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"Strong Women" book titles - suggestions?

lemonhead101
9 years ago

I was just browsing through my mind's files the other day (as you do), and started to compile a list of books (both fiction and non-fiction) which featured women who were strong in some way - leaders in their community, strong views/values, emotional strength - all kinds.

And thus this list was born (female metaphor there). Feel free to add your own suggestions. I don't consciously choose this type of book most of the time (clearly since I adore Victorian fiction on the whole), but I do like to read one every now and then for various reasons. Plus I find it to be fascinating that sometimes you can have an unlikeable protagonist, but still admire her for her strength, however it may manifest itself. (Year is year of pub.)

* The Stone Angel - Margaret Laurence (1964)
* Matilda - Roald Dahl (1988)
* Nervous Conditions - Tsitsi Dangarembga (1989)
* Emily Alone - Stewart O'Nann (2011)
* Firegirl - Tony Abbott (YA) (2006)
* The Hunger Games trilogy - Suzanna Collins (various)
* Once Were Warriors - Alan Duff (1990)
* Love Amongst the Butterflies - Margaret Fountaine (Vic writer; pub. 1978)
* Letters of a Woman Homesteader - Emily Pruitt Stewart (1914)
* My Stroke of Insight - Jill Bolte Taylor (2006)
* Radioactive (Marie Curie) - Lauren Redniss (2010)
* Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (1891)
* A Sky Full of Kindness - Rob Ryan (2011)
* The Odd Women - George Gissing (1892)
* My Life in France - Julia Child (2009)
* The Diary of a Good Neighbor - Doris Lessing (2009)
* If the Old Could - Doris Lessing (2009)
* Diary of an Ordinary Woman - Margaret Forster (2004)
* The Dressmaker of Khair Khana - Gail Tzemech Lemmon (2010)
* Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery (1908)
* Monique and the Mango Rains - Kris Holloway (2006)
* Two Old Women (Alaska tribe) - Velma Wallis (1993)
* Lark Rise to Candleford - Flora Thompson (1945)
* The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloots (2010)
* Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education - Jane Robinson (2009)
* Nella Last's War - Nella Last (1981)
* A Child of the Forest trilogy - Winifred Foley (1974)
* Foreign and Female - Doris Weatherford (1986)
* House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros (1984)
* Still Alice - Lisa Genova (2009)
* Sarah, Plain and Tall - Patricia McLaughlin (1986)
* Persepolis books - Marijane Strapi (2003)
* Out to Pasture - Effie Lelander Wilde (1995)
* These is my Words - Nancy Turner (1999)
* Number One Ladies Detective Agency books - Alexander McCall Smith (1998ish)
* Magnificent Obsession: Queen Vic and death of Prince Albert - Helen Rappaport (2011)
* As We Are Now - May Sarton (plus epistolary as well) - bliss (1992)
* Bachelor Girl: The Secret Story of Single Women - Betsy Israel (2003)
* The Marie Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science - Julie des Jardins (2010)
* Song of the Lark - Willa Cather (1915)

Which titles would you suggest? Do you agree with the ones I...

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