WGPL’s Booklist for #ReadWomen2014 and Women’s History Month

#ReadWomen2014 and Women’s History month have inspired me to share a book list featuring some of the famous women of Missouri as well as all over the world!  For those of you who aren’t on Twitter,  this movement was started by Joanna Walsh to promote women authors who have been overlooked, underestimated, or misrepresented.  Check out Walsh’s article to understand her inspiration for #ReadWomen2014!  http://tinyurl.com/k3jm8gk

Women of Missouri

Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

SharpSharp Objects Objects by Gillian Flynn

Kansas City born Flynn has been receiving a lot of notice for her three books, two of which will be coming out in theaters this year.  Watch for Dark Places, coming in September and Gone Girl, released in October. 

The Beast by Faye Kellerman

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist: Writings From the Ozarks by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Women of the World 

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

The Girl Who Fell From the SkyThe Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow

Durrow was the winner of the 2008 Bellwether Prize for Fiction, an award that is given biannually to a work that shows themes of social change.  The award and prize was started by notable author Barbara Kingsolver.  See the list of all Bellwether Prize winners here: http://www.pen.org/literature/2012-penbellwether-prize

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Great books by women that I’ve read in 2014 include The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka and The Age of Miracles by Karen Walker Thompson.

What’s your favorite book by a woman author?  Leave it in the comments!