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Book Review: ‘Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen’

Published on Sat, 02/08/2020 - 10:55am
Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen’

A biographical work of fiction, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird brings to life the story of Cathy/Cathay Williams, an African American woman who posed as a man in order to serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers during the end of the Civil War.

Born a slave, Williams is first taken into the Union Army as a cook’s assistant when Yankee General Phillip Henry Sheridan mistakes her for a boy. She later enlists as a Buffalo Soldier, successfully fooling everyone for two years before her identity is exposed.

Readers will fall in love with Williams' strong, unique voice and the respect she has for herself and where she comes from. From the very first line in the book, you know who Williams is and what she’s about: “Here’s the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of a queen and my mama never let me forget it.”

Williams’ experiences are often difficult to read about, and she doesn’t hold back, instead sharing her life in full, all the joy and all the heartache. Through a blending of fact and fiction, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen is a captivating page-turner. It will leave readers reaching for those history books in order to find out more about this legendary woman and her incredible story, which was almost lost to history.

Find more suggestions of books to read this Black History Month in the Library’s catalog.

Lisa P. and Mariah H.
Information and Readers Services Department

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