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The Happy Bottom Riding Club

Author: Lauren Kessler
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 030776964X
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Pancho Barnes was a force of nature, a woman who lived a big, messy, colorful, unconventional life. She ran through three fortunes, four husbands, and countless lovers. She outflew Amelia Earhart, outsmarted Howard Hughes, outdrank the Mexican Army, and out- maneuvered the U.S. government. In The Happy Bottom Riding Club, award-winning author Lauren Kessler tells the story of a high-spirited, headstrong woman who was proud of her successes, unabashed by her failures, and the architect of her own legend. Florence "Pancho" Barnes was a California heiress who inherited a love of flying from her grandfather, a pioneer balloonist in the Civil War. Faced with a future of domesticity and upper-crust pretensions, she ran away from her responsibilities as wife and mother to create her own life. She cruised South America. She trekked through Mexico astride a burro. She hitchhiked halfway across the United States. Then, in the late 1920s, she took to the skies, one of a handful of female pilots. She was a barnstormer, a racer, a cross-country flier, and a Hollywood stunt pilot. She was, for a time, "the fastest woman on earth," flying the fastest civilian airplane in the world. She was an intimate of movie stars, a script doctor for the great director Erich von Stroheim, and, later in life, a drinking buddy of the supersonic jet jockey Chuck Yeager. She ran a wild and wildly successful desert watering hole known as the Happy Bottom Riding Club, the raucous bar and grill depicted in The Right Stuff. In The Happy Bottom Riding Club, Lauren Kessler presents a portrait, both authoritative and affectionate, of a woman who didn't play by women's rules, a woman of large appetites--emotional, financial, and sexual--who called herself "the greatest conversation piece that ever existed." From the Hardcover edition.

Women Aviators

Author: Karen Bush Gibson
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613745400
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Profiles the lives and careers of twenty-six women who were pioneers in the field of aviation.

Between The Covers A Revue Of Books Related To Will Rogers

Author: Leland Wilson
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1365754987
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-Between the Covers, A Revue of Books Related to Will Rogers- is a bibliography of more than one thousand Rogers-related books including a summary and/or description of each book. This compilation covers works by Rogers, anthologies of articles about him, books concerning other individuals but which mention him, reference works, and even books on cooking and art. Users of this comprehensive work can turn to sections focused on the several identifications of the man: Native American, radio commentator, film actor, writer, aviation enthusiast, public speaker, stage performer, humorist, and philosopher.

Encyclopedia Of Women In The American West

Author: Gordon Moris Bakken
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1452265267
Size: 59.70 MB
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The Encyclopedia of Women of the American West captures the lives of more than 150 women who made their mark from the mid-1800s to the present, contextualizing their experiences and contributions to American society. Including many women profiled for the first time, the encyclopedia offers immense value and interest to practicing historians as well as students and the public.

Women In American History A Social Political And Cultural Encyclopedia And Document Collection 4 Volumes

Author: Peg A. Lamphier
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610696034
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This four-volume set documents the complexity and richness of women's contributions to American history and culture, empowering all students by demonstrating a more populist approach to the past. • Provides significantly more detail than typical reference works on women's history and culture, enabling readers to better appreciate the contributions of women of all socio-cultural statuses • Covers the astounding range of American women's experience, including women of various economic and racial statuses, religious affiliations, political and ideological identifications, and sexualities • Includes a significant selection of primary documents, thereby combining the educational power of secondary and primary literature to create a richer learning experience for users

Contemporary Authors

Author: Pamela Dear
Publisher: Gale Cengage
ISBN: 9780787646066
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pIn response to the escalating need for up-to-date information on writers, IContemporary Authors New Revision /I Series brings researchers the most recent data on the world's most-popular authors. These exciting and unique author profiles are essential to your holdings because sketches are entirely revised and up-to-date, and completely replace the original IContemporary Authors /I entries. pFor your convenience, a soft-cover cumulative index is sent biannually.

Amelia Earhart

Author: Doris L. Rich
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 1588343820
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She died mysteriously before she was forty. Yet in the last decade of her life Amelia Earhart soared from obscurity to fame as the best-known female aviator in the world. She set record after record—among them, the first trans-Atlantic solo flight by a woman, a flight that launched Earhart on a double career as a fighter for women's rights and a tireless crusader for commercial air travel. Doris L. Rich's exhaustively researched biography downplays the “What Happened to Amelia Earhart?” myth by disclosing who Amelia Earhart really was: a woman of three centuries, born in the nineteenth, pioneering in the twentieth, and advocating ideals and dreams relevant to the twenty-first.