Feminist Literature

Their eyes were watching God

Zora Neale Hurston.

Multicultural Fiction, Literary Fiction

One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston's beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an 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 fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood thro...

The feminist papers: from Adams to de Beauvoir. Edited and with introductory essays by Alice S. Rossi.

edited and with introductory essays by Alice S. Rossi.

Nonfiction, History

"Here are, as Alice Rossi claims in her well-written preface, 'the essential works of feminism, ' published over a period of 200 years. Her introductions to each section are informative and written with nonpolemical grace." -- Doris Grumbach, New Republic

Fight like a girl : how to be a fearless feminist

Megan Seely.


View the Author's website!Seely, the youngest elected president of California's chapter of the National Organization for Women, combines her own story of third-wave feminism with an overview of the feminist movement and words to guide others. Third-wave feminists are aware of both the victories won by earlier feminists and the problems of class, race, sexual orientation, and internationalism that must still be overcome. This book weaves a deep re...

The essential feminist reader

edited and with an introduction by Estelle B. Freedman.


Including: Susan B. Anthony Simone de Beauvoir W.E.B. Du Bois Hélène Cixous Betty Friedan Charlotte Perkins Gilman Emma Goldman Guerrilla Girls Ding Ling • Audre Lorde John Stuart Mill Christine de Pizan Adrienne Rich Margaret Sanger Huda Shaarawi • Sojourner Truth Mary Wollstonecraft Virginia Woolf The Essential Feminist Readeris the first anthology to present the full scope of feminist history. Prizewinning historian Est...

Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood.

Literary Fiction

In the astonishing new novel by the author of the bestsellersThe Robber Bride,Cat's Eye, andThe Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood takes us back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century. Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, the wealthy Thomas Kinnear, and of Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is ...

Brick Lane : a novel

Monica Ali.

Multicultural Fiction, Literary Fiction

Monica Ali's gorgeous first novel is the deeply moving story of one woman, Nazneen, born in a Bangladeshi village and transported to London at age eighteen to enter into an arranged marriage. Already hailed by the London Observeras "one of the most significant British novelists of her generation," Ali has written a stunningly accomplished debut about one outsider's quest to find her voice. What could not be changed must be borne. And since nothin...

A Room of one's own

Virginia Woolf ; foreword by Mary Gordon.

Literary Fiction

Why is it that men, and not women, have always had power, wealth, and fame? Woolf cites the two keys to freedom: fixed income and ones own room. Foreword by Mary Gordon.

"The yellow wallpaper" and other stories

Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Literary Fiction

Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" was first published in 1892; since its republication in 1973, it has entered the canon of American literature and generated extensive critical commentary. This edition of the story is accompanied by a generous selection of cultural and historical documents, among them: excerpts from 19th- century advice manuals for young women and mothers; medical texts discussing the nature of women's sexuality; social...

The bell jar

Sylvia Plath ; foreword by Frances McCullough ; biographical note by Lois Ames ; drawings by Sylvia Plath.

Literary Fiction

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under -- maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the ...

The house of the spirits

Isabel Allende ; translated from the Spanish by Magda Bogin.

Literary Fiction

A best seller and critical success all over the world, The House of the Spirits is the magnificent epic of the Trueba family -- their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, their relations with one another, and their participation in the history of their times, a history that becomes destiny and overtakes them all. We begin -- at the turn of the century, in an unnamed South American country -- in the childhood home of the woman who will ...

The awakening, and selected stories of Kate Chopin

edited, and with an introd., by Barbara H. Solomon.

Literary Fiction

Published in 1899, the short novel of feminist fiction is a sympathetic portrayal of a woman's discovery of the stifling bonds of her marriage and the strengh of her own sexuality.

The hours

Michael Cunningham.

Historical Fiction

The author of "At Home at the End of the World" and "Flesh and Blood" draws inventively on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters struggling with conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair.

Well- behaved women seldom make history

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

History, Nonfiction

“They didn’t ask to be remembered,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Laurel Ulrich wrote in 1976 about the pious women of colonial New England. And then she added a phrase that has since gained widespread currency: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Today those words appear almost everywhere—on T-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, plaques, greeting cards, and more. But what do they really mean? In this engrossi...

The feminine mistake : are we giving up too much?

Leslie Bennetts.


Renowned "Vanity Fair" journalist Bennetts electrifies the debate over women's life choices with a riveting new book that completely redefines the work-family question. She offers a persuasive argument for why women can--and should--make more than one kind of mark on the world.

The whole woman

Germaine Greer.


Thirty years afterThe Female Eunuchgalvanized the women's liberation movement, Germaine Greer launches a fiery sequel assessing the state of womanhood and proclaiming that the time has come to get angry again. With passionate rhetoric, unique authority, and outrageous humor,The Whole Womanreveals how women have been sideswiped and sidetracked in the quest for liberation, duped into settling for an ersatz equality. Greer argues that women have com...

The feminine mystique

by Betty Friedan ; introduction by Anna Quindlen.

Nonfiction, Politics

Landmark, groundbreaking, classicâ??these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique . This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since. A national bestseller, with over 1 million copies sold.