Book review: Velvalee Dickinson: The “Doll Woman” Spy by Barbara Casey

Book Details: Book Title:  Velvalee Dickinson: The “Doll Woman” Spy by Barbara Casey
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 184 pages
Genre:  True Crime / Historical / Biography
Publisher:  Strategic Media Books
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print, ebook (PDF, gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: May 27 to June 7, 2019
Content Rating: PG – Velvalee Dickinson is appropriate for all ages.

Book Description:

Velvalee Dickinson was born in Sacramento, California, graduated from Stanford University, married three times, and then in the early 1930s moved to New York City where she eventually opened her own exclusive doll shop on the prestigious Madison Avenue. It was there that she built her reputation as an expert in rare, antique, and foreign dolls. She traveled extensively around the country lecturing and exhibiting her dolls while building a wealthy clientele that included Hollywood stars, members of high society, politicians, and other collectors.

​When medical bills started to accumulate because of her husband’s poor health and business started to fail with the onset of World War II, she accepted the role as a spy for the Imperial Japanese Government. By hiding coded messages in her correspondence about dolls, she was able to pass on to her Japanese contacts critical military information about the US warships. After surveilling Velvalee for over a year, the FBI arrested her and charged her with espionage and violation of censorship laws. She became the first American woman to face the death penalty on charges of spying for a wartime enemy.

Velvalee Dickinson: The “Doll Woman” Spy is a carefully researched glimpse into the “Doll Woman’s” life as a collector of dolls, and as the highest paid American woman who spied for the Imperial Japanese Government during World War II.

Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Books-a-Million
Add to Goodreads

Barbara Casey

Meet the Author:  

Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. Her nonfiction book, Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave, is under contract for a major film. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency.

Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. In 2018 Barbara received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and Top Professional Award for her extensive experience and notable accomplishments in the field of publishing and other areas. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband, and three pets who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix; Reese, a black cat; and Earl Gray, a gray cat and Reese’s best friend.

Connect with the author:  Website

REVIEW: Barbara Casey has provided a glimpse into the bizarre and complicated life of Velvalee Dickinson. It was fascinating to learn how a tiny, university-educated woman could prove to be such a threat to the American government and its citizens.

The book is purely biographical in nature and in chronological order. The author includes several pages of photographs that lend credibility and interest to what could have been a dry dissertation. However this was definitely not the case as I could not put the book down. One determines from the onset that Velvalee is a survivor. However, her moral compass was somewhat askew as she had no qualms about pinning blame onto innocent parties, including her dying and mentally impaired husband.

This well-researched, gripping account is easily read in a couple of hours.


May 27 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
May 28 – Readers Cozy Corner – review / giveaway
May 28 – My Devotional Thoughts – review / giveaway
May 29 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
May 30 – Literary Flits – review / giveaway
May 31 – – review / giveaway
June 3 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
June 3 – Ani’s Books – review / author interview / giveaway
June 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
June 4 – Books for Books – review
June 5 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / author interview / giveaway
June 6 – Readers’ Muse – review / guest post / giveaway
June 7 – Just Reviews – review


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Book review: Katharina Luther: Nun, Rebel, Wife by Anne Boileau

unnamed unnamed-6

  • Publisher:   Clink Street Publishing
  • Publication date:  4th October 2016
  • Genre:  Non-fiction / history
  • Pages:  224 pages

ABOUT THE BOOK:  On 31st October 1517, Martin Luther pinned ninety-five theses on the Castle Church door, Wittenberg, criticizing the Church of Rome; they were printed and published by Lucas Cranach and caused a storm. Nine young nuns, intoxicated by Luther’s subversive writings, became restless and longed to leave their convent. On Good Friday 1523 a haulier smuggled them out hidden in empty herring barrels. Five of them settled in Wittenberg, the very eye of the storm, and one of them – Katharina von Bora – scandalised the world by marrying the revolutionary former monk. Following a near miscarriage, she is confined to her bed to await the birth of their first child; during this time, she sets down her own story. Against a backdrop of 16th Century Europe this vivid account of Katharina von Bora’s early life brings to the spotlight this spirited and courageous woman.

BUY THE BOOK:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble

Polly without BlakeMEET THE AUTHOR:

Anne Boileau studied German in Munich and worked as a translator, interpreter and language teacher, both in England and abroad. In 1985 she took a degree in Rural Resource Development at Writtle Agricultural College after which she worked with various organizations to do with nature conservation, campaigning, giving talks and writing articles about the countryside and the natural world for local publications.

Ten years ago she turned to poetry and learnt a great deal fromGraham Fawcett’s reading workshops at Poetry School; she attended two poetry writing courses with Arvon, one with Carole Satyamurti, the other with Simon Armitage.  Dr. Ronald Blythe of Wormingford, her neighbour and long-time friend, taught her the importance of place, of looking closely at what is all about us, and seeing the wonder in the everyday.

She has published three books under the name of Polly Clarke: Simple Symphony, Assorted Toffees and White Sand, Grey Sand (Orphean Press).  She contributed five translations to a bilingual anthology of German and French poetry entitled Over the Water with the Camden Mews Translators (Hearing Eye 2007).  She now writes (and translates) poetry under her maiden name of Anne Boileau.     Website 


It takes real talent to take a historical figure and make them come alive. Anne Boileau has vividly recreated the life of Katharina Luther from the time of her childhood, her subsequent enclosure as a nun and later on as a young woman desperately trying to adapt to life outside the convent.

The time she lives in is perilous as religious upheaval and change are overturning long-held traditions and beliefs.  Her decision to follow Martin Luther and reject Church doctrine causes her years of anguish.

This is not a dry re-telling of Katharina’s life but a tender and moving courtship story between a compelling and fiery orator who happens to be shy and uncertain when he must convince this former nun and woman he admires to become his life’s partner.  Katherina, practical and realistic, understands the role she must play in Luther’s life.  Together they learn compromise and enjoy a marriage that satisfies them both.

The author writes beautifully and convincingly.  This was not an easy subject to tackle and I admire the way she has succeeded in bringing Katherine to life.


Revue du livre: Les perroquets en 100 questions par Manon Tremblay


Informations du livre:
Titre: Les perroquets en 100 questions
Auteure: Manon Tremblay
Catégorie: guide pratique
Éditeur: Les Éditions La griffe
Date de publication: mars 2014
Nombre de pages: 208 pages
Disponibilité pour la tournée: 5 exemplaires papier pour le Canada et l’Europe
Dates de la tournée: dates à venir


Depuis toujours, les perroquets exercent sur l’homme une grande fascination. Oiseaux exotiques d’une rare beauté et d’une intelligence remarquable, ils sont aussi de formidables compagnons de vie. Mais comment choisir le perroquet qui convient? Comment évaluer le tempérament et la santé de l’oiseau avant de l’adopter? De quelle façon peut-on bien préparer son arrivée à la maison? De quoi sa diète quo­tidienne doit-elle être composée et quels soins doit-on lui prodiguer? Comment l’é­duquer et lui apprendre à parler? Ce ne sont que quelques-unes des 100 questions auxquelles répond cet ouvrage.

Cette lecture vous aidera à faire des choix éclairés, à développer une relation durable avec votre compagnon à plumes et à vivre en parfaite harmonie avec lui au quotidien.

Un extrait:

Chaque oiseau a ses propres préférences en termes de couleurs et vous devez en tenir compte quand vous désirez intéragir avec lui.Par exemple, si vous avez à immobiliser votre oiseau (contention), choisissez idéalement une serviette assortie à la couleur de son plumage, par exemple, une serviette blanche ou de couleur pastel pour un cacatoès. Pour un oiseau, la couleur du plumage de ses congénères est gage de sécurité. La plupart des perroquets n’apprécient pas les couleurs rouge, noir et bleu très foncé. N’utilisez pas les serviettes qui portent ces couleurs quand vient le temps de manipuler votre oiseau.


9697688Manon Tremblay est diplômée de l’Université de Montréal (B. Sc. microbiologie 1989 et Doctorat en médecine vétérinaire 1993). Depuis 1993, elle se consacre exclusivement à la médecine des oiseaux et des animaux exotiques. En 2010, elle met sur pied son propre Service Vétérinaire à Domicile pour Oiseaux et Animaux Exotiques.

Heureuse propriétaire d’un petit perroquet vert (quaker) qui lui fait quotidiennement la conversation, elle est convaincue que se faire qualifier de cervelle d’oiseau n’a absoluement rien de péjoratif. C’est plutôt un commentaire plus que flatteur!

Dre Tremblay est invitée à l’occasion à présenter des conférences (Faculté de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe, cégeps, PIJAC, AQAP, écoles, associations d’éleveurs d’oiseaux) ou à participer à des émissions de radio ou de télévision. Son goût pour l’écriture s’est concrétisé par la publication aux Éditions Le Jour, aux Éditions de l’Homme et aux Éditions La griffe de quatorze volumes portant sur les soins des animaux exotiques. Elle a également été chroniqueure pour le Magazine animal.

Retrouvez l’auteure sur:   facebook ~ linkedIn

Vous pouvez vous procurer ce livre chez:  Les Éditions La griffe, Amazon,Archambault, Renaud-Bray, fnac.

What a wonderful book!  I have quite a bit of experience caring for birds for over 35 years and was happy to learn so much from this guide.  Dr. Tremblay is a veterinarian who has worked with birds for 21 years and has included answers to 100 of the most frequently asked questions in her clinic.
This guide is written in a way that even a young person looking to buy his/her first bird will be able to understand.  The language is friendly but firm.
Instead of a table of contents with chapters, the book addresses 100 different questions that a bird owner would be likely to ask.  The list of questions can be found at the back of the book. The  book also has several full colour images of the different bird varieties.    There are several charts, including:
  • symptoms & illnesses
  • how to decode my bird’s body language
  • how does the colour & brilliance of the feathers reflect on my bird’s health?

Photographs and illustrations are used liberally throughout the book.  There is even a recipe section at the end of the book.  My birds always begged for chips because they loved anything crunchy.  You can find some easy-to-prepare recipes that will replace salty chips with more healthful, yet satisfying options.

I read through this book in French and think that an English version would be an asset to everyone thinking about buying a bird or caring for one that they already have.  The book would be an asset to libraries, vet offices, schools and bookstores.


Book review: The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance by Jae Ellard


Book Details:

Book Title:  The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance by Jae Ellard
Category:  Adult non-fiction, 102 pages
Genre:  Self Help
Publisher:  Simple Intentions
Release date:  November 7, 2014
Available for review in:  Print
Will send print books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates:  April 25 to May 20, 2016
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:  

Work-life balance has nothing to do with work. Really. It also doesn’t matter what words you use to describe it. The fact is, most people share a similar desire to create easy joy and meaningful engagement across the roles, relationships and responsibilities that make up life.

Our current habits and perceptions often get us stuck and prevent us from creating the life we desire. Get unstuck, learn the truths about work-life balance.

Buy the book:  Amazon

Jae Ellard author pic

Meet the author:  

After years in senior communication roles crafting content for executives, Jae collapsed from stress-related adrenal fatigue. This life-altering experience propelled her to research human behavior, neuroscience, mindfulness, and organizational relationship systems.

In 2008, Jae founded Simple Intentions and developed the Mindful Life™ Program, which includes four group coaching workshops to generate reflection, awareness and action at the organizational and individual levels. Jae has taught the skill of awareness to thousands of employees at multinational corporations in more than 50 countries including China, Russia, India, Japan, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, and the United States.

Jae contributes to the Awareness at Work column for Mindful Magazine, the Healthy Living section on Huffington Post as well as the Simple Intentions blog. Jae has a master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She holds certificates in co-active coaching and organizational relationship systems coaching and is the author of seven books.

Connect with the author:   Website   Twitter   Facebook

“You will be in and out of balance your entire life.”
“Work-life balance has nothing to do with work.”
The need to multi-task and try to cram as much into our already busy lifestyles has created behavioural problems, one of which is the ability to focus and to enjoy being in the present.  We are often so involved with reliving the past and imagining the future that often the simple things in our present escape us.
Jae Ellard has provided a very unique and visual guide to help us question exactly what our work-life balance should be.  Although this guide is very simple, its message is powerful.  Taking the time to reflect on its message has helped me to set priorities and limits on how to manage my time and energy. This guide would prove beneficial to those who may feel overwhelmed with life’s responsibilities and challenges or who are in a state of perpetual exhaustion and who need a little help to take control of their life again..
I look forward to reading the author’s other guides.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Book review: Dream: Clarify and Create What You Want by Marcia Wieder


Book Details:

Book Title:  Dream:  Clarify and Create What You Want by Marcia Wieder
Category:  Adult non-fiction, 232 pages
Genre:  Self Help, Personal Development, Dreams
Publisher:  Next Century Publishing
Release date:  February 2016
Available for review in:  Print, ebook (PDF)
Will send print books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates:  March 14 to April 8, 2016
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:  

Do you dare to dream? If so, you are a results-oriented person. Dream is designed to help you both transform your own life and contribute to making the world a better place. Dreaming is something you do—or should do.

You were created to create, and your ability to dream is paramount and fundamental when it comes to living a dream-come-true life. Dream will help you design a life that is the highest expression of your purpose by creating dreams in every area that matters to you, both personally and professionally.

This book will help you take real steps toward creating and achieving the dreams that matter to you most. It will help you to uncover, or recover, your purpose so that you can live with purpose—and there’s nothing that will bring you greater fulfillment.

Reading this book will help you to fully understand:

• Who you really are
• How you want your life to be
• How to develop dreams that inspire you
• How to look at your life with a fresh perspective
• How to remove fear, doubt, or other obstacles
• How to implement shortcuts and the techniques you will learn

​Dream will teach you exactly how to do these and so much more.

Buy the book:  Amazon   Barnes & Noble

Watch the Trailer:


Meet the author:

​Dream University’s CEO, Marcia Wieder is a long established thought leader on visionary thinking. As Founder of The Meaning Institute, she teaches people to create and live fulfilling lives. She’s been a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, writes for Huffington Post and is the author of 14 books. She appeared often on Oprah and was featured in her own PBS-TV show called Making Your Dreams Come True.

She has taught at Stanford’s Business School and as president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, she assisted 3 U.S. presidents. She is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and on the advisory board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Connect with the author:   Website   Twitter   Facebook


March 14 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – review
March 14 – Sarah Rehmatullah – review
March 15 – Amie’s Book Reviews – review / author interview / giveaway
March 15 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
March 16 – Book Reviews Nature Photos and Everything in Between – review / interview
March 16 – Sahar’s Blog – review
March 16 – Leigh Anderson Romance – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
March 17 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
March 18 – Heidi’s Wanderings – review / giveaway
March 21 – A Holland Reads – review / author interview / giveaway
March 22 – Take It Personel-ly – review / guest post / giveaway
March 23 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
March 24 – 3 Partners in Shopping – book spotlight / giveaway
March 25 – One Frugal Girl – review / giveaway
March 28 – The Autistic Gamer – review
March 29 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
March 30 – Readers’ Muse – review / guest post
March 31 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – book spotlight / giveaway
April 1 – – review / giveaway
April 4 –      Story Matters – review / giveaway
April 4 –       fuonlyknew – review / giveaway
April 5 –      Everyday Gyaan – review / giveaway
April 5 –      Reading Authors – review / giveaway
April 6 –      Collecting Moments – book spotlight / guest post
April 7 –     Jessica Cassidy – review / author interview / giveaway
April 8 –     Create With Joy – review / giveaway

“I Have a Dream” – Martin Luther King
“Dream:  Clarify and Create What You Want” is a tool that can be used to help us determine exactly what we would like to do with our lives.  We all dream.  Some dreams we’ve put on the back burner and others have become somewhat hazy.  Marcia teaches us how to clarify our dreams using different methods including practical approaches to help us de-clutter our lives to allow more room for our future “dream” or “personal project” to come alive.  One of the points I appreciated was to “practice emptying yourself out and clearing the clutter of your mind and life”… “if you want to achieve your dreams, you need to create space for them, not just in your closets but in yourself”.
She outlines simple exercises to help us to overcome obstacles and negative thinking. Sharing our ideas and dreams with others can open up new opportunities.  She also qualifies the concept of success – it can be both financial and philanthropical.
Although most of the examples in this book are geared toward those who have already achieved some level of success in their lives and who are financially secure, many of the practical aspects can be adapted to those who want to explore other possibilities and follow their dreams.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Book spotlight: Giving Candy to Strangers: Tips for Creating Abundance through Heart-Centered Sales by Stan Holden


Book Details:

Book Title Giving Candy to Strangers:  Tips for Creating Abundance through Heart-Centered Sales by Stan Holden
Category:  Adult non-fiction, 208 pages
Genre:  Business & Sales
Publisher:  Next Century Publishing
Release date:  November 2015
Available for review in:  Print, PDF
Will send books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: Jan 4 to 29, 2016
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Too many sales people are focused on the end result, the outcome—the close—and another notch on their gun! But, what if you approached “sales” from a heart-centered standpoint, with curiosity and playfulness, as though the world were your sandbox?

What if you created relationships for no other reason than to help others and make new friends? I know what you are saying, “How can it not be about results when it comes to business?”

The bottom line is important, but if you detach from this burden while you are creating relationships, you will find that the health of your bottomline will improve on its own!

Buy the book:  Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Book Depository   Chapters/Indigo

Stan Holden author pic

Meet the author:

Stan Holden, owner of The LooneyBin Creative Studio, has created work for many Fortune 100 companies. As a protégé, he was first published in a national magazine during the 5th grade. A graduate of California University Long Beach, his screenplay, Rebel Without A Claus, has received a “recommend” by Disney and optioned for filming. He resides in Irvine, CA, with his wife, Reneé, and their two teenagers, Sara and William.

Connect with the author:    Website   Twitter   Facebook


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Book review: Reef Libre: An In-Depth Look at Cuban Exceptionalism & the Last, Best Reefs in the World by Robert Wintner


Book Details:

Book TitleReef Libre, An In-Depth Look at Cuban Exceptionalism & the Last, Best Reefs in the World by Robert Wintner
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 266 pages
Genre: Nature, coral reefs
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release date: February 2015
Available for review in: print with 1 hour DVD or ebook (mobi for Kindle – but does not include DVD)
Will send books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: Oct 19 to Nov 13, 2015
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:

Cuba reefs host apex predators and coral cover at optimal levels. While Cuban reef vitality may be linked to economic default and no shoreline development, no agricultural pesticides or fertilizers and limited human population growth, the Castro regime is aggressively developing its reef potential.

Seas to the south are now 100% shark protected.

Most Cuba travelogues advise “getting off the beaten path,” but Reef Libre examines that path, to see where it might lead as things change. Will Cuba reefs remain protected? Or is this perilous age of natural decline a last chance to see a healthy reef system?

Robert Wintner and the Snorkel Bob Jardines de la Reina Expedition herein provide narrative insight with photos and video. First stop is the baseline: Havana urban density. Down south at Cayo Largo, reef collapse seems imminent with 600 guests changing daily, and the phosphate-laden laundry water flowing directly to the deep blue sea. Will Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism step up with the Jardines de la Reina paradigm? Rising from the Golfo de Ana María, Jardines is a thousand square miles of mangrove estuary, for ages compromised by constant extraction of its biggest predators, taken as food. Protected, it now rises on the world reef stage.

A DVD comes with the book in a paper sleeve glued to the inside cover. Reef Libre, the movie, runs about an hour.

Buy the book:    Amazon    Barnes & Noble

Watch the Trailer:

Robert Wintner author pic

Meet the author: 

Best known as Snorkel Bob in Hawaii and around the world, Robert Wintner captures Cuba above and below the surface with urgency and hope. As a pioneer in fish portraiture, Wintner demonstrated social structure and etiquette in reef society. Reef Libre goes to political context, in which human folly will squander Cuba’s reefs as well—unless natural values can at last transcend political greed. As pundits joust over who did what to whom and why, Wintner ponders reef prospects in view of political changes.

Robert Wintner has authored many novels and story collections. Reef Libre is his fourth reef commentary with photos and his first overview of survival potential in a political maelstrom. He lives and works in Hawaii, still on the front lines of the campaign to stop the aquarium trade around the world.

Connect with the author:     Website  ~   Facebook

How could Communism lead to redemption in nature?
This interesting question whet my appetite for the explanation Mr. Wintner outlines in this book.  Having snorkled and studied marine biology around the world, I was excited to see Robert Wintner’s book about Cuba.  Cuba has been on my “to-do” list as a  project for a documentary, as I am a documentary photographer.  This book serves both as a travelogue and educator in the field of marine biology, Cuban politics and lifestyle of the Cuban people today.  He also wrote about local tourism and the devastation being caused in other parts of the world due to the destructive nature of the aquarium trade.  I enjoyed both the images of Havana viejo as well as the many full-page layouts of the different fish species and corals found in the Cuban reef system.
“With uncompromised reef ecosystems, marginal acidification, limited coral bleaching, no hideous effluent and no fishing pressure – including no electronic fish-finders that devastate species in other places – Cuba reefs will draw, and that draw will benefit the Cuban people.”
The writing style was simple, informal English, written much, I suspect in the way Mr. Wintner would carry on a conversation.  I felt that this did not detract from the book’s message.  I would recommend, however, (for future books) that the text be divided into two columns when on the same page as I found reading the long lines back and forth a little laborious.
The book came together with a DVD entitled “Reef Libre – The Movie”.   The dialogue was much the same as the book with excerpts from the book in the movie version.  It was very interesting and I really enjoyed learning about fish species that I wasn’t familiar with.  The explanation about the lion fish infestation in the carribean was new to me.
I will be passing on this book and DVD to another snorkler who plans to return to Cuba and I am sure he will enjoy it as much as I did.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Book review: Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – and the World by Rachel Swaby




Rachel Swaby is a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in theRunner’s WorldWiredO, The Oprah Magazine, New, Afar, and others. She is a senior editor at Longshot magazine, the editor-in-chief of The Connective: Issue 1, a former research editor at Wired, and a past presenter at Pop-Up magazine. She lives in


About Headstrong

Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history’s brightest female scientists.

In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children.” It wasn’t until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites in orbit, and had recently been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Among the questions the obituary—and consequent outcry—prompted were, Who are the role models for today’s female scientists, and where can we find the stories that cast them in their true light?      

 delivers a powerful, global, and engaging response. Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known. This fascinating tour reveals these 52 women at their best—while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats.


From discoveries in nuclear fission to the precursor of wi-fi, the role of women in science and mathematics has been seriously under appreciated.

Headstrong relates the accounts of 52 women who have been instrumental in major breakthroughs from the 17th to 19th centuries.

A common thread throughout most of these accounts is the fact that the majority of these women were not permitted to enroll in schools of higher learning, teach (as a professor) or practice their respective skills.  Many of these extremely talented women (geniuses in fact) were not even paid for most of their careers and recognition often came decades later or not at all and many universities weren’t ready to bestoy honors of a PhD on a woman.

This book was so interesting.  Here are some of the discoveries I learned about:

Ellen Swallow Richards –  Sanitation Engineering

Tilly Edinger – paleontology / paleoneurology

Rachel Carson – Environmental legistlation

Anne McLaren – In vitro fertilization

Lise Meitner – Nuclear fission

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow – insulin and diabetes

Inge Lehmann – discovered that the earth has an inner core

Yvonne Brill – chemical propulsion (which enabled man to travel to the moon)

Sally Ride – astronaut

Maria Gaetana Agnesi – mathematician – calculus

Emmy Noether – her knowledge of the general theory of relativity was crucial to aiding Einstein’s theory of relativity and her theorem is the backbone on which all of modern physics is built.

The technical aspects of this book are easily understood and would be an asset in any school library.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”