Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
by Dorothy Wickenden
Recommended by Mary Severson
Upon graduation from Smith College, the author’s grandmother and her grandmother’s best friend left their comfortable lives in the East and spent nine months teaching in a remote Colorado school in 1916. This was an adventure that shaped their entire lives, as they experienced frontier life and tried to make a difference in the lives of their students.
A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found my Heart in the Middle of the Ocean
by Tori Murden McClure
Recommended by Andrea Smith
Her goal was to cross the Atlantic alone in a rowboat. Learning from the failure of her first attempt (due in large part to historic weather conditions), she regroups and tries a second time, motivated by the desire to prove herself to herself.
—recommendations from librarians at the Hennepin County Library–Eden Prairie