Songbook Book List: Women of the Songbook
March 1, 2023
Are you looking for your next book club selection or do you want to learn more about the women of the Songbook? We've searched the Songbook Archives shelves of our library and selected some of our favorite books for Women's History Month.
Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa (Children's Book)
by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney
This for Remembrance: The Autobiography of Rosemary Clooney
by Rosemary Clooney
Judy Garland: A Portrait in Art and Anecdote
by John Fricke and Lorna Luft
Brown Sugar: Eighty Years of America's Black Female Superstars
by Donald Bogle
Fine and Dandy: The Life and Work of Kay Swift
by Vicki Ohl
Vicki Ohl describes Swift’s work for musical theater, the ballet, Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes, and commercial shows. She also tells how Swift served as director of light music for the 1939 World’s Fair, eloped with a cowboy from the rodeo at the fair, and abandoned her native New York for Oregon, later fashioning her experiences into an autobiographical novel, Who Could Ask for Anything More? Informed by rich material, including Swift’s unpublished memoirs and extensive interviews with her family members and friends, this book captures the essence and spirit of a remarkable woman.
Doris Day: Her Own Story
by Doris Day and A.E. Hotchner
Stormy Weather: The Music and Lives of a Century of Jazz Women
by Linda Dahl
Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
by Julie Andrews
In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie takes her readers on a warm, moving, and often humorous journey from a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to the brink of international stardom in America. Her memoir begins in 1935, when Julie was born to an aspiring vaudevillian mother and a teacher father, and takes readers to 1962, when Walt Disney himself saw her on Broadway and cast her as the world's most famous nanny.
Along the way, she weathered the London Blitz of World War II; her parents' painful divorce; her mother's turbulent second marriage to Canadian tenor Ted Andrews, and a childhood spent on radio, in music halls, and giving concert performances all over England. Julie's professional career began at the age of twelve, and in 1948 she became the youngest solo performer ever to participate in a Royal Command Performance before the Queen. When only eighteen, she left home for the United States to make her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend, and thus began her meteoric rise to stardom.