From the ever-curious mind of Ulster County resident and modern-day Martha Stewart, Grace Bonney, comes this epic compendium of entrepreneurial women from all walks of life. A mix of intelligent interviews and honest portraits work to profile more than 100 clever ladies (including interior designers, professors, bookbinders, chefs, and potters) from across the country who have blazed trails, started businesses or otherwise made their creative mark in today’s world. Questions range from what they wanted to be when they grew up, to what was the best business advice they’ve ever received, to what tool they cannot live without — the result is something Bonney calls an “inspirational roadmap” full of illuminating insights and authoritative, yet consoling, language. As the introduction says, “Any one of these women would inspire someone to pursue their passion, but together, they are an undeniable force.” Masterfully designed and passionately conceived, this composition is sure to empower and enchant any reader.
360 pgs, Artisan Books, $35 (hrd)