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Monday, March 24, 2014
Are you following this? #ReadWomen2014...
Female authors in genres other than literary fiction and the Merrick Library has them! "We love the #ReadWomen2014 movement, but we find that the female authors and their books recommended often fall into the category of literary fiction. And when it comes to other genres—business, say, or sci-fi—it's always the same classic (or modern classic) names. Check out our #ReadWomen2014 reading list, in which we recommend up-and-comers or established authors you might have missed, who carry on the torch from their female forebears in a variety of genres." - Zola Books
Like Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series, No One Can Have You opens with the citizens of the small town of Friendship (yes, there are several great puns), Wisconsin, discovering the brutally murdered body of their homecoming queen, Ruth Fried. But while this Fargo-esque town is quick to put Ruth in the ground and pin her murder on an unlikely suspect, her best friend Kippy Bushman digs into Ruth's journal and discovers that it was a much darker hometown secret that led to her demise. This is the kind of debut where you have to imagine that the author was just spending years and years honing this brilliant nugget until it was completely ready.
Every woman who counts Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In as her business bible shouldn't be lulled into relying on one sole female font of wisdom. That's where former Chief Information Officer of Southern Company Becky Blalock comes in. Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge complements Lean In in that it imparts many of the same encouragement—but for women on the bottom rung of the corporate ladder who lack the Ivy League education or other built-in connections. And, if you'd like to listen to a lady outside of the board room, consider Harvard professor Debora L. Spar, whose book Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest of Perfection takes on the "can women have it all?" debate.
While a good mystery tends to go hand-in-hand with a thriller, these two genres are so diverse it's nearly impossible to cover them all. For fans of following a single detective, Agatha Award winner Margaret Maron writes two series: one about an NYPD homicide detective who chases down murders, while the other focuses on a North Carolina judge who finds herself drawn to trouble due to her own curiosity. If fantasy thrillers are more your speed, Alexandra Sokoloff's Huntressseries features an FBI special agent hunting down a female serial killer. Finally, those who love the drama and mystery Jodi Picoult always delivers will adore Carol Cassella's deep and heartbreaking new release Gemini—a medical mystery following a doctor in her search to uncover the identity of a comatose Jane Doe.
If you haven't picked up Ann Leckie's (Nebula nominated!) living-spaceship sci-fi debut Ancillary Justice, you should get on it before her next (expected to be fantastic, of course) book comes out. And we can't recommend enough N.K. Jemisin, who not only owns at speculative fiction with novels like The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, but who has no problem calling out the sexism and racism in the genre. These women will make you think, perhaps in ways you haven't dared to before.