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American Heroines
ISBN: 9780060566357
Author: Hutchison, Kay Bailey
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Published: 2004-01-01
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: In a fascinating blend of autobiography and social history, Senator Hutchison reveals her view of a subject close to her heart: the power and role of women in creating and defining America.
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Physical Information: 1.33" H x 9.50" L x 6.46" W (1.47 lbs) 400 pages
Bargain Category: Social Issues, Reference, History, Biographies, Adult
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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 November #1)
Texas senator Hutchison looks at pioneering women from the 19th century to the present in this compellingly themed but ungainly mix of social history, thumbnail biography and personal recollection. Beginning with a short but dense recounting of the life of Mary Austin Holley, whose 1833 book about Texas is credited with drawing new settlers to the area, Hutchison moves forward to consider other "Pioneers and Preservationists," most of whom will be of interest primarily to Texans. The collection becomes more appealing as Hutchison widens her focus. Her "Education for Everyone" chapter sees a discussion of the women's higher education advocate Emma Willard (1797-1870) followed by a brief interview with Lynne Cheney (on the most important trait for success: "Stick-to-it-iveness"). "A Woman's Art" highlights historical heroines Mary Cassatt, singer Marian Anderson and Latina perfomers like Dolores Del Rio, while "Public Lives, Public Service" praises Geraldine Ferraro and Sandra Day O'Connor as leaders of today. Other public figures Hutchison interviews include Condoleezza Rice, Madeleine Albright, Cokie Roberts and Barbara Walters, each offering morsels of personal experience and familiar but uplifting advice. It's Hutchison's personal vignettes that suffer in this arrangement, as she seems to insert them whenever there's an associative connection. Her story is certainly interesting enough to warrant more time. Photos. Agent, Bob Barnett. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.