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Your Outside Reading Choices. Women’s Literature Not just books written by women…. Beloved by Toni Morrison. ADULT THEMES/Supernatural themes

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your outside reading choices

Your Outside Reading Choices

Women’s Literature

Not just books written by women…

beloved by toni morrison
Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • ADULT THEMES/Supernatural themes
  • This book follows a woman and her family as they struggle with their past in slavery, a horrific incident of infanticide, and the woman’s attempt at a relationship with a man as they are haunted by a supernatural being.
  • Intricate and disturbing.
i know why the caged bird sings by maya angelou
I Know Why the Caged Bird Singsby Maya Angelou
  • This is an autobiographical book about her and her brother’s coming of age as African Americans in the South during the 1960’s.
  • It’s a straightforward, lyrical telling.
wise blood by flannery o connor
Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
  • Zany, irreligious story of Hazel Motes, a Korean war veteran and son of a preacher, who begins his own church of atheism with a cast of outcasts.
  • It’s pretty dark and shocking.
the good earth by pearl s buck
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • This is an epic story of China, following one poor farmer and his long suffering wife and children. We see him struggle to own land and advance his family in a land of change.
  • Culturally interesting told in a formal, older style of writing. (not as old as the Bronte’s or Shakespeare, though)
the house of mirth by edith wharton
The House of Mirthby Edith Wharton
  • A woman trapped by her upper class society, makes poor decisions about her future and doesn’t play the game. The pressures of society and her inner needs are in conflict.
  • This is Edith Wharton of Ethan Frome fame. You know what her writing is like!
silas marner by george eliot
Silas Marner by George Eliot
  • Yes, it is a woman. She had to write under a pseudonym to be accepted at the time.
  • It is a story told in turn of the century England about a gentleman unjustly accused of theft who then must navigate his life in the hierarchical society of the day.
  • It was first published in 1861, so the language is older and intricate.
the color purple by alice walker
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Epistolary novel told by Celie, a young African American girl who is abused by her stepfather then by the man she is married off to. Through struggle and adversity, she finds out who she is.
  • Straightforward writing style.