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March is Women's History Month. Find these biographies of notable women on the new-book shelf at the Duke Street Library.
1THE QUEEN OF KATWE: A STORY OF LIFE, CHESS, AND ONE EXTRAORDINARY GIRL'S DREAM OF BECOMING A GRANDMASTER, by Tim Crothers. The true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teen from the slums of Kampala, Uganda, who was inspired by a war refugee-turned-missionary to become an international chess champion.
2NANCY: THE STORY OF LADY ASTOR, by Adrian Fort. This portrait of the social activist and first female Member of Parliament elected to the House of Commons includes coverage of her American ancestry, her determination to introduce American ideas into British politics, and her relationships with Winston Churchill, FDR and J.M. Barrie.
3WE KILLED: THE RISE OF WOMEN IN AMERICAN COMEDY, by Yael Kohen. Traces the careers of comediennes from the past half-century and includes celebrities ranging from Joan Rivers and Lily Tomlin to Mary Tyler Moore and Tina Fey.
4MARMEE & LOUISA: THE UNTOLD STORY OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT AND HER MOTHER, by Eve LaPlante. Argues that Abigail May Alcott was the intellectual and emotional center of her daughter's world, exploding the myth that her outspoken idealist father was the source of her progressive thinking.
5ON A FARTHER SHORE: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF RACHEL CARSON, by William Souder. Marking the golden anniversary of Rachel Carson's seminal environmental tome, "Silent Spring," this biography pays tribute to the writer.