LJ Best Books 2016

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Writing Her Story | Wyatt’s World

There are many ways to celebrate Women’s History Month. Whether honoring women writers who have been publishing for decades (Anne Perry’s new “Charlotte and Thomas Pitt” novel comes out this month), entrepreneurs who are taking charge of their own creative lives (see Grace Bonney’s In the Company of Women), or women in politics (Susan Bordo’s The Destruction of Hillary Clinton, Apr.), there’s much to share and put on display. Here are five further suggestions, from novels about women by women to nonfiction marking important moments and figures, both past and present.

  • Why I March: Images from the Woman’s March broadstrokes.jpg31017Around the World by Abrams Image (Abrams).
    Saturday, January 21, 2017, was a landmark day in American history, marking the largest U.S. protest march ever held. Getty photographers were out in force, both in cities here and at sister marches around the globe. This book collects images of the demonstrators and the event as a whole.
  • All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (Houghton Harcourt).
    Attenberg’s claim to fame began with The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie. Now she’s getting even more attention with her latest novel about being a woman in today’s world, with all its mixed-up expectations. Perfect, timely reading for Women’s History Month.
  • Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order) by Bridget Quinn; illus. by Lisa Congdon (Chronicle).
    Can you name five women artists? That question, which launched a recent social media campaign, receives a beautiful answer in art historian Quinn and illustrator/writer Congdon’s accessible and intimate tour of 15 female artists from the 17th century to the present.
  • Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front by Mary Jennings Hegar (Berkley).
    A leading figure in the battle to end gender discrimination in the U.S. military, Hegar shares her story as a U.S. Air National Guard pilot in Afghanistan, presenting winning arguments for allowing women to serve in ground combat units.
  • Eggshells by Caitriona Lally (Melville House).
    Celebrate a new voice with this debut novel about finding home and making a friend. The story features a quirky woman named Viv, who thinks she might be a changeling and searches the city of Dublin for a way out. At the same time, she places a want ad for a friend—who needs to be named Penelope.
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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 Readers_Shelf@comcast.net

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