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Feisty First Ladies and Other Unforgettable White House Women
Autumn Stephens
ISBN: 9781573443562
Book (Paperback)
Viva Editions
$16.95
7 x 7
220 pages
January 6, 2009


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First ladies are supposed to be dignified background figures, quietly supportive of their husbands' agendas. Above all, they're not supposed to act out or cause even a whiff of scandal. Of course, reality often overrides conventional wisdom, and this book shows how far from the prim ideal many of the Presidents' wives have strayed. Part irreverent portrait gallery, part exuberant expose, Feisty First Ladies and Other Unforgettable White House Women introduces a remarkable array of wild women, from Martha Washington, who opposed her own husband's presidential election; to Abraham Lincoln's eccentric wife, Mary; to rebellious daughters like Patti Davis who were the tabloid fodder of their day. Laugh-out-loud funny and filled with amazing stranger-than-fiction facts from our American history, Feisty First Ladies journeys into the realm of the eclectic sisterhood whose outrageous words and deeds have rocked the fusty old foundations of the White House — and the nation!

Autumn Stephens was born in a New Mexico mining community whose population began to dwindle shortly after her arrival (though she swears this was mere coincidence) and finally faded from the map altogether. Stephens has worked as a medical coder, a phone sex scriptwriter, a composer of fabricated Tarot prognostications, and something called a “special investigator” for the State Bar of California. She is the author of over 20 books for women, including the wildly popular "Wild Women" series published by Conari Press.
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