Diamonds & Scoundrels: My Life in the Jewelry Business by Adrienne Rubin (She Writes Press)

When Adrienne Rubin enters the jewelry business in 1970s Los Angeles, she is a maverick in a world dominated by men. She soon meets a hotshot salesman who doesn’t seem to struggle at all, and when he asks her to be his partner, she is excited to join him. She doesn’t know him well, but she knows his father, and she believes he is trustworthy.

Diamonds and Scoundrels shows us how a woman in a man’s world, with tenacity and determination, can earn respect and obtain a true sense of accomplishment. Following Rubin’s up and down experiences in the jewelry industry through the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, this is a tale of personal growth, of how to overcome challenges with courage and resilience.

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Just a Girl: Growing Up Female and Ambitious by Lucinda Jackson (She Writes Press)

The sensitive, personal story of the author’s ambition to become and succeed as a scientist during the “white man in power” era of the 1950s to 2010s. In the male-dominated science world, she struggles from girlhood unworthiness to sexist battles in several jobs. Jackson overcomes pain, shame, and self-blame, learns to believe in herself when others don’t, and becomes a champion for others.

Just a Girl is a call to action — eye-opening and inspiring, and pointing the way to a brighter future for women everywhere. Purchase at

Your Turn: Ways to Celebrate Life Through Storytelling by Tyra Manning (She Writes Press)

Creative expression through writing helps us uncover gems of hope and serenity, enabling us to navigate difficult times. Sharing stories with one another inspires us and helps us forge stronger relationships.

Renowned educator Dr. Tyra Manning offers examples of stories from her own life, followed by an invitation for readers to delve onto their own emotional histories, with plenty of room to explore on the page with writing prompts and tools. A guidebook for transformation through self-expression, Your Turn will spark readers’ creative thought and offers them a space to document their own self-reflection.

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Roots and Wings: Ten Lessons of Motherhood That Helped Me Create and Run a Company by Margery Kraus with Phyllis Piano (SparkPress)

A child of immigrants, Margery Kraus knew the value of hard work from an early age. She learned to be a risk taker. As a young wife and mother in the 1960s, she faced plenty of people who told her, “You can’t do that.” But in the end, she did: She founded a global consulting firm  for major multinationals, growing it from nothing to almost $150 million in revenues.

Kraus shares the ten lessons she learned from motherhood and leadership that guided her along the way―an inspiration to all seeking to overcome obstacles, and achieve career and personal success.

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