Tupelo Hassman’s Guide to Getting Your Literary Girl Survivor Badge

3. Go Undercover
Isabelle Eberhardt wrote what she knew, which was how to dress as a man so she could travel through the North African desert alone in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She kept journals during her travels and these are collected in The Oblivion Seekers (translated by Paul Bowles for City Lights in the 1970s). In one of the thirteen tales in this collection, Eberhardt fights to spare the life of a man who had attacked her with a sabre and wins. She is one of my truest heroes on the page or off.