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Girl Power! Nonfiction

Learn about some amazing real women in these nonfiction books.


The roaring 20 : the first cross-country air race for women
The roaring 20 : the first cross-country air race for women

The first cross-country air race for women in 1929 took the courage and drive of a collection of ambitious aviators.


Incredible women inventors
Incredible women inventors

This accessible and intriguing volume profiles ten incredible women with the talent, intelligence, and gumption to invent -- and change the world.


Lilith's ark : teenage tales of biblical women
Lilith's ark : teenage tales of biblical women

Even in biblical times, teenaged girls and young women faced challenges, first loves, burgeoning identities, developing sexualities, and blossoming spirituality.


Go your own way : women travel the world solo
Go your own way : women travel the world solo

In these essays, twenty-three women who've traveled solo share their exhilarating stories -- the daring adventures, the comical disasters, the cultural revelations, and the powerful moments of self-discovery that can only come from being in a foreign place.


Sophisticated ladies : the great women of jazz
Sophisticated ladies : the great women of jazz

This collective biography of 14 singers begins in the 1920s with Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters and moves on through current performers Cassandra Wilson and Diana Krall.


Shady ladies : nineteen surprising and rebellious American women
Shady ladies : nineteen surprising and rebellious American women

Unsung though they may be, these defiant women challenged post-Victorian society in an era when females were second-class citizens.


Fifteen candles : 15 tales of taffeta, hairspray, drunk uncles, and other Quinceanera stories : an anthology
Fifteen candles : 15 tales of taffeta, hairspray, drunk uncles, and other Quinceanera stories : an anthology

For the uninitiated, the Quinceanera celebrates the passage of a fifteen-year-old girl into adulthood; It's a bit bat mitzvah with a dash of debutante ball, and loaded with the same potential for hilarity and adolescent angst.


Kabul Beauty School : an American woman goes behind the veil
Kabul Beauty School : an American woman goes behind the veil

After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan and opened a beauty school for women. She learned how to empower her students to become their families' breadwinners in a conservative, male-dominated society.


The women who raised me : a memoir
The women who raised me : a memoir

The author celebrates her remarkable rise out of the foster-care system to attain the American dream - and of the unlikely series of women who lifted her up in marvelous and distinctive ways.


Skater girl : a girl's guide to skateboarding
Skater girl : a girl's guide to skateboarding

From lingo and board facts to fashion advice and "The Top 10 Reasons Why Skateboarding Rocks," this book gives girls the lowdown on all the need-to-know stuff.