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500 Great Books By Women: A Reader's Guide

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Here is an articulate guide to more than 500 books written by women, a unique resource that allows readers the joy of discovering new authors as well as revisiting familiar favorites. Organized by such themes as Art, Choices, Families, Growing Old, Growing Up, Places and Homes, Power, and Work, this reference book presents classic and contemporary works, from Lady Nijo's t ...more
Hardcover, 425 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Viking Books (first published January 1st 1994)
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Aubrey
If you've been friends with me for long enough, you know I like lists. A lot. Especially weird ones that I can send my army of you, my lovely bookish fellows, to amp up however you are able. So when I saw this book, I first thought list!, but backed off from the prospect due to the 100 vote limit and my unyielding need for control. Then came the pondering.

There's a singular shame to be felt when considering books written by women. Should a list, award, class or sale, shelf or school, not be sole
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Like the title says: 500 books written by women, organized into categories like Art, Mothers and Mothering, Conflicting Cultures, and Work (21 categories in total). The types of books recommended are delightfully varied: novels, short stories, essays, memoir, spanning time and location. An effort is made to include minority authors as well as lesser known works by great authors although many standards are included. The reviews are trenchant and meaty, summarizing the plot and the reason for incl ...more
Sarah Fox
OK, I'll admit it--I'm sexist. I've decided that I prefer books , for the most part, written by women. When I discovered this book I was in heaven. This gem has reviews of books written over some 300 years sorted by theme. Through this book I discovered a flock of writers unfamiliar to me and branched out into genres I wouldn't normally pick up. The only problem with this book is that it isn't replenishing each year. If the editors of this book could e-mail suggestions to me of the newest lit, p ...more
Stephanie
Sep 06, 2010 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mary Murray
This anthology brings to light many good female writers that have been forgotten. It also makes my list of books to read grow longer.

"No matter how successful, beloved, influential her work was, when a woman author dies, nine times out of ten she gets dropped from the lists, the courses, the anthologies, while the men get kept...If she had the nerve to have children, her chances of getting dropped are higher still...So if you want your writing to be taken seriously, don't marry and have kids, an
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Gloria
Mar 08, 2011 Gloria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Bauermeister is a college professor at the Univ of Washington/Seattle and is currently busy publishing novels. She is clearly an author who values women's contributions. In the mid 1990s however, she put together this collection of great books by women. It is well done. The only downside is that it is outdated already. Some of the books are by foreign female authors which means they are not widely available, and some of the books are quite old and thus not widely available. Would love to see som ...more
Anetq
A bit underwhelming really - here I was hoping for the definitive women's world litt, which granted may be a bit lofty for fairly slim paperback, but still... There is a lot of world litt to be found here written by women, but also just a lot of (more or less) American "ladies books" from the 80s. The years 1271-1979 take up two and a half page of the index by year, 1980-1993 makes up more than half - over three pages.
The selection also seems semi-random: Not wanting to define the "Great books"
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Alexa
Sep 02, 2012 Alexa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: female-canon
Eh. Oddly organized, by thematic units, making it somewhat annoying to use as a reference. Heavily tilted towards the “meaningful” works, with some few popular works, rather than the literary. The authors also seemed to delight in sometimes choosing particular authors’ most obscure works.
Christine
*2015 year of reading women

- Reeds in the Wind by Grazia Deledda 5*
- Kindred by Octavia E. Butler


*2016 year of reading women

- The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
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*2017 year of reading women
- Cosima by Grazia Deledda ( have only Italian version, need to polish my language skills first )
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Shanna Williams
Feb 06, 2015 Shanna Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This gave me such great recommendations of authors I never heard of but fell in love with!!!
Betsy
Apr 18, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've found a lot of good books here. And books that I normally wouldn't have picked up.
Tamara
Aug 08, 2011 Tamara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so helpful in my search for inspiring works... would love if it were updated.
Elizabeth
Well-organized and excellent resource for Readers' Advisory.
Johnna
Jun 08, 2013 Johnna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this every now and again
Cherie
A Annotated bib! Overwhelming!
Beth Shields-Szostak
also Jesse Larsen and Holly Smith
Monica
Aug 01, 2008 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
FABULOUS anthology!
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Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of the novel The School of Essential Ingredients and the upcoming novel Joy For Beginners (June 9, 2011). The School of Essential Ingredients is currently being published in 22 countries and Joy For Beginners was recently selected to be performed as part of the New Short Fiction Series in Los Angeles (June 12, 2011). Erica Bauermeister received a B.A. f ...more
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