WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: 16 HISTORY CLASSICS

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It’s Women’s History Month: no better time to choose a classic to read that focuses on Women’s History in one form or another.

This list includes only books I have read and recommend. Reading any one is a tribute to women and an appropriate activity for this month. I found all of them excellent reads. Choose one. I hope you like it.

Americanah by Chimanda Ngize Adichie (2014) Fiction

Books of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. By Jill Lepore (2014) History

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (2014) Poems

The Color Purple by Alice Walker Fiction

Dear Life by Alice Munro. Short Stories

A Diary From Dixie by Mary Boykin Chesnut (1980) History

The Female Experience: An American Documentary. (1992) Gerda Lerner History

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing. Fiction

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (1991) Fiction

I Know Why the Caged bird Sings by Maya Angelou Memoir

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (2015) Fiction

Julian of Norwich by Amy Frykholm (2010) Biography

Lazy B: Growing Up On a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest by Sandra Day O’Conner (2002) Memoir

Liar’s Club by Mary Karr (1996) Memoir

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Fiction

My Antonia by Willa Cather Fiction

The Road From Coorain by Jill Ker Conway (1990)

There are, or course, many very good books on Women’s History. Do you have a favorite? Tell us about it.

If you decide to read one of these,let me know how you like it. If you have not read Doris Lessing you might with to start with the Martha Quest series. Oh, I must stop talking and let you get to the reading.

I do intend to follow my own advice. I have began a second reading of Kristin Lavransdatter, first read more than twenty years ago.

It’s very possible that my most favorite on this list is the autobiography by Sandra Day O’Conner

One thought on “WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: 16 HISTORY CLASSICS

  1. Marilee Massari

    These are all good books, but I wanted to recommend a book that I am finishing just now. It is called Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman. It is about Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s race around the world in 1889. Both were New York City reporters in an age when women reporters were few and far between and usually relegated to the Home/Society page. These ladies made a race around the world in opposite directions unaccompanied by men. Also an unusual occurrance. Not only will you learn about the unusual women, but you will also get a glimpse of life at that in not only our history but that of the world’s.

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