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Women's History Month Reading Recommendations

This list is a celebration of women authors we love, selected by members of the Puyallup Public Library book club.  It is not intended to be a definitive list of important women authors, but a starting point to explore great books across many genres.  

If the library has works by the author, please follow the link to check out the item.  If there isn't a link, we somehow are devoid of works by that person and are working to add them to the collection.  Stay tuned!

Isabel Allende
Recommended:  The House of the Spirits

Jane Austen
Recommended: Pride and Prejudice

The Brontes
Recommended:  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Octavia E. Butler
Recommended:  Kindred

Emily Dickinson
Recommended:  Collected poems

Alice Hoffman
Recommended:   Practical Magic

Barbara Kingsolver
Recommended:  The Poisonwood Bible

Jhumpa Lahiri
Recommended:  Interpreter of Maladies 

Ursula LeGuin
Recommended:  A Wizard of Earthsea

Toni Morrison
Recommended:  Beloved

Sayaka Murata
Recommended:  Convenience Store Woman

Flannery O’Connor
Recommended:  Short stories

Rebecca Roahhorse
Recommended:  Trail of Lightning

Mary Shelley
Recommended:  Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus

Simone St. James
Recommended:  The Haunting of Maddy Clare

Amy Tan
Recommended:  The Joy Luck Club

Olga Tokarczuk
Recommended:   Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Alice Walker
Recommended:  The Color Purple

Anzia Yezierska
Recommended:  Bread Givers

Selected biographies and autobiographies

Living My Life by Emma Goldman

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Hell and other Destinations by Madeleine Albright

Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday

No Regrets by Carolyn Burke (biography of Edith Piaf)


Virtual Book Club
Mondays, 9 AM via Zoom

Book Club meets via Zoom every Monday from 9 am - 10 am.  If you've wondered if a book club is for you, everyone is welcome to attend and you can sit in on a session to observe.  

Beginning March 8, 2021 we are reading Hidden Valley Road:  Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker.  This book explores the life of the Galvin family who had six schizophrenic children.  

Our reading schedule is based on the paper copy of the book pictured to the left.  Page numbering should be the same for the paperback and hardback, however, those reading the ebook will need to go by chapters, not page numbers.  The ebook page numbers do not match the print version, but the chapters are the same.

March 8 Chapters 1-9, ending on page 78
March 15 Chapters 10-20, ending on page 162
March 22 Chapters 21-29, ending on page 227
March 29 Chapters 30-38, ending on page 288
April 5, Chapters 39-end, page 335

Please have suggestions ready for our next two selections by March 22nd.

To attend any of the 5 Zoom sessions for this book, please register in advance.


Where to Find Free Ebooks and Audio Books Online

  • Audible is offering a collection of books in audio format for free.  These are primarily children’s books. This is a great resource and may only be offered for a limited time.
  • The Internet Archive is a large repository of books, audio, video, websites and software.  Access is free once you create an account.  There is much to discover here and multiple ways to access the information.  
  • Lit2Go is part of an educational resource clearinghouse based in Florida.  This limited collection of ebooks and audio books includes many classics.
  • Overdrive can be accessed via the Libby app or directly through their web site.  You will need your library card and PIN to check out books.  
  • Project Gutenberg offers access to over 60,000 titles with a focus on books that are now out of copyright. 
  • RBDigital is a content provider that offers magazines, ebooks and audiobooks.  To access the service, you need to create an account which will ask for your library card number.  After that, you will login with the username and password you create.  
  • The Screen Actors Guild has a small number of videos of celebrities reading children’s books for the project Storyline Online. Listen to Betty White, Oprah, Rami Malek and others as they read a variety of children’s books.

Not Sure What to Read Next?

  • Booklist is a publication of the American Library Association.  ALA has made this journal freely available.  Booklist has long been a trusted source for librarians purchasing books.  Read reviews, peruse lists of recommended titles and see what the hottest trends in publishing are.  
  • Goodreads is a popular social site where people comment on books they have read and rate them.  If you’re on the fence about reading a title, check out what people have to say on the Goodreads forums.  You will need a free account to participate.
  • Novelist is a product from Ebsco that will help you find your next favorite book.  You will need your library card number to login. From there, you can browse titles by author, genre, target age and more.