Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Books About Amazingly Strong Women I've Read Recently

The Marriage Portrait
by Maggie O'Farrell

Lucrezia de' Medici must marry a man she doesn't love 
and move to another land where she knows no one.

The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot

Maggie Tulliver is strong and capable,
yet, because she lives in the nineteenth century,
she's denied opportunities simply because she is female.

The Girl with the Louding Voice
by Abi Daré

They don't make 'em any stronger than Adunni,
forced to marry an old man by her father,
in Nigeria.

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen
by Sarah Bird

Cathy Williams is the heroine of this novel,
based on the true story of a former slave who joined the Buffalo Soldiers.

With the Fire on High
by Elizabeth Acevedo

Emoni struggles to raise her young daughter 
while trying to finish high school
and start her career.

Rhododendron Pie
by Margery Sharp

Ann's family is cutting-edge and quirky,
but Ann just wants to have a regular life.
Sometimes a woman has to be strong 
to become what she wants to be---
despite her family.

by Madeline Miller

Circe, the daughter of the gods,
is not powerful like her father or
beautiful like her mother.
Instead, she must find her own way.

Excellent Women
by Barbara Pym

Mildred Lathbury, a spinster and a clergyman's daughter
in 1950s England in a time when women were nothing,
is one of those excellent women 
on whom all of the country relies.

Mrs. 'arris Goes to Paris
by Paul Gallico

Mrs. 'arris cleans houses for a living,
but that doesn't mean she can't dream.
And she dreams big.
Paris-fashion big.

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World
by Pénélope Bagieu

A whole book about strong and brave women
including women you might be familiar with 
like Peggy Guggenheim and Temple Grandin, 
as well as those you might not know
including the warrior Lozen and lighthouse keeper Giorgina Reid.

You might like to take a look at some of my lists from the past, too...

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.     

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