Best Women Author Literary Criticism Books

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1. Pride and Prejudice

Author: by Jane Austen
182 pages

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A new, beautifully laid-out, easy-to-read edition of Jane Austen’s timeless classic. Pride and Prejudice is a comedy of manners centered around the Bennet family, a family of five daughters where the parents are desperate for at least one of them to make a wealthy match and save the next generation from destitution.

Austen’s story engages with the tension between marrying for love, rather than wealth or social prestige, and the pressure to assure financial security. Originally published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice is one of the best-loved and best-selling novels in English literature of all time.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist known for her novels about the British landed gentry and the social, economic, and romantic pressures faced by young women. Her comic wit and use of irony and literary realism have given her novels remarkable staying power, staying as relevant and meaningful to readers today as during her own time.

2. Just Kids

Author: by Patti Smith


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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation. Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography.

Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-Second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max’s Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous, the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe.

It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.

3. Wuthering Heights

Author: by Emily Bronte
230 pages

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He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. Emily Bront, Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights is Emily Bront’s first and only published novel, written between October 1845 and June 1846, and published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell; Bront died the following year, aged 30.

The decision to publish came after the success of her sister Charlotte’s novel, Jane Eyre. After Emily’s death, Charlotte edited the manuscript of Wuthering Heights, and arranged for the edited version to be published as a posthumous second edition in 1850.

Wuthering Heights is the name of the farmhouse where the story unfolds. The book’s core theme is the destructive effect of jealousy and vengefulness both on the jealous or vengeful individuals and on their communities. A True Classic that Belongs on Every Bookshelf!

4. Bluets

Author: by Maggie Nelson
Wave Books
112 pages

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Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color … A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists.

Maggie Nelson is the author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction, including Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007). She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.

5. A Room of One's Own

Author: by Virginia Woolf

Mariner Books
128 pages

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I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman. In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sistera sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, and equal in genius, but whose legacy is radically different.

This imaginary woman never writes a word and dies by her own hand, her genius unexpressed. If only she had found the means to create, argues Woolf, she would have reached the same heights as her immortal sibling. In this classic essay, Woolf takes on the establishment, using her gift of language to dissect the world around her and give voice to those who are without.

Her message is a simple one: women must have a steady income and a room of their own in order to have the freedom to create. With a Foreword by Mary Gordon

6. Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

Author: by Glory Edim
Ballantine Books
272 pages

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NOMINATED FOR AN NAACP IMAGE AWARD An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature. Yes, Well-Read Black Girl is as good as it sounds….

[Glory Edim] gathers an all-star cast of contributorsamong them Lynn Nottage, Jesmyn Ward, and Gabourey Sidibe. O: The Oprah Magazine Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers the rest of their livesbut not everyone regularly sees themselves in the pages of a book.

In this timely anthology, Glory Edim brings together original essays by some of our best black women writers to shine a light on how important it is that we allregardless of gender, race, religion, or abilityhave the opportunity to find ourselves in literature.

Contributors include Jesmyn Ward (Sing, Unburied, Sing), Lynn Nottage (Sweat), Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn), Gabourey Sidibe (This Is Just My Face), Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing), Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), Rebecca Walker (Black, White and Jewish), and Barbara Smith (Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology) Whether it’s learning about the complexities of femalehood from Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, finding a new type of love in The Color Purple, or using mythology to craft an alternative black future, the subjects of each essay remind us why we turn to books in times of both struggle and relaxation.

7. The Art of Memoir

Author: by Mary Karr
ISBN: 978-0062223074
Published at: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (September 6, 2016)

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Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well.

For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning teaching prizes at Syracuse. (The writing program there produced such acclaimed authors as Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen, and Koren Zailckas. In The Art of Memoir, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and black belt sinner, providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, insightful, and entertaining as her own work in the genre.

Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers’ experience, The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr’s own process. (Plus all those inside stories about how she dealt with family and friends get told and the dark spaces in her own skull probed in depth.

8. This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color

Author: by Cherríe Moraga
336 pages

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Updated and expanded edition of the foundational text of women of color feminism.

9. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge Classics)

Author: by Judith Butler

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One of the most talked-about scholarly works of the past fifty years, Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble is as celebrated as it is controversial. Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural, ‘essential’ notion of the female, or indeed of sex or gender, Butler starts by questioning the category ‘woman’ and continues in this vein with examinations of ‘the masculine’ and ‘the feminine’. Best known however, but also most often misinterpreted, is Butler’s concept of gender as a reiterated social performance rather than the expression of a prior reality.

Thrilling and provocative, few other academic works have roused passions to the same extent.

10. Little Women: The Original 1868 Edition with 200 Illustrations (A Classic Novel Of Louisa May Alcott)

Author: by Louisa May Alcott
546 pages

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I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott, Little WomenThis beautiful edition contains 200 Original illustrations which was published in 1868. Little Women is a coming-of-age novel written by American novelist Louisa May Alcott.

Alcott The story follows the lives of the four March sistersMeg, Jo, Beth, and Amyand details their passage from childhood to womanhood. It is loosely based on the lives of the author and her three sisters. It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life.

While her father, the freethinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott, hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, Louisa supported herself and her sisters with “woman’s work, including sewing, doing laundry, and acting as a domestic servant.

But she soon discovered she could make more money writing. Little Women brought her lasting fame and fortune, and far from being the “girl’s book her publisher requested, it explores such timeless themes as love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities, and the clash of cultures between Europe and America.

11. Wuthering Heights

Author: by Emily Brontë
186 pages

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A new, beautifully laid-out edition of Emily Bront’s 1847 classic, Wuthering Heights. Set in the west Yorkshire moors, Wuthering Heights is the story of two gentry families – the Earnshaws and the Lintons – and their turbulent relationships with Earnshaw’s adopted son, Heathcliff.

Now considered to be a timeless classic, it was a polarizing and controversial work in its own day, with its frank depictions of mental and physical cruelty and ahead-of-its-time challenges to Victorian conventions and mores. Emily Bront’s only published novel, it has established her as one of the most significant and most beloved novelists of the nineteenth century, and Wuthering Heights is often listed among the greatest novels of all time by critics and readers alike.

It has been the subject of countless highly successful TV and movie adaptations. As Virginia Woolf wrote about Wuthering Heights: “Wuthering Heights is a more difficult book to understand than Jane Eyre, because Emily was a greater poet than Charlotte….

12. Daddy Was a Number Runner (Contemporary Classics by Women)

Author: by Louise Meriwether
240 pages

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This modern classic is a tough, tender, bitter novel of a black girl struggling towards womanhood in 1930s Harlemwith a foreword by James Baldwin (Publishers Weekly). Depression-era Harlem is home for twelve-year-old Francie Coffin and her family, and it’s both a place of refuge and the source of untold dangers for her and her poor, working class family.

The beloved daddy of the title indeed becomes a number runner when he is unable to find legal work, and while one of Francie’s brothers dreams of becoming a chemist, the other is already in a gang. Francie is a dreamer, too, but there are risks in everything from going to the movies to walking down the block, and her pragmatism eventually outweighs her hope; We was all poor and black and apt to stay that way, and that was that.

First published in 1970, Daddy Was a Number Runner is one of the seminal novels of the black experience in America. The New York Times Book Review proclaimed it a most important novel.

13. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Author: by Ann Patchett
Harper Perennial
306 pages

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Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitmentsto writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husbandcreating a resonant portrait of a life in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage takes us into the very real world of Ann Patchett’s life. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it covers a multitude of topics, including relationships with family and friends, and charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore.

As she shares stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed, Ann Patchett brings into focus the large experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, and writer.

14. We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction (Everyman's Library)

Author: by Joan Didion
Everyman's Library
1160 pages

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Includes seven books in one volume: the full texts of Slouching Towards Bethlehem; The White Album; Salvador; Miami; After Henry; Political Fictions; and Where I Was From. As featured in the Netflix documentary Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold.

Joan Didion’s incomparable and distinctive essays and journalism are admired for their acute, incisive observations and their spare, elegant style. Now the seven books of nonfiction that appeared between 1968 and 2003 have been brought together into one thrilling collection. Slouching Towards Bethlehem captures the counterculture of the sixties, its mood and lifestyle, as symbolized by California, Joan Baez, Haight-Ashbury.

The White Album covers the revolutionary politics and the contemporary wasteland of the late sixties and early seventies, in pieces on the Manson family, the Black Panthers, and Hollywood. Salvador is a riveting look at the social and political landscape of civil war.

Miami exposes the secret role this largely Latin city played in the Cold War, from the Bay of Pigs through Watergate. In After Henry Didion reports on the Reagans, Patty Hearst, and the Central Park jogger case. The eight essays in Political Fictionson censorship in the media, Gingrich, Clinton, Starr, and compassionate conservatism, among othersshow us how we got to the political scene of today.

15. Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters

Author: by Annie Dillard
Harper Perennial
176 pages

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Here, in this compelling assembly of writings, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard explores the world of natural facts and human meanings.

16. Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson

Author: by Emily Dickinson
Wesleyan University Press
315 pages

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Emily Dickinson’s uncensored and breathtaking letters, poems, and letter-poems to her sister-in-law, Susan Huntington DickinsonFor the first time, selections from Emily Dickinson’s thirty-six year correspondence with her childhood friend, neighbor, and sister-in-law, Susan Huntington Dickinson, are compiled in a single volume.

Open Me Carefully invites a dramatic new understanding of Emily Dickinson’s life and work, overcoming a century of censorship and misinterpretation. For the millions of readers who love Emily Dickinson’s poetry, Open Me Carefully brings new light to the meaning of the poet’s life and work.

Gone is Emily as lonely spinster; here is Dickinson in her own words, passionate and fully alive. “With spare commentary, Smith …And Hart … Let these letters speak for themselves. Most important, unlike previous editors who altered line breaks to fit their sense of what is poetry or prose, Hart and Smith offer faithful reproductions of the letters’ genre-defying form as the words unravel spectacularly down the original page.” Renee Tursi, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW