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Arlington Women Read

To celebrate Women's History Month and Arlington's Centennial, we asked Arlington's Women Leaders what books they recommend...
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Recommended by Ingrid H. Morroy, Commissioner of Revenue
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Recommended by Barbara A. Favola, State Senator
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Recommended by Cintia Johnson, Interim Superintendent Arlington Public Schools
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One of the first I read by Munro and I was smitten for life. Strong, complicated women, humor, pathos, warmth. Mothers and daughters. Can’t live with them … can’t live without them.
--Diane Kresh, Library Director
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Recommended by Stacia Aho, Virtual Library Services Manager
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Recommended by Stacia Aho, Virtual Library Services Manager
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This book weaves together Galileo’s story of scientific discovery with the story of his otherwise unknown daughter, Maria Celeste, who was clearly just as brilliant, strong, and independently minded as he was – plus she could sew and cook.
--Barbara Kanninen, Arlington County School Board
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This book weaves together Galileo’s story of scientific discovery with the story of his otherwise unknown daughter, Maria Celeste, who was clearly just as brilliant, strong, and independently minded as he was – plus she could sew and cook. --Barbara Kanninen, Arlington County School Board
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I first read “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh as a young mother and have reread it several times. Her essays on coping with the challenge being a full person while doing the important and difficult work of being a mother and a wife are affirming, inspiring and comforting.
--Libby Garvey, Arlington County Board Chair
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When my children were small I read this book to them every night. It still makes me smile thinking about it and it always my go to gift for an expecting parent.
--Beth Arthur, Sheriff
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My other favorite book I always read to my children. Even though they are in their twenties I still tell them that I love them this much!
--Beth Arthur, Sheriff
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It was the first book my father gave to me as a teenager.
--Gale Koritansky, Library Division Chief
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Recommended by Anne Gable, Library Deputy Director
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Recommended by Cintia Johnson, Interim Superintendent Arlington Public Schools
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Recommended by Barbara A. Favola, State Senator
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Recommended by Barbara A. Favola, State Senator
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Recommended by Ingrid H. Morroy, Commissioner of Revenue
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I find myself thinking again and again of the life of Martha Ballard as realized in “A Midwife’s Tale” which is based on her diary from 1785 to 1812 and written by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. The skill and courage Martha needed to safely deliver all but 2 of the 816 births she midwifed in Maine, sometimes crossing and recrossing partially frozen rivers through the snow on horseback, is astounding today. Her life and accomplishments, like that of so many women throughout history, was largely unrecognized at the time and would be totally lost if not for her diary and the brilliant and very readable scholarship of Ms. Ulrich.
--Libby Garvey, Arlington County Board Chair
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Katherine Graham’s memoir is fascinating, honest, and steeped in humility. At a time when women were expected to be supportive, not lead, she faced the twists and turns of her life, grew beyond her personal comfort zone, and ultimately took on a leadership role that took down a president.
--Barbara Kanninen, Arlington County School Board
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Recommended by Cintia Johnson, Interim Superintendent Arlington Public Schools
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