One Touch of Lipstick Makes All Women Kin

I have just spent the weekend with two independent, accomplished, and beautiful young women–twenty-somethings, like Emilie Loring’s characters–and they set me to thinking about attitudes toward competence and beauty.   As a child, I strove to earn A’s at school, and although I had school clothes, church clothes and play clothes, I don’t remember ever … More One Touch of Lipstick Makes All Women Kin

She Wasn’t Defiant; She Was Confident

You enter the room, dressed in your best. Those who can most influence your fledgling career stand before you. It’s your moment. How do you introduce yourself? Which details do you fill in? What do you leave out? What impression do you try to create? Emilie Loring wrote an autobiographical sketch for Penn Publishing Company’s Brief Biographies … More She Wasn’t Defiant; She Was Confident

Guest Post: I still dream of “perching” on a stone wall in the moonlight

Sometimes, you have to be in the right mindset, the right place in your life, for a book to connect with you. For our guest writer, Judy, and Emilie Loring books, that time was in her twenties: I was in my teens back in the late 1960’s, and my older sister, 13 years older than … More Guest Post: I still dream of “perching” on a stone wall in the moonlight

Keepers of the Faith in World War II

“By the time this humble war is over the dependent woman will be as extinct as the prairie hen.” Keepers of the Faith As Keepers of the Faith begins, Nancy Barton is fed up with her half-sister’s interference and moves to Washington, D.C. to work as an interpreter at the newly-completed Pentagon. It’s the fall of 1943, the height of … More Keepers of the Faith in World War II