By women, about women, for… everybody!
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’re highlighting six new releases featuring strong, authentic, one-of-a-kind protagonists and written by the female authors you’ll want to be reading this month.
From historical figures and fictional heroines to raucous, righteous, rebels that leap off the page, these women will inspire, entertain and awe, whether making their mark on a war-torn battlefield or quietly persisting through the day’s domestic toil.
Happy Women’s Day. Keep fighting and keep reading.
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Inspired by true events, Grace Healy, a war widow, discovers an abandoned suitcase filled with photographs of different women. She soon learns that the suitcase belonged to Eleanor Trigg, the leader of a ring of World War II female secret agents who never returned home. Grace becomes determined to find out the fates of the women and uncovers a story of sisterhood, courage and betrayal.
A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum
In a dual narrative from Isra, an immigrant who moved to Brooklyn with her husband’s very conservative Muslim family as a teen and Deya, Isra’s American daughter, we peek behind the curtain of not only a family but also a culture that is locked in a battle between two worlds. Deya’s mother had always been a mystery to her and for Isra, the life she wanted for her daughter came at a cost Deya was just beginning to understand.
Maid by Stephanie Land
The gulf between getting by and thriving in America is widening every year with even the former difficult to achieve for so many. In Stephanie Land’s memoir of her years working as a maid, she pulls no punches in describing what it’s like to struggle with job, housing and food insecurity as one of the invisible laborers we wholly rely on to keep our privileged world running smoothly, yet offer so little support for.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Already named as Reese Witherspoon’s latest book club pick, we start the story knowing that “The Six” break up, and move back through the years trying to figure out why. From there we go on a deliciously debaucherous journey through the L.A. music scene in the 1960’s and 70’s, from the band’s beginnings on the Sunset Strip to their meteoric rise to fame. Along the way we get all the sex, drugs and rock n’ roll we can handle.
The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar
When a woman moves from the city to the suburbs of Atlanta, she is forced to face the realization that little has changed among the people or their attitudes since her family left the area when she was a child. Eventually the micro-aggressions of long-held racist attitudes, growing dissatisfaction in her marriage and the exhaustion of motherhood stoke her anger, leading to a catastrophic event that will change everything.
The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara
Milicent Patrick was one of Disney’s first female animators and the designer of one of the most iconic monsters in the horror movie canon. So why wasn’t she being celebrated as a pioneer? Mallory O’Meara, also a young woman working in the horror film industry, sets out to right this wrong and give Patrick her rightful place in history, while uncovering many of the reasons women still don’t get the recognition they deserve working behind the scenes in Hollywood.
What will you be reading for International Women’s Day? Let us know!