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Celebrate Women's History Month all year long with novels, nonfiction, and poetry that explore women as creators and authors giving powerful voice to the moment. Here are five selections to get started. 

Celebrate Women's History Month all year long with novels, nonfiction, and poetry that explore women as creators and authors giving powerful voice to the moment. Here are five selections to get started. 
 

  • American SpyGingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead).
    An author who knows how to mine fairy tales for contemporary fictions, Oyeyemi returns with a layered story about family filled with forgotten (or long-remembered) fantastical references.

 

  • tsunami vs. the fukushima 50: poems by Lee Ann Roripaugh (Milkweed).
    Vivid and lyrical, Roripaugh's work investigates the fallout from the tsunami that swept parts of Japan following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake. Speakers of the poems include the victims of the multiple disasters and the tsunami herself, conceived as a sea monster and more.
     
  • Women Talking: A Novel by Miriam Toews (Bloomsbury).
    One of the buzziest books of spring, Toews's latest (after All My Puny Sorrows) comprises women's voices reacting to the terrorization of their minds, bodies, and souls.

 

  • The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang (Graywolf).
    Wang examines schizophrenia (and dis-ease writ large) in clear, accessible pieces that simultaneously build a kind of intimate memoir, offering a much-needed literary explication of illness.

 

  • American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson (Random).
    Seeking a story propelled by plot but involving much more? Dive into Wilkinson's nuanced and reverberating debut centered on a female black spy.

 

 

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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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