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Cordery's biography of Girl Scouts founder now available

Monmouth College history professor Stacy Cordery’s book, “Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts,” was released last week by Viking. The book is available at major bookstores nationwide and may also be purchased at the Monmouth College Bookstore.

As the official March 12 centennial of the Girl Scouts of the USA nears, demands on Cordery’s time are increasing.

Among the media outlets that interviewed her last week was the Washington Post. This week, Cordery is in Low’s birthplace of Savannah, Ga., where the Girl Scouts was founded. Cordery will kick off her book tour there before heading to Washington, D.C., later in the week to appear at the Politics and Prose Bookstore and be interviewed for NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show and by USA Today, among others.

(The NPR interview aired live on Feb. 23. An iTunes podcast of the interview is available at

In conjunction with the tour, a Monmouth College alumni gathering will be held on Feb. 23 in Washington at the home of Bob ’95 and Laura Grimm. For more information, contact MC’s alumni office at 309-457-2231.

Stops of interest on Cordery’s tour next month include the Great Girl Gathering at the Mall of America and the National First Ladies Library in Canton, Ohio, at which Cordery is the bibliographer. Her talk at Canton will be taped by C-SPAN for later broadcast on BookTV.

The author is also using social media to promote the book. She is providing regular updates through a blog at and is also a presence on Facebook (Stacy A. Cordery, Author) and Twitter (@StacyCordery). A recent guest blog was written by Low’s grandniece.

The biography has been named one of Christian Science Monitor’s 20 non-fiction books to watch for in 2012 and is on USA Today’s list of “This Winter’s Biggest Books.” According to Kirkus Reviews, “This biography brings to life the woman whose efforts galvanized an entire nation of young women. ‘Long Live Girl Scouts!’ may be the cry on readers’ lips after finishing this tribute to a spirited and inspirational American leader.”

The Library Journal wrote: “Cordery paints a vivid portrait of the woman who, despite physical challenges, romantic disappointment, and having no children of her own, founded the largest educational organization in the world for girls.”