Read Women 2014

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Recommended books are preceded with a *

Highly recommended books are in bold

Books I loathed are preceded with a –



Sarah Dunant, In the Company of the Courtesan


Carol Ryrie Brink, Caddie Woodlawn

Sarah Forsyth’s Slave Girl

Rahila Gupta’s Enslaved: The New British Slavery

Sophie Hayes’ Trafficked


Annabel Pitcher’s My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece

*Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place

Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and selected short stories

Sue Eckstein’s Interpreters.


J.D Robb’s Taken in Death

J.D Robb’s Concealed in Death

J.D Robb’s Thankless in Death

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin ands the Wellspring of Death

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wykhadden

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and Love, Lies and Liquor

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Days the Flood Came

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell

M.C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist


Maggie O’Farrell’s The distance between us

Susan Fletcher’s Eve Green

Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories

*Lynn Harne’s Violent Fathering

*Lorraine Radford & Marianne Hester’s Mothering Through Domestic Violence

*Julie Bindel’s Straight Expectations

*Lori Lansen’s The Girls

*Anita Rau Badami’s Can you hear the nightbird call?

*Anita Rau Badami’s Tamarind Mem

Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss

*Gillian Slovo’s Black Orchid


*Kate Mosse’ Citadel

Kate Mosse’ The Mistletoe Bride and other haunting tales

*Marilyn French’s War Against Women

Carola Dunn’s The Winter Garden Mystery

Carola Dunn’s Requiem for a Mezzo

Carola Dunn’s Murder on the Flying Scotsman

Valerie Martin’s A Recent Martyr

Maggie O’Farrell’s My Lover’s Lover

Isabel Wolff’s forget me not

*Maggie O’Farrell’s After You’d Gone


* Lydia Cacho’s Slavery Inc.: The Untold Story of International Sex Trafficking

* Jenny Kitzinger’s Framing Abuse: media influence and public understandings of sexual violence against children

Emma Donoghue’s Life Mask

Meg Cabot’s Awaken

* Sarah Dunant’s The Birth of Venus

Lucretia Grindle’s The Lost Daughter 

– Elizabeth Caroline Grey’s The Skeleton Count

* Helen Forrester’s Twopence to Cross the Mersey

Sara Paretsky’s Indemnity Law

* Gillian Bagwell’s The Darling Strumpet: A Novel of Nell Gwynn


* Meg Medina’s The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind

Jane Mendelsohn’s I was Amelia Earhart

Carol Ryrie Brink’s Caddie Woodlawn

* Amber E. Kinser’s Motherhood and Feminism

Susan Coolidge’s Clover

Susan Coolidge’s In the High Valley

* Stella Duffy’s Theodora

* Stella Duffy’s The Purple Shroud

Pat Craven’s Living with the Dominator


* Kamila Shamsie’s Broken Verses

Arlie Russell Hochschild’s The Second Shift

Fatima Bhutto’s The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

* Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americana

* Bella Pollen’s Hunting Unicorns

Beatrix Campbell’s End of Equality

* Gertrude Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

* Anna Politkovskaya’s A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya


* Maya Angelou’s Letters To My Daughter

Kate Walbert’s A Short History of Women

* Maya Angelou’s Mom & Me & Mom


Denise Thompson’s Radical Feminism Today

Mary Beard’s Parthenon

Gerda Lerner’s The Creation of Patriarchy


Joumana Haddad’s Superman is an Arab