Karen Abbott: “Liar Temptress Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War”

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Imagine being a woman, dressed as a man fighting in the Civil War. This March 4th during Women’s History Month, you will be able to get insight into four women’s lives during the American Civil War when New York Times bestselling author Karen Abbott visits the South Texas College Libraries.

During her visit, Abbott will explore the spellbinding true stories of four very different women – a socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist, and a widow – who took on the responsibility of soldiers and spies. Her book Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War has received many accolades with many noting Abbott’s pulse-quickening narrative as well as praise for her wealth of primary source materials. It has been named a best book of 2014 by Library Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Amazon, and Flavorwire, and has been optioned by SONY for a miniseries.

Abbott will visit two of South Texas College’s campuses on March 4th. At 1:00 pm, Abbott will visit the MidValley Campus Auditorium, and at 6:00 pm, she will visit the Pecan Campus Library. Following her discussion, there will be an opportunity to purchase the book and have the author sign it.

“We are delighted and honored to be hosting someone of Karen Abbott’s caliber as she visits us to discuss such an exciting topic,” said librarian Esther Garcia. “She seamlessly weaves the thrilling narratives of these four women together who continually put their lives at risk in order to change the outcome of the Civil War.”

Abbott’s previous books include Sin in the Second City and American Rose which were both New York Times Best sellers. She is a featured contributor to Smithsonian Magazine and also writes for the New York Times series about the Civil War. A native of Philadelphia, where she worked as a journalist, she now lives in New York City where she is at work on her next book.

Abbott’s visit coincides with the South Texas College Library’s commemoration of Women’s History Month. Other events throughout the month will include lectures, movies, and book displays.

For more information on these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956) 872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents. All events are free and open to the community.