GREAT DAMES: What I Learned From Older Women, by Marie Brenner,
is a book that truly inspires. Brenner presents a unique selection
of powerful women who prove that life is what we make it. She has
chosen and highlighted the lives of 10 women who have made major
impacts on our culture and our country.
Among Brenner's profiles are Kay Thompson whose creation of Eloise
is a literary achievement that touches all young readers hearts,
Constance Baker Motley who changed American history when she argued
Brown versus the Board of Education before the US Supreme Court,
and Jacqueline Onassis whose personal character redefined grace and
courage for America. This is just a sampling of Brenner's unique
selection of women's lives that provide motivation and
encouragement to all readers as she shares their personal stories.
The author highlights each woman's distinctive traits in an honest
and objective manner.
GREAT DAMES: What I Learned From Older Women explains some of the
reasons why these women have enjoyed successful and full lives.
Brenner's honest depiction presents these women in an undistorted
light. The portraits show their shortcomings as well as their
strengths. Each portrayal provides an opportunity to learn more
about these people who have defined and achieved success on their
own terms. Brenner's intimate portraits reveal the qualities and
characteristics that helped to determine their private as well as
GREAT DAMES: What I Learned From Older Women is a selection that
brings women's achievements to the forefront and belongs on every
woman's reading list. It is a must-read for women seeking
enlightenment and motivation, while promising to provide hours of
discussion for every book club.
Reviewed by Colleen Griffin on January 22, 2011
Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Women