Women's Biographies & Memoirs

A Listmania! list by Knowledge Contagion (California - again)
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."
America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines (P.S.)
1.  America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines (P.S.) by Gail Collins
The list author says:
  "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 ..."
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I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah's Witness Upbringing
2.  I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah's Witness Upbringing by Kyria Abrahams
The list author says:
  "This was HILARIOUS! Being raised a Jehovah's Witness definitely makes this book even funnier because the memories are flooding back."
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Diane Arbus: A Biography
3.  Diane Arbus: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth
The list author says:
  "This was a tad bit dry, but wonderfully written. She turns out to be rather unsympathetic, but an interesting person nonetheless. There's a lot of subtle women's history in this biography."
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Marilyn Monroe
4.  Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Leaming
The list author says:
  "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."
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Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders
5.  Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders by Greg King
The list author says:
  "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."
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Will there really be a morning?: An autobiography
6.  Will there really be a morning?: An autobiography by Frances Farmer
The list author says:
  "I don't know how much of this is autobiography, biography, fact or fiction ... But this was still a very difficult book to read. What Frances was put through is beyond human comprehension."
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The Girl in Alfred Hitchock's Shower
7.  The Girl in Alfred Hitchock's Shower by Robert Graysmith
The list author says:
  "This was aweful as biographies go. I would only recommend this book to hardcore Hitchcock fans and people interested in the history of adult men's magazines."
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Thing of Beauty
8.  Thing of Beauty by Stephen Fried
The list author says:
  "Rather sad read ... This is the book to read if you really liked the movie "Gia.""
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Sybil
9.  Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
The list author says:
  "This was actually pretty dry and a slow read ... but the story I knew had to be there kept me reading ..."
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Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case
10.  Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan
The list author says:
  "This was a fascinating - and alarming - read about how three women altered psychiatric history."
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Just Desserts - Martha Stewart: The Unauthorized Biography
11.  Just Desserts - Martha Stewart: The Unauthorized Biography by Jerry Oppenheimer
The list author says:
  "I'm really not that much of a fan of Martha's but I loved this biography! It was so much fun to read and hard to put down."
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The Other Mrs. Kennedy: Ethel Skakel Kennedy : An American Drama of Power, Privilege, and Politics
12.  The Other Mrs. Kennedy: Ethel Skakel Kennedy : An American Drama of Power, Privilege, and Politics by Jerry Oppenheimer
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Kennedy Women
13.  The Kennedy Women by Laurence Leamer
The list author says:
  "This was very readable and informative. (The biography I read on Jackie is on another list.)"
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Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
14.  Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox
The list author says:
  "I'm not much of a science person, but this was a wonderful read - very inspiring."
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Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature
15.  Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature by Linda J. Lear
The list author says:
  "This was a splendid biography! It was chock full of detail. (It's difficult to say if she was foremost a writer or a biologist, so RC will be on both lists.)"
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Up Close: Rachel Carson
16.  Up Close: Rachel Carson by Ellen Levine
The list author says:
  "This is a short and sweet biography ... definitely sparks more detailed interest in her life. *****"
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Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood
17.  Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood by Julie Gregory
The list author says:
  "This is a very disturbing book about a daughter who was the victim of a Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy ..."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

Courtney Love: The Real Story
18.  Courtney Love: The Real Story by Poppy Z. Brite
The list author says:
  "I knew I would like this biography when I read in Poppy's introduction that she didn't even like Courtney Love as a person."
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The Real Patsy Cline
19.  The Real Patsy Cline by Doug Hall
The list author says:
  "I was not impressed ... **"
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The Abortionist: A Woman against the Law
20.  The Abortionist: A Woman against the Law by Rickie Solinger
The list author says:
  "While this book was interesting, the title is misleading. This book is more about the times in which Ruth Barnett practiced than the abortionist herself. ***"
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Into the Breach: American Women Overseas in World War I
21.  Into the Breach: American Women Overseas in World War I by Dorothy Schneider
The list author says:
  "This was a fascinating read!"
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Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800
22.  Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800 by Mary Beth Norton
The list author says:
  "It is amazing what these women did ..."
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Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
23.  Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts
The list author says:
  "CR draws upon many primary sources which made this book particularly enjoyable for me. It was nice to see the Revolutionary War through women's eyes."
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The Plantation Mistress: Woman's World in the Old South
24.  The Plantation Mistress: Woman's World in the Old South by Catherine Clinton
The list author says:
  "A very informative look at the woman of the plantation - the good, the bad, and the ugly."
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Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South (Gender and American Culture)
25.  Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South (Gender and American Culture) by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
The list author says:
  "To be honest, it's been a long time since I've read this - but I still have it which means I found it worth keeping."
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Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War (The Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies)
26.  Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War (The Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies) by Drew Gilpin Faust
The list author says:
  "This is the first book I've read about women during the Civil War rather than before it. It is very interesting how the Civil War redefined Southern womanhood."
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They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush
27.  They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush by Jo Ann Levy
The list author says:
  "Very informative, engaging read about the rolls women played during the gold rush."
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Women of the Third Reich
28.  Women of the Third Reich by Anna Maria Sigmund
The list author says:
  "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."
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Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
29.  Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower
The list author says:
  "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."
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