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Butler County Chapter NSDAR Community 2024-25 Literacy Challenge

The Butler County Chapter NSDAR once again received awards from the Kentucky Society DAR Library committee for the group’s literacy efforts. Chapter members were recognized for completing books from last year’s approved list, with some members completing the entire list of books. 


Each year the Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution librarian compiles a list of recommended books for the ladies to read, many of which have historical content. The Butler County Chapter librarian Laura Crafton would like to invite community members to join us in reading from our 2024-2025 list. Many of the books are available at the Butler County Public Library, online as an eBook or for purchase from or other sellers.                                              

KSDAR READING LIST 2024-2025                                                                                             FICTION 

1.A Beautiful Rival: A Novel of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden by Gill Paul. William Marrow

2.By Her Own Design: A Novel of Ann Lowe, Fashion Designer to the Social Register by Piper Huguley. William Morrow

3.Canary Girls by Jennifer Chiaverini. William Morrow 

4.The Children's Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin. Bantam  

5.The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. Random House 

6.The Engineer's Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood. Sourcebooks Landmark 

7.The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon. Doubleday 

8.A Girl Called Samson by Amy Harmon. Lake Union

9.Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister. Sourcebooks Landmark 

10.Liar's Bench by Kim Michele Richardson. Kensington 

11.The Next Ship Home by Heather Webb. Sourcebooks Landmark  

12.One Glorious Ambition: the Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea Dix by Jane Kirkpatrick. Waterbrook 

13.Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman. MIRA 

14.The Seamstress of Acadie by Laura Frantz. Revell

15.What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman. Kensington 



16.Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey by Reid Mitenbuler. Viking 

17.The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe by Kenneth Elaine Showalter. Simon & Schuster 

18.Cornwallis: Soldier and Statesman in a Revolutionary World by Richard Middleton. Yale Univ. Press 

19.Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married by Nancy Rubin Stuart. Beacon Press 

20.Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy. Little, Brown 

21.The Dress Diary: Secrets from a Victorian Woman's Wardrobe by Dr. Kate Strasdin. Pegasus 

22.The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party by Daniel James Brown. Mariner 

23.Restoring Shakertown: The Struggle to Save the Historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill by Thomas Parrish. University Press of Kentucky 

24.Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist by George D. Morgan. Prometheus 

25.Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America by Megan Kate Nelson. Scribner 

26.Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials by Marilynne K. Roach. Da Capo Press 

27.Teddy and Booker T.: How Two American Icons Blazed a Path for Racial Equality by Brian Kilmeade. Sentinel 

28.Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca by Maria Goodavage. Dutton 

29.Untold Power: The Fascinating Rise and Complex Legacy of First Lady Edith Wilson by Rebecca Boggs Roberts. Viking 

30.A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's First Indian Doctor by Joe Starita. St. Martin’s 



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