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Because everyone's doing it, even if it's a wierd collection - Rachel Ray???? Boggle.

The peculiar list of women writers is under the cut...



Instructions:
Bold the ones you've read
Italicize the ones you might read
* Another book by author read, but not this
???Titles/authors you've never heard of
*** Tried and abandoned
XXX Life Is Too Short
% no view either way: just not bothered/doesn't sound like my sort of thing, and in a world of so many books, so little time, some choices have to be made


Alcott, Louisa May–Little Women and the sequels
Allende,Isabel–The House of Spirits
XXX Angelou, Maya–I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (plus sequels)
Atwood, Margaret–Cat's Eye (and many others)
Austen, Jane–Emma (and the others)
%Bambara, Toni Cade–Salt Eaters
Barnes, Djuna–Nightwood
%de Beauvoir, Simone–The Second Sex
XXX Blume, Judy–Are You There God? It's Me Margaret
Burnett, Frances–The Secret Garden
Bronte, Charlotte–Jane Eyre (also her other books)
Bronte, Emily–Wuthering Heights
Buck, Pearl S.–The Good Earth
Byatt, A.S.–Possession
*Cather, Willa–My Antonia
Chopin, Kate–The Awakening
%Christie, Agatha–Murder on the Orient Express
???Cisneros, Sandra–The House on Mango Street
XXX Clinton, Hillary Rodham–Living History
???Cooper, Anna Julia–A Voice From the South
???Danticat, Edwidge–Breath, Eyes, Memory
%Davis, Angela–Women, Culture, and Politics (or possibly something else by her
*Desai, Anita–Clear Light of Day
Dickinson, Emily–Collected Poems
Duncan, Lois–I Know What You Did Last Summer
DuMaurier, Daphne–Rebecca
Eliot, George–Middlemarch

???Emecheta, Buchi–Second Class Citizen
*Erdrich, Louise–Tracks
XXXEsquivel, Laura–Like Water for Chocolate
XXXFlagg, Fannie–Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Friedan, Betty–The Feminine Mystique
Frank, Anne–Diary of a Young Girl
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins–The Yellow Wallpaper

*Gordimer, Nadine–July's People
XXXGrafton, Sue–S is for Silence (all the others)
Hamilton, Edith–Mythology
Highsmith, Patricia–The Talented Mr. Ripley
???hooks, bell–Bone Black
???Hurston, Zora Neale–Dust Tracks on the Road
???Jacobs, Harriet–Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
???Jackson, Helen Hunt–Ramona
Jackson, Shirley–The Haunting of Hill House
Jong, Erica–Fear of Flying
Keene, Carolyn–The Nancy Drew Mysteries

XXXKidd, Sue Monk–The Secret Life of Bees
*Kincaid, Jamaica–Lucy
XXXKingsolver, Barbara–The Poisonwood Bible
Kingston, Maxine Hong–The Woman Warrior
???Larsen, Nella–Passing
L'Engle, Madeleine–A Wrinkle in Time
Le Guin, Ursula K.–The Left Hand of Darkness
Lee, Harper–To Kill a Mockingbird
Lessing, Doris–The Golden Notebook
Lively, Penelope–Moon Tiger

*Lorde, Audre–The Cancer Journals
XXXMartin, Ann M.–The Babysitters Club Series
McCullers, Carson–The Member of the Wedding
XXXMcMillan, Terry–Disappearing Acts
???Markandaya, Kamala–Nectar in a Sieve
???Marshall, Paule–Brown Girl, Brownstones
XXXMitchell, Margaret–Gone with the Wind
Montgomery, Lucy–Anne of Green Gables
???Morgan, Joan–When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost
*Morrison, Toni–Song of Solomon
Murasaki, Lady Shikibu–The Tale of Genji
Munro, Alice–Lives of Girls and Women
Murdoch, Iris–Severed Head

%Naylor, Gloria–Mama Day
Niffenegger, Audrey–The Time Traveller's Wife
*Oates, Joyce Carol–We Were the Mulvaneys
O'Connor, Flannery–A Good Man is Hard to Find
Piercy, Marge–Woman on the Edge of Time

XXXPicoult, Jodi–My Sister's Keeper
Plath, Sylvia–The Bell Jar
%Porter, Katharine Anne–Ship of Fools
Proulx, E. Annie–The Shipping News
XXXRand, Ayn–The Fountainhead
XXXRay, Rachel–365: No Repeats
Rhys, Jean–Wide Sargasso Sea
Robinson, Marilynne–Housekeeping

???Rocha, Sharon–For Lac
Sebold, Alice–The Lovely Bones
Shelley, Mary–Frankenstein
Smith, Betty–A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Smith, Zadie–White Teeth
Spark, Muriel–The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Spyri, Johanna–Heidi and sequels
???Strout, Elizabeth–Amy and Isabelle
XXXSteel, Danielle–The House
Tan, Amy–The Joy Luck Club
???Tannen, Deborah–You're Wearing That
Ulrich, Laurel–A Midwife's Tale
Urquhart, Jane–Away
*Walker, Alice–The Temple of My Familiar
*Welty, Eudora–One Writer's Beginnings
*Wharton, Edith–Age of Innocence
Wilder, Laura Ingalls–Little House in the Big Woods
Wollstonecraft, Mary–A Vindication of the Rights of Women
Woolf, Virginia–A Room of One's Own
and everything else

Comments

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owlfish
Apr. 9th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
The more I see this list, the more intrigued I am by which books for which the list-author chose to mention "and sequels". I had no idea Heidi had sequels - but surely the sequels to Anne of Green Gables or Little House in the Big Woods warrant mention. It's an intriguingly odd list.
gillo
Apr. 9th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
The Heidi sequels were written by a man, I believe. Charles Tritten is the name that comes to mind. It is, however, over 40 years since I read them.
owlfish
Apr. 9th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
If the sequels were written by a man, then their inclusion on a list of books written by women is even stranger.
intertext
Apr. 10th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
I rather suspect that the Original Author didn't know that salient fact... I'd love to know who wrote it. There are a few current CanLit offerings that are not necessarily well known anywhere else (Americans only know Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro), which leads me to wonder if the OA was Canadian.
intertext
Apr. 10th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, and some of the single choices are odd - like Cat's Eye for Margaret Atwood when many others are better known outside Canada, or "A Room of One's Own" for V. Woolf, when I would have picked one or two of her novels, or Severed Head for Iris Murdoch. Sounds a bit like the syllabus of a course?
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