Women Writing | Wyatt’s World

Celebrate Women’s History Month…

with five new March releases that highlight just a few of the interests and approaches women writers take. Be it a history of unrecognized laborers, the women behind an iconic photograph, an account of modern women in the workforce, or a brilliant display of literary chops, these books celebrate female authors and their diverse contributions.

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan (Touchstone). The stories of women who helped create the atomic bomb form the heart of Kiernan’s revealing oral history project—a work richly centered in time and place.

The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco). Oates revives a long unfinished manuscript to create a sly gothic novel set in the early 1900s. Blending social commentary with vampires and Mark Twain (one of the many historical figures) she upends endless conventions of a century past.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Viking). Lyrical and richly conceived, Ozeki’s newest novel explores time from multiple perspectives as she blends the stories of many generations (and a writer named Ruth) together.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg (Knopf). Facebook COO Sandberg tackles the facts to show how few women occupy top business positions. Her account is a blend of social commentary and self-help guidance.

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver (Blue Rider). A fictional account of the photographer Dorothea Lange and the woman who is the subject of her iconic photograph “Migrant Mother,” depicting their struggle to shape, and endure, their lives.


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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


  1. Hi Y’all,
    I see so many different branches of our society addressed in blogs, columns, reviews, etc. but I seldom see anything addressing the women of Appalachia – a hidden and secret subculture.

    When Diane Sawyer made a visit to the hills of Kentucky in the special “Hidden Children of the Mountains” there were so many of us who could relate to that series.

    I am from the hills of West Virginia. Lately, I have co-authored a novel, “The Girl From Stretchneck Holler, Inside Appalachia” by Betty Dotson-Lewis and Kathleen Colley Slusher, retired English Teacher from Crab Orchard, Kentucky. This novel really spells out what women and children go through surviving the mountain culture. I hope people will read this novel, so we too, like others, will have a place in this society.
    Thank you. Take care.
    Betty Dotson-Lewis

  2. Brigid Park says:

    I think this is a good recommedation for readers advisory.