Juliette Gordon Low by Stacy A. Cordery

Juliette Gordon Low

In celebration of the Girl Scouts' centennial, a lively salute to its maverick founder. Born at the start of the Civil War, Juliette Gordon Low grew up in Georgia, where she struggled to reconcile being a good Southern belle with her desire to run barefoot through the fields. Deafened by an accident, "Daisy" married a dashing British aristocrat and moved to England. But she was ultimately betrayed by her husband and dissatisfied by the aiml...

Details Juliette Gordon Low

TitleJuliette Gordon Low
Release DateFeb 16th, 2012
GenreBiography, Nonfiction, History, Biography Memoir, Womens

Reviews Juliette Gordon Low

  • Brina
    One of my fondest childhood memories was the time I spent in the Brownies and Girl Scouts in elementary school. We met once a week after school in the music room, worked to complete merit badges, went on one large field trip each year, and, of course, sold cookies in the spring. One year I even attended a week long Girl Scout overnight camp. By the time middle school rolled around our troop leader moved and we could not find a replacement. I don...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    A deep history of the woman behind the group "the Girl Scouts", Juliette Gordon Low is excellent, historically evocative and an amazing story of resilience and love.
  • Ann
    I read this book to disabuse myself and others of the notion that Juliette Gordon Low's deafness was solely caused by having wedding rice thrown in her ears! Being deaf myself, I am grateful that the author of this admirable biography discusses Daisy's (as JGL was known) hearing impairment in reasonable medical terms and also thoughtfully imagines how her deaf identity affected her life. The story is an inspiring one. A woman of privilege, who ma...
  • Peggy
    Informative but a bit heavy on names and dates and therefore a bit of a dry read. I'd have liked to have heard more about the personalities and interactions of key players in a way that showed who they were rather than the dry factual reporting of their actions. In fairness to the author though, that may not be the type of book she wanted to write. If you like traditionally written history (emphasis on names, dates, places and famous names rather...
  • Deb
    I read this in one night! It's a great story of how Juliette Low, her life in ruins after being betrayed by her ne'er-do-well husband, found purpose in her work with The Girl Guides in Scotland and then England, and went on to found Girl Scouts in the USA. A couple of things that really struck me was that Juliette realized early on (probably because of her International work) that girls must be allowed to substitute their own words for God in the...
  • Melanie Faith
    Every person has a story-- usually many! Juliette Gordon Low was not alone in this, but her remarkable perseverance and determination served her marvelously in the face of loneliness, illness, and disappointment. Her travels and wide group of eclectic friends alone make this book a remarkable read. I loved every moment of this meticulously-researched and candid biography of the founder of Girl Scouts. Low was in some respects a flawed, complicate...
  • nicole
    Biography of the Girl Scouts of America's founder. The facts I remember about Juliette Gordon Low from my days as Girl Scout are scattered. She became deaf when a piece of rice was lodged in her ear at her wedding. Her family affectionately referred to her as Daisy. She founded an organization that meant the world to me. The book was a little bit drier than I expected, but I appreciated the thorough research that went into it. I liked watching th...
  • Amy Anderson
    I was a Girl Scout for 10 years. I joined after the death of my grandmother and became inconsolable. I fleeted between 2 worlds and didn't seem to fit in the one of the living nor the one in the here-after. Out of desperation to wake me from my sadness, my mother signed me up as a brownie in 1987. The challenge of body and mind; the deep, enduring friendships; and the soul moving experiences with nature not only woke me, but gave me a desire to l...
  • Barb
    I really enjoyed this biography of Juliette Gordon Low written by Stacy A. Cordery I choose to read this book to learn more about Juliette Gordon Low's life. I have fond memories of my own days as a Brownie and a Girl Scout. I knew only a little bit about Ms. Low's life from my Girl Scout days. I knew of her hearing disability and the incident of wedding rice getting into her ear which made her hearing worse. But what I didn't know is what a rema...
  • S.N. Arly
    This was not my cup of tea. As a new Girl Scout leader who did not grow up with scouting, I thought it would be good to learn a bit about where scouting came from. This is the third biography I've read about "Daisy" Juliette Gordon Low, and it's my least favorite. Some of the historical facts do not match up with the other two biographies.While this book does contain some truly facinating information showing how the activities of the very first p...
  • Dayle
    Amazing book about an amazing woman! I wish I had known this when I was a Girl Scout leader...the older girls would love it!A "quick" trip to India from Georgia at the turn of the 20th century..WOW!!
  • Katherine
    Can hardly wait to read bound and in print!
  • Peggie Ross
    Seldom would I rate a biography as a page turner but this one makes my list. It is well written, filled with personality and anecdotes as well as hard facts. The author blends a compelling woman with the history around her life into a wonderful story. As a Girl Scout member for decades I am ashamed to admit how little I knew of Daisy Gordon's life. The basic facts of her childhood in Savannah, Georgia, developing deafness in adulthood and some va...
  • Linsey Albee
    This book was a bit challenging to get into just because of the non-fiction biographical style it on written in. After getting over that, I found it to be a greatly interesting read. As a Girl Scout alumna, Girl Scout Lifetime member, and Gold Award Girl Scout, it was nice to learn more about the founder and the origins of this organization and of which I have been a member since I was 5 years old. Juliette Gordon Low, more affectionately known a...
  • Stephanie Fuhr
    This book was an awesome research endeavor and incredibly appreciated. I'm a troop leader, never herself a scout, so it was great to have a thoughtful resource on the founder instead of web bullet lists to understand her story. She was incredible and flawed and yet hard to fault for her energy and genuine personhood. This book also lends perspective on the American experience in late 19th and early 20th century. A woman trying to create opportuni...
  • Deb
    Wonderful woman. Wonderful life. Wonderful organization for women and girls. Wonderful book. Cordery did a wonderful job.
  • Sarah Logan-Reynolds
    She was an amazing woman!
  • Elizabeth
    A fairly interesting read although I found that I wanted to know things that were not covered in the book - probably because the historical records don't exist
  • Stephanie
    Good absorbing read on the personal life of the founder of the Girl Scouts...I was a brownie and a girl scout so I found this fascinating..
  • K
    Like many children growing up in the 1960’s I joined a scout troop as a Brownie and kept with scouting till I graduated from high school. I really enjoyed the Girl Scout summer camps (now long gone due to the economy) and working on badges. But it really never dawned on me that the Girl Scouting organization we now have was due to one very strong willed woman in the early 1900’s.Juliette “Daisy” Gordon was born in 1860 as a Southern belle...
  • Patricia
    Read this biography for a book club. I have to say that I would not have liked Juliette Gordon Low if I had known her-at least not how she as portrayed in this book - as an energetic, charismatic, but spoiled and manipulative socialite. She spent the first 50 years of her life searching for a purpose, which she did not find in her failed marriage, or in motherhood, or in traveling the world in luxury with titled personages. She was, of course, co...
  • Leilani
    Happy memories of being in Girl Scouts when I was little led me to check this out after hearing an NPR interview with the author. Honestly, it wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped. It starts out well with description of the tensions between her Northern mother and Southern father during the Civil War, and presents an interesting portrait of Low as an adventurous woman fascinated by life and looking for ways to contribute, never letting her deafness...
  • Kimberly
    How does a divorced, childless, sickly woman in her late 40s change the world? In the late 1800s, no less?Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low was born into a prominent Savannah* family. All she was expected to do was marry well and have children. Welp, Daisy's marriage ended in a divorce/widowhood, and she could bear no children. And she was partially deaf. Now what?This book brings you into Daisy's life and shows you exactly how a child nicknamed "Crazy...
  • Kelly
    I am a life long Girl Scout. Reading about the founder, Juliette Gordon Low, of the organization I have dedicated to filled me with joy and fulfillment. Most of the book is focused on her life before Girl Scouts which makes sense given the lateness in her life when she was ready to found such a ground breaking organization. Cordery masterfully illustrates Daisy's relatives, the wars they participated in, her life abroad, her beliefs and hardships...
  • Jo
    Highly recommend this to anyone involved in Girl Scouts in any capacity, past, present or future. Juliet Gordon Low was a remarkable woman and this book tells the story of her life, from beginning to end. Born into privilege, her personal road was not always easy (a bad marriage, a lifelong battle with hearing loss). Despite this, and the limited roles openly granted to women in the early 20th century, JGL pushed the limits of propriety and forge...
  • Nancy Bergman
    Very well researched biography of the founder of the Girl Scouts. I actually enjoyed all the details of Daisy Low's life. My Mother was a Scout in the 20's, I was a Scout in the 50's and my daughters were Scouts in the 70's and 80's. As a Scout, you were expected to know certain facts about the Founder and the origins of the Scouts in general. This book is full of facts that might only be of interest to a former Scout: like the origin of the firs...
  • Agatha
    Recommended! Very much enjoyed this book -- not even so much b/c I am a huge fan of the GS -- but b/c it was a biography of a really interesting lady who lived at a very interesting time in US history: her life spanned the Civil War and then the First WW and her family and life history crossed paths with a lot of other interesting, influential names whom we would all recognize. I am now reading another bio by this same author about another intere...
  • Danielle Rush
    I love biographies. This is the first biography of Juliette Gordon Low I have read since reading a children's version back when I was a Brownie scout. It was interesting to read about her life and the difficulties she overcame before founding the Girl Scouts. I liked this book. It had lots of interesting details about Juliette Gordon Low's life. I had wanted to know more since visiting Savannah a few years ago.
  • Kelly
    As a former Girl Scout and leader, I was most interested in reading this biography of Daisy Low. While is was a bit slow in spots (specifically her marriage to Willy Low), I found the book to be all I could ask for. I do have to wonder if it is as interesting to women who were not Girl Scouts growing up? Happy 100th Anniversary GSA!