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Author: Marianne Monson Narrator: Caroline Shaffer Publisher: Shadow Mountain Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781504742023
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Discover the stories of twelve women who heard the call to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey.

As a slave, Clara watched as her husband and children were sold, only to be reunited with her youngest daughter, as a free woman, six decades later. As a young girl, Charlotte hid her gender to escape a life of poverty and became the greatest stagecoach driver that ever lived. As a Native American, Gertrude fought to give her people a voice and to educate leaders about the ways and importance of her culture.

These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. Many were crusaders for social justice and women’s rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world.

The author ties the stories of these pioneer women to the experiences of women today with the hope that they will be inspired to live boldly and bravely and to fill their own lives with vision, faith, and fortitude. To live with grit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s admiration in Caroline Shaffer’s voice as she narrates the stories of twelve women and their accomplishments in the American West…Shaffer performs a variety of voices to preserve the women’s words. Listeners will no doubt find the women Monson writes about as admirable as she does.”


  • “[A] worthy compilation…Many sources and references listed for those who wish to discover more.”

    Historical Novel Society

  • “Monson reimagines the campfire tall tale by introducing readers to overlooked talks of many forgotten heroines of the American West. Each biographical story defines perseverance, and there are inspiring examples of courage on each page as well as new lessons in how to live…Will resonate with all interested in the long-hidden chapters in American history. A compact, informative, briskly paced, emotionally rich, and eye-opening set of micro-biographies.”


  • “An invaluable contribution to American History shelves and utterly absorbing from cover to cover. Highly recommended.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “The stories of twelve fascinating women will captivate you while exposing you to the history they did not teach us in school…[Monson] hopes that…modern women will understand how much we owe those who came before us, and understand what they were risking by pursuing their goals.”

    Florida Coastal Breeze News

  • Amelia Bloomer Project Award Nominee

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About the Author

Marianne Monson is a writer and professor of English with a strong interest in the relationship between literature and history. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Brigham Young University, she continued her studies at Vermont College of Fine Arts, earning an MFA in creative writing. Since then, she has worked as an editor and art director of children’s books, authored several books for children and adults, and continues editing and writing for a variety of audiences. She teaches creative writing at Portland Community College and regularly speaks at writing conferences.

About the Narrator

Caroline Shaffer is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. A former company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for nineteen years, she received an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater.