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Real Women, Real Fiction

Biographical Fiction Celebrating American Women in honor of Women’s History Month

Louisa May Alcott – Novelist & Poet
The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott 
Kelly O’Connor McNees

Nellie Bly – Journalist & Inventor
No Job for a Lady
Carol McCleary

Maud Gage Baum – Wife of L. Frank Baum; Promoter of the film The Wizard of Oz
Finding Dorothy
Elizabeth Letts

Laura Dewey Bridgman – First deaf-blind American to gain education (pre-Helen Keller)
What is Visible
Kimberly Elkins

Louise Brooks – 1920s Film Actress and Dancer
The Chaperone
Laura Moriarty

Dr. May Chinn – Early 1900sAfrican-American Physician and Cancer Researcher
Angel of Harlem 
Kuwana Haulsey

Emily Dickinson - Poet
Miss Emily
Nuala O’Connor

Clara Driscoll – Businesswoman; Head of Tiffany Studios Women’s Glass Cutting Department
Clara and Mr. Tiffany
Susan Vreeland

Amelia Earhart – Aviation Pioneer and Author
Flying Blind: A Novel of Amelia Earhart 
Max Allan Collins

Caroline Ferriday – Socialite, WWII Resistance
Lilac Girls
Martha Hall Kelly

Zelda Fitzgerald – Novelist, Socialite and Painter; 1st American Flapper
Z
Therese Fowler

Julia Grant – First Lady of U.S. (1869-1877)
Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule
Jennifer Chiaverini

Eliza Hamilton – Deputy Director of first private orphanage in N.Y.; Wife of Alexander Hamilton
I, Eliza Hamilton
Susan Holloway Scott

Sophia Peabody Hawthorne – Painter and Illustrator
The House of Hawthorne
Erika Robuck

Harriet Hemings – Slave and only surviving daughter of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson
The President’s Daughter 
Barbara Chase-Riboud

Rachel Jackson –Wife of President Andrew Jackson
The President’s Lady 
Irving Stone

Martha “Patsy” Jefferson – Eldest daughter of Thomas and Martha Jefferson
America’s First Daughter
Stephanie Dray

Euphemia King – Texas Frontier Heroine during Civil War
True Women 
Janice Woods Windle

Hedy Lamarr – Actress and Inventor
The Only Woman in the Room
Marie Benedict

Dorothea Lange – Photographer and Photojournalist
Learning to See: a Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America
Elise Hooper

Mary Todd Lincoln – First Lady of U.S. (1861-1865);
The Emancipator’s Wife 
Barbara Hambly

Anne Morrow Lindbergh – Author, Female Aviator and Wife of Aviator Charles Lindbergh
The Aviator’s Wife
Melanie Benjamin

Dolley Todd Madison – First Lady of U.S. (1809-1817);
Dolley 
Rita Mae Brown

Caroline E. Winder McGavock – Civil War Heroine
The Widow of the South
Robert Hicks

Edna St. Vincent Millay – Poet & Playwright
Fallen Beauty
Erika Robuck

Marilyn Monroe - Actress
Blonde
Joyce Carol Oates

Georgia O’Keeffe – Artist
Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe
Dawn Clifton Tripp

Barbara “Baby” Cushing Mortimer Paley –1950s Socialite
The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin

Eleanor Roosevelt – Diplomat; Activist; First Lady of U.S. (1933-45)
White Houses: a Novel
Amy Bloom

Francis Slocum – Quaker who was captured and raised by Indians during Revolutionary War
The Red Heart 
James Alexander Thom

Elizabeth Cady Stanton – Suffragist and Abolitionist for early Women’s Rights Movement
Seneca Falls Inheritance
Miriam Grace Monfredo

Harriet Tubman – Abolitionist and Conductor for the Underground Railroad
The Tubman Command: a Novel
Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

Madam C. J. Walker – America’s first Black Female Millionaire
The Black Rose 
Tananarive Due

Wallis Warfield Simpson - Duchess of Windsor
The Shadow Queen
Rebecca Dean

Kate Warne – First Female U.S. Detective
Girl in Disguise
Greer Macallister

Cathay Williams - African American Slave who enlisted in U.S. Army as a Male Soldier
Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen
Sarah Bird

 

 

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