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Poor Richard
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A vivid portrait of the women who loved, nurtured, and defended America’s famous scientist and founding father. Everyone knows Benjamin Franklin but not about his love life. Publication February 2002

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
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A vivid portrait of the women who loved, nurtured, and defended America’s famous scientist and founding father. Everyone knows Benjamin Franklin but not about his love life. Publication February 2002

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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Hi! I’m Nancy Rubin Stuart, an author/journalist specializing in women and social history. 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 a century ago but many challenges still exist. Low-paying jobs. Pay inequality. The glass ceiling. Rape. Domestic violence. 

These issues have inspired me to write about history’s powerful, but often forgotten women. Read about these unsung heroines in the books listed on this site. 

Above you’ll see an announcement for my new book, POOR RICHARD’S WOMEN to be published in February 2022. It’s  the story of Benjamin Franklin’s wife and the other women he loved and lost.  

 Publisher’s Weekly called it “a  fresh perspective on Benjamin Franklin in this revealing study of his relationship with women….American history buffs will be fascinated.”

Kirkus Reviews described it as “a readable, well-researched book …A revealing document about early American history.”

Please connect with me for talks and podcasts through

Caitlin Meyer  cmeyer@beacon.org 

OR: 

Joelle@delbourgo.com 

Joelle DelBourgo Literary Agency 

 

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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