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Spunky Old Ladies

Are you a female over 50?

Do you dream about breaking stereotypes about the older and wiser generation?

Would you rather be out skydiving or riding roller coasters than knitting sweaters in a rocking chair?

If you answered yes to those questions than this booklist is for you!

The month of February was “Spunky Old Ladies Month”. In honor of this celebration, we have compiled a list of books written by or about spunky old ladies. Spunky Old Ladies are classified as women over 50, who are interested in living a regret-free life.

Most of these spunky old ladies are still alive and kickin’, while others lived out their lives in a brazen and animated manner before they passed. Whether they're contemporary actresses, comedians and writers, or noted historical figures, we hope you'll find a spunky old lady here that you'll enjoy reading about!


book cover Abigail Adams
Abigail Adams: A Biographyl
by Phyllis Lee Levin [B Ad02l]

book cover Jane Addams
Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy: A Life
by Jean Bethke Elshtain [B Ad15e]

book cover Madeleine Albright
Read My Pins: Stories From a Diplomat's Jewel Box
by Madeleine Albright [Biography Albright]

book cover Isabel Allende
The Sum of Our Days
by Isabel Allende [Biography Allende]

book cover Dorothy Allison
Two or Three Things I Know for Sure
by Dorothy Allison [B Al557]

book cover Julie Andrews
Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
by Julie Andrews [Biography Andrews]

book cover Mother Angelica
Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles
by Raymond Arroyo [B An39a]

book cover Maya Angelou
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelous [B An424]

book cover Susan B. Anthony
Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: An Illustrated History
by Geoffrey C. Ward [305.42 War]

book cover Lucille Ball
Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball
by Stefan Kanfer [791.452 BalYk]

book cover Tallulah Bankhead
Tallulah, Darling: A Biography of Tallulah Bankhead
by Denis Brian [792.092 BanYb]

book cover Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid: Ingrid Bergman, a Personal Biography
by Charlotte Chandler [791.432 BerYc]

book cover Carol Burnett
This Time Together: Laughter and Reflections
by Carol Burnett [Biography Burnett]

book cover Willa Cather
On the Divide: The Many Lives of Willa Cather
by David Porter [Biography Cather]

book cover Coco Chanel
Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War
by Hal Vaughan [Biography Chanel]

book cover Cher
Cher: A Biography
by J. Randy Taraborrelli [791.432 CheYt]

book cover Julia Child
My Life in France
by Julia Child [B C4349]

book cover Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making
by John Curran [823 ChrYc]

book cover Hillary Clinton
Living History
by Hillary Rodham Clinton [B C6158]

book cover Bette Davis
Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis
by Ed Sikov [791.432 DavYs]

book cover Phyllis Diller
Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse: My Life in Comedy
by Phyllis Diller [792.2 Dil]

book cover Queen Elizabeth
Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
by Sally Bedell Smith [Biography Elizabeth II]

book cover Geraldine Ferraro
Framing a Life: A Family Memoir
by Geraldine Ferraro [B F398]

book cover Carrie Fisher
Wishful Drinking
by Carrie Fisher [Biography Fisher]

book cover Ava Gardner
Ava's Men: The Private Life of Ava Gardner
by Jane Ellen Wayne [791.432 GarYw]

book cover Judy Garland
Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland
by Gerald Clarke [781.64 GarYc]

book cover Whoopi Goldberg
Book
by Whoopi Goldberg [817 Gol]

book cover Emma Goldman
Living My Life
by Emma Goldman [B G558]

book cover Ruth Gordon
Myself Among Others
by Ruth Gordon [B G654]

book cover EmmyLou Harris
EmmyLou Harris: Angel in Disguise
by Jim Brown [Music 781.642 HarYb]

book cover Debbie Harry
Deborah Harry
by Cathy Che [Music 781.66 Har]

book cover Goldie Hawn
A Lotus Grows in the Mud
by Goldie Hawn [791.432 Haw]

book cover Lillian Hellman
An Unfinished Woman: A Memoir
by Lillian Hellman [B H3665]

book cover Katharine Hepburn
I Know Where I'm Going: Katharine Hepburn, a Personal Biography
by Charlotte Chandler [Biography Hepburn]

book cover Diane Keaton
Then Again
by Diane Keaton [Biography Keaton]

book cover Grace Kelly
High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly
by Donald Spoto [Biography Grace]

book cover Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury: A Biography
by Margaret Wander Bonanno [791.432 LanYb]

book cover Cloris Leachman
Cloris: My Autobiography
by Cloris Leachman [Biography Leachman]

book cover Jane Lynch
Happy Accidents
by Jane Lynch [Biography Lynch]

book cover Madonna
Life With My Sister Madonna
by Christopher Ciccone [781.66 Madonna]

book cover Shirley MacLaine
I'm Over All That: And Other Confessions
by Shirley MacLaine [Biography MacLaine]

book cover Rue McClanahan
My First Five Husbands -- and the Ones Who Got Away
by Rue McClanahan [791.452 McC]

book cover Reba McEntire
Reba: My Story
by Reba McEntire [781.642 McE]

book cover Ethel Merman
Brass Diva: The Life and Legends of Ethel Merman
by Caryl Flinn [Music 782.14 MerYf]

book cover Bette Midler
Bette: An Intimate Biography of Bette Midler
by George Mair [781.64 MidYm]

book cover Helen Mirren
In the Frame: My Life in Words and Pictures
by Helen Mirren [Biography Mirren]

book cover Mary Tyler Moore
Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes
by Mary Tyler Moore [Biography Moore]

book cover Grandma Moses
Grandma Moses
by Margot Cleary [SOS 759.13 fMosYc]

book cover Sandra Day O'Connor
Lazy B
by Sandra Day O'Connor [B Oc515]

book cover Georgia O'Keefe
Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keefe
by Laurie Lisle [759.13 OkeYl]

book cover Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell is This?
by Marion Meade [B P2172m]

book cover Rosa Parks
Rose Parks
by Douglas Brinkley [B P233b]

book cover Dolly Parton
Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business
by Dolly Parton [781.642 Par]

book cover Paula Poundstone
There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say
by Paula Poundstone [817 Pou]

book cover Nancy Reagan
Nancy: An Intimate Portrait of My Years With Nancy Reagan
by Michael K. Deaver [B R228d]

book cover Debbie Reynolds
Debbie -- My Life
by Debbie Reynolds [791.432 Rey]

book cover Condoleeza Rice
No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington
by Condoleeza Rice [Biography Rice]

book cover Joan Rivers
I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me
by Joan Rivers [817 Riv]

book cover Margaret Sanger
Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography
by Margaret Sanger [B Sa55m]

book cover Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith: A Bright, Particular Star
by Michael Coveney [792.092 SmiYc]

book cover Pattie Smith
Patti Smith: A Biography
by Victor Bockris [781.66 SmiYb]

book cover Gertrude Stein
Gertrude and Alice
by Diana Souhami [Biography Stein]

book cover Harriet Beecher Stowe
Loves of Harriet Beecher Stow
by Philip McFarland [Biography Stowe]

book cover Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth
by J. Randy Taraborrelli [791.432 TayYt]

book cover Margaret Thatcher
The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, From Grocer's Daughter to Prime Minister
by John Campbell [Biography Thatcher]

book cover Marlo Thomas
Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny
by Marlo Thomas [Biography Thomas]

book cover Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
by Catherine Clinton [B T785c]

book cover Lana Turner
Lana: The Memories, the Myths, the Movies
by Cheryl Crane [Biography Turner]

book cover Tina Turner
I, Tina
by Tina Tuner [Music 781.66 Tur]

book cover Barbara Walters
Audition: A Memoir
by Barbara Walters [Biography Walters]

book cover Betty White
If You Ask Me (and Of Course You Won't)
by Betty White [Biography White]

book cover Vanna White
Vanna Speaks
by Vanna White [791.452 Whi]

book cover Vanessa Williams
You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love Loss and Each Other
by Vanessa Williams and Helen Tinch Williams [Biography Williams]
[ Vanessa's only 49, but her mother is over 50 ]

book cover Oprah Winfrey
Oprah: A Biography
by Kitty Kelley [Biography Winfrey]

Compiled July 2012 carrie k

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