...a vivid and entertaining biography ... The seamless collaborative authorship of The Huntress has produced the best of all possible results. On the one hand, it is obviously a labor of love, a tribute, although never an intrusive one, to a revered aunt who died when Alice Arlen was in her early 20s. On the other, it is a dispassionate, though engagingly written, biographical chronicle.
...a pleasantly rambling mixture of family chronicle, biography, and cultural history ... [the] prose is amiably meandering and conversational, each page a cascade of digressions and asides that are just as engaging as the main storyline itself. This biography moves Alicia Patterson’s legend beyond the realm of family lore and establishes her as a singular and inspiring figure in 20th-century American history.
The authors devote more than 300 pages to her personal and professional life but, regrettably, overlook or ignore the tremendous barriers that existed in Patterson’s day for women in the workforce and in journalism. By not putting Patterson’s life and work in the context of that male-dominated era or the virtually all-male world of newspapers, the book plays down her accomplishments ... A modicum of discussion of the struggles of women in journalism would have strengthened this biography of a fascinating woman.