Books by Jennifer Bryant

LUCRETIA MOTT by Jennifer Bryant
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

Mott may be best known as one of the founders of the women's movement, but she really spent most of her life fighting for the abolition of slavery. This serviceable biography puts her work in the context of her personal life and the politics of the era in which she lived. Bryant (Marjory Stoneman Douglas, 1992, etc.) makes clear to readers the connection between Mott's later work and her upbringing in a strong Quaker community on Nantucket, where the belief that all people were equal was put to practical use: The men were so often away at sea that the island's affairs were largely left up to the women. As a result, Mott received a good education at a time when most girls only learned their letters and numbers. Bryant ably limns the dilemma for a person who believes in equality but risks economic and social distress to live by that belief. She also provides a picture of 19th-century attitudes, politics, and lifestyles. Useful. (b&w photos, not seen, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14) Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1992

Reporter, author, and ecology activist, this feisty 94-year- old has fought for more than 60 years to protect the Everglades, but her spice and strength are barely apparent in this subdued biography in the ``Earth Keeper'' series. Emphasizing personal chronology at the expense of activities and accomplishments, Bryant offers memories of special foods and preschool reading, devotes a page to a reunion with Douglas's father when she was 25, and details the deaths of her aunt and parents. A plus: the swamp is described in quotes from Douglas's own writings. The soft-pencil drawings are charming, but don't capture the Everglades' grandeur. Disappointing. Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12) Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1991

One of a useful new series of seven—''Working Moms: A Portrait of Their Lives.'' (Others include a lawyer [Hispanic], music teacher [black], veterinarian, and park ranger.) Here, though causes for stress are evident, the picture is positive. Ever-cheerful ``Sharon,'' first seen at two a.m. attending a birth, gets home in time for two hours of sleep before joining her family for breakfast; Dad (an engineer who must often travel) cooks, and the three children accept responsibility without complaint. Sharon's day includes another tour in the hospital plus office visits, more time with the family, kitchen cleanup, and laundry. A few pages cover her training and reasons for choosing her career. There's a substantial amount of information here, well organized and appealingly presented. A generous number of b&w photos extend the text. Glossary. (Nonfiction. 8-10) Read full book review >