What better way to celebrate Women’s History Month and Reading Month than to read some books featuring women by women? Here are a few recommendations from our team or find another online list to get you started. 

In the Time of the Butterflies 

This is a historical fiction account of the Mirabal sisters during the 1960s Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. Julia Alvarez uniquely writes this book in both first and third person as she follows the journey of these women. The plot follows these sisters’ participation in the underground or “the butterflies” and eventually their deaths due to their role in an underground plot. 

Hidden Figures 

Hidden Figures recently became a movie that follows the story of NASA’s Black women mathematicians. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden are the central characters of this novel as they work from World War II through the Cold War era. This book gives a voice to the stories and experiences of these women in STEM.  

Little Women 

A classic novel by Louisa May Alcott that is either a must-read or a good book to revisit. This book takes place in the post-Civil War era in 1868 and follows the four March sisters. Little Women has been adapted into six different movies, so watching one of these could be the perfect way to experience this story. 

Gone Girl 

This book by Gillian Flynn is a crime thriller revolving around whether or not the husband named Nick was or was not involved in the disappearance of his wife Amy. It is told from the perspective of Nick, but Amy is given a voice through her diaries. If you like suspense and the thrill of a plot twist this is the book for you. 

We hope you found something that caught your eye! Happy reading this month! 

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