Thursday, October 17, 2013

Women of the Sierra by Anne Seagraves

First Line: The Sierra Nevada Range is a mountainous chain extending along the eastern border of the state, more than 400 miles long and about 70 miles wide.

In her usual informative and entertaining style, author Anne Seagraves shares the lives of fifteen strong, independent women who made their mark in the area of the United States called the Sierra (parts of Nevada and California). From entertainers, doctors, schoolteachers, and publishers to stagecoach drivers, businesswomen, and ladies of the night, Seagraves provides a wide-ranging vignette of life in that area from the 1800s to the turn of the twentieth century.

Perhaps the most profound and moving of these portraits are those of the women who made no real "mark"-- except in the memories of the people whose lives they touched. Those memories live on to this day, and it is wonderful that they are remembered in this book.

The purpose of books like this is threefold: to entertain, to enlighten, and to bright to light the stories of women who have-- unfairly-- languished in obscurity. Seagraves does important work here that not only entertains but encourages readers to learn even more. I intend to do so.

Women of the Sierra by Anne Seagraves
ISBN: 9780961908812
Wesanne Publications © 1990
Paperback, 176 pages

Women's History, Standalone
Rating: B+
Source: Paperback Swap


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