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I too appreciate books and

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I too appreciate books and women. My personal perspective is books not necessarily written by women, but ones that are about women. I have a website,, that is a bibliography of over 150 books about women, both living and dead. You might want to check it out.

English 10 and AVID 11 &12 teacher from Bakersfield, California

Elena, you might find my blog

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Elena, you might find my blog of interest. It's dedicated to literary fiction by women authors. I started it last summer and have reviewed and interviewed several writers in the last few months. I second Laura Thomas's recommendation of Marisa Silver's "Mary Coin." It just happens to be the first book I wrote about on my blog.

Edutopia staff and parent of two public high schoolers

[A thumbs up for "The Mists

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[A thumbs up for "The Mists of Avalon", too.] I'm in the midst of reading "The Opposite of Fate" by Amy Tan, a book about her own childhood and family. ". . . Whether recalling arguments with her mother in suburban California or introducing us to the ghosts that inhabit her computer, The Opposite of Fate offers vivid portraits of choices, attitudes, charms, and luck in action? A refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties we all face today."

English teacher from Gallatin, Tennessee

For female writers of the

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For female writers of the past ten years, I would add the fillowing:

My wife and I really enjoyed Kate Atkinson's Life After Life this year, partially because it covers the same era of English history as Downton Abbey and more because it is haunting, the idea that a young woman gets chance after chance to endure in the same life.

Arcadia by Lauren Groff is so tender, so well written, you never want to leave the Adirondack commune she has created here, or its characters, Bit and Helle.

Finally, there is only one reason to read We Need to Talk About Kevin. It is a horror story that painfully explores any mother, wife or teacher's worst fears. It is a book whose characters will sere into one's brains and never leave (its effect is like the movie, Schindler's List, I don't care to see it again, but it was so well made that I won't have to. Those aren't good reasons. The reason why is that it's the greatest psychological novel I've ever read, and it's by Lionel Shriver.

Deputy Director of the Learning First Alliance

On Toni Morrison, I'd

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On Toni Morrison, I'd disagree - my favorite is "The Bluest Eye, " though it is also truly disturbing:

Another of my favorites is "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," by Betty Smith. I read it for the first time in about the sixth grade and at least once a year for the next ten...I've not read it since, because of fear of not loving it as much! A classic coming of age story, great for preteens, teen and adults along (in my humble opinion, of course):

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"The Mists of Avalon" has to

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"The Mists of Avalon" has to be one of my favorite books ever. I think it's over 400 pages but I've read it over three times -- can't get enough of it!

One other read I'd suggest is the "Red Tent" -- great read with very strong and diverse women characters:

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

Can I add three titles? Mary

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Can I add three titles? Mary Coin by Marisa Silver ( was just haunting. Inspired by Dorthea Lang's photo, "Migrant Mother," it's a fictionalized account of life during the depression and beyond, told through the lens of several different families. I read it in one sitting- though, granted, it was on a non-stop, coast-to-coast flight.

The other is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon ( . I've long held a deep and powerful hatred for time-travel books, but this series cured me of that within the first 100 pages and now I'm completely hooked. You'll never look at Scottish- or American- history the same way. If you start now, you'll be all caught up just in time for the release of her latest- Written in My Own Heart's Blood- in March of 2013.

And, for the YA reader in your life, let me recommend Amelia and Me by Heather Stemp. ( As a Newfoundland native, Heather really catches the tone of what it meant to be a girl who aspired to great things in a time and place where expectations for girls were much more mundane.

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