Monday, April 24, 2006

Women Writers Book Meme

This is from DebR at Red Shoe Ramblings. The instructions are:
Bold the ones you've read
Italicize the ones you might like to read
Put question marks - ?? - by any titles and/or authors you've never heard of
Put an asterisk - * - if you've read a different title by the same author

*Alcott, Louisa May - Little Women
*Allende, Isabel - The House of Spirits
Angelou, Maya - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Atwood, Margaret - Cat's Eye
*Austen, Jane - Emma (Pride and Prejudice, of course)
??Bambara, Toni Cade - Salt Eaters
??Barnes, Djuna - Nightwood
de Beauvoir, Simone - The Second Sex
*Blume, Judy - Are You There God? It's Me Margaret (I used to read all my children's books, just as my mother read mine. Now I have to wait for the grandchildren)
Burnett, Frances - The Secret Garden
Bronte, Charlotte - Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily - Wuthering Heights
Buck, Pearl S. - The Good Earth
Byatt, A.S. - Possession
Cather, Willa - My Antonia
??Chopin, Kate -The Awakening
*Christie, Agatha - Murder on the Orient Express
Cisneros, Sandra - The House on Mango Street
Clinton, Hillary Rodham - Living History
??Cooper, Anna Julia - A Voice From the South
Danticat, Edwidge - Breath, Eyes, Memory
??Davis, Angela - Women, Culture, and Politics
Desai, Anita - Clear Light of Day
Dickinson, Emily - Collected Poems
??Duncan, Lois - I Know What You Did Last Summer
*DuMaurier, Daphne - Rebecca
Eliot, George - Middlemarch
??Emecheta, Buchi - Second Class Citizen
??Erdrich, Louise - Tracks
Esquivel, Laura - Like Water for Chocolate (seen the movie)
Flagg, Fannie - Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (seen the movie)
Friedan, Betty - The Feminine Mystique
Frank, Anne - Diary of a Young Girl
??Gilman, Charlotte Perkins - The Yellow Wallpaper
Gordimer, Nadine - July's People
??Grafton, Sue - S is for Silence
??Hamilton, Edith - Mythology
Highsmith, Patricia - The Talented Mr. Ripley (seen the movie)
??Hooks, bell - Bone Black
Hurston, Zora Neale - Dust Tracks on the Road
??Jacobs, Harriet - Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
??Jackson, Helen Hunt - Ramona
??Jackson, Shirley - The Haunting of Hill House
Jong, Erica - Fear of Flying
Keene, Carolyn - The Nancy Drew Mysteries (any of them) (no, the library didn't have those when I was a kid, nor any Enid Blyton - too lowbrow!)
Kidd, Sue Monk - The Secret Life of Bees
*Kincaid, Jamaica - Lucy
*Kingsolver, Barbara - The Poisonwood Bible
Kingston, Maxine Hong - The Woman Warrior
??Larsen, Nella - Passing
* L'Engle, Madeleine - A Wrinkle in Time
*Le Guin, Ursula K .- The Left Hand of Darkness
Lee, Harper-To Kill a Mockingbird
Lessing, Doris - The Golden Notebook
*Lively, Penelope - Moon Tiger
Lorde, Audre - The Cancer Journals
Martin, Ann M. - The Babysitters Club Series (any of them) (OK, I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I read those in my 40s - just because my children brought them home)
McCullers, Carson - The Member of the Wedding
??McMillan, Terry - Disappearing Acts
??Markandaya, Kamala - Nectar in a Sieve
??Marshall, Paule - Brown Girl, Brownstones
Mitchell, Margaret - Gone with the Wind
Montgomery, Lucy - Anne of Green Gables
??Morgan, Joan - When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost
Morrison, Toni - Song of Solomon
Murasaki, Lady Shikibu - The Tale of Genji(somehow didn't get to it when I was studying Japanese)
Munro, Alice - Lives of Girls and Women
Murdoch, Iris - Severed Head
??Naylor, Gloria - Mama Day
Niffenegger, Audrey - The Time Traveller's Wife
Oates, Joyce Carol - We Were the Mulvaneys
O'Connor, Flannery - A Good Man is Hard to Find
??Piercy, Marge - Woman on the Edge of Time
*Picoult, Jodi - My Sister's Keeper
Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar
Porter, Katharine Anne - Ship of Fools
Proulx, E. Annie - The Shipping News
Rand, Ayn - The Fountainhead
??Ray, Rachel - 365: No Repeats
Rhys, Jean - Wide Sargasso Sea( a long time ago - I can't remember if I got to the end or not)
??Robinson, Marilynne - Housekeeping
??Rocha, Sharon - For Lac
Sebold, Alice - The Lovely Bones
Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein
Smith, Betty - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Smith, Zadie - White Teeth
Spark, Muriel - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (the movie, again. I believe she died about a week or two ago)
Spyri, Johanna - Heidi
Strout, Elizabeth - Amy and Isabelle
Steel, Danielle - The House
*Tan, Amy - The Joy Luck Club(I read and loved The Hundred Secret Senses)
??Tannen, Deborah - You're Wearing That
??Ulrich, Laurel - A Midwife's Tale
??Urquhart, Jane - Away
Walker, Alice - The Temple of My Familiar
Welty, Eudora - One Writer's Beginnings
Wharton, Edith - Age of Innocence
*Wilder, Laura Ingalls - Little House in the Big Woods(Read the whole series)
Wollstonecraft, Mary - A Vindication of the Rights of Women
Woolf, Virginia - A Room of One's Own

There seem to be a rather large number I haven't read, but at least I have heard of most of them.

Here are some more favourites in no particular order - what they have in common are that very few of them are written in the US, probably why they are not on the original list:
Roy, Arundhati - the God of small Things
Tremain, Rose - Music and Silence
Chevalier, Tracy - Girl with a Pearl Earring
Moggach, Deborah - Tulip Fever
Woolfe, Sue - Leaning Towards Infinity
Molteno, Marion - If You Can Walk, You Can Dance
Nahai, Gina B - Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith
Hawking, Jane - Music to Move the Stars(This is the autobiography of Stephen Hawking's first wife)
Paton Walsh, Jill - Knowledge of Angels
Pilgrim, Ruri - Fish of the Seto Inland Sea
Hulme, Keri - The Bone People
Hoffmann, Alice - The Probable Future
For fantasy (for both older children and adults), anything by Diana Wynn Jones and Susan Cooper. Way better than Harry Potter

1 comment:

Deb R said...

Glad Blogger finally cooperated to let you post your list! (It was being a pain today regarding both posting and comments....gggrrr) It was interesting. I'm especially intrigued by some of the ones you added at the end. I need to find some of those and give them a try!