America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines
“A fascinating compendium” (Oprah Magazine)
By culling the most fascinating characters -- the average as well as the celebrated -- Gail Collins, the editorial page editor at the New York Times, charts a journey that shows how women lived, what they cared about, and how they felt about marriage, sex, and work. She begins with the lost colony of Roanoke and the early southern "tobacco brides" who came looking for a husband and sometimes -- thanks to the stupendously high mortality rate -- wound up marrying their way through three or four.
By Gail Collins. Published by William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition, 2007. 608 pages, softcover.