We are very excited to announce that Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, author of A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 (published by Alfred A. Knopf), will be here Tuesday, January 10 to speak about and sign copies of her book. She will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.
From the author of A Midwife’s Tale, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize for History, and Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History —a revelatory, nuanced, and deeply intimate look at the world of early Mormon women whose seemingly ordinary lives belied an astonishingly revolutionary spirit, drive, and determination.
A House Full of Females is a fascinating book that pieces together, through more than two dozen nineteenth-century diaries, letters, albums, minute-books, and quilts left by first-generation Mormons, the story of the earliest days of the women of Mormon plural marriage, whose right to vote in the state of Utah was given to them by a Mormon-dominated legislature as an outgrowth of polygamy in 1870, fifty years ahead of the vote nationally ratified by Congress, and who became political actors in spite of, or because of, their marital arrangements. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, writing of this small group of Mormon women, has brilliantly reconstructed these textured, complex lives to give us a fulsome portrait of who these women were and of their “sex radicalism”—the idea that a woman should choose when and with whom to bear children.
“Pulitzer-winner Ulrich gives readers a day-to-day look at the hardships early Mormons endured as pioneers and religious outlaws but also takes a broader view of longer-term changes in the religion . . . Impeccable scholarship and a fascinating topic.”
LAUREL THATCHER ULRICH holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire, University of Utah, and Simmons College. She is 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University and past president of the American Historical Association. As a MacArthur Fellow, Ulrich worked on the PBS documentary based on A Midwife’s Tale. Her work is also featured on an award-winning website called dohistory.org. She is immediate past president of the Mormon History Association.
A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870. Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. 484pp. Hardback. $35.00
Also by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich:
A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785 – 1812. Vintage Books, 1991. Paperback. $16.95
Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History. Vintage Books, 2007. Paperback. $16.95
Shipping: $4.50 for the first book, $1 for each additional (USPS)–Priority/FedEx/UPS options available–inquire for details.
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