Book Review: Legends: Women Who Have Changed the World Through the Eyes of Great Women Writers

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Published in 1998, this book is as relevant as ever given the current movement of female empowerment and charge of women’s rights. A broad collection of essays written by famed female writers celebrate fifty imperfect, yet incredibly talented, women of public acclaim.

Influential writers include (in no particular order): Maya Angelou, Joan Didion, Gloria Steinem, Isabella Rossellini, and so many more. A sample of women celebrated include (again, in no particular order): Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Harriet Tubman, Frida Kahlo, Oprah Winfrey, Anne Frank, Julia Child. Diversities are real, which is why I liked the range within the pages showcasing how achieving in a particular field may look.

As an aesthetic bonus, each woman written about features a monochrome photograph of themselves. Exceptional photographers who contributed include Annie Lebovitz, Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, etc. (Basically, this book is packed with gifted people.)

Review: I do not remember how this book fell into my hands, but I am glad it did. It is a classy rendition of a celebrity magazine. Engrossing because we are often familiar with the females mentioned. And the ones unknown capture attention in a curious quest to be known, given their celebrity.

One aspect I appreciate about a book like this is how easily you can read a story or two, then bookmark and set aside for next time. Even reading stories out of order, or skipping a story entirely, still preserves the overall integrity and theme of the book. As a note, if I had tried reading the entire material in one sitting, I am fairly certain it would have been overload.

Anyone desiring more knowledge of women who made modern day legendary contributions, I recommend this book.

 
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