KDH Featured Book: “Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World,” By Angella M. Nazarian
“Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World” [Assouline], by Angella M. Nazarian, honors twenty of the world’s most inspiring women, spanning the last century through today. From a business tycoon to an author, a dancer to a dreamer, a social activist to a spiritual leader, a painter, and even a bullfighter, each one was driven by passion and an ability to imagine and aspire to what did not yet exist.
By celebrating these women, we celebrate their collective fearless spirit and encourage one another toward greater and deeper lives. Profiles include: Martha Graham, Ella Fitzgerald, Frida Kahlo, Simone de Beauvoir, Wangari Maathai, Estée Lauder, Zaha Hadid, Helen Suzman, Jacqueline Novogratz, and many more.
Angella M. Nazarian is also the bestselling author of 2009’s Life as a Visitor. Presently, she facilitates personal development seminars for women. Her short stories, poems, and award-winning verses have appeared in The Moth and the New Millennium Writings journal. She is a contributor to The Huffington Post, More magazine online, and to Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference.
Several formidable women have thrown their support behind the book, with Tina Brown and Arianna Huffington providing quotes for the book jacket and Tory Burch co-hosting the launch party in New York with Dawn Ostroff of Conde Nast and Novogratz.
Nazarian tells WWD, “I wanted to make sure I was looking at women from all different parts of the world — the Far East, South America — and to be sure that the stories I’m putting into the book are those of women who overcame odds or who were the first,” adding, “It’s that element of surprise for the reader, to be able to read biographies of women nobody’s heard about.”
Nazarian also notes to WWD that “the most impressive women are not striving for balance, but for fullness in their lives. They pack their lives with things that are really meaningful,” she says. “They concentrate on their strengths; they know what their talents are, so they aren’t so bothered by their weaknesses.”
**Pioneers of the Possible is available for purchase at ASSOULINE boutiques worldwide and through www.assouline.com