Books by Women Reading List

December 1991 to the present

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1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992 | 1991


2016

Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now:
   The Best of Mary Schmich
 by Mary Schmich (January 2016)

Euphoria by Lily King (February 2016)

Ghost Hero by S. J. Rozan (March 2016)

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast (April 2016)

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (May 2016)

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (June 2016)

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2015

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
   by Pema Chodron (January 2015)

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (February 2015)

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor (March 2015)

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (April 2015)

The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki (May 2015)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (June 2015)

Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy,
   and Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer

      by Jeanne Bishop (September 2015)

The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich (October 2015)

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver (November 2015)

The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing (December 2015)

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2014

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny (January 2014)

Citizens of London by Lynne Olson (February 2014)

Miles from Nowhere by Nami Mun (March 2014)

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (April 2014)

Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy,
   Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis
by Alice Yaeger Kaplan (May 2014)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness
   by Michelle Alexander (June 2014)

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2013

Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and
   a People Betrayed
 by Judy Pasternak (January 2013)

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls (February 2013)

Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor (March 2013)

Prague Winter:
   A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937–1948
   
   by Madeleine Albright (April 2013)

Still Alice by Lisa Genova (May 2013)

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
   by Mary Roach (June 2013)

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (September 2013)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: 
   Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
by Katherine Boo
      (October 2013)

The Round House by Louise Erdrich (November 2013)

My Antonia by Willa Cather (December 2013)

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2012

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacey Schiff (January 2012)

The Paperbark Shoe by Goldie Goldbloom (February 2012)

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (March 2012)

Paris without End: The True Story of Hemingway’s First Wife
   by Gioia Diliberto (April 2012)

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht (May 2012)

Nomad by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (June 2012)

Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
   by Maya Jasanoff (September 2012)

Bent Road by Lori Roy (October 2012)

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (November 2012)

Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life: Inspiration and Advice
   from Celebrated Women Authors Who Paved the Way

     by Nava Atlas (December 2012)

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2011

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (January 2011)

A Mercy by Toni Morrison (February 2011)

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (March 2011)

Still Life: An Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Perry (April 2011)

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (May 2011)

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American
   Women from 1960 to the Present
by Gail Collins (June 2011) 

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (September 2011)

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland (October 2011)

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (November 2011)

Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier (December 2011)

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2010

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (January 2010)

206 Bones by Kathy Reichs (February 2010)

Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box
   by Madeleine Albright (March 2010)

Second Blooming for Women:  Growing a Life that Matters After Fifty
   by Kathleen Vestal Logan and Betsy Smith, Ph.D. (April 2010)

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (May 2010)

Triple Time by Anne Sanow (June 2010)

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (September 2010)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (October 2010)

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (November 2010)

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (December 2010)

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2009

Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg (January 2009)

A Stranger Kinship: One Town’s Extraordinary Story of Hope
   and Faith
by Anna-Lisa Cox (February 2009)

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (March 2009)

Not Yet Drown’d by Peg Kingman (April 2009)

A Person of Interest by Susan Choi (May 2009)

The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel (June 2009)

The Most Famous Man in America by Deborah Applegate (September 2009)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
   by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (October 2009) 

Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations
   by Georgina Howell (November 2009)

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (December 2009)

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2008

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (January 2008)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (February 2008)

Gatsby’s Girl by Caroline Preston (March 2008)

Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott (April 2008)

The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett (May 2008)

American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever (June 2008)

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (September 2008)

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (October 2008)

The Soldier's Heart by Elizabeth Samet (November 2008)

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (December 2008)

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2007

Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City
   by Anna Quindlen (January 2007)

Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant (February 2007)

March by Geraldine Brooks (March 2007)

How to be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward (April 2007)

Holy Fools by Joanne Harris (May 2007)

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (June 2007)

Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell by Janet Wallach
   (September 2007)

The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean (October 2007)

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (November 2007)

Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen (December 2007)

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2006

Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman (January 2006)

Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull
   (February 2006)

Light on Snow by Anita Shreve (March 2006)

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (April 2006)

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (May 2006)

The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys (June 2006)

Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor
   (September 2006)

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (One Book, One Chicago)
   (October 2006)

Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott (November 2006)

Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope by Joan Chittister
   (December 2006)

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2005

My Dream of You by Nuala O’Faolain (January 2005)

The Good Earth by Pearl Buck (February 2005)

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland (March 2005)

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (April 2005)

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
   by Cokie Roberts (May 2005)

Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett (June 2005)

Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh (September 2005)

The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst (October 2005)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (One Book, One Chicago)
   (November 2005)

In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden by Kathleen Cambor (December 2005)

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2004

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver (January 2004)

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (February 2004)

Three Junes by Julia Glass (March 2004)

Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg (April 2004)

Think of England by Alice Elliot Dark (May 2004)

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott (June 2004)

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (September 2004)

A Round-Heeled Woman by Jane Juska (October 2004)

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (November 2004)

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (December 2004)

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2003

Good Harbor by Anita Diamant (January 2003)

Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier (February 2003)

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (March 2003)

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (April 2003)

Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (May 2003)

Weight of Water by Anita Shreve (June 2003)

Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund (September 2003)

Unless by Carol Shields (October 2003)

Blessings by Anna Quindlen (November 2003)

Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women
   by Geraldine Brooks (December 2003)

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2002

Love, Again by Doris Lessing (December 2002)

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
   (November 2002)

White Teeth by Zadie Smith (October 2002)

The Bay of Angels by Anita Brookner (September 2002)

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich
   (August 2002)

The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty (July 2002)

Martyr’s Crossing by Amy Wilentz (June 2002)

Seneca Falls Inheritance by Miriam Grace Monfredo (May 2002)

Night by Elie Wiesel (April 2002)

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (March 2002)

Daughter of Persia by Sattareh Farman (February 2002)

Off Keck Road by Mona Simpson (January 2002)

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2001

Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (January 2001)

Chocolat by Joanne Harris (February 2001)

House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (March 2001)

Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel (April 2001)

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier (May 2001)

The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier (June 2001)

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (July 2001)

The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank (August 2001)

Fortune’s Rocks by Anita Shreve (September 2001)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (October 2001)

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (November 2001)

Saving Grace by Lee Smith (December 2001)

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2000

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticant (January 2000)

The Pleasing Hour by Lily King (February 2000)

Spending by Mary Gordon (March 2000)

City of Light by Lauren Belfer (April 2000)

The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction by Linda Gordon (May 2000)

The Red Tent by Anita Diamont (June 2000)

Angels on Toast by Dawn Powell (July 2000)

The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien (August 2000)  

Birds of America by Lorrie Moore (September 2000)

Middlemarch by George Eliot (October 2000)

Sacred Country by Rose Tremain (November 2000)

Bee Season by Myla Goldberg (December 2000)

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1999

Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner (January 1999)

The Love of a Good Women by Alice Monroe (February 1999)

Charming Billy by Alice McDermott (March 1999)

While I Was Gone by Sue Miller (April 1999)

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (May 1999)

Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg (June 1999)

Tara Road by Maeve Binchy (July 1999)

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood (August 1999)

My Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki (September 1999)

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (October 1999)

Evening by Susan Minot (November 1999)

Anywhere But Here by Mona Simpson (December 1999)

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1998

The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken (January 1998)

The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart (February 1998)

Alive Together by Lisel Mueller (March 1998)

The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls
   by Joan Jacobs Brumberg (April 1998)

Babel Tower by A.S. Byatt (May 1998)

The Healing by Gayl Jones (June 1998)

Le Divorce by Dianne Johnson (July 1998)

Two Women in One by N. El Saadawi (August 1998)

A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor (October 1998)

The Green Knight  by Iris Murdoch (November 1998)

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (December 1998)

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1997

Longitude by Diwa Sobel (January 1997)

The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot (February 1997)

In A Different Voice by Carol Gilligan (March 1997)

Regeneration by Pat Barker (April 1997)

Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels (May 1997)

The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald (June 1997)

Stones From the River by Ursula Hegi (July 1997)

Before Women Had Wings by Connie May Fowler (September 1997)

A Change of Climate by Hillary Mantel (October 1997)

Down By the River by Edna O’Brien (November 1997)

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (December 1997)

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1996

The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton (January 1996)

The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler (February 1996)

True North: A Memoir by Jill Ker Conway (March 1996)

House of Splendid Isolation by Edna O’Brien (April 1996)  

Liar’s Club by Mary Karr (May 1996)

Rosie by Anne Lamott (June 1996)

My Antonia by Willa Cather (July 1996)

Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris (August 1996)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (September 1996)

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (October 1996)   

Frankenstein by Mary Wdlestonecraft Shelley (November 1996)

Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw (December 1996)

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1995

Adam Bede by George Eliot (January 1995)

The Good Husband by Gail Godwin (February 1995)

The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx (March 1995)

A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton (April 1995)

Susan B. Anthony: A Biography by Kathleen Barry (May 1995)

Maiden Voyages edited by Mary Morris (June 1995)

The Longings of Women by Marge Piercy (July 1995)

Pioneer Women:  Voices from the Kansas Frontier by Joanna Stratton    (August 1995)

Villette by Chalotte Bronte (September 1995)

Ancestral Truths by Sara Maitland (October 1995)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (November 1995)

Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa Mae Alcott (December 1995)

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1994

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (January 1994)

The Fountain of Age by Betty Friedan (February 1994)

The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood (March 1994)

Happenstance by Carol Shields (April 1994)

Consider This, Senora by Hariett Doerr (May 1994)

Vindication by Frances Sherwood (June 1994)

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively (July 1994)

I Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots by Susan Straight
   (August 1994)

Emma by Jane Austen (September 1994)

Red Azalea by Anchee Min (October 1994)

Certain Women by Madeline L’Engle (November 1994)

Jazz by Toni Morrison (December 1994)

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1993

The Perez Family by Christine Bell (January 1993)

Union Street by Pat Barker (February 1993)

Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver (March 1993)

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing (April 1993)

Biography of Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook (May 1993)

I Rigoberto Menchu, An Indian Woman in Guatamala
   by Rigoberto Menchu (June 1993)

Possession by A. S. Byatt (July 1993)

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (August 1993)

Blackwater by Joyce Carol Oates (September 1993)

A River Sutra by Gita Mehta (October 1993)

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (November 1993)

The Emperor’s Last Island by Julia Blackburn (December 1993)

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1992

An American Childhood by Annie Dillard (January 1992)

Jump by Nadine Gordimer (February 1992)

You Just Don’t Understand by Deborah Tannen (March 1992)

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (April 1992)

Women Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros (May 1992)

How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto (June 1992)

The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan (July 1992)

Revolution from Within by Gloria Steinem (September 1992)

Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler (October 1992)

The Female Experiences: An American Documentary
   edited by Gerda Lerner (November 1992)

Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston (December 1992)

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1991

The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker (December 1991)

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