1. Alice James by Jean Strouse

    Last week we released Alice James, the biography of Henry and William’s sister, by Jean Strouse. Alice is most famous for her Diaries, which present her witty and insightful opinions on life around her. She has often been considered a feminist icon: struggling through her multiple illness and the social conventions that kept her, as a woman, from achieving the worldly success that she desired and her brothers acquired. Here’s the first paragraph from the book:

    Interesting perceptions are preferable to marketable achievements only when there is enough money to go around. The money that paid for the unusual freedom of the James family had been earned long before Alice’s parents were married.


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