Ada Blackjack. By Jennifer Niven.
This riveting account of 23-year-old Ada Blackjack, who with four men,
ventured into the Arctic on a 1921 top-secret expedition and was the soul
returning survivor two years later.
Based on documents and Ada's own diaries this true-life tale is of legendary
and heroic proportions.
Among Stone Giants, The Life of Katherine Routledge and Her Remarkable
Expedition to Easter Island. By Jo Anne Tilburg.
A great biography about Katherine Routledge who was one of the first women
graduates of Oxford College, the first woman archaeologist to work in
Polynesia and led the first-ever excavations of Easter Island. However,
at the end of her life she was considered insane and died isolated in
an asylum. Routledge led turbulent yet important life that is well documented
in this book.
Amelia Earhart. A Biography. By Doris L. Rich.
A great adventure woman, Amelia Earhart set many legendary aviation records
and was a courageous female pioneer. However, she mysteriously disappeared
before the age of forty in the height of her fame. A page turner; read
about Earhart growing up in poverty with an alcoholic father and dropping
out of college three time before hitting the big time. Enthralling read.
Artemisia. By Alexandra Lapierre.
Bold, determined and independent; Artemisia Gentileschi was a woman who
broke boundaries and defied convention making her an adventure woman.
An artist in the early 1600s, she defied convention by testifying (even
after being tortured) against the man who raped her. The Metropolitan
Museum of art recently had an exhibition of her extraordinary paintings.
This is a book detailing a woman of scandal and strength.
East to the Dawn. By Susan Butler.
The biography examines aviator, Amelia Earhart's personal life, career
and mysterious last flight. Based on ten years of thorough research; the
book brings to life the legendary first woman to fly across the Atlantic
The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley. By Glenda Riley.
A biography of the legendary and complex Annie Oakley who, after the death
of her father, helped provide for her six siblings by becoming a hunter
and a trapper. However, it was her phenomenal marksmanship that led to
her star status in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. Oakley was independent
and fearless; encouraging other women to take up shooting for food and
protection. An example of a true American adventure woman.
Louise Arner Boyd: Arctic Explorer. By Durlynn Anema.
At the age of thirty-two-years-old, Louise Arner Boyd's parents and two
brothers had died leaving her alone with a vast inheritance. In the spirit
of Roald Amundsen and Richard Byrd, she became the first woman to explore
the arctic regions. Her unconventional life is reflective of both the
polar movement and the women's rights movement. Hers is a memorable story
of an important and daring adventure woman in history.
Margaret Bourke-White. By Sean Callahan.
Phenomenal photography bursts from these large-format pages. The photography
of Margaret Bourke-White is riveting. A true adventure woman, she traveled
the world recording what was happening around the globe from 1920 to 1950.
Beautiful, historical and moving; this book is a keeper.
The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh. By Linda Colley.
A peak into the tumultuous life of an eighteenth-century adventurer. From
luxurious living to bankruptcy; Marsh shows courage and pluck in her endeavors.
She is the first woman to publish in English on Morocco and to extensively
explore eastern and southern India. Born in Jamaica, Marsh lived in Menorca,
Rio de Janeiro and the Cape of Africa. An interesting read about a woman
who was truly global and living without boarders.
Passionate Nomad, The Life of Freya Stark. By Jane Fletcher Geniesse.
One of the best-known women travelers of the twentieth century, Freya
Stark is brave, fearsome, charming but most all interesting. The biography
is a New York Times Notable Book and a Pen Award Finalist.