Not One Damsel In Distress

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God By Hurston, Zora Neale Paperback - 2006 F HUR Available in some locations

Annotation:Enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving self-hood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose.

The Complete Persepolis
The Complete Persepolis By Satrapi, Marjane, 1969- Paperback - 2007 GN COM All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution.

Wild From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail By Strayed, Cheryl, 1968- Book - 2012 B STR Available in some locations

Annotation:A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.

Swamplandia! By Russell, Karen, 1981- Book - 2011 F RUS Available in some locations

Annotation:Twelve year old Ava must travel into the Underworld part of the smamp in order to save her family's dynasty of Bigtree alligator wresting.

She-wolves The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth By Castor, Helen Book - 2011 942.0099 CAS Available in some locations

Annotation:Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, and Margaret of Anjou -- discovered how much was possible if presumptions of male rule were not confronted so explicitly, and just how quickly they might be vilified as "she-wolves" for their pains. The stories of these women, told here in all their vivid detail, expose the paradox that female heirs to the Tudor throne had no choice but to negotiate. How could royal power lie in female hands?

Kindred By Butler, Octavia E. Paperback - 2003 F BUT Available in some locations

Annotation:Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned across the years to save him. After this first summons, Dana is drawn back, again and again, to the plantation to protect Rufus and ensure that he will grow to manhood and father the daughter who will become Dana's ancestor. Yet each time Dana's sojourns become longer and more dangerous, until it is uncertain whether or not her life will end, long before it has even begun.

Those Who Save Us
Those Who Save Us By Blum, Jenna Paperback - 2005 F BLU Available in some locations

Annotation:For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy's sole evidence of the past is an old photograph; a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer, the Obersturmfuumlehrer of Buchenwald. Driven by the guilt of her heritage, Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth of her mother's life.

Y, the Last Man
Y, the Last Man Book One By Vaughan, Brian K. Book - 2008 GN Y BOOK 1 Available in some locations

Annotation:Yorick Brown, an unemployed and unmotivated slacker discovers he is the only male left in the world after a plague instantly kills everyone with a Y chromosome. Accompanied by his mischievous monkey and the mysterious Agent 355, he embarks on a transcontinental journey to find his girlfriend and to discover why he is the last man in earth.

Desert Queen
Desert Queen The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia By Wallach, Janet, 1942- Paperback - 2005 B BEL All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:In this masterful biography, Janet Wallach shows us a woman whose passion and defiant independence were at odds with the confined and custom-bound England she left behind. Too long eclipsed by Lawrence, Gertrude Bell emerges at last in her own right as a vital player on the stage of modern history, and as a woman whose life was both a heartbreaking story and a grand adventure.

How to Be A Woman
How to Be A Woman By Moran, Caitlin, 1975- Paperback - 2011 305.4202 MOR Available in some locations

Annotation:Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own.

Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West : A Novel By Maguire, Gregory Paperback - 2009 F MAG Available in some locations

Annotation:This New York Times bestseller--the basis of the Tony Award-winning musical "Wicked"--introduces Elphaba, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who will grow up to become the infamous "Wicked" Witch of the West in Oz. Now, her side of the story is told.

Memoirs of A Geisha
Memoirs of A Geisha A Novel By Golden, Arthur, 1957- Book - 2005 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Sayuri, one of Japan's most celebrated geisha, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess. Surviving the intrigues of her trade and the upheavals of war, the resourceful Sayuri is a romantic heroine on the order of Jane Eyre and Scarlett O'Hara.

The Thirteenth Tale
The Thirteenth Tale A Novel By Setterfield, Diane Paperback - 2007 F SET Available in some locations

Annotation:When her health begins failing, the mysterious author Vida Winter decides to let Margaret Lea, a biographer, write the truth about her life, but Margaret needs to verify the facts since Vida has a history of telling outlandish tales.

Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain A Novel By Frazier, Charles, 1950- Paperback - 1998 F FRA Available in some locations

Annotation:Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, Inman, a Confederate soldier, decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge mountains and to Ada, the woman he loved there years before. At the same time, the intrepid Ada is trying to revive her father's derelict farm and learning to survive in a world where the old certainties have been swept away.

The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife By Niffenegger, Audrey Paperback - 2003 F NIF Available in some locations

Annotation:This is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap.

"---and Ladies of the Club"
"---and Ladies of the Club" By Santmyer, Helen Hooven, 1895-1986. Paperback - 2000 F SAN Available in some locations

Annotation:A group of women in Waynesboro, Ohio who begin a study club, which evolves through the years into a significant community service organization in the town. The book, which looks at the club as it changes throughout the years, spans decades in the lives of the women involved in the club, between 1868 and 1932.

The Red Tent
The Red Tent By Diamant, Anita Paperback - 2007 F DIA All copies in use Availability details Holds: 6 on 6 copies

Annotation:The story of Dinah, a tragic character from the Bible whose great love, a prince, is killed by her brother, leaving her alone and pregnant. The novel traces her life from childhood to death, in the process examining sexual and religious practices of the day, and what it meant to be a woman.

Soulless By Carriger, Gail Paperback - 2009 F CAR Available in some locations

Annotation:Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. Everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

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