Category Archives: My Books

Weird Cemeteries

A writer for The Weather Channel found my book “Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial” and interviewed me last week.  She just sent me the link to her article, “Weird Cemeteries from Around the World” with my quote, … Continue reading

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Toilets, Bathtubs, Sinks, and Sewers: A History of the Bathroom

On Monday I was a guest on Iowa Public Radio talking about “The History of the Bathroom.” (One of the first book I wrote, “Toilets, Bathtubs, Sinks, and Sewers: A History of the Bathroom,” is now revised and available in … Continue reading

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Award for Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony!

The editor for Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World just posted the news that my book has been selected for the 2012 VOYA Nonfiction Honor List!  http://www.facebook.com/christyottavianobooks?ref=ts&fref=ts

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itunes books

A friend just discovered 7 of my books are available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch at itunes.apple.com. Although I don’t have any of those devices, I know many of you do, including my granddaughter!  (I do need to get … Continue reading

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Spies! Women in the Civil War

Last night I got word that the second edition of my book, “Spies! Women in the Civil War” is now available as an ebook (with an orange cover that I love!). I did my research in the early 90s, traveling … Continue reading

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Talking about Thanksgiving: The True Story

In my book Thanksgiving: The True Story I concluded that the antecedents for the Thanksgiving we celebrate today are two very old traditions: celebrating harvest festivals and proclaiming days of thanksgiving for special events and the activism of a determined … Continue reading

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Madam C. J. Walker

Just out as an eBook is the second edition of my brief biography of Madam C. J. Walker! I wrote it for young readers, but it is also a great quick read for busy adults who want to learn about … Continue reading

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Paperbacks Available!

I serendipitously discovered that Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories About Women Who Made a Difference and Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial are now available in paperback!  Here links: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/adventurous-women-penny-colman/1111508013?ean=9780805097375 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/corpses-coffins-and-crypts-penny-colman/1102676297?ean=9780805082210      

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Rosie the Riveter

August is a busy speaking month with my first event, 8/1, at the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, where I gave my multimedia presentation based on my book Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War … Continue reading

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Stanton Connections

I knew from the Saturday, 7/21, agenda for The Thomas Stanton Society Reunion that members had been on the go all day, plus we had just had a delicious dinner and it was already 8:30 pm when Dave Stanton, the … Continue reading

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