is not a good biography if it's your first MM biography."
"I was expecting more pages devoted to Sharon Tate's life, but it's well worth the read. It was refreshing to read more about the victims than the Manson Family. Updates of the victims' families and the Family go up to 1999, which was interesting to read."
"Ethel is not a sympathetic woman at all. Mr. Oppenheimer does a fabulous job of objectively writing about distasteful women. I'm not sure what he could have done to make her likable, but it was a great biography."
"I am rather embarrassed to admit that I was interested in this book because I wanted to read the lurid details - what type of women could be involved with these types of men? I was disappointed. Apparently, it was mostly hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil."
"I was expecting a lot more from this book ... This struck me as more of a generalized piece of history that tended to get repetative. I did learn some interesting things and gain a few new insights - but I am very glad I did not pay for this book."