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Reveals the long-neglected voices of the women Ben loved and lost during his lifelong struggle between passion and prudence.

Women's Stories

True-life tales about history’s unsung heroines — Brides, Muses, Queens, and Spies.

Defiant Brides

The dramatic story of two Revolutionary-era beauties who sacrificed all for love. Now available in paperback.

Muse

The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation.

“This wonderfully researched and readable book has done an excellent job of giving another view of what it took to make this country. Essential for academic and public libraries. Enjoy!”

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Poor Richard’s Women: Deborah Read Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father ond the EaFrea –

Here’s a preview of Nancy’s latest book scheduled for publication in February 2022! 

Think you know a lot about  Benjamin Franklin—the thrifty inventor-statesman of the Revolutionary era? You may, but probably not a lot about his love life.

Poor Richard’s Women reveals the long-neglected voices of the women Ben loved and lost during his life and his private struggle with passion and prudence.

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Poor Richard
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Reveals the long-neglected voices of the women Ben loved and lost during his lifelong struggle between passion and prudence.

Women's Stories

True-life tales about history’s unsung heroines — Brides, Muses, Queens, and Spies.

Defiant Brides

The dramatic story of two Revolutionary-era beauties who sacrificed all for love. Now available in paperback.

Muse

The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation.

“This wonderfully researched and readable book has done an excellent job of giving another view of what it took to make this country. Essential for academic and public libraries. Enjoy!”

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Thank you for visiting my site! I’m Nancy Rubin Stuart, a writer of nonfiction articles and books. I’m fascinated by people in situations that challenge, perplex, or delight them—people like you and me.

From a historical perspective, women are better off today than they were a century ago but many challenges still exist.

Most women still work in low-paying jobs. Pay inequality still exists. So does the glass ceiling in corporate and professional jobs. And today’s uncertainties about the course of the Covid pandemic hasn’t helped. Even if you work from home, you probably are more responsible for child care and many domestic duties than your mate. 

Why?  Tradition has a lot to do with it. Old social customs and expectations are difficult to change and social crises, like the pandemic, tend to make people revert. 

These issues have inspired me to research and write about history’s powerful, but often forgotten, women. You can learn about these  unsung heroines of the past in the books described on this site.

Above you’ll see the first announcement of my latest book on Benjamin Franklin’s wife and the other women he loved and lost. Beacon Press will publish POOR RICHARD’S WOMEN in February 2022. A more formal announcement will appear later this year. 

Click here to view Bookshelf. 

Reader Reviews

On Defiant Brides: ​"For the lover of American history, this was a great book...The work was well annotated, and researched, easy and enjoyable to read and comprehend. Recommend for those who enjoy lite history biographies and women’s studies."
- Good Reads
Nancy Rubin Stuart
2019-01-14T19:43:40-05:00
On Defiant Brides: ​"For the lover of American history, this was a great book...The work was well annotated, and researched, easy and enjoyable to read and comprehend. Recommend for those who enjoy lite history biographies and women’s studies." - Good Reads
On The Muse of the Revolution: “A fascinating & entertaining account about one of America's forgotten outstanding women. I learned far more about the American Revolution and how it affected ordinary people by reading The Muse of the Revolution than I ever learned in my American history class.”
- L.S. - Manhattan
Nancy Rubin Stuart
2019-01-14T19:52:35-05:00
On The Muse of the Revolution: “A fascinating & entertaining account about one of America's forgotten outstanding women. I learned far more about the American Revolution and how it affected ordinary people by reading The Muse of the Revolution than I ever learned in my American history class.” - L.S. - Manhattan
On ​Isabella of Castile: “Nancy Rubin makes use of Prescott and in a sense pours old wine in new bottles. Her Isabella is more accessible than Prescott's pius queen. She also very ably puts Isabella in the proper perspective as the co-founder of modern Spain (at least from a geographic perspective)... but as Ms. Rubin's book ably demonstrates, she was much more than that.”
- M.A. Newman
Nancy Rubin Stuart
2019-01-14T19:45:07-05:00
On ​Isabella of Castile: “Nancy Rubin makes use of Prescott and in a sense pours old wine in new bottles. Her Isabella is more accessible than Prescott's pius queen. She also very ably puts Isabella in the proper perspective as the co-founder of modern Spain (at least from a geographic perspective)... but as Ms. Rubin's book ably demonstrates, she was much more than that.” - M.A. Newman
On American Empress: “A fascinating & entertaining account about one of America's forgotten outstanding women. I learned far more about the American Revolution and how it affected ordinary people by reading The Muse of the Revolution than I ever learned in my American history class.”
- Sonia Ibanez
Nancy Rubin Stuart
2019-01-14T19:53:13-05:00
On American Empress: “A fascinating & entertaining account about one of America's forgotten outstanding women. I learned far more about the American Revolution and how it affected ordinary people by reading The Muse of the Revolution than I ever learned in my American history class.” - Sonia Ibanez
On The Reluctant Spiritualist: “The Reluctant Spiritualist is non-fiction but reads like a fast-paced whodunit. The mystery is whether spiritualism is a fact, or a fraud cooked up by two bored teenage girls in a farmhouse in mid-nineteenth century upstate New York.”
- Stuart Ellison
Nancy Rubin Stuart
2019-01-14T19:50:49-05:00
On The Reluctant Spiritualist: “The Reluctant Spiritualist is non-fiction but reads like a fast-paced whodunit. The mystery is whether spiritualism is a fact, or a fraud cooked up by two bored teenage girls in a farmhouse in mid-nineteenth century upstate New York.” - Stuart Ellison
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