They Went Whistling by Barbara Holland
Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades

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Throughout history there have been women, endowed with curiosity and abundant spirit, who stepped out of the cave, cast off the shackles of expectation, and struck out for new territory. In this ode to bold, brash, and sometimes just plain dangerous women, Barbara Holland reanimates those rebels who defied convention and challenged authority on a truly grand scale: they traveled the world, commanded pirate ships, spied on the enemy, established foreign countries, scaled 19,000-foot passes, and lobbied to change the Constitution. Some were merry and flamboyant; others depressive and solitary. Some dressed up as men; others cherished their Victorian gowns. Many were ambivalent or absentminded mothers. But every one of them was fearless, eccentric, and fiercely independent. Barbara Holland evokes their energy in this unconventional book that will acquaint you with the likes of Grace O’Malley, a blazing terror of the Irish seas in the 1500s, and surprise you with a fresh perspective on legends like Bonnie Parker of “Bonnie and Clyde” fame. With wit, wisdom, and irreverent flair, They Went Whistling makes a compelling case for the virtue of getting into trouble.

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About Barbara Holland

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Barbara Holland is the author of thirteen books, most recently Hail to the Chiefs-a BookSense pick-and They Went Whistling. She lives in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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In this predictable, and predictably dull, paean to Great Womyn, we meet female warriors, from Amazons to ladies who dressed in drag to fight the American Civil War.

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A girl-power version of women's history, Holland's entertaining book chronicles the lives of women who have defied convention by daring to live as career criminals, soldiers, artists and religious see

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