Susan Signe Morrison

FICTION AND HISTORICAL BOOKS

HISTORY FOR HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, AND GENERAL AUDIENCES
Finalist for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award in 3 categories: Adult Nonfiction; Women’s Studies; and Young Adult Nonfiction. This book, filled with images, tells the stories of the virtuous virgins, marvelous maidens, and fierce feminists of the Middle Ages who trail-blazed paths for women today. Ideal for high school and college classroom use in courses ranging from history and literature to women's and gender studies.
FICTION
Winner: Words on Wings Book Award for young adult fiction, a Literary Classics Top Honors Award 2016. The story of Beowulf from the point of view of the women. The story of Beowulf from the point of view of the women. Finalist for the 2014-2015 Sarton Literary Award for Historical Fiction and Finalist for Foreward Reviews' 2015 Indiefab Book of the Year Award: Historical (Adult Fiction). Recipient of Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
FOR SCHOLARS OF LITERATURE AND THEORY
New Materialist approach to comparative literature focusing on waste--garbage, trash, and detritus--and its metaphorical and ethical impact.
Why does excrement appear so frequently in medieval literature, especially the works by Geoffrey Chaucer? Do you dare to find out?
YOUNG ADULT NON-FICTION
The actual diaries of a teenage girl living in Chicago just before World War II and as the war begins. Named by the Children's Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education to the Best Children's Book of the Year 2013 list (Memoir: Ages 14 & up).
SCHOLARLY HISTORY
The first book to ever focus on medieval women pilgrims--in history, in literature, and in art.

Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America

The actual diaries of a teenage girl living in Chicago just before World War II and as the war begins. Named by the Children's Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education to the Best Children's Book of the Year 2013 list (Memoir: Ages 14 & up).

Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2012.

Home Front Girl is not only an entertaining and delightful read but also an important primary source—a vivid account of a real American girl’s lived experiences as World War II threatens and then begins.

http://www.amazon.com/Home-Front-Girl-Literature-Growing/dp/1613744579

“[B]etter than fiction.”
~ Kirkus Reviews

"[R]eminiscent of Anne Frank"
~ Joan Hiatt Harlow


“An important and refreshingly engaging word painting of a far more innocent time in U.S. history. Home Front Girl is all about the thrill of being young, of questioning, and dreaming … and how those dreams can so easily begin to shatter under the crush of impending world events. The perspective here could not be more pure. Recommended!” —Graham Salisbury, author of Under the Blood-Red Sun and Eyes of the Emperor

“This captivating diary of the years leading into World War II provides a fresh view of the American scene, before and after the attack on Pearl Harbor."
—Donald A. Ritchie, author of Doing Oral History

"Home Front Girl reveals the perceptions of a creative, brilliant, and hopeful yet genuine teenage girl in an uncertain and perilous era. Joan’s charm, naiveté, curiosity, and philosophies (reminiscent of Anne Frank) revealed in her journals left me with the hope that such depth of thought, creativity, sweetness, and forgiveness—as well as her sense of wonder—may still be found in today’s generation of young people."
—Joan Hiatt Harlow, author of Star in the Storm

"A Chicago teenager's journal–riveting and real–recalls an era when adolescence was a preparation for adult life."
—Richard Peck, author of Fair Weather

"Her sensitivity to and exuberance about events large and small is contagious, though her poetic tendencies are tempered by her doubts, intellect, sarcasm, and savvy. Witnessing Morrison mature as a woman and a writer is invigorating and memorable."
PublishersWeekly.com

"These diaries are a treasure on a scale with Anne Frank's. They tell the remarkable story of a real girl in a momentous time in history, from a unique viewpoint full of humor, insight, and emotional highs and lows on both a personal and an international level." —BlogCritics

"A fine, insightful and sometimes moving journal composed by a wholly likable young woman—better than fiction."
Kirkus

"[The book] provides a window into the 1940s, a time so different than today, technologically, but strikingly similar as well. . . . An excellent [way to] . . . understand what the average citizen was experiencing while war unfolded."
VOYA