Women's History Month

Please visit the Illinois State Library's Talking Book and Braille Service website at:

http://www.ilbph.org

Celebrate Women's History Month with our new booklist, which features some our favorite women authors as well as empowering nonfiction about remarkable women.

DB011077 And Then There Were None Agatha Christie An invisible host begins killing his guests one by one Mystery and Detective
DB019249 Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions Gloria Steinem Journalist and feminist recounts her education and career Bestseller, Biography, Sociology, Download Only
DB020403 Mansfield Park Jane Austen  English novel examines social position and moral integrity when a poor girl is taken in by wealthy relatives Classic Literature
DB021524 House of the Spirits Isabel Allende The saga of three generations of a Chilean family  Bestseller, Historical Fiction
DB021558 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath Autobiographical novel details a young woman's mental breakdown  Bestseller, Psychological Fiction, Dowload Only
DB024695  The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood Dystopian fiction examines reproductive roles  Bestseller, Science Fiction, Download Only
DB032622 Because it is Bitter, and because it is My Heart Joyce Carol Oates Gothic mystery begins with a body in a river in upstate New York, examines race and class Mystery  
DB056797 The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson Complete works by New England recluse American Poetry, Download Only
DB057200 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Memoir detailing childhood, racial and gender hardships Biography, Literature, Bestseller
DB058842 The Color Purple Alice Walker The story of two sisters leading different lives, told through their letters  Pulitzer Prize Winner, Bestseller
DB061740 The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion Reflection on her emotional response after facing unexpected family crisis National Book Award, Bestseller, Non Fiction, Biography
DB070285 When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present Gail Collins Chronicles 5 decades of women's progress in politics, culture, work, and family life in the fight for equality.  Non fiction, History, Sociology 
DB072084 Secrets of Powerful Women: Leading Change for a New Generation  Andrea Wong Essays from women leaders, including Kay Granger and Carol Jenkins Sociology, Non fiction 
DB072474 Mary Austin and the American West Susan Goodman Chronicles life of author, poet, and scientist who left IL for CA in her 20s Biography, Science, U.S. frontier
DB076489 Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World Alyse Nelson Details the organization started by Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright, profiles successful women around the world.  Biography, Sociology, Politics and Government 
DB077836 The Valley of Amazement  Amy Tan The story of a courtesan and her daughter in 1905 Shanghai Bestseller, Historical Fiction
DB078643 Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America Elliott Gorn Biography of labor organizer and advocate for the rights of women, children, immigrants, and workers.  Biography, History, Politics and Government
DB079302 Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Racial and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II Cheryl Mullenbach How black women's war conrtibutions help lay the foundation for  Juvenile Book (grades 6-9), History, War
DB079670 Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space Lynn Sherr Examines the life of the first American woman astronuat to go to space Biography, Science 
DB080694 Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice Joan Biskupic Examines the career of the first Latina Supreme Court Justice Biography, Politics and Government
DB058587 Hidden from History: The Lives of Eight American Women Scientists Kim Zach Collective biography of 8 female scientists who excelled in male-dominated field Young Adult, Science, Biography