A Useful Woman: The Early Life of Jane Addams

Gioia Diliberto (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$54.00
Publisher
Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
July 01, 1999
Pages
320
Dimensions
6.45 X 1.09 X 9.58 inches | 1.33 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780684853659
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About the Author

Gioia Diliberto has written biographies of Jane Addams, Hadley Hemingway, and Brenda Frazier, as well as the critically acclaimed novels I Am Madame X and The Collection. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family.

Reviews

Alex Kotlowitz author of The Other Side of the River and There Are No Children Here Gioia Diliberto's A Useful Woman is both trenchant and sobering. A masterful storyteller, Diliberto introduces us to a Jane Addams who seems, well, so human, someone who struggled with her personal life as she battled the powers-that-be of the day. The gift of this book, though, is that Addams was indeed an American hero whose perspective on social inequities seems so relevant a century later.
Geraldine Ferraro former member of Congress A Useful Woman was not only an interesting read but was thought-provoking on a number of levels. Jane Addams was an exceptional woman who was torn between her desire to make a difference for others and the constraints that society forced on her as woman by the period in which she lived. That she overcame the latter with remarkable success is a fascinating story.
Studs Terkel author of The Good War and My American Century Here is not the mythic Jane Addams, but one of vulnerable flesh. A portrait of a woman of the late nineteenth century busting through the Victorian corset to become the social pioneer of the twentieth. An excellent study.
Blanche Wiesen Cook author of Eleanor Roosevelt, Volumes I and II, and Distinguished Professor at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY The early life of Jane Addams is a vivid and captivating read filled with new information. Everyone interested in women's history, a future of decency and justice, will be inspired by Gioia Diliberto's biography.
Reeve Lindbergh author of Under a Wing In Gioia Diliberto's charming and honest account of her life, work, and spirit, the formidable Jane Addams is restored to us as a real person: a fascinating, vulnerable, intelligent, funny, and above all, deeply principled human being.