In a Room of Their Own: Reading Women’s History Month | Wyatt’s World

Mark this month, dedicated to the creations of women, by celebrating authors who have claimed the space asked for in Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. From debut offerings to new works by some of the best writers of our age, here are five noteworthy titles.


  • The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld (Harper).
    Denfeld’s darkly dramatic yet crystalline first novel takes readers into a prison where magical realism lessens the crushing burden of incarceration and “the lady” fights to save an inmate from a death sentence.
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman (Scribner).
    Hoffman’s lushly set and richly detailed work transports readers to New York City in the era of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire (1911) and into a story steeped in intrigue and romance.
  • Bark by Lorrie Moore (Knopf).
    One of our preeminent writers of short-form fiction, Moore presents a collection of eight stories that are sly and funny, beautifully wrought, and finely observant.
  • The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit (Bloomsbury).
    This innovatively written and well-achieved debut traces the lives of a number of women who relocate with their husbands to New Mexico during World War II to the site of one of the atomic bomb projects.
  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead).
    The tale of Snow White borrowed and reimagined in astounding style, Oyeyemi’s novel turns the “mirror on the wall” around and forges a brilliant examination of race, beauty, and perception.
Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at

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