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Great Second Acts: In Praise of Older Women (From the bestselling author of Women of Means)

Great Second Acts: In Praise of Older Women (From the bestselling author of Women of Means)

by Marlene Wagman-Geller


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#1 New Release in Biographies & Memoirs and Educators ─ Empowering biographies of older women in history

A feminist and motivational collection of stories: Antony said of Cleopatra, “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale/Her infinite variety.” Shakespeare’s sentiment can be applied to the women profiled in Great Second Acts who refused to be defined by the dates on their birth certificates. Their lives are testimony that one can be feisty after fifty and to those who think otherwise, in the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “I dissent.”

Biographies of leadership and female empowerment: Marlene Wagman-Geller, author of Once Again to Zelda and Behind Every Great Man, presents a fascinating collection of biographical vignettes of dozens of women of a certain age who have excelled, inspired and achieved. Learn how these women changed their respective fields of art, politics, science, mathematics, media, literature, activism, education, and more.

Motivational achievements: From actresses, yoga teachers, folk artists to business women, prime ministers, monarchs and authors, these group of exceptional women will illustrate that women can achieve anything no matter their age. Be motivated by their grit, perseverance, and passion. Readers will find:

  • Biographies of influential women such as Prime Minister Margert Thatcher, chef Julia Child, Mother Teressa, feminist Gloria Steinem, actress Rita Moreno, inventor Ruth Handler, Judge Judy Sheindlin, and many more
  • Empowering quotes from strong women who refused to be kept down
  • Motivational, inspirational and educational stories of older women

Written in an accessible narrative style, readers of all ages will enjoy Wagman-Geller’s entertaining storytelling prose of these remarkable women. An excellent gift for students, mothers, sisters or friends, Great Second Acts will endure and delight.

Learn the history of older women who changed the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633538221
Publisher: Mango Media
Publication date: 10/31/2018
Series: Celebrating Women
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 593,493
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Marlene Wagman-Geller received her B.A. from York University and her teaching credentials from the University of Toronto and San Diego State University. Currently she teaches high school English in National City, California. Reviews from her first three books (Penguin/Perigree) have appeared in the New York Times and the Associated Press article was picked up in dozens of newspapers such as the Denver Post, the Huffington Post, and the San Diego Tribune.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Best Is Yet to Be 14

Chapter 1 Rainbow (1860) 20

Chapter 2 Know It Was Not Easy (1894) 26

Chapter 3 The Female of the Species (1898) 32

Chapter 4 On and On (1893) 38

Chapter 5 Life as Theater (1896) 44

Chapter 6 The Only Stone Left Unturned (1905) 50

Chapter 7 A Nobel / Noble Woman (1909) 56

Chapter 8 I Am Unworthy (1910) 62

Chapter 9 Chocolate (1912) 68

Chapter 10 If Those Hats Could Talk (1912) 71

Chapter 11 The Bumblebee (1916 or 1918) 80

Chapter 12 Namaste (1918) 86

Chapter 13 In Dixie (1923) 92

Chapter 14 Bon Appétit (1924) 98

Chapter 15 Geraniums (1925) 104

Chapter 16 78651 (1927) 110

Chapter 17 Mr. Bojangles (1928) 116

Chapter 18 An Extraordinary Woman (1929) 122

Chapter 19 Lead Once More (1929) 128

Chapter 20 Viva La Causa (1930) 134

Chapter 21 Said Sister Megan Never (1930) 140

Chapter 22 The Jet (1931) 146

Chapter 23 Live Long and Prosper (1932) 152

Chapter 24 A Room of One's Own (1933) 158

Chapter 25 The Book of Ruth (1933) 164

Chapter 26 Special Place in Hell (1937) 170

Chapter 27 Atticus Finch (1937) 176

Chapter 28 Order in the Court (1942) 182


They Rock 188

"Warning" Jenny Joseph 192

Bibliography Marlene Wagman-Geller 218

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