Marlene and I have something huge in common, she's been at it a long time, I recently started: we write about strong ladies throughout history. While my books are fiction, hers are biographies. I'm featuring WOMEN OF MEANS, FASCINATING BIOGRAPHIES OF ROYALS, HEIRESSES, ECCENTRICS, AND OTHER POOR LITTLE RICH GIRLS, which I am currently reading and enjoying.

Meet Marlene

Marlene is the author of several books, including Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature's Most  Intriguing Dedications (Perigree/Penguin 2008), Eureka!: The Surprising Stories Behind the Ideas That Shaped the World (Perigree/Penguin 2010), and And the Rest Is History: The Famous (and Infamous) First Meetings of the World's Most Passionate Lovers (Perigree/Penguin 2011) Behind Every Great Man: The Forgotten Women Behind the world’s Famous and Infamous (Source Books 2015)  Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women (Mango Press 2017) Women Who Launch: Women Who Shattered Glass Ceilings (Mango Press 2018) Great Second Acts: In Praise of Older Women (Mango Press 2018) Women of Means: Fascinating biographies of Royals, Heiresses, Eccentrics and Other Poor Little Rich Girls (Mango Press 2019) Fabulous Female Firsts: Because of Them We Can (Mango Press 2020). The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post have reviewed her books. 

She received her BA from York University and her teaching credentials from the University of Toronto and San Diego State University. She currently teaches high school English in National City, California, and lives with her family-and cat- in San Diego.

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The Grass Isn't Greener on the Other Side: Heiresses have always been viewed with eyes of envy. They were the ones for whom the cornucopia had been upended, showering them with unimaginable wealth and opportunity. However, through intimate historical biographies, Women of Means shows us that oftentimes the weaving sisters saved their most heart-wrenching tapestries for the destinies of wealthy women.

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