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Vicki León
My roots: convinced I was left on strangers' doorstep in the Pacific Northwest, I fled in my teens and began to fill the first of seven passports. Wanderlust is apparently hereditary; my progeny now busy filling their own passports. My higher education: mostly self-inflictedI collect: pyramids,... show more

My roots: convinced I was left on strangers' doorstep in the Pacific Northwest, I fled in my teens and began to fill the first of seven passports. Wanderlust is apparently hereditary; my progeny now busy filling their own passports. My higher education: mostly self-inflictedI collect: pyramids, ancient cemeteries, seashells, foreign languages, long stays in foreign lands. Allergic to: gray skies, household routines, watches, gas-guzzlers.Addicted to: laughter, Spanish aceitunas con anchoas, George Dalaras and other Greek music, foreign films, beach walks, getting a glimpse of animals and birds in the wild. Am a magnet for: odd facts, weird stories, unusual connections (all of them fodder for my writing)Am sustained by: a worldwide web of family, friends, publishing colleagues, and readersMy books: 35 titles (about half of them for readers 10 and up). Many, miraculously still in print. My GOALS as a writer of nonfiction:1. Dig deeper to find the whole human history, to illuminate the unsung men and women of long ago2. Leaven my books with humor and humanity3. Try to astonish the reader on every page. Astonish, from the Latin attonare, "to be struck by lightning." Thus to write in a way that leaves the reader thunderstruck.My research: more fun than a whodunit. In fact, I go through a lot of shoe leather even when I'm time-traveling.That's why I call myself (partly tongue in cheek) Vicki Leon, historical detective
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 1 year ago
Nicely done photo guide to the famous site. I love that they included a photo of the chair where the dog slept. I have not visit the complex, but now I want to. Simply to see the dog bed.
TeaStitchRead
TeaStitchRead rated it 4 years ago
The book is a compilation of Leon's previous work. It is divided into four parts: ancient history, medieval era, renaissance era, and the new world era (which ends at 1899). It is indeed intersectional, I will give it that. There are women profiled from across class, race, ethnicity, religious, and ...
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
This is a rather flippant (and rather funny) jobs guide to the ancient Greco-Roman world (with a few side-trips to Ptolemaic Egypt). If one were a slave, and slaves were common, I'd definitely rather be a sandaligerula, whose job was to change her master or mistress' shoes, than be doomed to work ...
Crystal Starr Light, Raging Snarky Stormtrooper Pony
It was a lot of fun to read about all these women who have been hidden in history.While the stories were good, I found it best to read a couple in a setting. Too many in one sitting got repetitive. Also, due to the length of the entries (a couple of paragraphs), the ladies sometimes became interchan...
Ageless Pages Reviews - Danielle
Ageless Pages Reviews - Danielle rated it 7 years ago
I previously read León’s 4000 Years of Uppity Women and was disappointed with the layout and how brief the biographies actually were, so when The Joy of Sexusstarted with actual chapters, detailed descriptions, and a cohesive narrative, I was very excited. If Sexus was 200 pages instead of 320, I’d ...
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