Women's History Month Reads

In honor of Women’s History Month we have created a list of books by and about wonderful women from our past and present and from all over the world. Included are titles both fiction and non-fiction that tell us stories of incredible women who have changed the world and used their voice to create a positive change in the world. Let us celebrate them this month and every month by reading and sharing their stories!

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780618871711
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Published: Mariner Books - June 5th, 2007

A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.

This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel's sweetly gothic drawings.


I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316322423
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 2nd, 2015

A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

As seen on Netflix with David Letterman


"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."


She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385346979
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Published: Broadway Books - April 30th, 2013

The bestselling, seminal work of trans literature: a story of love, sex, selfhood, and understanding from Jennifer Finney Boylan
 


Unbowed: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307275202
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Published: Anchor - September 4th, 2007

In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people’s environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women, that soon spread across Africa.


Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781602233706
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Published: University of Alaska Press - February 16th, 2019

“No Natives or Dogs Allowed,” blared the storefront sign at Elizabeth Peratrovich, then a young Alaska Native Tlingit. The sting of those words would stay with her all her life.


A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781788737326
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Published: Verso - November 12th, 2019

"It would be an endless task to trace the variety of meannesses, cares, and sorrows, into which women are plunged by the prevailing opinion that they were created rather to feel than reason, and that all the power they obtain, must be obtained by their charms and weakness." —Mary Wollstonecraft


Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code Cover Image
By Laurie Wallmark, Katy Wu (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454920007
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - May 16th, 2017

"If you've got a good idea, and you know it's going to work, go ahead and do it."
The inspiring story of Grace Hopper--the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science--is told told in an engaging picture book biography.


Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9780525434801
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Published: Anchor - May 1st, 2018

A powerful statement about feminism today from the author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists.


Little Women (Puffin in Bloom) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780147514011
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Published: Puffin Books - August 28th, 2014

Louisa May Alcott's classic tale of four sisters in a deluxe hardcover edition, with beautiful cover illustrations by Anna Bond, the artist behind world-renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co.


I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781524700515
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Published: Ember - March 5th, 2019

National Book Award Finalist!
Instant New York Times Bestseller!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican American home. 


She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
By Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524741723
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Published: Philomel Books - May 30th, 2017

Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted.
 


Piecing Me Together Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781681191072
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 5th, 2018

2018 Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner

"Timely and timeless." --Jacqueline Woodson

"Important and deeply moving." --John Green

Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it's trying to break her.


Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802156983
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

NATIONAL BESTSELLER


Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780743246989
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 12th, 2003

The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author.

An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience i


Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593083338
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Published: Viking - March 10th, 2020

"At the same time that [Solnit] describes her forays into her past, she invites us to connect pieces of her story to our own, as a measure of how far we've come and how far we have left to go." —Jenny Odell, The New York Times Book Review


Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316505093
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Published: Hachette Books - January 21st, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land's memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Includes a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich.


Gold Rush Girl Cover Image
By Avi
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536206791
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Published: Candlewick - March 10th, 2020

Newbery Medalist Avi brings us mud-caked, tent-filled San Francisco in 1848 with a willful heroine who goes on an unintended — and perilous — adventure to save her brother.


Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction

“[These stories] vibrate with originality, queerness, sensuality and the strange.”—Roxane Gay

“In these formally brilliant and emotionally charged tales, Machado gives literal shape to women’s memories and hunger and desire. I couldn’t put it down.”—Karen Russell