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The dictionary of lost words

a novel
Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Young Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word bondmaid flutters beneath the table. She rescues the slip, and when she learns that the word means "slave girl," she begins to collect other words that have been discarded or neglected by the dictionary men. As she grows up, Esme realizes that words and meanings relating to women's and common folks' experiences often go unrecorded. And so she begins in earnest to search out words for her own dictionary: the Dictionary of Lost Words. To do so she must leave the sheltered world of the university and venture out to meet the people whose words will fill those pages.

My shot

balancing it all and standing tall
"The professional basketball player and 2016 Olympic gold medalist shares her . . . story of overcoming the challenges of competitive sports through balancing hard work and the support of family"--OCLC.

Charlotta Bass

"This book provides young readers with a brief glimpse into the life of African American educator, newspaper publisher, and civil rights activist, Charlotta Bass"--OCLC.

Fossil hunter

how Mary Anning changed the science of prehistoric life
A biography of paleontologist Mary Anning, discussing her childhood in which she would dig along the beach and under cliffs with her father, how she studied fossil anatomy and expertly prepared her specimens for sale, and more.

Taylor Swift

Explores the personal life and career of singer Taylor Swift. Includes a glossary, text-related questions, and resources for further information.

Sloane Stephens

Describes the life and career of professional tennis player Sloane Stephens. Discusses her childhood, rise to fame, career achievements, and charitable efforts. Includes statistics, color photographs, a glossary, and further resources.

Environmental activist Wangari Maathai

Briefly explores the life and work of Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai, a girl who decided to help her community learn about why cutting down too many trees is bad and raised money to pay women in her village to plant trees and start the Green Belt Movement.

Around America to win the vote

two suffragists, a kitten, and 10,000 miles
Presents a picture book depiction of the true story of Nell Richardson and Alice Burke's cross-country journey in 1916 aimed at gaining support of women's right to vote. Includes a map and resources for further information.

Women's roles

Presents a collection of essays selected from the "New York Times" that looks at the change in women's roles in American society.

Women v. religion

the case against faith--and for freedom
"Throughout history, religion has been used as a tool of female subjugation. Women have been deemed less worthy than men, have been prevented from owning property, and worse all in the name of a higher power. In recent decades, women have made progress in terms of equal rights with men, at least in Western democracies, but still, why has the United States never had a female president? why aren't more women heads of fortune 500 companies? why do politicians in the West continue to attack women's reproductive rights? As this volume explores, it would be hard to find a bigger culprit than religion when identifying the last cultural barriers t full gender equality. With topics ranging from subjugation of women in the Bible to the shame and guilt felt by women due to religious teaching, this volume makes clear that only by rejecting the very system that limits their autonomy will women be fully liberated from its malignant influences, not just in codified law but alos in cultural practice"--Provided by publisher.


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