Let Me Be Frank: A Book about Women Who Dressed Like Men to Do Shit They Weren't Supposed to Do

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6.2 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 1.55 pounds

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About the Author

Tracy Dawson is an actor and writer who began her career at the world-renowned Second City in Toronto. The winner of numerous acting and writing awards, she wrote for and performed as a lead actor on the television series Call Me Fitz starring Jason Priestley, for which she won the Gemini Award and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Her play, them & us, was produced by Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto. Tracy has acted in several projects on stage and screen, including Disney Channel's Girl vs. Monster, and has sold several television projects in the United States and Canada. Born in Ottawa, she lives in Los Angeles with her life partner, Isaac, who is a dog. Let Me Be Frank is her first book.


"Stylish ink and watercolor drawings complement Dawson's amusing yet pointed biographical sketches. This spirited feminist history entertains and enlightens." -- Publishers Weekly

"[A]n easy-to-read, eye-opening look at female bravery amid the sexism and misogyny throughout history; it is funny and rousing and proud." -- Shelf Awareness

"Whether describing how women escaped enslavement, defined literary movements, ensured women can compete in judo on an Olympic level, or take to the high seas as pirates, Dawson's biographies are as informative as they are entertaining. Full-color illustrations by artist Tina Berning beautifully round out the collection." -- Booklist

"An entertaining, astonishing collection celebrating the diverse trailblazers who disguised themselves as men... Let Me Be Frank is a witty, sometimes infuriating, wholly inspiring look at the lengths that women had to go to." -- Buzzfeed

"A smart, funny journey through history that introduces us to the rule breakers who made history worth traveling through." -- Patton Oswalt, comedian, actor and author

"If you love history and you love women in history you're going to love this book. Tracy is so funny and sassy!" -- Angela Kinsey, actress (The Office)

"This book will surprise, astonish, and hopefully anger you on the lengths women have had to go to pursue their dreams. Tracy has such a gift for storytelling and making history leap off the page. Her book has a wit that suggests it was written by a man since everyone knows women aren't this funny." -- Kay Cannon, writer, producer, director (the Pitch Perfect films, Cinderella)

"[L]ike the brilliant, resourceful, rule-breaking, damn-well-stubborn sisters in Let Me Be Frank, Tracy is someone who gets the job done, and gets it done well." -- Samantha Bee, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

"A quirky volume that brings together stories of many interesting women for readers looking for a laugh and an education." -- Library Journal

"Dawson's book is a loving tribute to those who did whatever they could to show that women unbound by gender roles can survive and thrive." -- Boston Globe

"Armed with her passionate, ultra-feminist irony, a mountain of research, and an appropriately witty title, Tracy Dawson takes aim at ancient patriarchal traditions by giving fierce, rule-breaking women, both known and little-known, a voice for their defiance." -- Historical Novel Society