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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Best Book Club Picks for Women's History Month!

The Accidental Empress
by Allison Pataki

Fans of Philippa Gregory’s lush royal fiction will adore this new historical novel. The New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor’s Wife turns her pen towards the Habsburg Empire and Sisi, Austira’s beloved “Fairy Queen.” Thrust onto the throne of the glittering and treacherous Viennese court, Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and the world. 

The Boston Girl
by Anita Diamant

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent comes an unforgettable new novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism. Rich with historical detail and emotional resonance, The Boston Girl is a portrait of one woman’s life in the early twentieth century and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.

Rebel Queen 
by Michelle Moran

From the internationally bestselling author of Nefertiti andCleopatra’s Daughter comes the story of Queen Lakshmi who, against all odds, defied the mighty British invasion to defend her beloved kingdom. Through her strong, independent heroine fighting to make her way in a male dominated world, Michelle Moran brings nineteenth-century India to rich, vibrant life. 

Almost Famous Women: Stories
by Megan Meyhew Bergman

From the acclaimed author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise, this dazzling new collection offers an intimate look at the lives of unforgettable women in history who were defined by their creative impulses, fierce independence, and desire for recognition. Although the world wasn’t always kind to the women who star in these stories, through Megan Meyhew Bergman’s stunning imagination, they receive the attention they deserve.

The Blazing World 
by Siri Hustvedt

Intellectually ambitious, electric in prose, and emotionally satisfying, The Blazing World confronts the joy and fury of Harriet Burden, an artist whose work has long been dismissed and ignored by the male-dominated art world. Longlisted for 2014’s prestigious Man Booker Prize, it is a polyphonic tour de force from one of America’s most fearless writers.

A Short History of Women
by Kate Walbert

Opening in 1914 Britain at the deathbed of Dorothy Townsend, a suffragette who starves herself for the cause, whose choice is echoed in the stories of her descendants. Told in a kaleidoscope of voices and with a richness of imagery, emotion, and wit, A Short History of Women illuminates the ways in which the lives of our great-grandmothers are carried throughout generations.

(From the CBS New York website)

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