Books on Women's Issues

Updated on February 19, 2009
T.R. asks from West Chester, PA
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Does anyone have any suggestions on some good books fiction or nonfiction about women and women's issues?

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I was overwhelmed by all the wonderful suggestions so many women sent to me! I am so very grateful to all those who took the time to share their ideas and gave me new book ideas!!! The response was amazing. Thank you so much !!!!!! T. R.

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answers from Philadelphia on

She's Come Undone by: Wally Lamb
Gone With the Wind by: Margerate Mitchell
Light a Penny Candle by: Maeve Binchey
The Red Tent by: Anita Diamant

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answers from Philadelphia on

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answers from Philadelphia on

Here is a resource: Honey for a Women's Heart, it is a book filled with fiction and nonfiction titles, all reviewed by the author, telling you the plot, subject matter, etc.
I have returned to this resource over and over for suggested reading. I hope it helps you, too.



answers from Erie on

I read "The Secret Life of Becky Miller", I don't know the author off hand. It was christian based about a SAHM and how she juggles everything. It was a light fun read on the surface, but you could really dig more out of it. AND oh, how i could relate to stepping over the dirty laundry and the left over mac and cheese that she served for dinner.

I could probably come up with some other books for you if you want. I like to keep track of what i've read and read other peoples opinions.



answers from Pittsburgh on

Have you read Nights In Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks? The book is WAY better than the movie. Also, for fiction, I really like Anita Shreve books.



answers from Pittsburgh on

I recently read a book called "Thursdays at Eight" by Debbie Macomber. It was about 4 women at various ages and stages of life who became friends when they all attended a journal writing class. They continued their friendships after the class ended and would meet every Thursday morning at eight to chat over breakfast. They helped each other deal with their issues - family, unexpected pregnancy, troubled relationships, loss of loved ones, etc. I really liked the characters and the flow of the book. Another one I liked by Debbie Macomber was "Susannah's Garden". A woman deals with the loss of her father, an aging mother and a struggling teenage daughter while visitng her childhood home. I also liked "Between Friends" about 2 women who were childhood friends and remained friends throughout adulthood even though their lives followed very different paths.

You might also want to try 2 books by James Patterson, "Sam's Letters to Jennifer" and Suzanne's diary for Nicholas". The first is about a woman who finds a series of letters written to her by a loved one that cause her to rethink her ideas about love and life. The second is about finding love (between a man and a woman, parents and children) and dealing with loss. This one was a tear jerker!



answers from Philadelphia on

Dr. Christiane Northrup is an expert on woman's health. Her first book is called Women's Ways Women's Wisdom. Hay House Publishing has a lot of books for women.
A fiction book that is an old story about women is The Red Tent.



answers from Pittsburgh on

I am reading a book now that deals with woman doesn't tell you how to deal with them...just makes you feel a bit normal for having is a novel...
A Woman's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank...
Also..if dealing with dealth, Hope Eldman has amazing books
Motherless Daughters and Motherless Mothers...
Hope this helps!


answers from Philadelphia on

Hi T.,

I often refer to A Woman's Book of Life by Joan Borysenko. I read the entire book while in college and since becoming a mom, have re-read the chapters on motherhood and turning 30. See at on Amazon here:



answers from Philadelphia on

The classic non-fiction book about women and women's issues is Our Bodies, Ourselves. It has been published in over 20 languages and versions for many different cultures.


answers from Pittsburgh on

"The Color Purple" followed by "The Temple of my Familiar" followed by "Possessing the Secret of Joy" (it's a trilogy) by Alice Walker

"A Mother's Ordeal" by Steven Mosher
It got INCREDIBLE reviews and is one of my all time favorites.

And if you really want to delve into something heavy...
"The Moral Question of Abortion" by Stephen Schwartz...

I read it cover to cover and it absolutely blew my mind. People on BOTH sides should read it (f.y.i it is NOT a religious book)

p.s what a great question for Mamasource, by the way....thank you! I plan to read the other suggestions



answers from Allentown on

Hell yes!!!
"PUSHED" by Jennifer Block is EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "Immaculate Deception" and "Silent Knife" are also supposed to be phenomenal!

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