They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades

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Pantheon Books, 2001 - Social Science - 281 pages
Women weren’t supposed to take their lives into their own hands, light out by themselves, have independent, off-the-beaten-path adventures. Nonetheless, throughout history there have been women who cast off the shackles of expectation, stepped out of the cave, and slashed their way into history. Elegant, witty, sometimes hilarious, sometimes moving, always perceptive, Barbara Holland tells us the stories of women, famous and infamous, celebrated and unsung, who have stepped over the edge. Here are Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Bonnie Parker (of Bonnie and Clyde), Amelia Earhart, George Sand, Isadora Duncan, Mata Hari, Belle Starr, and their lesser-known sisters in adventure and spirit–Gertrude Bell, uncrowned queen of Iraq; Daisy Bates, Victorian anthropologist of the Australian aborigines; American pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read; Queen Jinjun of Angola.

These irrepressible adventurers, who reveled in the limitlessness of possibility and desire, are brought irresistibly to life by Barbara Holland in a book that will entrance and delight readers.

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I generally don't review books I haven't read completely, but couldn't get over my annoyance with this one. I couldn't get past the introduction, particularly the paragraph that claims all the male ... Read full review

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Old finds: Gertrude Bell, George Sand, Joan of Arc, Daisy Bates New finds: Jane Digby, Isabelle Eberhardt, Mary Kingsley, Isabelle Bird, Marianne North, Dervla Murphy, Ann Bailey, Alexandra David-Neel Read full review



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Barbara Holland is the author of several books, including Endangered Pleasures and Bingo Night at the Fire Hall. A regular columnist for Country Journal, she has also written for Smithsonian, The Washington Post, Mid-Atlantic Country, Utne Reader, Cosmopolitan, and Washingtonian. She lives in western Loudoun County, Virginia.

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