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Title:
Brazen : rebel ladies who rocked the world

Culottées des femmes qui ne font que ce qu'elles veulent. English

Rebel ladies who rocked the world
Title:
Brazen : rebel ladies who rocked the world
Publisher Info:
New York : First Second, an imprint of Roaring Book Press, [2018]
Physical Description:
291 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Chiefly illustrations.

Pagination may vary.

"Originally published in French by Gallimard in 2016 as Culottées: Des femmes qui ne font que ce quʹelles veulent, tome I and in 2017 as Culottées: Des femmes qui ne font que ce quʹelles veulent, tome II"--Colophon.
Contents:
Clémentine Delait, bearded lady -- Nzinga, Queen of Ndongo and Matamba -- Margaret Hamilton, terrifying actress -- Las Mariposas, rebel sisters -- Josephina van Gorkum, obstinate lover -- Lozen, warrior and shaman -- Annette Kellerman, mermaid -- Delia Akeley, explorer -- Josephine Baker, dancer, French Revolution resistance fighter, matriarch -- Tove Jansson, painter, creator of Trolls -- Agnodice, gynecologist -- Leymah Gbowee, social worker -- Giorgina Reid, lighthouse keeper -- Christine Jorgensen, reluctant celebrity -- Wu Zetian, empress -- Temple Grandin, animal whisperer -- Sonita Alizadeh, rapper -- Cheryl Bridges, athlete -- Therésè Clerc, utopian realist -- Betty Davis, singer-songwriter -- Nellie Bly, journalist -- The Shaggs, rock stars -- Katia Krafft, volcanologist -- Jesseyln Radack, lawyer -- Hedy Lamarr, actress and inventor -- Naziq al-Abid, activist aristocrat -- Frances Glessner Lee, crime miniaturist -- Mae Jemison, astronaut -- Peggy Guggenheim, lover of modern art.
Abstract:
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.
Audience:
Young adult.
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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.


Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-French cartoonist Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse; California Dreamin') offers 29 compelling biographies of renowned female artists, scientists, athletes, explorers, activists, and warriors. While much-profiled women such as reporter Nellie Bly and astronaut Mae Jemison appear here, so do less recognized names, including pioneering gynecologist Agnodice (active around 350 BCE in Athens); Christine Jorgensen, one of the first people from the United States to receive gender reassignment surgery; Liberian social worker Leymah Gbowee; and Syrian aristocrat-turned-activist Naziq al-Abid. Each entry covers the subject's life from birth to period of activity and, where applicable, death, across about six pages of delicately drawn panels with colorful highlights and washes. The work features humorously anachronistic props, such as modern books, as well as accurate depictions (smoking, drinking). The minimal dialogue is largely invented; declarations and thoughts are couched in distinctly 21st-century argot. The women range in age from girls to older adults at their high points of recognition and are geographically diverse. There are no source notes, but there's enough information, including dates, national origin, and married as well as birth surnames, to spur curious teens to seek out more details. VERDICT A strikingly original collective biography for casual readers, students, and those looking for inspiration in their own lives.-Francisca Goldsmith, Library Ronin, Worcester, MA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Step aside Susan B. Anthony and Joan of Arc! French graphic novelist Bagieu's (California Dreamin', 2017) latest turns standard feminist anthology fare on its head, introducing 29 lesser-known ladies of various backgrounds, time periods, skin colors, and sexualities. Kicking off with Clémentine Delait, a beloved bearded lady in early twentieth-century France, and concluding with Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space, Bagieu's vivacious collection spotlights rebels such as Las Mariposas (revolutionary sisters!), Sonita Alizadeh (Afghan rapper!), and Nobel Peace Prize-winning Leymah Gbowee (Liberian activist!) along the way. Bagieu's writing is clever and concise, and panels brim with sly subtleties; Bagieu delivers laugh-out-loud one-liners in bitsy speech bubbles, and summons tragedy with no words at all, and her fine-lined figures are by turns playfully expressive, fierce, and reverent. Additionally, each profile employs its own distinct color palette; Bagieu's segment on Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson, for example, heavily features the bold blues, greens, yellows, and reds of Jansson's signature Moomin comics. Bagieu's dedication to Syrian activist Naziq al-Abid folds in the colors of the country's flag. This dynamic paean to women's flair for fearless resistance will have readers happily sifting through history and tackling the future with renewed verve. Rock on, ladies.--Shemroske, Briana Copyright 2018 Booklist


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.