Books to Look For (April): Biography/Memoir,204,203,200_.jpgBorn with Teeth: A Memoir by Kate Mulgrew (Little, Brown and Company, 448 pages, April 14)

Yes, that is indeed the Kate Mulgrew. She's portrayed many strong women in her life, including Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and "Red" on Orange is the New Black, and in this memoir, she tells us about the sources of her real-life strength. From the time she left her hometown to move to New York until now, Mulgrew has used Stella Adler's advice to guide her: use everything that life throws at you. I can't wait to read this, you guys. Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon (Random House, 672 pages, April 28)

I find it bizarre that no one had ever written about both Marys in one book, especially considering how similar their lives were. Though Mary W. died just after her daughter was born, both became famous writers and defied many of the conventions of their day. Both also helped define what we think of as the Romantic era. So go (re)read The Vindication of the Rights of Women and Frankenstein, and then read this.

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