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Something worth doing : a novel of an early suffragist / Jane Kirkpatrick.

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  • 1 of 4 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 3 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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1 current hold with 4 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library C KIR (Text) 33500013330097 New Checked out 05/07/2021
Gonvick LINK Site C KIR (Text) 33500013314406 New Checked out 04/28/2021
Moorhead Public Library C KIR (Text) 33500013314414 New Checked out 04/29/2021
Roseau Public Library KIR (Text) 35500006452914 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780800736118
  • ISBN: 0800736117
  • ISBN: 0800739248
  • ISBN: 9780800739249
  • Physical Description: 312 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2020]

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"In 1853, Abigail Scott was a 19-year-old school teacher in Oregon Territory when she married Ben Duniway. Marriage meant giving up on teaching, but Abigail always believed she was meant to be more than a good wife and mother. When financial mistakes and an injury force Ben to stop working, Abigail becomes the primary breadwinner for her growing family. What she sees as a working woman appalls her, and she devotes her life to fighting for the rights of women, including their right to vote. Following Abigail as she bears six children, runs a millinery and a private school, helps on the farm, writes novels, gives speeches, and eventually runs a newspaper supporting women's suffrage, Something Worth Doing explores issues that will resonate strongly with modern women: the pull between career and family, finding one's place in the public sphere, and dealing with frustrations and prejudices women encounter when they compete in male-dominated spaces. Based on a true story of a pioneer for women's rights from award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick will inspire you to believe that some things are worth doing - even when the cost is great."--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 August #1
    *Starred Review* History marks Abigail Scott Duniway as a fierce advocate for women's rights; now Kirkpatrick (One More River to Cross, 2019) offers a powerful fictional retelling of the personal and complex underpinnings of this legacy. After years of grief on the Oregon Trail, Abigail is determined to finally prove her strength. But she continually sees her dreams of career, marriage, and family inexorably altered by the men in her life. Devoting herself to a quiet insistence on one woman's autonomy, she is inspired when word of women's suffrage reaches the Northwest. Abigail's world quickly expands beyond the labors of the home to entrepreneurship and activism, but at a cost. As she reinvents herself to provide for her family and fight for the cause, Abigail struggles with her identity as a daughter, sister, wife, and mother. Kirkpatrick creates an intimate chronicle of her protagonist's inspiring and unwavering belief in her own worth in spite of familial and social adversity while also poignantly capturing the delicate balancing act civic-minded women in the late-nineteenth century had to maintain as they persevered in their advocacy. Combining exceptional research with the exploration of intriguing themes, such as education as a path to freedom, KIrkpatrick's stirring biographical novel honors its real-life inspiration and the relevance of her historical journey.Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020 Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 books, including One More River to Cross, Everything She Didn't Say, All Together in One Place, A Light in the Wilderness, The Memory Weaver, This Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award. Jane divides her time between Central Oregon and California with her husband, Jerry, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Caesar. Learn more at

Subject: Women > Suffrage > Fiction.
Women's rights > Fiction.
Newspapers > Fiction.
West (U.S.) > Fiction.
Women > Fiction.
West (U.S.) > Fiction.
Women > Suffrage
Women's rights
West United States
Genre: Christian fiction.
Biographical fiction
Christian fiction
Historical fiction
Historical fiction.
Christian fiction.
Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Christian fiction.

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