Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History’s Mightiest Matriarchs

Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History’s Mightiest Matriarchs

The author of Rejected Princesses returns with an inspiring, fully illustrated guide that brings together the fiercest mothers in history?real life matriarchs who gave everything to protect all they loved. Mothers possess the "maternal instinct"?an innate fierceness that drives them to nurture, safeguard, fight, and sacrifice for the most important things that matter to the The author of Rejected Princesses returns with an inspiring, fully illustrated guide that brings together the fie...

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Title:Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History’s Mightiest Matriarchs
Author:Jason Porath
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0062796097
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:244 pages pages

Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History’s Mightiest Matriarchs Reviews

  • Lindsey
    Apr 30, 2018
    "Your heroines were as messy and human as any of us. Love your edges and never let them go, dear reader." Equally as delightful as Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics, this book focuses on mothers, both literal and figurative. In prof...
  • Diana
    Aug 27, 2018
    A collection of mini-biographies of kick-ass mothers throughout history. A great mixture of historical facts, interesting interpretations, and admiration for women throughout history, even those that are more complicated. I like that the author didn't shy away from the questionable ...
  • Steve
    May 16, 2018
    This book was eccentric and not in a good way. The illustrations reminded me of the ValueTales books I had as a kid, stories that introduced children to important historical figures (Louis Pasteur, Nellie Bly, etc.) which made it feel like a children's book. These pictures however were...
  • Miki
    Jun 21, 2018
    A Disneyized set of stories about real-life mothers in history. If you can get away from the Princess illustrations, It's surprisingly good, not only in the "good to know" category, but also as a challenge to actually do something with one's life. ...
  • Gina
    Sep 25, 2018
    Gorgeous artwork, fun and interesting entries, and a nice level of honesty in what can and can't be known, as well as the things we might rather not know but are still true. I appreciate all of these things. Technically, I probably did like Rejected Princesses better, but I liked this ...
  • Joan
    May 21, 2018
    Wow! I knew of a few of the women in this volume, but many I had never heard of in my life. This is fascinating reading. The author wisely took the wind out of censors' sails by organizing the short biographies by maturity level. I'm definitely holding onto this copy since it is very p...
  • Louise
    Aug 01, 2018
    Technically, Tough Mothers is the sequel to Rejected Princesses but because they are both collections of mini-biographies they can be read independently. I bought both at the same time, but read this one first because it had fewer entries so was better for a readathon, but I?m defini...
  • Alice Wulf
    Apr 20, 2018
    Really great book! (A little less so than the first, if only because I've read the majority of the entries on the site, I was expecting more new content.) The amount of information in this book is just awesome. There seems to be a booming trend of "Kickass Women" books, (which is am...
  • Nicole
    Apr 14, 2018
    A worthy successor to Rejected Princesses. ...
  • Soh Kam Yung
    Jun 27, 2018
    An entertaining read, highlighting women (who were mothers) doing things not expected by the culture or society of the time, resulting in change, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. Some mothers became rulers, others martyrs; some are mostly forgotten while others are cel...
  • Debbie
    May 10, 2018
    I consider myself extremely lucky for stumbling over this book. I was staying with a friend for a few nights and noticed it on her coffee table. She had loved it and invited me to read while I was visiting. Through Porath I met many new, fascinating women. Now I MUST visit his book ...
  • Rhiannon Johnson
    Apr 04, 2018
    Looking for a Mother's Day gift idea? Jason Porath's Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History?s Mightiest Matriarchs (April 3, 2018 from Day Street/Harper Collins #partner) is "an inspiring, fully illustrated guide that brings together the fiercest mothers in history?real life m...
  • Kaila
    Apr 24, 2018
    cool book, lots of great info. passing on to my mom for mother's day! ...
  • Aoi
    May 27, 2018
    Another nice addition to the author's body of works. Do note that being a mother was incidental to most of the heroines - they were all badass for the sake of their own self/family/nation/beliefs. ...
  • Jeanette
    May 26, 2018
    Found serendipity I thought the title rather intriguing. I read it in total. Although after page 102 I did so in a much more quickened style. Almost to a speed read level but slowing down for certain points of classification etc. and also to view the artwork. Also noting the sub-title ...
  • Cook Memorial Public Library
    Jun 19, 2018
    Highly recommended by Joe. Check our catalog: https://encore.cooklib.org/iii/encore... ...
  • Melissa
    May 03, 2018
    For me the history felt dumbed down and the attempt at humor was very humorless. ...
  • Carly
    May 14, 2018
    A real fun book to read!!! I won this book from Goodreads!! ...
  • Carmen
    Jul 10, 2018
    When I heard that Jason Porath had another book coming out, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Tough Mothers, which focuses on badass mothers in history, is a bit different because it only includes women who were mothers and it does not include anyone whose existence cannot be confirm...
  • Rachel Jackson
    Apr 24, 2018
    I was excited to read Tough Mothers the follow-up to Jason Porath's successful first book, Rejected Princess, detailing the unknown lives badass women in history. I enjoyed this book overall too, but I felt it was somewhat lacking in information and cohesion compared to the first one. ...
  • Anna
    Apr 05, 2018
    Wow. I'm so glad I preordered this. While some of the entries I had read before, there was a lot that was new in this book (I mean, they were all newly in print- previous entries had simply shown up on rejectedprincesses.com). I will definitely be picking this one up again and again to...
  • Nefertari
    Apr 23, 2018
    Just as amazing and eye-opening as I'd hoped. Please, Porath, continue this tremendous series!!! These stories take a global perspective, finding women from across the globe and throughout history and illuminating their lives and actions. Porath also brings a healthy amount of skeptici...
  • Gwen
    May 08, 2018
    Great snippets of the lives of women few of whom are extolled in history books. The illustrations are colorful, meaningful and works of art. The materials on which the book is printed are excellent quality. I highly recommend. I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads. ...
  • Lily
    Jun 08, 2018
    These were synopses of strong women leaders in history. I especially enjoyed it because the writer (an ex-animator for Dreamworks) illustrates most of his stories with caricature drawings. He also had funny quips and asides throughout the book. I had not heard of most of the women m...
  • Skye
    Apr 09, 2018
    I loved Rejected Princesses. I loved this. There are no other words for my feelings when it comes to this book. Finally, finally there are some great books out there on the many women in history! The fact that this is one about women who are mothers and also completely kick ass makes i...
  • Becki
    Apr 18, 2018
    I loved this just as much as Rejected Princesses, not that I?m surprised. As always I loved the detailed descriptions and the overall writing style/tone, accompanying the beautiful illustrations. The women included are so different, and I only knew of a few before reading this. A few...
  • Rachel Smith
    Jun 01, 2018
    This book is a fun read in many ways, and the pictures are pretty great. However, one should definitely take the stories with a grain of salt, as the author runs into the problem that so many run into. As a writer who is clearly not a historian or a historian-like writer, the author is...
  • Marley Ziegler
    Jul 09, 2018
    I keep forgetting to update the progress after I read. Tough Mothers was amazing! I?ve been a fan of the Rejected Princesses website for a while and decided to buy one of the books. Just like the blog, Porath is hilarious and cery truthful with the stories and legends about these gre...
  • Ben Truong
    Apr 11, 2018
    Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History's Mightiest Matriarchs by Jason Porath turns the seemingly stereotypical mothers as only passive, gentle, and loving on its head. Instead this book pays homage to a collection of the fiercest mothers in history with real life matriarchs who gav...
  • Sarah
    Jun 13, 2018
    Fun stories of some pretty amazing women from history. I particularly enjoyed the story of Susan La Flesche Picotte. However, some of the women in this book were neither mothers nor particularly good people. Some were mob bosses, violent revolutionaries, and women who generally failed ...