ALMOST FAMOUS WOMEN (Scribner) brings to life women who have been forgotten over the past century. Author Megan Mayhew Bergman makes right the wrong she feels has been done by forgetting these fascinating women who have until now been reduced to footnotes in history.
Among those featured, sisters Daisy and Violet Hilton who grew up physically attached and were paraded around as “The Pretty Grown-Together Children” singer-dancers in the early 1930s. MB “Joe” Carstairs was a power boat racer known for speed and her eccentric lifestyle. Hazel Marion Eaton circled at 60 mph on her motorcycle in Hager’s Wall of Death in 1927. Allegra Byron, the illegitimate daughter of British poet Lord Byron and Claire Clairmont was sent to live with the Capuchin Sisters in 1817 against her mother’s wishes. Romaine Brookes painted mainly portraiture in the 1920s, but died without creating art for over forty years. “We are what we can be, not what we ought to be.” Only now, is her art being rediscovered and appreciated for its unique technique.
Bergman explores the individual sacrifice made by each woman in order to be a pioneer, live uniquely and in some cases dangerously in her current time. She creates narratives around each subject based on research from dozens of books she lists at the end of ALMOST FAMOUS WOMEN.
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ALMOST FAMOUS WOMEN will be published January 6th. Now is the perfect time to pre-order your copy on-line or at your local book store.
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