This enthralling work of scholarship by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich reveals the hidden (and not always stoic) face of the "goodwives" of colonial America. In these pages we encounter the awesome burdens and the considerable power of a New England housewife's domestic life and witness her occasional forays into the world of men. We see her borrowing from her neighbors, loving her husband, raising (and all too often mourning) her children, and even attaining fame as a heroine of frontier conflicts or notoriety as a murderess. Painstakingly researched, lively with scandal and homely detail, "Good Wives" is history at its best. Paperback, 296 pages.