Wild Women in the White House: The Formidable Females Behind the Throne, on the Phone, and (sometimes) Under the Bed

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Conari Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Humor - 211 pages
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Part Irreverent Portrait Gallery, part exuberant expose, Wild Women in the White House introduces an unforgettable array of feisty first ladies and mutinous housekeepers, bigamist brides, subversive office seekers, and, of course, the ever-burgeoning bevy of backdoor paramours who have held (or at least briefly handled) the reins of executive power.
Rollicking and revealing, this latest gem from the author of Wild Women and Wild Words from Wild Women offers an eye-opening journey into the realm of the eclectic sisterhood whose outrageous words and deeds have rocked the fusty old foundations of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ... and sometimes the entire nation.

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User Review  - rampaginglibrarian - LibraryThing

This is a fun little book of stories, biographies, anecdotes, quotes, etc, about the first ladies (and other women important to the presidents) from the wild women series--i'm not sure about the ... Read full review



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Autumn Stephens was born in a New Mexico mining community whose population began to dwindle shortly after her arrival (though she swears this was mere coincidence) and finally faded from the map altogether. She spent the rest of her childhood in Eugene, Oregon. Initially, she intended to become a psychologist, but when she noticed that her introductory psych classes at Stanford University tended to focus on the behavior of rats rather than that of human beings, she signed up as a Creative Writing major instead. During several subsequent years as an after-hours creative writer/daytime wage-slave, Stephens worked as a medical coder, a phone sex script writer, a composer of fraudulent Tarot prognostications, and something called a "special investigator" for the State Bar of California. More than any other experience, however, her stint as an old-fashioned legal secretary (among other absurdities, the job involved the daily composition of a heart-healthy salad for a high-maintenance male boss) honed the deliciously snide feminist sensibility which informs Stephens' writing today. (Well, okay, growing up more or less concurrently with the women's movement of the 1960s and 1970s helped too.) Stephens is the author of the popular "Wild Women" books published by Conari Press, including "Wild Women, Wild Women in the White House, Wild Words from Wild Women, Loose Cannons, Drama Queens", and "Out of the Mouths of Babes". Stephens also freelances for magazines, reviews women's writing for the "San Francisco Chronicle", and enjoys an entirely attorney-free lifestyle. Currently, she lives in Berkeley, California--a city which she would like better were it not for an uncharacteristically restrictive ordinance against raising miniature pigs in one's backyard. Her hobbies are sleeping and reading trashy celebrity magazines.

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