Review of Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath

Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions & Heretics by Jason Porath. ★★★★ Several years ago I stumbled across the blog Rejected Princesses. Jason Porath, a former animator at Dreamworks, one day had a conversation about what women were too out there to ever become a Disney princess movie. The result was Rejected Princesses, a blog…

Review of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Paudua

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua. ★★★★★ The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is an absolutely delightful graphic novel that contains a wealth of historical information regarding Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage, and the history of computing while at the same time being relentlessly entertaining. The book begins with a brief history of…

Review of The Secret History of the Mongol Queens by Jack Weatherford

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford. ★★★★★ A section from the ancient text The Secret History of the Mongols was cut away by censors, leaving only these words of Genghis Khan: “Let us reward our female offspring.” In The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, Jack Weatherford…

Review of The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox

The Riddle in the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox. ★★★★ The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code is an appealing non-fiction account of the deciphering of the script Linear B and in particular the woman who was vital to its solution. In 1900 archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans uncovered a catch of fired clay tablets…

Review of Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin

Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin. ★★★ Revolutionary Mothers is an overview of the role women played in the revolutionary war. Since it was a home front war, American women were very close with the events. Among other roles, some acted as spies or messengers, organized funds for the troops, took care of homes and businesses while the men…

Review of She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor. ★★★★★ She-Wolves is a very engaging piece of nonfiction which chronicles the lives of four English queens: Empress Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, and Margaret of Anjou. The book was framed around the year 1553 when King Edward VI died and all potential heirs…

Review of Warrior Women: An Archaeologist’s Search for History’s Hidden Heroines by Jeannine Davis-Kimball

Warrior Women: An Archaeologist’s Search for History’s Hidden Heroines by Jeannine Davis-Kimball.★ ★ ★ ★ I enjoyed Warrior Women, but it was also frustrating in some ways – she only talks about areas that she’s had personal experience with, such as the Chinese mummies, which didn’t really fit with the “Hidden Heroine” topic. The title also lead me to believe…