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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

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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

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Great!

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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