What readers have to say about A Purse of Her Own:
This is non-fiction that is so entertaining it reads like fiction.Michelle, Holland MI
For me, A Purse of Her Own is more than an historical exploration of 19th century working women. The book creates a context for the reader; one that illuminates 19th century societal norms and expectations and leaves reader to consider her own circumstances as a woman- working or not- in the 21st century. Many of the women in the book, because of their determination to remain true to themselves, serve as inspirations today. Lesley, Prosper, TX
A Purse of Her Own takes us to another era and engagingly explores the world of work for 19th century women. It shows an encyclopedic range of possible employment while clearly displaying the accompanying constraints. The author bridges the gap created by over a hundred years of change in our language and accepted assumptions to translate the opportunities and limitations to a 21st century mind. While the focus is Washtenaw County, Michigan, much of the message is universal. Across America women faced many of the same circumstances as the individuals who come alive in Ms. Nenadic's book, surviving as teachers, innkeepers, seamstresses and prostitutes. She strikes a fine balance between meticulous research and a good old-fashioned story. Anyone with an interest in "everyday" history will find this a comfortable, absorbing read. Mary, Bardstown, KY
A Purse of Her Own: Occupations of Nineteenth Century Women is an extremely valuable, high quality volume. The extent of the research on a topic not before presented, the caliber of the writing, the scholarly approach to the subject, the extensive sourcing of the material and the narrative presentation are all reasons that make it a special book.Dean, Ann Arbor, MI
I was reading A Purse of her Own, which is a wonderful book, when my grand-daughter pushed her chair next to mine, so I began reading it to her. After intently listening, "These women lived a long, long time ago," she said. "But they are just like us."  Joanne S., Ann Arbor, MI
A Purse of her Own (a phrase first coined by Susan B. Anthony) refers to women wanting to provide for their families when women weren't "supposed to" work outside the home. It also refers to women wanting to be economically independent of their husbands, fathers, brother or any other male who may have been expected to take care of them, many of whom were not especially generous or gracious. The book is a pleasure to read and is meticulously researched, with an extensive bibliography. A must for anyone interested in the history of women.Phyllis, Whitmore Lake, MI

What audiences have to say:

Susan Nenadic has presented various women's topics at the Northville Historical and Genealogical Societies and has been very well received. She has an amazing amount of history to share. Our members have found her talks to be informative as well as entertaining. Tillie, Northville Historical Society/Northville 
               Genealogical Society
When asked how OLLI could improve its programs, John replied, "Clone Susan."

I have taken Susan's classes for several years. Her knowledge of topics and her enthusiasm in teaching is unmatched. We love her in Chelsea.
Sharleen, Chelsea, MI        
"Susan's historical tour of Ann Arbor was engaging, informative and the perfect length for the attendees. She has a knack for capturing people's attention with her subject matter and presentation, whether it be the historical tour or an in-house lecture. One of our very best presenters, hands-down." Maureen CTRS for University Living, Ann Arbor, MI
 "When asked how to improve programs, John replied, 'Clone Susan.'" John, Ann Arbor