Today, on Women’s Equality Day, we’re celebrating women’s suffrage and all the contributions female authors and characters have made to literature. We've gathered a diverse selection of titles about the women’s suffrage movement, as well as titles written by and about strong females throughout history.
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon: Charlotte Gordon's new work is a fresh look at the lives of women's rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, who together comprise one of the most illustrious and inspiring mother-daughter pairs in history. Wollstonecraft published the first full articulation of women's rights in 1792, while her daughter Mary Shelley wrote the masterpiece Frankenstein in 1819. Narrated by Susan Lyons.
Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier: Author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier's second novel is an exceptionally touching story featuring fictional suffragette of two young girls who meet at a cemetary on the day Queen Victoria dies. As the country around them, including their families, struggle with the sweeping social changes Edward has brought to the crown, Maude and Lavinia begin a delicate friendship that overcomes even the class lines that separate them. Performed by various narrators.
Bethlehem Road by Anne Perry: Inspector Pitt and his wife investigate the murder of a Member of Parliament. Before they can begin to piece together what happened to Sir Lockwood Hamilton, one of his colleagues is discovered murdered-on the exact same spot. This story has roots in women's rights in the Victorian-era. Narrated by Davina Porter.
The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King: Laurie R. King's bestselling Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series weaves rich historical detail and provocative themes with intriguing characters and enthralling suspense. Russell and Holmes have become one of modern literature's most beloved teams. But does this adventure end it all?Narrated by Jenny Sterlin and Susan Lyons.
Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth by John Szwed: An in-depth look at one of America's greatest jazz singers/performers. Published in celebration of Holiday's centenary, the first biography to focus on the singer's extraordinary musical talent. Narrated by Karen Chilton.
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan: Delve into the stories from Amy Tan's life that inspired bestselling novels like The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement. Narrated by the author.
Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart: The Kopp sister's long-forgotten exploits, as told in the series, actually did make headlines nationwide in their day. The case against Henry Kaufman opened the door to a life of crime-fighting and mystery-solving for the Kopp sisters. In the fifteen years following the incident, Constance would serve as one of the nation's first female deputy sheriffs, perform intelligence work during World War I, and run a detective agency with her sisters through the 1920s- all of which will be the subject of future books in the series. Narrated by Christina Moore.
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward: Best-selling author Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for this poignant and poetic novel. This is the story of a young girl who takes charge of her family when Hurricane Katrina bears down on her Mississippi home. Narrated by Cherise Boothe.
Alter Egos by Mark Landler: An honest assessment of the first female major-party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's relationship with President Obama and their work together and apart on national issues, and what that means for the 2016 presidential election. Narrated by Jason Culp and the author.
Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell: A long-overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman behind Winston Churchill. Narrated by Susan Lyons.
The Firebrand and the First Lady by Patricia Bell-Scott: A fascinating history of the personal and political relationship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and black lesbian activist Pauli Murray. Narrated by Karen Chilton.
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh: A lonely young woman working in a boys' prison outside Boston in the early 60s is pulled into a very strange crime, in a mordant, harrowing story of obsession and suspense, by one of the brightest new voices in fiction. American author of Croatian/Iranian descent, Ottessa penned this literary crime drama AND it was recently long-listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. Narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan.
Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman: On the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte's birth, the definitive biography of this extraordinary novelist, by acclaimed literary biographer Claire Harman. A groundbreaking view of the beloved writer as a young woman ahead of her time. Narrated by Corrie James.