Women social reformers
Nov 19, 2012 — Novelist Richard Mason explores belle epoque pleasures, biographer Jean Baker champions sex educator Margaret Sanger, journalist A.J. Jacobs gets healthy, comedian Bill Cosby outsmarts his grandkids, and writer Geoff Dyer takes on filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.
May 25, 2010 — Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown shares with Renee Montagne the best things she's been reading lately about seduction by Facebook and some altruistic acts of exposure.
May 18, 2010 — Ayaan Hirsi Ali arrived in the Netherlands as a refugee — from East Africa, an arranged marriage, and from a religion she describes as tantamount to slavery. In her book, Nomad, she takes her journey to the U.S., and stresses the importance of reclaiming Islam from within.
Dec 23, 2009 — Many of the picks from Fresh Air's book critic look back at tough times from earlier eras, or lives upended by disaster. The best books of the year include a work of nonfiction that reveals the hidden fantasy land of a founder of American industry, and a novel that doesn't apologize for the bad behavior of its characters. Plus, a bonus mystery pick.
Apr 16, 2009 — Kirstin Downey's lively new biography of Francis Perkins, President Franklin Roosevelt's controversial pick for Secretary of Labor, is called The Woman Behind the New Deal. Downey's book not only illuminates Perkins' career but also deepens popular understanding of Roosevelt's character.
Apr 16, 2009 — Kirstin Downey's biography of FDR's Labor Secretary Frances Perkins paints an inspiring and substantive portrait of the woman who ushered in the 40-hour work week.
Mar 28, 2009 — Frances Perkins was the first woman named to a U.S. president's Cabinet. As FDR's secretary of labor, she led the fight to establish Social Security. Biographer Kirstin Downey discusses The Woman Behind the New Deal.
Oct 21, 2006 — Esther Schor, poet and professor of English at Princeton University, has written a biography of Emma Lazarus, whose verse graces the Statue of Liberty. Lazarus' life and work are worth a second look in light of the current debate on U.S. immigration policy.