Cover image for Brazen : rebel ladies who rocked the world / Pénélope Bagieu ; English translation by Montana Kane.
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Brazen : rebel ladies who rocked the world / Pénélope Bagieu ; English translation by Montana Kane.
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9781626728684

9781626728691
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : First Second, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
291 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 23 cm
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With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Penelope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.
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Summary

Summary

Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen : their indomitable spirit.

With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

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Author Notes

Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982 to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author, and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. In America, her graphic novels include Exquisite Corpse and California Dreamin' . She blogs, plays drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Story collections about famous women often include figures like Joan of Arc and Florence Nightingale. Bagieu (California Dreamin') goes further afield, creating short graphic biographies about inspiring women from many unexpected times and places, such as Las Mariposas, sisters from the Dominican Republic who worked to overthrow dictator Rafael Trujillo; Katia Krafft, who fought to be recognized as a volcanologist; and Leyah Gbowee, an organizer whose part in ending the civil war in Liberia won her the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. ("How about a drink?" Liberian negotiators say to Gbowee. "I don't drink with murderers," she snaps.) Bagieu's writing is sly and understated, and her panels combine impish comedy with unexpected moments of sensuousness. The women in these biographies pursue political freedom, love, artistic fulfillment, and-sometimes-the joy of their own bodies: Peggy Guggenheim mourns the death of her lover John Holms "on the shoulders of (lots of) new lovers." Any one of these stories would make a rousing picture book biography; 29 of them in one volume produces a work whose energy and wit will spur readers to get going and change the world. Ages 14-up. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


New York Review of Books Review

STEALING THE SHOW: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television, by Joy Press. (Atria, $26.) A former TV critic for The Village Voice reports on some remarkable women who have managed to make shows on their own terms, including Diane English ("Murphy Brown"), Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal") and Jill Soloway ("Transparent"). A LAB OF ONE'S OWN: Science and Suffrage in the First World War, by Patricia Fara. (Oxford University, $24.95.) Fara offers a vibrant series of profiles of women for whom the war presented an opportunity to take on roles in the scientific and medical realm, previously denied them. BACK TALK: Stories, by Danielle Lazarin. (Penguin, paper, $16.) Short fiction that probes the lives of American women whose privilege doesn't protect them from society's burdens. Beautifully crafted, these stories aren't without viscera; sublimated rage fills the crevices between them. BRAZEN: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, by Penelope Bagieu. (First Second, $24.95.) A celebrated French graphic novelist, Bagieu brings together colorful, whimsical portraits of women - some known and some obscure - who broke the mold and lived life as they wanted. JUST THE FUNNY PARTS:... And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club, by Nell Scovell. (Dey St./Morrow, $27.99.) In this memoir of life as a TV comedy writer, Scovell lays out the years of toxic misogyny she endured on various sets, and catalogs the men who were antagonists instead of comrades. It's not a short list. MRS., by Caitlin Macy. (Little, Brown, $27.) A bristling, funny, savage novel that homes in on the conflicted lives of three ultrawealthy Manhattan wives and the corrupt man on whom they take vengeance. Along the way it focuses boldly on the depths of women's experiences and their struggles with male power. THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID: What Men Need to Know (And Women Need to Tell Them), by Joanne Lipman. (Morrow, $28.99.) Lipman, a seasoned journalist and newspaper editor, investigates the plight of working women with sympathy and reams of data, uncovering innumerable institutionalized prejudices. I WROTE THIS BECAUSE I LOVE YOU: Essays, by Tim Kreider. (Simon & Schuster, $26.) In Kreider's pleasurable and well-wrought essays, an affable hero gamely bumbles through adventures rich with moments of fleeting profundity and moral reckoning. THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, by Morgan Jerkins. (Harper Perennial, paper, $15.99.) These challenging essays show how a sexist, racist culture prescribes black identity. The full reviews of these and other recent books are on the web: nytimes.com/books


Library Journal Review

First appearing as a comic strip in the French daily Le Monde, this volume features 29 women whose histories span time, geography, and circumstance. Actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, painter Tove Jansson, and journalist Nellie Bly are some of the more famous names; rapper Sonita Alizadeh; Nzinga, Queen of Ndongo and Matamba; and gynecologist Agnodice are less well known. In densely packed, nine-panel pages, Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse; California Dreamin') recounts the cultural and personal factors that shaped our heroines, the key moment when they decided to forge their own paths, and the effects of their decisions. Both art and text are clever, smart, and distilled for maximum impact. The women are not idealized, nor are their flaws ignored. Instead, they are treated with wit and empathy. Featuring vivid colors, lyrical compositions, and surprising power, the two-page illustrations of each subject are beautiful portraits that could stand on their own. Verdict At first glance, Brazen feels like yet another collection of biographies of extraordinary and underappreciated women, but Bagieu has created something remarkable. A fresh and joyous look at women's history that is sure to delight even the most jaded readers.-E.W. Genovese, Andrew Bayne Memorial Lib., Pittsburgh © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.