Women Faculty Book Club

The Women Faculty Book Club at FIU meets to affirm our membership in a community of book lovers. With each work we discuss, we deepen our shared experience, learn more about each other and ourselves, and honor the heritage of women's creativity across eras and cultures.

Founded in 1991 by Judith Hicks Stiehm and Marilyn Hoder-Salmon, our club has had more than 40 members as part of a continuing conversation. We've read fiction, biography, memoir and history; prize-winners, bestsellers, underrated and classic books.

All are welcome to browse our book list and reviews. Women faculty interested in joining the book club should contact Joyce Peterson at petersoj@fiu.edu.

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Previous books

  • 2022

    January

    State of Terror by Louise Penny and Hillary Clinton

    • “Expectedly, but effectively, the book targets Washington misogyny...The reality of high American politics feels tensely, sweatily close.” —  The Guardian
    • “Wholly ridiculous but consistently entertaining.” —  The Washington Post
    • “If Clinton is slyly settling old political scores, she is also, sweetly, celebrating women’s support of one another later in life.” —  The New York Times

    February

    The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante

    In The Lost Daughter Ferrante demonstrates “her devastating power as a novelist: she navigates the emotional minefields and unsparingly tallies the cycle of psychological damage among multiple generations of women...in straightforward, almost curt language.” — Joseph Tirella in Words Without Borders

    March

    The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Germany by Judy Batalion

    Our chosen book for March (Women's History Month) is The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Germany by Judy Batalion. The Light of Daysis a collective biography telling the stories of one group of Jewish women in Poland who "bribed executioners; smuggled pistols, grenades and cash inside teddy bears, handbags and loaves of bread; helped hundreds of comrades to escape; and seduced Nazis with wine and whiskey before killing them with efficient stealth." New York Times reviewer Sonia Purnell concludes the book "pulses with both rage and pride."

    April

    Your Ad Could Go Here by Oksana Zabuzhko
    Lucky Breaks by Yevgenia Belorusets

    We have chosen to read two short story collections by Ukrainian women writers. Your Ad Could Go Here is “a breathtaking story collection...that turns theconcept of truth over...like a beautifully crafted pair of gloves...juxtaposing things as they are-inarguable, visible to the naked eye-with how things could be, weaving myth and fairy tale into pivotal moments.” Lucky Breaksis a “captivating collection of stories “that pulls us into “the ordinary lives of...anonymous women: a florist, a cosmetologist, card players, readers of horoscopes, the unemployed, and a witch who catches newborns with a mitt.”

    May

    French Braid by Anne Tyler

    New York Times reviewer Jennifer Haigh describes  French Braid as a "quietly subversive novel, tackling fundamental assumptions about womanhood, motherhood and female aging."

    June

    Mercy Street by Jennifer Haigh

    Mercy Street tells a story of a woman counselor at a Boston abortion clinic. New York Times reviewer Richard Russo writes that Haigh's "extraodinary new novel..is far from depressing, the book is wonderfully entertaining, boasting a large varied cast of vividly drawn characters whose company readers will find deeply rewarding, in no small part because lurking in their shadows is the devastatingly wry humor of their creator."

    July

    The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz 

    NYT reviewer Allegra Goodman finds The Latecomer to be "a sparking novel...satirical and wise....a Gilded Age novel for the 21st century." Korelitz has written a novel "with nineteenth century scope, touching on politics, race, class, inheritance and real estate."

    August

    Horse by Geraldine Brooks 

    Horse is historical fiction that tells the story of a real pre-Civil War race horse, Lexington, groomed and trained by an enslaved man. Maggie Shipstead in The  Washington Post praises Brooks' "fluid, masterful storytelling...a reminder of the simple, primal power an author can summon by creating characters readers care about."

    September

    Fellowship Point by Alice Elliot Dark

    Fellowship Point chronicles the friendship of Agnes and Polly, now in their 80s and friends for over 60s. It also tells the history of Fellowship Point, a peninsula on the coast of Maine. Dark's "enthralling, masterfully written new novel...is rich with social and sociological insights, both earnest and sly, big ideas grounded in individual emotions, a potrait of a tightly knit community made up of artfully drawn individual souls." (Kate Christiansen, New York Times)

    October

    Natural History by Andrea Barrett

    Natural History is a book of connected stories featuring characters drawn from her previous novels. Reviewer Christopher Irmscher called the book "an imaginitive miracle"..."Immersing oneself in Natural History is an experience both bracing and magical" as "in Ms. Barrett's world, ruled by unflappable women, nothing much happens, and yet everything does."

    November

    The Years by Annie Ernaux

    Ernaux, recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, has a long list of semi-autobiographical fiction. The Years, considered by many to be her masterpiece, is a memoir of the years from 1940-2006 "situating her own story within the story of her generation, without ever confusing the two.   Ernaux captures the ineffable passage of time, which she layers like palimpsests, in order to express the lived dimension of history and, perhaps more crucially, to give form to her future absence." (Lauren Elkin in The Guardian)

    December

    The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li

    Li's novel tells the story of the friendship of two French teenagers engaged in a literary deception.  Critic Carolyn Oliver describes "Li's extraordinary new novel" as a "multivalent exploration of friendship and love, experience and exploitation, fate and futility, the slippage between reality and artifice."  Li has been praised by Megan O'Grady (NYT Review) as "one of our finest living authors."

  • 2021

    The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

    The Sentence is "a bewitching novel that begins with a crime that would seem to defy 'relatability' but becomes a practical metaphor for whatever moral felonies lurk unresolved in your guilty heart."(NYT review by Molly Young)

    Matrix, by Lauren Groff

    Groff’s new novel imagines the life of a 12th century French orphan, Marie de France, a member of the royal family exiled from court to manage a run-down abbey. It is the story of an all-female community and of female ambition and power. According to the NYT: “In these pages, men never appear, they only loom-a chronic menace of randy villagers and diocesan superiors...” 

    Damnation Spring, by Ash Davidson

    Davidson’s novel tells the story of a Northern California logging community in the 1970s.  NYT reviewer John McMurtrie finds it “a vivid portrayal of the land and its people, a snapshot of a not-so distant time, but it also digs into the gnarled history of the place.  And it’s a glorious book-an assured novel that’s gorgeously told…and seamlessly flows between tense scene and quiet moment.”  McMurtrie concludes “it’s about human nature.  It’s about our relationship to our loved ones and our communities, it’s about morality and greed, it’s about our understanding of and respect for the natural world.”

    Great Circle, by Maggie Shipstead

    Great Circle is historical fiction framed around the stories of two women: Marian Graves, who early in the 20th century decides to devote her life to the adventure of flying and Hadley Baxter, a present-day actress who will portray Marian in a Hollywood biopic based on her life. "At a moment when so many novels seem invested in subverting form Great Circle follows in a long tradition of big sweeping narratives. Critic Lynn Steger Strong notes the novel's "immersive sense of pleasure...It grasps for and ultimately reaches something extraordinary...In thinking about flight (and ambition and art)...an action- packed book, rich with character."

    Family Happiness, by Laurie Colwin

    Family Happiness is the story of Polly...happily married...with two wonderful children...Polly manages everything: delicious meals, parent-teacher conferences, a job, a peaceful home, and weekly family reunions at which she juggles food aversions, vegetarianism, kosher requirements, and family tradition with aplomb. How could anyone guess that Poly, who has never been anything but good, is conducting a love affair?

    Everybody Knows Your Mother is a Witch, by Rivka Galchen

    This work of historical fiction is set in 1619 in Wurttemburg and involves witchcraft accusations against Katharina Kepler. Reviewer Wyatt Mason describes the novel as "a persuasive and very beautiful work of fiction" that provides "a psychological portrait of mass delusion … alive on every page … this writer can animate even the most familiar material and make it beautifully, and memorably, new."

    Libertie, by Kaitlyn Greenidge

    Libertie is historical fiction inspired by the life of the first Black female doctor in New York State and her daughter, both on different trajectories toward freedom. NYT reviewer Margret Wilkerson Sexton writes that Libertie "is a feat of monumental thematic imagination … that both mines history and transcends time, centering her post-Civil-War New York story around an enduring quest for freedom."

    Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear

    Maisie Dobbs, set in 1929, is the first book in a series that follows the career of a female London detective. Marilyn Stasio's NYT review introduced this series thus: "There's something strange about tie title character of Jacqueline Winspear's deft debut novel,...For a clever and resourceful young woman who has just set herself up in business as a private investigator, Maisie seems a bit too sober and much too sad. Romantic readers sensing a story-within-a-story won't be disappointed. but first, they must prepare to be astonished at the sensitivity and wisdom with which Maisie resolves her first professional assignment, an apparent case of marital infidelity that turns out to be a wrenching illustration of the sorrowful legacies of World War I."

    For those who follow the creed that a series should be read in order, read Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs #2) of which NYT declared Maisie "a heroine to cherish."

    For those who are impressed with the positive critical attention showered on the most recent title in the series, read The Consequences of Fear (Maisie Dobbs #16) of which WSJ critic Tom Nolan concludes: "once again Ms. Winspear brings a vanished era to life with clarity and insight. Maisie Dobbs ... continues to mature and impress in her admirable mission to balance the scales of justice."

    The Liar's Dictionary, by Eley Williams

    Williams follows two lexicographers living 100 years apart. Guardian reviewer Anthony Commins describes it as "simultaneously a love story, an office comedy, a sleuth mystery and a slice of gaslight late Victoriana....a glorious novel - a perfectly crafted investigation of our ability to define words and their power to define us. NPR reviewer Helen McAlpin concludes that The Liar's Dictionary "is an audacious dual love story about how language and people intersect and connect, and about how far we'll go to save what we're passionate about."

    The Doctors Blackwell, by Janice Nimura

    In Nimura's "richly detailed and propulsive biography of Elizabeth and her sister Emily Blackwell," reviewer Joanna Scutts says, the sisters "emerge as spiky, complicated human beings, who strove and stumbled toward an extraordinary achievement, and then had to learn what to do with it."

    Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi

    Gyasi's novel relates the experiences of a Ghanian-American family in Alabama. Reviewer Sam Sacks says Gyasi "has produced a powerful, wholly unsentimental novel about family love, loss, belonging and belief."

  • 2020

    Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell

    O'Farrell imaginatively explores the death of Shakespeare's son, Hamnet, during a plague and asks the question "Why did Shakespeare title his most famous play for the son who had died several years earlier?" Geraldine Brooks in The New York Times describes Hamnet as "an exploration of marriage and grief written into the silent opacities of a life that is at once extremely famous and profoundly obscure." Brooks concludes that as the novel unfolds, "it brings its story to a tender and ultimately hopeful conclusion: that even the greatest grief, the most damaged marriage and most shattered heart might find some solace, some healing."

    Jane and Prudence, by Barbara Pym, 1953

    The setting of this very funny novel, one of Barbara Pym's earliest, is an English village where Jane's husband is the newly appointed vicar, and where Prudence will pay Jane a visit and find herself courted by a fatuous young widower.

    Loitering With Intent, by Muriel Spark, 1981

    Happily loitering about London, c. 1949, with the intent of gathering material for her writing, Fleur Talbot finds a job “on the grubby edge of the literary world” at the very peculiar Autobiographical Association. 

    The Searcher, by Tara French 

    In The Searcher, French takes an American ex-cop from Chicago and places him in the rugged west of Ireland. Janet Maslin's New York Times review provides a look at what French is up to in The Searcher: "French has said that she didn't care this time about hooks or plotting. Instead, she's interested in stripping away the police authority that Cal once took for granted and seeing how an ex-cop without power can operate on his own. She's also interested in Cal's fundamental sense of right and wrong, and how badly he thinks it has been distorted by the culture wars in America. That's less a matter of politics than of one man's effort to retrieve his moral compass after decades of following orders."

    The Lying Life of Adults, by Elena Ferrante

    New York Times reviewer Dayna Tortorici exclaims: "What a relief it is when an author who has written a masterpiece returns to prove the gift intact." This book is standalone; you do not have to have read the Neopolitan quartet before jumping into Lying Life, also set in Naples.

    A Burning, by Megha Majumdar

    A Burning by Megha Majumdar is set in a present-day Indian city not identified in the novel but identified by New York Times reviewer Susan Choi as Kolkata. Choi describes the novel's opening event: "a train briefly halts in a station, and flaming torches are thrown in through the windows - which are small enough to admit the torches but too small to allow the passengers to escape. Scores burn to death." The novels follows the lives of three characters in the aftermath of this event. "The primary relationship, for each character, is with fate - but fate has rarely been so many-faced, so muscular, so mercurial, or so mesmerizing as it is in A Burning."

    A Children's Bible, Lydia Millett

    "It's a tale in which whoever or whatever comes after us might recognize, however imperfectly, a certain continuity: an exotic but still decodable shred of evidence from the lost world that is the world we are living in right now." - Jonathan Dee, New York Times

    Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler 

    A recent New Yorker appraisal of Butler's work gave Parable (first published in 1993) first place "In the ongoing contest over which dystopian classic is the most applicable to our time," finding its "sheer peculiar prescience unmatched."

    The Fifth Season, M.K. Jemisen 

    New York Times reviewer Naomi Novik concludes that Jemisen "invite us to imagine a dismantling of the earth in both the literal and the metaphorical sense, and suggests the possibility of a richer and more fundamental escape."

    Weather, Jenny Offill

    New York Times critic Leslie Jamison notes that the narrator of the novel is "preoccupied (both) by the apocalyptic horizon of climate change, the dark pulsing terror at the center of the novel, and by the feeling of daily life." The novel explores the "truth that we inhabit multiple scales of experience at the same time…"

    The Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich

    New York Times reviewer Luis Alberto Urrea deems Louise Erdrich's latest novel The Night Watchman to be "a magisterial epic that brings her power of witness to every page. High drama, low comedy, ghost stories, mystical visions, family and tribal lore-wed to a surprising outbreak of enthusiasm for boxing matches-mix with political fervor and a terrifying undercurrent of predation and violence against women. For 450 pages we are grateful to be allowed into this world."

    Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, Liza Munday

    Meryl Gordon writes in The New York Times that Mundy's "prodigiously researched and engrossing new book … describes the experiences of several thousand American women who spent the war years in Washington, untangling the clandestine messages sent by the Japanese and German militaries and diplomatic corps."

    Trust Exercise, Susan Choi 

    Dwight Garner praises Choi's novel (which won the National Book Award 2019 for fiction) as "psychologically acute" and able to "enlist your heart as well as your mind...It's about sophomore theater students, their souls in flux, It's about misplaced trust in adults, and about female friendships gone dangerously awry. In the end, it's about cruelty. Satisfyingly, it's also about revenge.

    The Dutch House, Ann Patchett

    Critic Martha Southgate lauds the novel's "distinctive and believable characters," characters that Patchett makes you care about "no matter who they are or what their circumstances."

    More Reads

    Possible Future Book Club Choices

    Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi - about the experiences of a Ghanaian-American family in Alabama

    In a Lighter Vein

    All the Devils are Here, by Louise Penny - takes place in Paris instead of her usual Quebec village

    Maybe You should Talk to Someone, by Lori Gottlieb - therapist and her therapist discuss herself, her patients, life, etc.

    What Rose Forgot, by Nevada Barr - Nancy says LOL

    The Proposal, The Wedding Date and other rom-coms by Jasmine Guillroy

    More Humor Titles

    The Dud Avocado, by Elaine Dundy, 1958

    The Dud Avocado follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris in the late 1950s.

    The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth von Armim, 1922

    Four very different women, looking to escape dreary London for the sunshine of Italy, take up an offer advertised in the Times for a “small medieval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April.” As each blossoms in the warmth of the Italian spring, quite unexpected changes occur.

    Picks from Joyce's Folder

    Summer, by Ali Smith - Eric Garner says "a boon companion for these days"

    Abigail, by Magda Szabo - we read The Door, Abigail was written earlier and is her most popular in her native Hungary

    The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste - shortlisted for this year's Booker-set during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War with a proud female warrior

  • 2010-2019
    • The Story of a New Name, Elena Ferrante 
    • My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante 
    • The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
    • The Custom of the Country, Edith Wharton
    • Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, Matthew Goodman
    • Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Anna Quindlen 
    • Women Travelers: A Century of Trailblazing Adventures, Alexandra Lapierre
    • Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver 
    • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn 
    • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo 
    • Kind of Kin, Rilla Askew 
    • Claire of the Sea Light, Edwidge Danticat 
    • The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
    • Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
    • Magpies, Lynne Barrett
    • How It All Began, Penelope Lively
    • Malintzin's Choices: An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico, Camilla Townsend 
    • Believing the Lie, Elizabeth George 
    • NW, Zadie Smith
    • The Round House, Louise Erdrich 
    • I'm Down: A Memoir, Mishna Wolff 
    • This Child Will be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
    • Great House, Nicole Krauss
    • The Cookbook Collector, Allegra Goodman 
    • Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff 
    • Away, Amy Bloom 
    • Bird of Paradise, Diana Abu-Jaber
    • State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
    • Pavilion of Women, Pearl Buck 
    • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, Jung Chang
    • Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls 
    • A Short History of Women, Kate Walbert 
    • Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life, Lori D. Ginzberg 
    • The Help, Kathryn Stockett
    • What I Loved, Siri Hustvedt 
    • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Helen Simonson
    • The Children's Book, A.S. Byatt
    • Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel 
    • The Green Road, Anne Enright 
    • The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
    • The Door, Magda Szabo
    • Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life, Hermione Lee
    • How To Be Both, Ali Smith 
    • The Liar's Wife, Mary Gordon
    • The Abandoned Baobab: The Autobiography of a Senegalese Women, Ken Bugul 
    • Gellhorn: A Twentieth Century Life, Caroline Moorehead
    • Harriet Jacobs: A Life, Jean Fagin Yellin
    • The Upstairs Wife, Rafia Zakaria
    • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, Robert Massie
    • Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life, Julia Briggs 
    • Michelle Obama: A Life, Peter Slevin
    • Tales From the Heart: True Stories From My Childhood, Maryse Conde
    • Infidel: A Memoir, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Poet of the Appetites: Life and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher, Joan Reardon 
    • The Signature of all Things, Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Little Red Chairs, Edna O'Brien
    • Outline, Rachel Cusk 
    • Daughters of the Samurai, Janice Nimura 
    • H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald 
    • A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson
    • Honeydew, Edith Pearlman 
    • A Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin 
    • Mendocine Fire, Elizabeth Tallent 
    • The Complete Stories, Clarice Lispector 
    • The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories, Joy Williams
    • Cockfosters, Helen Simpson
    • Homesick for Another World, Otessa Moshfegh
    • Miss Grief and Other Stories, Constance Fenimore Woolson
    • Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan
    • The Burning Girl, Claire Messud
    • The Kukotsky Enigma, Ludmila Ulitskaya. 
    • The Persian Boy, Mary Renault (Classical Greece)
    • Masters of Rome series, Collen McCullough
    • Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar
    • The Architects Apprentice, Elif Shafak (16th century Turkey)
    • Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi (18th century Ghana and 20th century. U.S.)
    • The Long Song, Andrea Levy (19th century slavery in Jamaica)
    • Empress Orchid, Amchee Min (19th and early 20th century China)
    • The Last Empress, Amchee Min 
    • Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeline Thien (7 decades and three generations in 20th century China)
    • Heat and Dust, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1920s colonial India)
    • The Lotus Eaters, Tatjana Soli (1975 Vietnam)
    • Hild, Nichola Griffith (St. Hilda, 7th century England) 
    • Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks (Plague in 17th century England) 
    • Romola, George Eliot (15th century Florence)
    • Katherine, Anya Seton (14th century England) 
    • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey, Alison Weir (16th century England) 
    • Wine of Violence, Priscilla Royal (Medieval Mystery) 
    • The Novice's Tale, Margaret Frazer (Medieval Mystery)
    • Restoration, Rose Tremain (17th century England)
    • Merivel: A Man of His Time, Rose Tremain 
    • People of the Book, Gerladine Brooks (15th century Spain to WWII Bosnia)
    • Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel (Tudor England sequel to Wolf Hall)
    • A Place of Greater Safety, Hilary Mantel (French Revolution)
    • Game of Patience, Susanna Alleyn (1796 Paris, post-French Revolution)
    • In the Name of the Family, Sarah Dunant (15th century Italy)
    • Fingersmith, Sarah Waters (Victorian England)
    • Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell (Period before 1832 Reform Bill) 
    • Jamaica Inn, Daphne DuMaurier (1820s England)
    • Luncheon of the Boating Party, Susan Vreeland (1880 Renoir painting)
    • Sarah's Key, Tatiana de Rosnay (1942 Paris to 2002 Paris)
    • Fortunes of War, Olivia Manning (WWII)
    • The Painted Girls, Cathy Buchanon (Belle Epoque Paris)
    • Enchantments, Kathryn Harrison (Tsarist and revolutionary Russia)
    • The Night Watch, Sarah Waters (WII England and after) 
    • Suite Francaise, Irene Nemorovksy (World War II)
    • Mischling, Affinity Konar (WWII)
    • Valiant Gentleman, Sabina Murray (Early 20th century Ireland)
    • The Women in the Castle, Jessica Shattuck (WWII)
    • The Kitchen House, Kathleen Grissom (1790s southern U.S. plantation) 
    • Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather (1850s New Mexico Territory)
    • A Million Nightingales, Susan Straight (Early 19th century Louisiana) 
    • Clara and Mr. Tiffany, Susan Vreeland (1890s New York Tiffany Studios)
    • News of the World, Paulette Jiles (19th century U.S. West)
    • Wonderland Quartet, Joyce Carol Oates (1930s through 1960s)
    • Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen (1930s U.S.)
    • Loving Frank, Nancy Horan (1920s Frank Lloyd Wright)
    • The Birth House, Ami Mc Kay (1910s Nova Scotia – not U.S.)
    • Transcription, Kate Atkinson
    • Florida, Lauren Groff
    • The Temptation of Forgiveness, Donna Leon
    • Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Caroline Fraser 
    • Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
    • The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry
    • Hotel Du Lac, Anita Brookner (1984) 
    • The Garden Party and Other Stories, Katherine Mansfield (1921) 
    • Girls of Slender Means, Muriel Spark (1961) 
    • Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (1973) 
    • The Dressmaker, Beryl Bainbridge (1973)
    • Lolly Willows, Sylvia Townsend Warner (1926) 
    • Women Against Men, Storm Jameson (3 novellas - 1932, 1933, 1937) 
    • In a Summer Season, Elizabeth Taylor (1961) 
    • A Legacy, Sybille Bedford (1956) 
    • The Barsetshire Novels, Angla Thirkell (1933) 
    • Life and Loves of a She Devil, Fay Weldon (1983) 
    • Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnet (1961-1975)
    • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood 
    • Haunting Paris, Mamta Chaudhry
    • Family Lexicon, Natalia Ginzburg 
    • The Witch Elm, Tana French 
    • The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers, Bridgett M. Davis
    • She Would Be King, Wayetu Moore
    • Celestial Bodies, Jokha Alharti
    • The End of Days, Jenny Erpenbeck 
    • The Vegetarian, Han Kang
    • Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, Dorthe Nors
    • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Olga Tokarczuk
    • The Queue, Basma Abdel Aziz (Arabic) 
    • This Too Shall Pass, Milena Busquets (Spanish
    • )The Last Lover, Can Xue (Chinese)
    • Always Coca Cola, Alexandra Chreiteh (Arabic)
    • Go, Went, Gone, Jenny Erpenbeck (German) 
    • Umami, Laia Jufresa (Spanish)
    • The Story of My Teeth, Valeria Luiselli (Spanish)
    • Seeing Red, Lina Meruane (Spanish) 
    • Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata (Japanese) 
    • The Girl Who Played Go, Shan Sa (French) 
    • Mrs. Sartoris, Elke Schmitter (German) 
    • A Greater Music, Bae Suah (Korean)
    • Flights, Olga Tokarczuk (Polish)
    • The Slynx, Tatyana Tolstaya (Russian) 
    • Love in a Fallen City, Eileen Chang (1943 in Chinese) 
    • The Bridge of Beyond, Simone Schwarz-Bart (1972 in French - Guadeloupe)
    • Family Lexicon, Natalia Ginzburg (1963 in Italian) 
    • The Blood of Others, Simone de Beauvoir (1945 in French)
    • The Mandarins, Simone de Beauvoir (1954) 
    • The House of the Spiritz, Isabel Allende (1982 in Spanish - Chile) 
    • Alberta Trilogy, Cora Sandel (1926, 1931, 1939 in Norwegian)
    • Woman at Point Zero, Nawal el Saawi (1975 in Arabic - Egypt) 
    • Abahn Sabana David, Marguerite Duras (1970 in French) 
    • The Sphinx, Anne Garreta (1986 in French) 
    • Near to the Wild Heart, Clarice Lispector (1943 in Portuguese - Brazil)
    • History, Elsa Morante (1974 in Italian) 
    • So Long a Letter, Mariama Ba (1981 in French - Senegal)
    • Dance on the Volcanco, Marie Vieux-Chauvet (1967 in French - Haiti) 
    • Love, Anger, Madness, Marie Vieux-Chauvet (1968) 
    • Divided Heaven, Christa Wolf (1963 in German) 
    • The Quest for Christa T., Christa Wolf (1968) 
    • The Time of the Doves, Merce Rodoreda (1986 in Catalan)
    • The Summer Book, Tove Jansson (1972 in Swedish) 
    • The True Deceiver, Tove Jansson (1982)
    • A Jewish Refugee in New York, Kadya Molodovsky (1942 in Yiddish)
  • 2000-2009
    • A Mercy, Toni Morrison
    • The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
    • Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude
    • Bell, Janet Wallach
    • Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations, Georgina Howell
    • Goldengrove, Francine Prose
    • A Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore
    • The Madonnas of Leningrad, Debra Dean
    • There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
    • The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey
    • Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
    • The Fig Eater, Jody Shields
    • The Way Forward is With a Broken Heart, Alice Walker
    • Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft, Lyndall Gordon
    • The Bastard of Istanbul, Elif Shafak
    • The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood, Helene Cooper
    • Home, Marilynne Robinson
    • The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World, Lucette Lagnado
    • The Grass is Singing and The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
    • Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl
    • The Heart is A Lonely Hunter and The Ballad of the Sad Café, Carson McCullers
    • Sisters: the Lives of America’s Suffragists, Jean H. Baker
    • Champions for Peace: Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Judith Hicks Stiehm
    • Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda, George Eliot
    • Gabriela Mistral: Selected Poems, Ed. Ursula K. LeGuin
    • Nelly Sachs: Collected Poems 11, Nelly Sachs
    • Monologue of a Dog, Wislawa Szymborska
    • The Crimson Petal and the White, Michel Faber
    • Small Island, Andrea Levy
    • Begums, Thugs and White Mughals: The Journals of Fanny Parkes, Ed. William Dalrymple
    • North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Memories of Marbacka, Selma Lagerlof
    • Cosima, Grazia Deledda
    • Kristin Lavransdatter, Sigrid Undset
    • Burger’s Daughter, Nadine Gordimer
    • Wonderful, Wonderful Times, Elfriede Jelinek
    • Intuition, Allegra Goodman
    • March, Geraldine Brooks
    • The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler
    • Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire, Amanda Foreman
    • Gilead and Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
    • The Death of the Heart and The House in Paris, Elizabeth Bowen
    • The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, Megan Marshall
    • My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, John Guy
    • Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, Catherine Clinton
    • Pearl: A Novel, Mary Gordon
    • The Last Samurai, Helen DeWitt
    • Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her, Melanie Rehak
    • Blacklist, Sara Paretsky
    • Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
    • Easter Island, Jennifer Vanderbes
    • The Great Fire, Shirley Hazzard
    • The Beecher Sisters, Barbara A. White
    • Brick Lane, Monica Ali
    • Moments of Being, Virginia Woolf
    • Borrowed Finery, Paula Fox
    • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, Audre Lorde
    • Paula, Isabel Allende
    • The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Desirable Daughters, Bharati Mukherjee
    • Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam, Robin Wright
    • Mona in the Promised Land, Gish Jen
    • Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, Alice Munro
    • The Peppered Moth,Margaret Drabble
    • Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown
    • Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
    • Breathing Lessons, Anne Tyler
    • In the Family Way, Lynne Sharon Schwartz
    • A Woman’s Education, Jill Ker Conway
    • The Gastronomical Me, M.F.K. Fisher
    • The Back Room, Carmen Martín Gaite
    • The Last Life, Claire Messud
    • The Mortal Storm, Phyllis Bottome
    • Three Guineas, Virginia Woolf
    • The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
    • Not So Quiet, Helen Zenna Smith
    • The Face of War, Martha Gellhorn
    • Test Pattern, Marjorie Klein
    • The Map of Love, Ahdaf Soueif
    • The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Amy Tan
    • Caucasia, Danzy Senna
    • Daughter of Fortune, Isabel Allende
    • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, Louise Erdrich
    • So Long a Letter, Mariama Ba
    • Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St.Vincent Millay, Nancy Milford
    • Girl With a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
    • Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Susan Vreeland
    • The Music Lesson, Katharine Weber
    • The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
    • White Teeth, Zadie Smith
    • Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Critical Reader, Karen Kilcup, Ed.
    • Niccoló Rising, Dorothy Dunnett
  • 1991-1999
    • The Secret Names of Women, Lynne Barrett
    • The Awakening, Kate Chopin
    • The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B., Sandra Gulland
    • Ahab’s Wife: Or, the Star Gazer, Sena Jeter Naslund
    • Eleanor Roosevelt, Vols. 1 and 2, Blanche Wiesen Cook
    • The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean
    • Daughter of Earth, Agnes Smedley
    • Iola Leroy, Frances Watkins Harper
    • Women in Their Beds, Gina Berriault
    • Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, Ruth Reichl
    • Paradise, Toni Morrison
    • The Bookshop, Penelope Fitzgerald
    • The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
    • The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century New York, Patricia Cline Cohen
    • Charming Billy, Alice McDermott
    • My Home is Far Away, Dawn Powell
    • New York Mosaic, Isabel Bolton
    • The Song of the Lark, Willa Cather
    • Le Divorce, Diane Johnson
    • The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
    • Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
    • Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Voice of the River, John Rothchild
    • A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
    • The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi, Jacqueline Park
    • Across New Worlds: Nineteenth-Century Women
    • Travellers and Their Writings, Shirley Foster
    • Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
    • Regeneration, Pat Barker
    • We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates
    • Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography, Peter Conn
    • The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
    • Brown Girl, Brownstones, Paule Marshall
    • The Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne Jewett
    • Out of Africa, Isak Dinesen
    • Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    • Quicksand and Passing, Nella Larsen
    • Persuasion, Jane Austen
    • Open Secrets, Alice Munro
    • The Matisse Stories, A.S. Byatt
    • House of Splendid Isolation, Edna O’Brien
    • The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Gui
    • Choices, Mary Lee Settle
    • The Fatigue Artist, Lynne Sharon Schwartz
    • Stones from the River, Ursula Hegi
    • Familiar Heat, Mary Hood
    • Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson
    • In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez
    • The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
    • The Face of an Angel, Denise Chavez
    • When I was Puerto Rican, Esmeralda Santiago
    • Breath, Eyes, Memory, Edwidge Danticat
    • The Volcano Lover, Susan Sontag
    • The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields
    • Ségu, Maryse Condé
    • A Map of the World, Jane Hamilton
    • Beloved, Toni Morrison
    • The Robber Bride, Margaret Atwood
    • The Holder of the World, Bharati Mukherjee
    • Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich
    • Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America, Ellen Chesler
    • Fair and Tender Ladies, Lee Smith
    • The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
    • Behind a Mask, Louisa May Alcott
    • A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War, Susan Griffin
    • Women of Sand and Myrrh, Hanan Al-Shaykh
    • The Living, Annie Dillard
    • Turtle Moon, Alice Hoffman
    • Dreaming in Cuban, Cristina Garcia
    • Sugar Cage, Connie May Fowler
    • Crossing Blood, Nanci Kincaid
    • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
    • Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
    • The Kitchen God’s Wife, Amy Tan
    • July’s People, Nadine Gordimer
    • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
    • An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, P. D. James
    • Burn Marks, Sara Paretsky
    • Possession: A Romance, A. S. Byatt
    • Anywhere But Here, Mona Simpson
    • A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley