Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History

We may be over halfway through March already, but there’s still time to grab a book and celebrate Women’s History Month!  Not sure where to start?  Keep an eye on the blog, where we’ll be posting fiction, nonfiction, YA, and graphic novel suggestions over the next few days.  Click on the cover of each book to visit the library’s catalog and place a hold.

First up, fiction from some of the most honest and talented female writers in the publishing world.



AmericanahAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Years ago, Ifemelu left her first love, Obinze, behind in war-torn Nigeria to start a new life in America.  But when she returns to her homeland and reunites with Obinze, she must make some very difficult decisions about her life and her home.  Americanah is a sprawling, award-winning novel that touches on themes of race, love, and home.



Untitled-3Mothers Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell

The female characters in these stories are strong, broken, wise, vulnerable, darkly funny, scrappy, vengeful, and ultimately familiar.  Whether it’s an abused woman taking revenge on her bedridden husband, or a new bride convinced that her deceased ex-boyfriend has returned to her in the form of a dog, you will find yourself rooting for these flawed women and the people they love.



American HousewifeAmerican Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis

A collection of short stories about housewives behaving badly.  The dust jacket describes these books as “vicious, fresh, and nutty as a poisoned Goo Goo Cluster,” and really…with a description like that, how can you not read this book?




At the Water's EdgeAt the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

The author of the best-selling Water for Elephants returns with another dazzling and compelling story about a young woman and her husband who cross the ocean in the middle of World War II to search for the Loch Ness Monster.  There’s a surprisingly ominous tone that hovers over most of the novel, but it’s also a beautiful story about a woman finding herself in the middle of personal and global chaos.



Salvage the BonesSalvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Four siblings from a neglectful family prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of puppies. This is both a big-hearted novel about family and a wrenching look at the brutal realities of poverty.



Want more?

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stuart
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

You can also check out our Goodreads shelf or our Pinterest board for even more suggestions.  Or stop by the main floor of the library to browse our awesome display:

Women's History Display

Check back soon for our nonfiction reading suggestions!