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Title:
Extraordinary women of the American West
Author:
Alter, Judy, 1938-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Children's Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Summary:
Chronicles the exploits and achievements of more than fifty women in the past and present of America's West, including the guide and interpreter Sacajawea, journalist Jessie Benton Fremont, and author Willa Cather.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.9 12.0 41134.
ISBN:
9780516209746
Format :
Book

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Chronicles the exploits and achievements of more than fifty women in the past and present of America's West, including the guide and interpreter Sacajawea, journalist Jessie Benton Fremont, and author Willa Cather.


Author Notes

Judy Alter was born in 1938. She earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, followed by a Ph.D. in English with special interest in the literature of the American West from Texas Christian University, and an M.Ed. in English from Truman State University.

Alter is an author of books for adults and young readers. Her novel Mattie won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America as the best western novel of 1987; Luke and the Van Zandt County War was named the best juvenile of 1984 by the Texas Institute of Letters. Fool Girl and Sue Ellen Learns to Dance, won the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, with Sue Ellen also winning a Spur from WWA.

Alter has been director of TCU Press Texas, since 1987. She is a past president of Western Writers of America and served several years as secretary-treasurer of the Texas Institute of Letters. In 1989 the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women named her one of the Outstanding Women of Fort Worth.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-10. More than 50 women, from the eighteenth century to modern times, are profiled in this ambitious volume, commendable for its multicultural perspective. Following a somewhat loose definition of what constitutes the "West," Alter introduces a diverse group of women, from the expected Sacajawea and Carry Nation to missionary Narcissa Whitman and Indian rights activist Sarah Winnemucca. The lively prose and fascinating photos will engage readers, as will the variety of careers and contributions, from cowgirls and outlaws to housekeepers and artists. However, seemingly determined to portray these women positively, the profiles are more often puff pieces that lightly gloss over or leave out sexuality issues, illegal behaviors, and political controversies. With its excellent bibliography, the book is recommended as a stepping stone for further research; Web sites and a list of related museums are also included. --Shelle Rosenfeld


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-Starting in the late 1700s and moving through to the present day, this title examines the lives and accomplishments of more than 60 women. Each three- to four-page entry covers the subject's childhood, work, achievements, and/or reason for her notoriety. Alter has drawn together people of various accomplishments, vocations, or inclinations including suffragette, smuggler, good Samaritan, artist, author, congresswoman, attorney, cowgirl, gambler, and athlete. Sacajawea, Carry Nation, Annie Oakley, Willa Cather, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Pat Schroeder are among the well-known figures. Lesser-known entries include Edna Gladney, Etta Place, Esther Morris, La Tules, and Lillian Riggs. Average-quality black-and-white photographs and reproductions, at least one per person, illustrate the volume. These brief biographies may be just the ticket to pique readers' interest and send them looking for more information.-Debbie Feulner, Northwest Middle School, Greensboro, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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