Since we’re on the topic of books…

Well, after Amy’s comment, I went digging to find the link between the books on the previous reading list. I didn’t find it (I’m still going with my number of weeks on the NYT Bestsellers List theory, except the Joyce throws that off a bit…) but ran across this list and it struck me as an interesting one. And I would be particularly curious to see which books my readers have read and what you thought of the ones I haven’t (hint, hint).

Anyway, courtesy of the Women’s National Book Association (WMBA), here is a list of 75 books by women whose words have changed the world, as selected by WMBA members. If you check out the list on their site, they have even included brief synopsis, particularly helpful to those like me who sometimes forgets which books have actually been read and which have just sat in the “to read” pile so long that you think maybe you’ve read them through osmosis.

Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

Ruth Benedict, Patterns of Culture

Boston Women’s Health Book Collective Staff, Our Bodies, Ourselves

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

Susan Brownmiller, Against Our Will

Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Willa Cather, My Antonia

Mary Boykin Chesnut, A Diary from Dixie

Kate Chopin, The Awakening

Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health

George Eliot, Middlemarch

Fannie Farmer, The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book

Francis Fitzgerald, Fire in the Lake

Dian Fossey, Gorillas in the Mist

Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl

Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique

Emma Goldman, Living My Life

Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch

Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness

Edith Hamilton, Mythology

Betty Lehan Harragan, Games Mother Never Taught You

Karen Horney, Our Inner Conflicts

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior

Elisabeth Kebler-Ross, On Death and Dying

Frances Moore Lappe, Diet for a Small Planet

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals

Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Katherine Mansfield, The Garden Party

Beryl Markham, West with the Night

Margaret Mead, Coming of Age in Samoa

Golda Meir, My Life

Edna St. Vincent Millay, Collected Poems

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind

Marianne Moore, Complete Poems of Marianne Moore

Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

Lady Shikibu Murasaki, The Tale Genji

Anais Nin, The Early Diary

Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories

Zoe Oldenbourg, The World Is Not Enough

Tillie Olsen, Silences

Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels

Emmeline Pankhurst, My Own Story

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Katherine Anne Porter, Ship of Fools

Adrienne Rich, Of Woman Born

Margaret Sanger, An Autobiography

Sappho, A New Translation

May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor

Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Barbara Tuchman, A Distant Mirror

Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter

Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Eudora Welty, Delta Wedding

Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome

Phyllis Wheatley, The Collected Works of Phyllis Wheatley

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

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