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- Another Love. LGBTR
- The Awakening. Kate Chopin. (Bantam Books. Toronto; 1989)
One of the earliest visions of women's emancipation. This book tells of a
woman's abandonment of her family, her seduction, and her awakening to
desires and passions. She is in search of self-discovery and turns away
from convention and society, and toward the primal, irresistible attraction
- Babette's Feast. Isak Dinesen (Vintage Books. New York; 1959)
Babette's Feast and Other anecdotes of Destiny are a collection of five stories
by the world-renowned author of Out of Africa.
- Beloved. Toni Morrison (New American Library. New York; 1987)
Sethe. Proud and beautiful, she escaped from slavery but is haunted by its
heritage. She must deal with the haunted life on every level, from the
fires of the flesh to the heartbreaking challenges to the spirit. Set in
rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this is a profoundly affecting
chronicle of slavery and its aftermath.
- The Best Little Girl in the World.
- Braided Lives. Marge Piercy (Ballantine Books; 1982)
Growing up in Detroit in the 50's and going to college when the first seeds
of sexual freedoms are sown, Jill and Donna are two young women coming
of age in an exciting and The Cat Came Back.
- Colette, Break of Day. Translated by Enid McLeod (Ballantine
Books. New York; 1961)
Colette explores with extraordinary dept and understanding the romance and
sensuality of sexual relationships, friendships, nature, motherhood, and
work and the delicate balance between every aspect of a women's life. In
the most autobiographical of all her novels, Colette, now nearing fifty,
is living quietly and comfortably in the country. Having lived a life full
of men, love, and rich sensuality, she now adores the simple pleasure of
her garden, her animals, her solitude and the knowledge that, for a time,
romantic involvement is not what she needs or wants.
- Colette, Claudine in Paris. Translated by Antonia White (Ballantine
Books. New York; 1976)
Claudine moves to Paris from the French country-side just as she's blossoming
into a woman, overcome with sweet confusion, scary anticipation, and burning
desire. As men sweep her through the wonders of being young and in Paris,
we celebrate with Colette the unparalleled experience of first love.
- Eva Luna. Isabel Allend (Bantam Books. New York; 1987)
The enchanting account of Eva, who matures and comes to love a Turkish merchant,
a guerrilla fighter, and a German immigrant.
- The Flame Trees of Thika. Elspeth Huxley (Penguin Books. Middlesex
The story of Elspeth Huxley's childhood on a small farm in Kenya at the turn
of the century.
- Give Me Time. Linnea A. Due (William Morrow and Company, Inc.
New York; 1985)
Give Me Time is a novel about what happens to six women between the years
1968 and 1980. The book's centerpiece is the friendship of Hadel Farnon and
Natalie Lehmann, two women whose caring for each other helps them survive
- The Golden Notebook. Doris Lessing (Simon and Schuster. New
First published in 1962, this prescient novel attracted wide attention and
confirmed its author's place among the foremost writers of her time. The
book has continued to fascinate readers, critics, and students of the novel
for its brilliant technique and for its dazzling analysis of the problems
faced by women in the world today.
- Heartburn. Nora Ephron (Alfred A. Knope. New York; 1983)
The story of Rachel Samstat and Mark Feldman, whose happy marriage is breaking
- The House of Mirth. Edith Wharton (New American Library. New
Lily Bart, the poor relation of a wealthy women, is beautiful, intelligent,
and hopelessly addicted to the pleasures of a moneyed world of luxury and
grace. As she struggles to maintain her tenuous position, she is helpless
against the vulgarity and greed that form the true foundations of the glittering
social edifice; the society that has created her commences ruthlessly to
- Just Say Yes. LGBTRC
- Lady Lobo. LGBTRC
- Leaning Forward. Grace Paley (Granite Press. Penobscot, Maine;
A collection of poetry by Grace Paley. The poems in this book confront aging,
dying, the differences between women and men, the lives of the young and
children, and general life in Lower Manhattan.
- Leaning Forward. Grace Paley (Granite Press. Penobscot; 1985).
A collection of poems written by Grace Paley.
- Oranges are not the only fruit. LGBTRC
- Sawdust and White Spirit. Stef Pixner (Virago Press Limited;
A collection of poems that suggest through ordinary objects and feelings
the extra-ordinariness of everyday life.
- Scars Upon My Heart. Selected by Catherine Reilly (Virgo Press
A collection of poems written from women's experiences during World War I.
They come from direct experiences of nursing, or the pain of losing a lover,
brother, or son.
- Scribble, Scribble. Nora Ephron (Alphred A. Knopf Inc. New
A collection of Nora Ephron's view of the press and screen. She expounds
on her fascination with all the various dementias of journalism.
- Sheltered Lives. Mary Hazzard (Pinnacle Books. New York; 1980)
Anne Graig moves from the political New England college life of 1969, which
she shares with her professor husband, to the exotic world of the Taos
artists colony. The propriety Anne has counted on in the past is neither
respected nor valued - those around her do not share a set of absolute,
dependable standards. In Taos, people are free to be rude to each other,
to lie and cheat, even to kill.
- The Stone Angel. Margaret Laurence (Seal Books. Toronto; 1964)
The story of a proud energetic woman seen through her own eyes at the age
of ninety. Her story is one of a life shaped and dominated by her father,
a break away marriage, and the ties she feels for her two sons.
- Summer. Edith Wharton (Berkley Books. New York; 1981)
Considered Wharton's richest novel, and one of the first to deal with a woman's
sexual awakening, Summer is the story of Charity Royall and her first summer
as a woman, in the fullness of a woman's desires, "the long flame burning
her from head to foot . ."
- Surfacing. Margaret Atwood (Warner Books. New York; 1972)
The story of a young woman's discovery of herself.
- The Well of Loneliness. LGBTRC
- The Works of Anne Bradstreet. Edited by Jeannine Hensley (The
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Cambridge, MA; 1967)
Bradstreet was one of out earliest feminists and the first true poet in the
American colonies. This collection of her extant poetry and prose, published
here with modernized spelling and punctuation, brings to light a woman of
strong spirit , charm, delicacy, and with and confirms her place as a poet
of permanent stature.