My editor called last week and gave me the assignment of writing about my favorite books authored by women, in honor of Women’s History month. While I am hard- pressed to limit myself to a few favorite female authors, those mentioned below pretty quickly came to mind-mostly because I have read personal favorites each has written!
Anne Lamott is an author I love for her honesty in acknowledging her own quirks and frailties. She writes both fiction and nonfiction. The first book I read of hers was Bird by Bird, a treatise on how to approach writing. Most recently I read Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. (We could all use a little of that right. now!)
Toni Morrison is an author I would read and read again-anything she writes resonates with me. I recently ordered a box set of Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved to re-read them this summer.
Kristen Hanna is another favorite writer. I think I have read most of her books, but The Nightingale and The Great Alone kept me reading under the covers late at night, because I just had to “read one more page.”
Valerie Perrin is a French writer; not all of her books have been translated into English, but Fresh Water for Flowers was and I loved it! A complicated love story told in such a way that is both lyrical and gripping.
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author my oldest granddaughter introduced me to. I first read Daisy Jones & The Six…WOW! It reads like a series of interviews( though it is fiction), which so captures the rock and roll scene. My granddaughter and I had such fun comparing our impressions of the book- then I made a point of reading 4 more of Reid’s novels. Her style is entertaining and engaging.
Lisa Wingate is a prolific writer. I first read Before We Were Yours, a story of siblings wrenched from their father’s care and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage: this novel is based on a true story and was gripping. The second book of Wingate’s that I read was The Book of Lost Friends, a dramatic historic novel that brings to life incredible stories from actual “Lost Friends” advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as freed slaves searched for loved ones who had been sold away from them.
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