A Dangerous Thing

A Dangerous Thing

A Dangerous Thing—A Memoir of Learning and Teaching.

Education for women is exterior decoration. For generations, that was the family message. Good taste is what matters in a woman. These were the lessons Betty Krasne learned at home. Then her family sent her to a Progressive school, setting off a life-long battle about what a woman could make of her life. A Dangerous Thing tells the story of that struggle.To preview an excerpt of the book in Adobe Acrobat pdf format, click HERE.

A Dangerous Thing
by Betty Krasne
Paperback, 330 pages
33 black-and-white photographs
Library of Congress #2006905764
ISBN 10: 1-4196-3930-7
Published July 2006.

Available for purchase at House of Books in Kent, CT, and through Amazon.

What Readers Are Saying About A Dangerous Thing

“I finished your book very shortly after receiving it and couldn’t put it down. I put off writing immediately so that I could savor it. I related to so much of it, and enjoyed the writing and the change in rhythm occasioned by your use of your poetry.”

“Congratulations! A Dangerous Thing is a gem of a memoir. I’m recommending it to all of my friends and fellow retired educators. I especially admire the poetry.”

I am enjoying A Dangerous Thing so much. It is absorbing, well researched and so beautifully written..It is as good if not better than any memoir I’ve read.”


“You tell wonderful stories. I hope you continue to write.”


“...what I enjoyed most about your book was your wonderful ability to put these events, and the conflicts between your parents’ values and those your internalized from school and the outside world, into the context of history and what was going on in Europe and this country at each stage of the family’s saga and your personal story. Also, your story gives me a greater appreciation for the difficulties women experience in deciding whether to go the career route, the domestic route, or have both as you did. I don’t know how you’ve done it!. The book kept me involved, and I couldn’t wait to get on the subway each day, open your book, and let your story take me away from my daily preoccupations.”


“A highlight of that [vacation] reading was your book, A Dangerous Thing. I stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish it..Not only was the plot compelling, but the writing was excellent!”


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