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500 Great Books By Women: A Reader's Guide

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  107 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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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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
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
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
Sep 06, 2010 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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.
Well-organized and excellent resource for Readers' Advisory.
I've found a lot of good books here. And books that I normally wouldn't have picked up.
so helpful in my search for inspiring works... would love if it were updated.
I read this every now and again
A Annotated bib! Overwhelming!
Beth Shields-Szostak
also Jesse Larsen and Holly Smith
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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