Best Books by American Women
1 To Kill a Mockingbird
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2 Little Women (Little Women,...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 964,121 ratings
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3 Secrets of the Realm
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 169 ratings
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4 Gone with the Wind
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 641,685 ratings
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5 The Bell Jar
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 300,208 ratings
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6 The Color Purple
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 295,977 ratings
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7 Beloved
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 175,909 ratings
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8 Selected Poems
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 12,442 ratings
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9 The Secret Garden
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 468,620 ratings
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10 The Awakening
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 93,022 ratings
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11 The Help
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 1,085,266 ratings
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12 The Age of Innocence
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 76,326 ratings
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13 The Little House Collection...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 107,502 ratings
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14 A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkl...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 417,378 ratings
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15 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 226,444 ratings
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16 The House of Mirth
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 49,509 ratings
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17 Their Eyes Were Watching God
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 135,272 ratings
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18 Collected Poems
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 5,779 ratings
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19 The Poisonwood Bible
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 447,524 ratings
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20 Ethan Frome
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3.3 of 5 stars 3.30 avg rating — 54,699 ratings
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21 The Bluest Eye
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 90,115 ratings
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22 The Yellow Wallpaper and Ot...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 45,383 ratings
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23 The Joy Luck Club
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 430,664 ratings
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24 A Little Princess
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 141,161 ratings
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25 My Ántonia
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 74,640 ratings
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26 The Good Earth (House of Ea...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 143,240 ratings
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27 A Thousand Acres
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 34,965 ratings
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28 Interview with the Vampire ...
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29 My Sister's Keeper
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30 The Portable Dorothy Parker
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 7,521 ratings
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31 Song of Solomon
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 43,470 ratings
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31 Death Comes for the Archbishop
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33 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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34 Vein Fire
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 87 ratings
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35 Midnight Poems
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36 In the Eyes of a Military Wife
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37 The Military Support Group
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38 Investigating the Paranormal
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39 Goodnight Moon
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 198,034 ratings
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39 The Secret Life of Bees
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 740,218 ratings
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41 Harriet the Spy (Harriet th...
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42 The Shipping News
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 78,041 ratings
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43 The Story of My Life
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44 Woman in the Nineteenth Cen...
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45 Katherine
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 17,207 ratings
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46 The Earthsea Trilogy
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47 The Left Hand of Darkness (...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 41,589 ratings
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48 McCullers: Complete Novels:...
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49 Pale Horse, Pale Rider
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50 Sula
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 28,849 ratings
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51 The Yearling
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 16,619 ratings
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52 The Little Foxes
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53 Love Medicine
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 11,987 ratings
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54 The House on Prospect
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54 The Albino Album
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56 Housekeeping
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56 Lykaia
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58 The Works of Anne Bradstreet
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59 Roman Fever and Other Stories
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59 The Collected Stories
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61 Parable of the Sower (Earth...
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61 The Lottery and Other Stories
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63 A Distant Mirror:  The Cala...
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64 Incidents in the Life of a ...
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65 The Guns of August
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66 The Complete Poems
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67 The Keepers of the House
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68 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
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69 Kindred
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70 Novels and Stories: Deephav...
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71 Complete Novels and Stories
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72 The Country of the Pointed ...
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72 Summer
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74 The Guernsey Literary and P...
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75 Collected Works: Wise Blood...
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76 A Swiftly Tilting Planet (A...
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77 The Buccaneers
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78 Uncle Tom's Cabin
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 108,054 ratings
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79 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
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80 Jazz (Toni Morrison Trilogy...
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81 The Collected Dorothy Parker
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82 The Kitchen God's Wife
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83 The Hundred Secret Senses
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84 The Bonesetter's Daughter
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85 The Collected Stories of Ka...
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86 Dreaming My Animal Selves/L...
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87 Close Range
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87 The Dispossessed
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87 The Sunset Strip Diaries
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87 Confetti Covered Quicksand
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91 Joy of Cooking
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91 The Wicked Garden (The Wick...
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93 The Haunting of Hill House
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94 The Professor's House
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94 Ariel
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96 Hope Leslie: or, Early Time...
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97 Years of Grace
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98 The Minister's Wooing
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99 I Heard the Owl Call My Name
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99 Breathing Lessons
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Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) I took the liberty to delete "Pride and Prejudice" -- Jane Austen was a great writer, but she was manifestly NOT American ...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Fiction only?


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) There already was some nonfiction on the list when I voted, so I added a few more nonfiction titles (shrug).

Lara, it's your list, though ... nonfiction OK?


message 4: by Lara (new)

Lara Non-fiction is perfectly fine. That's why I titled it "Best Books" rather than "Novels". Have fun listing!


message 5: by Lara (new)

Lara Themis-Athena wrote: "I took the liberty to delete "Pride and Prejudice" -- Jane Austen was a great writer, but she was manifestly NOT American ..."

The Secret Garden needs to go, too.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Hmm. Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in Britain, but she lived in the U.S. for much of her adult life, became an American citizen in 1905 and also died in the U.S. (in 1924). "The Secret Garden" was published in 1911, so arguably it IS the work of an American author. (So, for that matter, is "A Little Princess," which was published in 1905.) "Little Lord Fauntleroy" was first published in 1885 -- likewise when she had already been living in the U.S. for a considerable time (though "technically" still being a British citizen).

Again, though, it's your list ... if you don't want Hodgson Burnett's books here I'll be happy to delete them. :)


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Lobstergirl Spam alert! #2.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Yech. Lara, do you want obvious spam entries to be removed?


message 9: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Removed for not being by an American woman:
The Catcher in the Rye


message 10: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Removed Tobacco Road, by a man.


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