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Stephanie Dray

The Dray List

from Stephanie Dray, author of America's First Daughter

Book Recommendations

Cleopatra: A Life

by Stacy Schiff

Cleopatra was the most powerful woman in the history of the world. Though there have been other queens, prime ministers, and even secretaries of state, to this moment in history, no other woman has had the combined influence, wealth, and unrestricted authority of Egypt's ancient queen. Schiff's tone is easy and breezy, injecting humor and modern comparisons into this survey of a life.


by Philippa Gregory

I love books about bad girls and you just don't get any worse than Beatrice Lacey, who represents the repression of women in her society. I became so absorbed in the darkness of her heart and the desperation of her struggle that I was unaccountably moved to tears. Ultimately, Wideacre must be understood as a woman's fable, a lesson in violent passions unrestrained by conscience and a myth of epic proportions. Beatrice is a woman and a goddess, with all the potential for destruction that entails. This book still haunts me.

Sally Hemings

by Barbara Chase-Riboud

This once controversial novel pulls back the veil on the original sin of our nation, demonstrating what enslaved women faced during the early Republic. It's an emotional and gripping story about relationships, power, betrayal, and survival.

Rebel Queen

by Michelle Moran

Rebel Queen is told from the point of view of Sita, one of the historical Queen Lakshmi's female bodyguards. It's through Sita's eyes that we see the increasingly difficult situation of trying to negotiate in a world ruled by the British East India Company as we come to understand just how it is that Queen Lakshmi, the Rani of Jhansi, became one of the all-time most famous fighters against British colonialism.

Stephanie Dray

About Stephanie Dray

Stephanie Dray is a bestselling and award-nominated author of historical women's fiction. Her work has been translated into six different languages, was nominated for RWA's RITA Award, and won NJRW's Golden Leaf. She is a frequent panelist and presenter at national writing conventions and lives near the nation's capital.

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America's First Daughter

by Stephanie Dray

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph--a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

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