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In her spirited account of willful women from Cleopatra to Mother Jones, Barbara Holland reanimates rebels both known and unknown who thrived doing the unexpected.
Her remarkable book–part history, part spicy op-ed–will acquaint you with the likes of Grace O’Malley, a blazing terror of the Irish seas in the 1500s, and surprise you with a fresh perspective on legends like Bonnie Parker of “Bonnie and Clyde.” Whether they struck out for noble causes or simply due to sheer boredom, Holland not only brings these adventurers irresistibly to life, but in so doing makes a compelling case for the virtue of getting into trouble.
“Deliciously ironic, reliably brainy, steadily informative…a jubilant hop, skip and jump toward rectifying the omission of women from the historical record.”–Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
“With humor and style, Holland reveals lives fraught with excitement, danger, passion [and] intrigue.”–USA Today
“[Holland] gives herself free rein to speak her mind and break the rules.”–The Washington Post