By Anne Simpson, Public Services Librarian
March 8, 2023
March is Women's History Month and we have put together a list of books that highlight the stories of remarkable women from various backgrounds and time periods, all written by women! Whether you are interested in reading about activists, artists, scientists, or everyday heroes, we have a diverse selection of books that are sure to inspire and educate. So, grab a cup of tea, settle in, and explore these fascinating reads that showcase the power and resilience of women.
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Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor
Binge-worthy reading at its best: an addictive, action-packed page-turner of epic proportions about the machinations of one dizzyingly wealthy family in contemporary India and the outsiders who are drawn into their treacherous web.
Central Places by Delia Cai
A young woman's rootless past and uncertain future collide when she brings her white fiancé home to meet her Chinese immigrant parents, toppling her carefully constructed life in this vibrant, insightful debut from an exciting new voice in fiction. Over the course of one disastrous week, Audrey's proximity to her family and ex boyfriend forces her to confront the past and reexamine her fraught connection to her roots before she undoes everything she's worked toward and everything she's imagined for herself. But is that life really the one she wants?
The End of Drum-Time by Hanna Pylväinen
The richly atmospheric saga that charts the repercussions of a scandalous nineteenth century love affair between a young Sámi reindeer herder in the Arctic Circle and the daughter of the renegade Lutheran minister whose teachings are upending the Sámi way of life. Gorgeously written and stunning in scope, The End of Drum-Time is both a powerful immersion into a forgotten culture and a celebration of a beautiful, ancient way of life. It masterfully weaves together the complex geopolitics and rich tradition of nineteenth century Scandinavia and brings to life a people caught between an old way of life and the new, and asks how what we believe shapes the course of our lives.
The Faraway World by Patricia Engel
From Patricia Engel, whose novel Infinite Country was a New York Times bestseller and a Reese's Book Club pick: A collection of ten haunting short stories linked by themes of migration, sacrifice, and moral compromise bring to life the liminality of regret, the vibrancy of community, and the epic deeds and quiet moments of love.
Maame by Jessica George
Smart, funny, and deeply affecting, Jessica George's Maame deals with the themes of our time with humor and poignancy: from familial duty and racism, to female pleasure, the complexity of love, and the life-saving power of friendship. An unforgettable debut about a young British Ghanaian woman as she navigates her twenties and finds her place in the world, for readers of Queenie and The Other Black Girl. Most important, it explores what it feels like to be torn between two homes and cultures-and it celebrates finally being able to find where you belong.
Old Babes in the Wood by Margaret Atwood
A dazzling collection of short stories from the internationally acclaimed, award-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments, stories that look deeply into the heart of family relationships, marriage, loss and memory, and what it means to spend a life together.
Our Share of Night by Mariana Enriquez
Moving back and forth in time, from London in the swinging 1960s to the brutal years of Argentina's military dictatorship and its turbulent aftermath, Our Share of Night is a novel like no other: a family story, a ghost story, a story of the occult and the supernatural, a book about the complexities of love and longing with queer subplots and themes. This is the masterwork of one of Latin America's most original novelists, "a mesmerizing writer," says Dave Eggers, "who demands to be read.
Someone Else's Shoes by Jojo Moyes
A story of mix-ups, mess-ups and making the most of second chances, this is the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You and The Giver of Stars Who are you when you are forced to walk in someone else's shoes? Someone Else's Shoes is a funny, moving and heartfelt story about how, for any of us just one little thing can suddenly change everything"-
The Survivalists by Kashana Cauley
In the wake of her parents' death, Aretha, a habitually single Black lawyer, has had only one obsession in life--success--until she falls for Aaron, a coffee entrepreneur. Moving into his Brooklyn brownstone to live along with his Hurricane Sandy-traumatized, illegal-gun-stockpiling, optimized-soy-protein-eating, bunker-building roommates, Aretha finds that her dreams of making partner are slipping away, replaced by an underground world, one of selling guns and training for a doomsday that's maybe just around the corner.
What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez by Claire Jimenez
What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez is a vivid family portrait, in all its shattered reality, exploring the familial bonds between women and cycles of generational violence, colonialism, race, and silence, replete with snark, resentment, tenderness, and, of course, love