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In full bloom : tales of women in their prime
Creeden, Sharon, 1938-
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Publication Information:
Little Rock, AR : August House Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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GR470 .C74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GR470 .C74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Here is a celebration of mature women--women whom author Sharon Creeden likens to fully opened blossoms. A professional storyteller, Creeden draws on folktales, her stock-in-trade, to illuminate female heroism and life issues women face, including childbirth, aging, and death.

Author Notes

Sharon Creeden is a storyteller based in Seattle and Phoenix. In her previous book, Fair Is Fair: World Folktales of Justice (winner of the Aesop Prize given by the American Folklore Society), she drew on her experiences as a deputy prosecuting attorney in King County, Washington. In Full Bloom grew out of her performances and workshops for women's groups.

Table of Contents

Naomi Baltuck
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 15
1. Sharing Our Wealthp. 21
Bread and Roses (Hungary)
Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage: She Gave Away Millions
2. Shielding Our Husbandsp. 25
The Cunning of Finn's Wife (Ireland)
Edith Bolling Wilson: She Ran the White House
3. Protecting Our Daughtersp. 31
Demeter and Persephone (Greece)
Elizabeth Morgan: She Went to Jail to Protect Her Daughter
4. Reviving Our Peoplep. 39
Spider Brings the Fire (Cherokee People)
Wilma Pearl Mankiller: She Led the Cherokee Nation
5. Delivering Our Babiesp. 43
The Fairies' Midwife (Scotland)
Onnie Lee Logan: She Was a "Granny" Midwife
6. Healing Our Sickp. 47
Godmother Death (Mexico)
Teresa Urrea: She Rose from the Dead to Heal Her People
7. Comforting Our Grievingp. 53
Beruriah's Jewels (Israel)
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy: She Helped the Nation Grieve
8. Performing Miraclesp. 57
Saint Brigid's Cloak (Ireland)
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini: She Performed a Practical Miracle
9. Teaching Our Childrenp. 61
Most Honored (United States)
Mary McLeod Bethune: She Opened a School for African-American Children on $1.50
10. Giving Birth in Old Agep. 65
Elisabeth, MOther of John the Baptist (Bible)
Arlette Schweitzer: She Gave Birth to Her Own Gradchildren
11. Loving Our Stepchildrenp. 71
The Lion's Whiskers (Ethiopia)
Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln: She Was Stepmother to a President
12. Seeking Justicep. 77
The Lady and the Unjust Judge (Turkey)
Belva Ann Lockwood: She Overturned an Unjust Judge
13 Doing Our Partp. 83
Holding up the Sky (China)
Justine Merritt: She Tied a Peace Ribbon around the Pentagon
14. Following Our Men Into Warp. 87
The Cruel War is Raging (American Civil War Folksong)
Margaret Cochran Corbin: She Fought in Place of Her Fallen Husband
15. Preserving Our Wisdomp. 91
The Wise Old Woman (Rumania)
Maggie Kuhn: She Founded the Gray Panthers
Not Roses
1. Breaking Free of Conventionp. 99
Lilith (Israel)
Mae West: She Was Hollywood's Sexy, Independent Star
2. Fighting for Freedomp. 105
Boadicea: Warrior Queen (Ancient Britain)
Lozen: Apache Warrior: She Was an Apache Woman Warrior
3. Welcoming Widowhoodp. 111
The Really Dangerous Post (United States)
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton: She Was a Merry Widow
4. Seeking Revengep. 115
Perfect Justice (Urban Legend)
Marilyn Nichols Kane: She Brought a Deadbeat Dad to Justice
5. Getting the Job Donep. 119
The Old Woman and her Maids (Greece)
Grandmother and the Rooster: She Rescued the Seed Corn
6. Outwitting Home Intrudersp. 123
The Old Woman and the Tengu (Japan)
Lydia Barrington Darragh: She Spied for the Revolutionary Army
7. Demanding Our Rightsp. 129
The Daughters of Zelophehad (The Woman's Bible)
Julia Smith and Abby Smith: These Sisters and Their Cows Were Forerunners in the Women's Rights Movement
8. Leaving Abuse Behindp. 133
Hina, the Woman in the Moon (Hawaii)
Tina Turner: She Left an Abusive Marriage and Became an Even Bigger Star
9. Predicting the Futurep. 137
Biddy Early's Bottle (Ireland)
Zsuzsanna Emese Budapest: She Was Arrested for Reading Tarot Cards
10. Savoring Lifep. 141
Clever Gretel (Germany)
Alice B. Toklas: She Cooked for Gertrude Stein
11. Casting a Spellp. 145
Br'er Rabbit and Mammy-Bammy Big-Money (United States)
Marie Laveau: She Was the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans
12. Agitating for the Workersp. 151
The Gypsy Woman (England)
Sarah G. Bagley: She Organized the Mill Girls
13. Befriending Felinesp. 157
Why Cat Lives with Woman (Africa)
Mabel Stark: She Was a Tiger Trainer for the Circus
14. Taking a Gamblep. 161
The Bucca-Boo (Wales)
Poker Alice: She Was a Legendary Gambler in the West
15. Living a Long Lifep. 165
Aunt Misery (Puerto Rico)
Sadie and Bessie Delany: They Shared Secrets of Long Life
Notesp. 171