Book Hunters in Brief #114: Women's History Month

For readers, one of the more gratifying developments in the last several decades is that many historians have shifted their perspective from a bird's eye view of great men and events (and it was almost invariably men) to a ground level view of the way great events have affected, and were affected by, what in a less enlightened era were sometimes called "common folk."

This week, in honor of Women's History Month, Book Hunters in Brief offers six examples of just that kind of history--eminently readable stories of women that a few decades ago probably would not have been told, let alone considered history.

Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
The Lonely War by Nazila Fathi
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
Six Women of Salem by Marilynne K. Roach
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

You say you like the grandeur and gravitas of old school histories? Your loss...er...I mean, that's fine. (It really is). Tell Book Hunters what you're interested in and we'll create a reading list just for you that is chock full of books with all the epic sweep of a Ridley Scott blockbuster.