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Best Books Written by Women You've Read this Year!

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StewieGriffinsMom Mon 26-Dec-11 19:29:25

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BarfTheHeraldAngelsHeave Mon 26-Dec-11 22:38:51

Anchee Min - Becoming Madame Mao

Lisa See - Snowflower and the Secret Fan.

joanofarchitrave Mon 26-Dec-11 22:42:56

Sofi Oksanen - Purge

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 27-Dec-11 09:32:49

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Jumpyjack Tue 27-Dec-11 09:35:54

The Hand that First Held Mine - Maggie O'Farrell
Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks

BarfTheHeraldAngelsHeave Tue 27-Dec-11 16:27:49

SGM, if you liked Lisa See then you will probably enjoy Anchee Min. I've read a few of her books now and they are those rarest of things - good books that concentrate on a female lead and deal with history from a female perspective.

I'm reading Pearl of China at the moment which looks at the early life of Peal S. Buck and concentrates on a frienship with a Chinese girl.

chibi Tue 27-Dec-11 16:31:43

i second the lacuna
also The Year of The Flood (margaret atwood)

i am in the middle of reading the latest sara paretsky (v i warshawski novels) and it is v good indeed

Hogmanayhoneyblossom Fri 30-Dec-11 14:25:36

I've not read much but liked Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir.

The Help Kathryn Stockett
Also second Kris Radish - Elegant gathering... Just read that and it was great!
Crimson China - Betsy Tobin. Was an MN book club book a few months ago.

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 04-Jan-12 17:36:06

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Prolesworth Wed 04-Jan-12 19:51:31

In fiction, Room by Emma Donoghue was brilliant and v pro-woman, and A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan was pretty amazing as well.

In feminist nonfiction, Loving to Survive by Dee Graham. OMG that book is EPIC.

Selky Wed 04-Jan-12 19:54:47

The Retribution - Val McDermid

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 04-Jan-12 20:13:05

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MMMarmite Thu 05-Jan-12 22:47:48

The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin - dragons and wizards with a feminist perspective, especially in the fourth book smile

Harry Potter, can't go a year without reading at least one!

I think my taste is a bit less refined than some of you grin

BasilRathbone Thu 05-Jan-12 23:31:36

Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea
Cordelia Fine - Delusions of Gender
Backlash - Susan Faludi

Can't remember any others...

TheButterflyEffect Sat 07-Jan-12 00:46:10

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yellowraincoat Sat 07-Jan-12 00:47:03

Alice Munro, ANYTHING by Alice Munro, been reading all her stuff again lately. Just love her style.

BasilRathbone Sat 07-Jan-12 10:56:25

Oh my DS watched that. (The JK Rowling thing)

Must see if it's on replay.

Not exactly the height of literature but I got a whole bundle of books from ebay for the Kindle and although they were mainly "men's" literature (think Clive Cussler, Stephen King, Lee Child etc) there were a load of Sue GRafton ones.

So I have been reading these - mainly in the middle of the night bfing! They have a really strong female lead Kinsey Millhone which is great. And they are easy reading for 4am grin.

MrsMagnolia Wed 11-Jan-12 19:24:30

If you like Sue Grafton do try Marcia Muller, her Sharon McCone series is superb. The earlier ones were originally published in the UK by the sadly long gone Women's Press sad.

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 11-Jan-12 19:28:31

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Ooh thanks both. I love finding new authors.

MrsMagnolia Wed 11-Jan-12 20:24:53

Laura Lippman is another to look out for, set in Baltimore.


Takver Thu 19-Jan-12 22:26:14

Oh, I used to love Marcia Muller. Haven't thought of them for years smile

I still have loads of the Women's Press books, just found a whole list of the Sci-fi titles here - must track down those I haven't read.

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