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"Peter Zheutlin's thoroughly researched account will make you wish you'd been around to catch a glimpse of the extraordinary woman as she went wheeling by. " --Bill Littlefield, National Public Radio's Only A Game Until 1894 there were no female sport stars, no product endorsement deals, and no young mothers with the chutzpah to circle the globe on a bicycle. Annie Londonderry changed all of that. When Annie left Boston in June of that year, she was a brash young lady with a 42-pound bicycle, a revolver, a change of underwear, and a dream of freedom. She was also a feisty mother of three who had become the center of what one newspaper called "one of the most novel wagers ever made": a high-stakes bet between two wealthy merchants that a woman could not ride around the world on a bicycle. The epic journey that followed took the connection between athletics and commercialism to dizzying new heights, and turned Annie Londonderry into a symbol of women's equality. A vastly entertaining blend of social history, high adventure, and maverick marketing, Around the World on Two Wheels is an unforgettable portrait of courage, imagination, and tenacity. "Annie was a remarkable woman and well worth getting to know. " --Booklist "A wonderful telling of one of the most intriguing, offbeat, and until now, lost chapters in the history of cycling. " --David Herlihy, author of Bicycle: The History "A pleasant, affectionate portrait of a free spirit who pedaled her way out of Victorian constraints. " --Kirkus Reviews "[A] charming and informative book. " --Cape Cod Times "[An] incredible story. . . [a] fascinating book. " --NextReads "[A] stirring tale. . . not only a must read, but a must have. " --Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine "[A] remarkable saga. " --The Winston-Salem (NC) Journal "[R]ead[s]. . . like a novel. " --The Columbia (SC) State "[M]eticulously researched. . . illuminat[es] the feeling of a bygone era. " --The Portsmouth (NH) Wire Peter Zheutlin has been chasing the story of his great-grandaunt Annie Londonderry for more than four years. He is an avid cyclist and a freelance journalist whose work appears regularly in the Boston Globe and the Christian Science Monitor. He has also written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, AARP Magazine, Bicycling, the New England Quarterly, and other publications. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts.
The appeal of AMC's award-winning period drama Mad Men, shortly to begin its fifth season, lies as much in its painstaking portrait of 1960s America as in the emotional lives of its characters. In The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin present a guide to the show's culinary backdrop, from Sterling Cooper power lunches to Draper dinner parties. With over four dozen recipes, photos, and other images all drawn from the period, The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook is perfect for history buffs and fans planning Mad Men dinner parties alike. * In season two, Betty and Don host an "Around the World" dinner party. Find out why Betty might have chosen the theme--plus why Don's Heineken ad campaign would have been so well-received by the public--and try Betty's gazpacho from Spain, using a recipe Betty herself might have. * In season three, Bobbi Barrett invited Don to join her for dinner at Sardi's to celebrate selling her husband's new pilot. Learn why Sardi's was a likely location for post-TV deal celebration, and make Sardi's famous steak tartar for yourself. Includes a color photo insert, plus additional black and white photos and other images from the 1960s.
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