Before Women Had Wings

Before Women Had Wings
Author: Connie May Fowler
Publisher:
Total Pages: 322
Release: 1999
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780804118903


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A nine-year-old girl's harrowing account of abuse at the hands of her parents. Her name is Avocet Jackson, but her mother called her Bird, naming both her children after birds, "her logic being that if we were named for something with wings then maybe we'd be able to fly above the shit in our lives."

The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Publisher: Penguin
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2014-01-07
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0698175247


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The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection: this special eBook edition of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd features exclusive content, including Oprah’s personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements. Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved. Please note there is another digital edition available without Oprah’s notes. Go to Oprah.com/bookclub for more OBC 2.0 content

The Women with Silver Wings

The Women with Silver Wings
Author: Katherine Sharp Landdeck
Publisher: Crown
Total Pages: 466
Release: 2021-03-30
Genre: History
ISBN: 1524762822


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“With the fate of the free world hanging in the balance, women pilots went aloft to serve their nation. . . . A soaring tale in which, at long last, these daring World War II pilots gain the credit they deserve.”—Liza Mundy, New York Times bestselling author of Code Girls “A powerful story of reinvention, community and ingenuity born out of global upheaval.”—Newsday When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Cornelia Fort was already in the air. At twenty-two, Fort had escaped Nashville’s debutante scene for a fresh start as a flight instructor in Hawaii. She and her student were in the middle of their lesson when the bombs began to fall, and they barely made it back to ground that morning. Still, when the U.S. Army Air Forces put out a call for women pilots to aid the war effort, Fort was one of the first to respond. She became one of just over 1,100 women from across the nation to make it through the Army’s rigorous selection process and earn her silver wings. The brainchild of trailblazing pilots Nancy Love and Jacqueline Cochran, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) gave women like Fort a chance to serve their country—and to prove that women aviators were just as skilled as men. While not authorized to serve in combat, the WASP helped train male pilots for service abroad, and ferried bombers and pursuits across the country. Thirty-eight WASP would not survive the war. But even taking into account these tragic losses, Love and Cochran’s social experiment seemed to be a resounding success—until, with the tides of war turning, Congress clipped the women’s wings. The program was disbanded, the women sent home. But the bonds they’d forged never failed, and over the next few decades they came together to fight for recognition as the military veterans they were—and for their place in history.

Before Women Had Wings

Before Women Had Wings
Author: Dorothy B. Schweitzer
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 371
Release: 2010-07-27
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1453526943


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Women Without Wings is a study of the lives of three young women and their mothers who lived out their lives in a time when Vietnam standards of gentility dictated the conduct of all classes. These standards did indeed insure that women had clipped wings. Myra, Anne, and "Pet" are of marriageable age the summer they received invitations to a house party, the social event of the season. This event took the happy thoughtless days of the three teenagers to the realization they were caught within the structured world that defined their behavior and had the power to choose their life partner. As the story unfolds against the background of upper-class life in the years following the civil war, we see how circumstances begin to shape the lives of the three girls whose wings are symbolically clipped. We see each girl handling the situation differently. Myra defies, Anne manipulates the system, and "Pet" succumbs and in deteriorating health; dies. This message of mothers and daughters still resonate in a powerful way for women who, today, have wings.

Before Women Had Wings

Before Women Had Wings
Author: Connie May Fowler
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 1997-04
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781417714209


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Avocet Abigail Jackson employs a number of devices to enable her to endure an increasingly violent childhood that only gets worse after her father commits suicide and her mother becomes an alcoholic.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
Author: Sherry Beck Paprocki
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 113
Release: 2009
Genre: Actors
ISBN: 1438100949


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* Critically acclaimed biographies of history's most notable African-Americans * Straightforward and objective writing * Lavishly illustrated with photographs and memorabilia * Essential for multicultural studies

Florida on the Boil

Florida on the Boil
Author: Kenneth F. Kister
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 321
Release: 2007
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1425717268


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Provides incisive reviews of more than 300 recommended novels and short-story collections set in Florida. Numerous Florida fiction writers, past and present, are represented in the book, including such diverse talents as Edna Buchanan, Harry Crews, Connie May Fowler, and others.--Excerpted from book cover.

When Women Have Wings

When Women Have Wings
Author: Donna F. Murdock
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2008
Genre: Feminism
ISBN: 0472050354


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Based on sixteen months of ethnographic field research in a working-class women's community center run by a local feminist NGO, this account provides both working- and middle-class women's perspectives on the professionalization of feminist NGOs and the process as it unfolds. The author describes the encounters between working- and middle-class women and how the women's center attempts to negotiate the pressures of feminism and professionalization. Murdock depicts the frailty and complexity of cross-class organizing and the ways that this process may be threatened by professionalized NGO styles.

Ebony

Ebony
Author:
Publisher:
Total Pages: 196
Release: 1997-10
Genre:
ISBN:


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EBONY is the flagship magazine of Johnson Publishing. Founded in 1945 by John H. Johnson, it still maintains the highest global circulation of any African American-focused magazine.

Dear Mommy, I Just Called to Say I Love You

Dear Mommy, I Just Called to Say I Love You
Author: Shirley E. Gordon
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2011-03-14
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1456873636


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