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A World of Women

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After the moments of women’s solidarity that we’ve seen recently at the Golden Globes, the Women’s March, and countless other places, I couldn’t help but think about some of the great fictional women I’ve known. The following is a list of books featuring strong women who defy convention, brought to life by talented female authors. The best part is, you probably haven’t read them yet.

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The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Angela Carter, Kelly Link (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143107613
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Penguin Classics - May 26th, 2015

This collection of fairy tales retold reads nothing like Gregory Maguire’s WICKED. Carter’s retellings of Bluebeard, Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, and more are dark, sensual, and mesmerizing. Reframing women’s agency and roles in these traditional stories, THE BLOODY CHAMBER contains story after story that will surprise and engross the reader.

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ISBN: 9780061440793
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 17th, 2008

Sagan was only a teenager when she wrote her first novel, BONJOUR TRISTESSE. It was shocking in its frank depiction of a young woman’s sexuality and curiosity upon release. Seventeen-year-old Cecile roams freely with her vibrant libertine father, until one summer on the French Riviera when he decides to marry. Faced with sudden change and new restrictions, she embarks on a journey on meddling and self discovery. Beautiful and decadent, this short novel still enchants

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By Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Lindy West (Introduction by)
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9781784871024
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Vintage Classics - November 1st, 2017

While I’m sure many of you have read “The Yellow Wallpaper’, you may not have heard of Gilman’s foray into science fiction. HERLAND reads like a typical 19th century travel narrative – if it were written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Three adventurous men set off to explore a country filled only by women, hidden deep in the jungle. They soon find themselves outmatched and outwitted by a less than savage, all female culture. This book is not only still relevant and provocative, but a pleasure to read. It’s genuinely comical to watch Gilman’s male protagonists blunder about in a world they can’t comprehend.

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By Barbara Pym, A. N. Wilson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143104872
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 26th, 2006

Single middle-aged women have been characterized as nosy, pushy, individuals time and again in literature. Today we see all types of multidimensional female characters in literature, but Barbara Pym was early to the game. Originally published in 1952, EXCELLENT WOMEN is a comic masterpiece showcasing the best of British wit. Her heroine spinster, Mildred Lathbury, is memorable and hilarious as she repeatedly defies 1950s expectations.

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ISBN: 9781626720824
Availability: Backordered
Published: First Second - May 5th, 2015

When one reclusive writer (who’s supposed to be deceased) is discovered by an impressionable young girl, they embark on a creative and romantic journey together. The hitch arrives in the form of his editor and ex-wife – the one person who knows his secret. Instead of being a narrative where one man is allowed to dominate and manipulate two women, Bagieu paints a picture of two strong women who might not need a man at all. *Penelope Bagieu will be at Interabang Books at 7:00pm on March 13th with her new book, BRAZEN.