Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present

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Lisa Grunwald, Stephen J. Adler
Random House Publishing Group, Jan 21, 2009 - Literary Collections - 832 pages
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Historical events of the last three centuries come alive through these women’s singular correspondences—often their only form of public expression. In 1775, Rachel Revere tries to send financial aid to her husband, Paul, in a note that is confiscated by the British; First Lady Dolley Madison tells her sister about rescuing George Washington’s portrait during the War of 1812; one week after JFK’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy pens a heartfelt letter to Nikita Khrushchev; and on September 12, 2001, a schoolgirl writes a note of thanks to a
New York City firefighter, asking him, “Were you afraid?”

The letters gathered here also offer fresh insight into the personal milestones in women’s lives. Here is a mid-nineteenth-century missionary describing a mastectomy performed without anesthesia; Marilyn Monroe asking her doctor to spare her ovaries in a handwritten note she taped to her stomach before appendix surgery; an eighteen-year-old telling her mother about her decision to have an abortion the year after Roe v. Wade; and a woman writing to her parents and in-laws about adopting a Chinese baby.

With more than 400 letters and over 100 stunning photographs, Women’s Letters is a work of astonishing breadth and scope, and a remarkable testament to the women who lived–and made–history.

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User Review  - Sherri - Goodreads

Just bought this last week - I like reading letters - they seem so personal. So far its a bit slow b/c I'm in the 18th century letters, which I find a bit bland, but I think overall its amazing to read history this way. Read full review

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User Review  - Grace - Goodreads

This was a good book to read in sections. How the art of letter writing has vanished! It does include some e-mails at the end, but it's just not the same. You have to think more and have more time to think when you're writing long-hand. I have this book to loan if anyone is interested. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Lisa Grunwald is the author of the novels Whatever Makes You Happy, New Year’s Eve, The Theory of Everything, and Summer. She is a former magazine editor.

Stephen J. Adler is editor in chief of Business Week magazine and author of The Jury: Trial and Error in the American Courtroom. Grunwald and Adler live with their two children in New York City.

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