The Women Jefferson Loved

The Women Jefferson Loved

?A focused, fresh spin on Jeffersonian biography.? ?Kirkus Reviews In the tradition of Annette Gordon-Reed?s The Hemingses of Monticello and David McCullough?s John Adams, historian Virginia Scharff offers a compelling, highly readable multi-generational biography revealing how the women Thomas Jefferson loved shaped the third president?s ideas and his vision for the nation ?A focused, fresh spin on Jeffersonian biography.? ?Kirkus Reviews In the tradition of Annette G...

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Title:The Women Jefferson Loved
Author:Virginia Scharff
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Genres:History
ISBN:0061227072
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:496 pages pages

The Women Jefferson Loved Reviews

  • Brenda
    Feb 19, 2012
    First off, this book totally killed my Jefferson crush. Reading about his thoughts on women and their "place" was a total disappointment, but I suppose that's neither here no there as far as this book is concerned. What follows is totally off the top of my head and will most definitely...
  • Diana
    Feb 09, 2012
    I learned a lot more about the world around Jefferson than I had expected to. I also found her interesting to read but a bit repetitive, emphasizing again and again that parts of his family are never mentioned. A difficult topic to follow when so many participants had very similar name...
  • Wendy Budetti
    Nov 02, 2010
    A very interesting look into the women of Jefferson's lives. I learned a lot about this Founding Father. Scharff gives a critical, but not overly so, view of Jefferson. It is a scholarly book, but reads more like a novel. ...
  • Nathan
    Jul 05, 2011
    An interesting, if rather obvious, approach to Jefferson's life is to study it via the lives of the women involved in it. Given the facts of his reticent personality, the care he took to hide his personal life from public scrutiny, and the contemporary custom of relegating women to the...
  • Kathleen
    Sep 16, 2013
    This book was my personal favorite as I researched Thomas Jefferson. It is non fiction and yet reads like a novel. I think the author revealed Jefferson's strength and weaknesses of character. His relationship with Sally Hemings is handled delicately and with calculated insights. All i...
  • Sarah
    May 24, 2014
    So far, the best adjectives I can use for this book are flat and dry. Granted, I'm not even halfway in, but I just can't connect with the author or the subjects. I'll probably come back to this later, but have to put it aside for now. ...
  • Kelli
    Sep 03, 2013
    The only reason I didn't rate this book as "really liked it" is because of the author's obvious strain to make the Sally Hemings relationship certain when there are no definitive facts to prove it. I came to admire Jefferson's daughter, Patsy (Martha Jefferson Randolph), and marvel at ...
  • Brenda Sorrels
    Jun 11, 2013
    The Women Jefferson Loved, by Virginia Scharff Whether you?re a fan of Thomas Jefferson or not, I think you will enjoy this book. In many ways it reads like a novel focusing only on Jefferson?s home life and the relationships he had with the women who were there for him, his m...
  • cheryl
    Dec 21, 2010
    I confess...I'm not a history buff (in large part b/c my fact-memory is weak), but I've always had an interest in the often untold stories of the women whom history tends to overlook. Thus, I was interested in The Women Jefferson Loved, a recent book by Virginia Scharff, and selected i...
  • Tinytextiles
    Feb 10, 2011
    A very different perspective from the usual Jefferson trivia. This is the soul of the man as seen through his mother, his one and only wife, his adult children, his grandchildren and his significant other--a slave on his plantation who became his lover and bore at least 6 children to h...
  • Kathleen
    Jul 13, 2011
    Much easier to read than Gordon-Reed's definitive study on the Hemings, plus much I didn't know about TJ's wife and daughters. It kind of left me wanting a little more depth, but as with anything dealing with Jefferson and the women in his life, there just isn't much to work with. I ju...
  • Susan Tweit
    May 07, 2013
    I picked up this book because I?ve admired Scharff since we became friends in grad school. I kept reading because her view of Jefferson through the lives of the women who in many ways defined him is fascinating. A professor of history at the University of New Mexico, Scharff is a dog...
  • Beth
    Nov 15, 2010
    If one is poor at names, this book is a challenge, not because of the author, but because of the Jefferson families' propensity to continually use the same names. The family has a complicated genealogy! Basically, it begins by relating the story of Jane Isham Randolph who married Peter...
  • Christina Dudley
    Jan 05, 2012
    Fascinating history of the women in Jefferson's life: mother, sisters, wife, mistress/slave, daughters, and granddaughters. The poor man was overrun. For the Sally Hemings bit I preferred THE HEMINGSES OF MONTICELLO for its greater detail and discussion of the children, but all the oth...
  • ladywallingford
    Sep 10, 2011
    I found this book on the Jefferson women rather interesting and informative. She does a really good job of telling the Jefferson saga while also keeping things interesting for the average reader. I wish now that I had read this one before diving into The Hemingses of Monticello by: Ann...
  • Susan
    Dec 31, 2010
    Okay folks I am back on the reading track. Got stuck over the holidays. So this is my first read and although I enjoyed it I kept thinking about the marvelous Hemings of Monticello by Annette Gordon...Scharff really brought to life the home and hearth of the women featured and the dail...
  • Jennifer Burks
    Feb 03, 2011
    I am not a huge fan of any kind of non-fiction but I actually enjoyed reading this book. Ms. Scharff allows the reader to see Thomas Jefferson through the telling of the history of the women in his life - from his mother, his wife, his children & grandchildren, and what Ms. Scharff...
  • Amanda
    Jun 29, 2014
    After a visit to Colonial Williamsburg and Monticello, I wanted to learn more about Thomas Jefferson. I liked the way this book focused on the women in his life, though with a fairly cursory introduction to all. A good read. ...
  • George
    Jan 05, 2014
    A dry, but factual account of some people in Thomas Jefferson's life. It's well researched and thorough while focusing on five women who knew and loved Jefferson. Not a page turner but certainly illuminating--the author is good at facts and doesn't stray from her opinions...defends the...
  • Rm
    May 13, 2014
    Fascinating history of Thomas Jefferson and the women in his life. Provides real insights into the quality of life of Virginia plantation life and, once again, the horror of slavery. With "shadow families" of interracial relationships even the most affluent, intellectual and politicall...
  • Kathy
    Sep 27, 2012
    I was very disappointed in this book. I felt that the author could not decide if she wanted to write a biography or a an historical fiction story. The facts were quite interesting, however, Scharff too often tried to imagine what the people were thinking or feeling with no factual basi...
  • Natalie
    Aug 08, 2012
    Good read. Thankfully the author provided a detailed family tree and dramatis personae which I frequently used to sort out the confusing family tree. Jefferson may have been one of our forward thinking forefathers but he had no use for ambitious females - women were bred for domesticit...
  • Susan
    Apr 17, 2014
    Wonderful study of all the women intimately associated with Thomas Jefferson. The analysis of the genealogical, personal and political intertwining of the Jefferson lineage with the growth of Virginia and the United States as a whole was fascinating. ...
  • Darlene
    Mar 30, 2016
    This was our choice for our 1st Ladies Book CLub since Jefferson technically didn't have a first lady (he was all ready widowed and never remarried). Although we all felt it difficult to read. The author was redundant , there were were times I was literally shouting enough- I get it! W...
  • Janet Hall
    Jan 10, 2016
    Great read for the historian or fan of Mr. Jefferson. I found it very interesting. Unbiased and factual. Very good. Interesting. I enjoy reading about historical figures and Mr. Jefferson is one of my favorites. ...
  • Brandy Marilla
    Jun 10, 2014
    I enjoyed reading about his daughters and Sally Hemmings very much. Jefferson strikes me as a bit of an idealist, but I do not find his attitude towards women demeaning. I am still not decided as to whether or not I believe he fathered Sally's children, it still seems a mystery.... ...
  • Monica
    Apr 21, 2019
    Scharff has brought new life to the age old legends of Thomas Jefferson by tracing Jefferson's relationships with women to reveal new insights into his private character. Her careful research and historical creativity is evident throughout this book. She strings together a life influen...
  • Maribeth
    Feb 03, 2019
    I liked, liked, liked this book written by history professor Scharff. I tried to wrap my mind around the entanglements of the Wayles-Eppes-Hemings-Jefferson family, and to quote the author, "It was a little like trying to eat spaghetti with a knife." I found myself time and again going...
  • Michael Plotkin
    Nov 26, 2018
    Highly recommend if you are a history buff, enjoy nonfiction, or just interested in the history of Thomas Jefferson and the time period in which he lived. Writing style is rather dry, and if you really want to keep up with it, you need to chart out or create a spreadsheet to keep track...
  • MadreY7
    Feb 14, 2019
    Light and entertaining. No new information. But if you like reading about Jefferson and his women this is a quick book. ...