The Eloquent Woman Booklist

We mention lots of books on the blog, and recently, a reader asked whether they were collected all in one place. Great idea! Here's a roundup of books we've mentioned on the blog, organized roughly by category. The first section includes books about or by famous speakers featured on the blog. I hope you'll use the list as a different path to exploring more about women and public speaking!

Say It Plain: A Century of Great American Speeches by Catherine Ellis
From Megaphones to Microphones: Speeches of American Women by Sandra J. Sarkela
Maria W. Stewart, America’s First Black Woman Political Writer: Essays and Speeches by Marilyn Richardson
The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches by Brian MacArthur
We Shall Be Heard: Women Speakers in America by Patricia Scileppi and Gloria Hartmann O’Shields Kennedy
We Shall Be Heard: An Index to Speeches by American Women 1978-1985 by Beverley Manning
Say It Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches by Catherine Ellis
We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama, by E.J. Dionne, Jr. and Joy Redi
The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell It Like It Is, edited by Maegan Parker Brooks and Davis W. Houck
My Own Words, by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Books about women and public speaking
Eloquence in an Electronic Age: The Transformation of Political Speechmaking by Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Doers of the Word: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1810-1880) by Carla L. Peterson.
The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States by Angela G. Ray
Available Means: An Anthology of Women’s Rhetoric(s) by Joy Ritchie
Women Speaking Up: Getting and Using Turns in Workplace Meetings by Cecilia E. Ford
That’s All She Wrote by Joan A’Hearn
It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace by Anne Kreamer
You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen
Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World by Alyse Nelson
America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines by Gil Collins

Body and mind issues in speaking
Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond by Robert R. Provine
Hearing Gesture: How Our Hands Help Us Think by Susan Goldin-Meadow
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald
The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers by Daniel L. Schachter
Searching For Memory: The Brain, The Mind, and The Past by Daniel L. Schachter
Our Masters’ Voices: The Language and Body-Language of Politics by Max Atkinson
Rising Strong by Brene Brown
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy
Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority by Caroline Goyder
V is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone by Seth Godin
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Language and rhetoric
The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing: For Writers, Editors and Speakers by Kate Swift
Um…: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean by Michael Erard
Lend Me Your Ears: All You Need To Know About Making Speeches & Presentations by Max Atkinson Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists by James Geary
I is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How it Shapes the Way We See the World by James Geary
Power Verbs for Presenters: Hundreds of Verbs and Phrases to Pump Up Your Speeches and Presentations by Michael Lawrence Faulkner and Michelle Faulkner-Lunsford
The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us by James W. Pennebaker

Storytelling
Friedman’s Fables by Edwin H. Friedman
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Annotated Brothers Grimm by Jacob Grimm
The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales by Maria Tatar
Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood by Maria Tatar
The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories by Christopher Booker
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall
Seven at one Blow: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm by Eric A. Kimmel

Quotations
Stewart’s Quotable African Women: First Edition by Julia Stewart
The Quotable Woman: The First 5,000 Years by Elaine Bernstein Partnow
The Quotable Jewish Woman: Wisdom, Inspiration and Humor from the Mind and Heart by Elaine Bernstein Partnow
The Biteback Dictionary of Humorous Political Questions by Fred Metcalf

Specific types of speaking styles and formats
TED Talks: The official TED guide to public speaking
Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More by Matt Carter
Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun
Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers on the Creative Process by Rev. Dr. Jana Childers
Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body, and Animation in Proclamation by Teresa L. Fry Brown
Writing, Speaking, and Communication Skills for Health Professionals by Stephanie Roberson Barnard
The Backchannel: How Audiences are Using Twitter and Changing Presentations Forever by Cliff Atkinson
What’s the Use of Lectures? by Donald A. Bligh
10 ½ Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said by Charles Wheelan


Books about or by famous speakers, mostly women
Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero by Kate Clifford Larson
Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the Nineteenth Century by Jane Rhodes
Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny by Marlo Thomas The Collected Speeches of Margaret Thatcher by Margaret Thatcher
Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President by Harold Holzer
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayer
Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder by Max Sherman
Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
Mistress of Herself: Speeches and Letters of Ernestine L. Rose, Early Women’s Rights Leader by Ernestine L. Rose
The First Lady of Radio: Eleanor Roosevelt's Historic Broadcasts, edited by Stephen Drury Smith
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert
A Private Woman in Public Spaces: Barbara Jordan’s Speeches on Ethics, Public Religion, and Law by Barbara A. Holmes
Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010 by Elizabeth Alexander
To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells by Mia Bay
The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell It Like It Is by Maegan Parker Brooks
Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King by Edythe Scott Bagley
Speaking Truth to Power by Anita Hill
Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat
Michelle Obama: Speeches on Life, Love, and American Values by Michelle Obama
Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be by Myrlie Evers-Williams
Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want, by Tess Vigeland
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis