~~~I usually eschew celebrity books but have found a few gems among celebrity books - among them books by Jamie Lee Curtis, and Harry Winkler to name a couple. Now Chelsea Clinton can be added to that list as while she is not the most engaging in terms of writing style (she's certainly okay) she makes up for it in such interesting subjects and tidbits. All in all she is an interesting writer ... .
Clinton came up with a diverse and interesting group of women for She Persisted Around the World: 13 American Women Who Changed History (Philomel, 2018). From a 17th century nun (Juana Inés), a Black Canadian who was civil rights activist, a 21st century peace activist from Liberian, an astronomer from the turn of the 19th century… she included some very interesting women. The only ones with whom I was familiar was Malala Yousafzai (and there are several books about her) and of course, J.K. Rowling.
Clinton included Kenya's environmental activist, Wanari Maathai, and she is a very favorite — there are actually four great picture books about Maathai (all written prior to her death in 2011) - Wangaari Maathai became well known for her project of planting trees in Kenya, and her environmental work in general.
- Seeds of Change: Wangari's Gift to the World by Jen Cullerton Johnson (Lee & Low, 2010)
- Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story of Africa by Jeanette Winter (HMH, 2018 reissue)
- Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola. (Frances Foster Books, 2008)
- Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli (Simon & Schuster, 2010)
Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 but had so many other honors and awards along the way. Always wished I had as much energy and passion for work.
Clinton's She Persisted Around the World: ... seems much more interesting than her earlier book, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World (Philomel, 2017). The subjects of that book seemed rather mundane as most were old sages that are often touted out to represent strong women - and seemed dominated by Blacks (a common effort to represent diversity), although Maria Tallchief is included as a Native American, and Sonia Sotomayor as a Hispanic woman.
And there are more connections to make and a lot of research reading to do. Follow your path.