Women's History Month Guide
This guide is for learning more about women's history and rights through novels that focus on feminism. If you click on the title, you will be brought to our catalog. We have placed the call number next to each title and author for convenience.
"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood FIC ATWOOD; CD FIC ATWOOD; Axis360 eBook; Hoopla eBook/eAudiobook
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.
"The Color Purple" by Alice Walker FIC WALKER, A; PB WALKER; Axis360 eBook; Hoopla eBook
The lives of two sisters--Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a southern woman married to a man she hates--are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years.
"The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath FIC PLATH; Hoopla eAudiobook
Chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under-- maybe for the last time.
This historical YA novel tells the story of the Suffragette and Suffragist movements, through the eyes of three young girls frustrated by the limited roles that society offers for women at the beginning of the 20th century.
"The Belles" by Dhonielle Clayton Hoopla eAudiobook/eBook
A fantasy story set in a world where appearances can magically be changed.
"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Axis360 ebook; Hoopla eAudiobook/eBook
Tells the story of a woman slowly undergoing a breakdown following extreme confinement as treatment for postnatal depression.
"Followers" by Megan Angelo Axis360 eBook; Hoopla eAudiobook
Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we'll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.
Mrs. Threadgoode's tale of two high-spirited women of the 1930s, Idgie and Ruth, helps Evelyn, a 1980s woman in a sad slump of middle age, to begin to rejuvenate her own life.
A magnificent saga of proud and passionate men and women and the turbulent times through which they suffer and triumph.
"Difficult Women" by Roxanne Gay FIC GAY; Axis360 eBook; Hoopla eBook
The women in these short stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail.