10 Years of Hunger Games: More Books Featuring Strong Young Women

In honor of The Hunger Games' 10th anniversary in September, here are other books featuring young women, like Katniss, fed up with corrupt systems who discover what they are capable of when they decide to take a stand. Murder, corruption and manipulation are not unique to the dystopian setting as Greer MacDonald finds out while…
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Women of Las Vegas

Summer is almost here, and that means travel. It also means work in the tourist industry, and what town is more dependent on tourism than Las Vegas? I've found some novels dealing with the grit behind the glitz for female workers in the neon palaces in the desert. While these books are historical novels, they…
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Upstairs, Downstairs, Murder.

For those of you suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal, or who can't wait for the next Vera Stanhope outing, or both, I may suggest a few titles? These books concern the murderous doings both above and below stairs, and servants play a large part in the mystery. All of them are also recent arrivals, so…
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Listen to Granny

Old women have plenty of stories to tell, and the conceit makes for great miniatures of larger events. All the books chosen for this post are emotionally resonant stories of women (and children and men) caught up in the great events of the day but finding their own small victories.  Octogenarian Herra Bjornsson has made…
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Not Asking For It

Sexual slavery is unfortunately nothing new, particularly in times of war. If you liked Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht might be right up your alley. I'm going to cover some other books dealing with forced prostitution, some fiction, some not, as well. Bracht's White Chrysanthemum tells the story of Hana and…
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Novel Women of the ‘Teens

Independent women really started to come into their own in the early 20th century. It wasn't easy, but women felt invigorated by the nearing of the millenium, when everything seemed possible. I've collected some novels about unconventional women of the time period with great sensual and period detail. Albanian Eleanora and her father are a…
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The Novel Lives of Women Rulers

Historical novels are filled with kings, queens, and uprisings, and it's a vibrant genre. I'm focusing this post on female heads of state you may not be familiar with, at least not as they've usually been depicted. If you want suggestions about smart and capable women turning the patriarchy on its ear, read on. Andrea…
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