Colleen Carroll Campbell is an award-winning author, print and broadcast journalist and former presidential speechwriter.

Atlantic Monthly Press. 384p $24

PublicAffairs. 320p $28

Georgetown Univ. Press. 210p $19.95 (paper)

Emily Dagostino, a writer, lives in Oak Park, Ill. Read more of her work at emilydagostino.com.

Cynthia-Marie Marmo O’Brien is a writer and educator in New York.

HarperCollins. 400p $26.95

Viking. 224p $26
W. W. Norton. 256p $24.95.

University of California Press. 333p $49.95