April 2014 Book Recommendations

April Reading

Every month, our staff at The California Journal of Women Writers will be highlighting our current reading selections, in order to help grow exposure for the myriad of women writers who should be recognized for their work. Our collective voices as women have the ability to reach far and wide. By bringing you our favorite titles, our hope is that you’re introduced to new writers, new stories, and new visions. We promise you’ll find your next great reading choice from one of our lists.

Jennifer Carter

Baker Kline, Christina. Orphan Train.
2013. 304 p.p. William Morrow Paperbacks (978-0061950728).

Bender, Aimee. The Color Master.
2013. 240 p.p. Doubleday (978-0385534895).

Russell, Karen. Vampires in the Lemon Grove.
2014. 256 p.p. Vintage (978-0307947475).

Smith, April. A Star for Mrs. Blake.
2014. 352 p.p. Knopf (978-0307958846).

Wardy, Melissa Atkins. Redefining Girly.
2014. 256 p.p. Chicago Review Press (978-1613745526).

Stacey Balkun

Beyer, Tamiko. We Come Elemental.
2013. 104 p.p. Alice James Books (978-1938584008).

Didion, Joan. Slouching Towards Bethlehem.
2008. 256 p.p. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (978-0374531386).

Dungy, Camille. Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (editor).
2009. 432 p.p. University of Georgia Press (978-0820334318).

Rukeyser, Muriel. US 1.
1938. 156 p.p. Covici Friede Publishers.

Saloy, Mona Lisa. Red Beans & Ricely Yours.
2005. 104 p.p. Truman State University Press (978-1931112543).

Cara Mac Neil

Brennan, Marie. A History of Dragons.
2014. 352 p.p. Tor Books (978-0765375070).

Carey, Jacqueline. Kushiel’s Dart.
2002. 912 p.p. Tor Fantasy (978-0765342980).

Cliff, Michelle. Abeng.
1995. 176 p.p. Plume (978-0452274839).

Donoghue, Emma. Room.
2011. 352 p.p. Back Bay Books (978-0316098328).

 Oates, Joyce Carol. The Accursed.
2013. 704 p.p. Ecco (978-0062234353).

Elsie Ohem

Barnett, Catherine. The Game of Boxes: Poems.
2012. 88 p.p. Graywolf Press (978-1555976200).

Berdeshevsky, Margo. Beautiful Soon Enough.
2009. 173 p.p. Fiction Collective 2 (978-1573661492).

Follett, C.B. Houses.
2011. 36 p.p. Tebot Bach (978-1893670709).

Stein, J. Hope. [Mary].
2012. Hyacinth Girl Press

Vollmer, Judith. The Water Books: Poems.
2012. Autumn House Press (978-1932870541).

Karen Lively

Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Lowland.
2013. 352 p.p. Knopf (978-0307265746).

Munro, Alice. Dear Life: Stories.
2013. 336 p.p. Vintage (978-0307743725).

Sontag, Susan. Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors.
2001. 192 p.p. Picador (978-0312420130).

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway.
2012 (reprint of 1947 edition). 214 p.p. Martino Fine Books (978-1614273219).

 Yamashita, Karen Tei. Tropic of Orange.
1997. 280 p.p. Coffee House Press (978-1566890649).

Erika Rothberg

Barry, Lynda. Cruddy.
2000. 320 p.p. Simon & Schuster (978-0684838465).

Halberstam, Judith/Jack. Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters.
1995. 232 p.p. Duke University Press Books (978-0822316633).

 Russell, Karen. Swamplandia!
2011. 400 p.p. Vintage (978-0307276681).

Valenti, Jessica. Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness.
2012. 208 p.p. New Harvest (978-0547892610).

Wing, Michelle. Body on the Wall.
2014. 104 p.p. Saddle Road Press (978-0991395200).

Jewel Pereyra

Dungy, Camille. Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Poetry.
2009. 432 p.p. University of Georgia Press (978-0820334318).

Graham, Jorie. Place: New Poems.
2012. 96 p.p. Ecco (978-0062190642).

Hillman, Brenda. Cascadia.
2001. 88 p.p. Wesleyan (978-0819564924).

Mullen, Harryette. Sleeping with the Dictionary.
2002. 85 p.p. University of California Press (978-0520231436).

Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea.
1998. 270 p.p. W. W. Norton & Company (978-0393960129).

Rebecca Woolston

Marcom, Micheline. Mirror In The Well.
2008. 152 p.p. Dalkey Archive Press (978-1564785114).

Maso, Carole. The Room Lit By Roses.
2002. 192 p.p. Counterpoint (978-1582432120).

Smith, Patti. Just Kids.
2010. 320 p.p. Ecco (978-0060936228).

Solnit. Rebecca. A Field Guide to Getting Lost.
2006. 224 p.p. Penguin Books (978-0143037248).

 Sparh, Juliana. Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You.
2001. 96 p.p. Wesleyan (978-0819565259).

Allison Schulz

Burroway, Janet. A Story Larger Than My Own: Women Writers Look Back on Their Lives and Careers.
2014. 192 p.p. University Of Chicago Press (978-0226014104).

Finck, Liana. A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York.
2014. 128 p.p. Ecco (978-0062291615).

McWeeny, Jennifer & Butnor, Ashby. Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions.
2014. 336 p.p. Columbia University Press (978-0231166256).

Ros, Hana & Farinella, Matteo. Neurocomic.
2014. 144 p.p. Nobrow Press (978-1907704703).

Roy, Arundhati. Capitalism: A Ghost Story.
2014. 230 p.p. Haymarket Books (978-1608463855).

Jen Teeter-Moore

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Half of Yellow Sun.
2007. 543 p.p. Anchor (978-1400095209).

Desai, Kiran. Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard.
2009. 224 p.p. Grove Press (978-0802144508).

Robinson, Mary. Why Did I Ever.
2002. 208 p.p. Counterpoint (978-1582432557).

Smith, Zadie. On Beauty.
2006. 464 p.p. Penguin Books (978-0143037743).

Zevin, Gabrielle. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.
2014. 272 p.p. Algonquin Books (978-1616203214).

2011. 336 p.p. Harper Perennial.

Russell, Pamela August. B is for Bad Poetry.
2009. 118 p.p. Sterling (978-1402767876).

2013. 352 p.p. Back Bay Books (978-0316204262).

2013. 315 p.p. Vintage Books (978-0307476074)

Tartt, Donna. The Secret History.
2004. 576 p.p. Vintage (978-1400031702).

Butler, Octavia. Wild Seed.
2001. 320 p.p. Grand Central Publishing (978-0446676977).

2014. 288 p.p. Atria Books (978-1476709123).

2013. 304 p.p. Vintage (978-0307741332).

2007. 256 p.p. Vintage (978-0307276674).

2010. 320 p.p. Penguin Books (978-0143117957).

Dillard, Annie. For The Time Being.
2000. 224 p.p. Vintage (978-0375703478).

Glickman, Susan. The Smooth Yarrow.
2012. 78 p.p. Vehicule Press (978-1550653304).

Michaels, Anne. The Winter Vault.
2010. 352 p.p. Vintage (978-0307455765).

Peters, Sara. 1996.
2013. 88 p.p. House of Anansi Press (978-1770892712).

Winterson, Jeanette. The Passion.
1997. 176 p.p. Grove Press (978-0802135223).

 

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