Strong Women Book Recommendations
April 12, 2013
A couple of years ago, I attended a conference where a speaker told about her blog with lots of book recommendations. I really enjoyed two of these books, and since people ask me, “What do you recommend?,” here are my favorite books about strong women who span the globe from China to the U.S. and back to Israel.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See is a story based on true historical data. Chinese women had a secret language that they wrote on fans and embroidered onto hankies. This was the only known language written by women! Since wealthy women had bound feet, their servants delivered these hidden communications for them. Lily and Snowflower become strong women together, surviving foot bindings, struggles with parents, their matchmaker, husbands, children, and war. I couldn’t put the book down.
One Thousand White Women: A Journal by Mary Dodd actually is by Jim Fergus. I am amazed at how Fergus got into the minds of the women in this book. The main character, Mary Dodd, is from a wealthy family and marries against her parents’ wishes, so they send her to a mental institution. While there was a true historical request that came from the Cheyenne Indians for 1,000 white women to marry their braves, this was not actually granted. However, in this book it is. Read about Mary’s journey out west in 1875 and her marriage to a Cheyenne brave. This is not for the faint of heart, but it is the kind of book that made me want to turn the light back on and keep reading instead of going to sleep.
So after these two books, I went to the MCPL catalog searching for these titles, and in "Item Description," I clicked on "More on these topics." Another book came up in this list called The Dovekeepers. Again, this was another page turner for me. The Dovekeepers is set in Israel in 70 C.E. after the fall of Jerusalem. Three women end up at Masada, a fort on a mountain, along with about 900 people seeking refuge. This was written over five years by Alice Hoffman. She visited the site and museums and was enamored by the historical story of Masada. Of course, liberties were taken to piece together what might have happened to these three strong women.
Now, I have tried other books by each of these authors, but they weren’t near as good for me. Maybe I just got the wrong one. But if you are up for intense stories, try my recommendations. I dare you to put them down!
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