Great Contemporary Female Authors and Poets

A Listmania! list by Britta Visser Stumpp "Life is a Poem, Live out the Metaphors" (Utah)
The list author says: "I tried to find a list of great contemporary female authors through Google and Google Scholar only to be disappointed by the very few which emerged and also by how many were omitted from the existing lists. So, I decided to create my own."
White Oleander (Oprah's Book Club)
1.  White Oleander (Oprah's Book Club) by Janet Fitch
$13.48   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,182 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Passion
2.  The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
$9.69   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

The Handmaid's Tale
3.  The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
$17.60   Used & New from: $5.24
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,511 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Door
4.  The Door by Margaret Atwood
$14.36   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

The House of the Spirits: A Novel
5.  The House of the Spirits: A Novel by Isabel Allende
$9.39   Used & New from: $4.19
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)

American Primitive
6.  American Primitive by Mary Oliver
$11.38   Used & New from: $2.02
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

The Wellspring: Poems
7.  The Wellspring: Poems by Sharon Olds
$14.20   Used & New from: $0.01
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Shipping News: A Novel (Scribner Classics)
8.  Shipping News: A Novel (Scribner Classics) by Annie Proulx
$19.89   Used & New from: $0.03
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (616 customer reviews)

In the Time of the Butterflies
9.  In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)

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The Red Tent: A Novel
10.  The Red Tent: A Novel by Anita Diamant
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,286 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Female Trouble: Stories
11.  Female Trouble: Stories by Antonya Nelson
$14.05   Used & New from: $0.01
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Lithium for Medea: A Novel
12.  Lithium for Medea: A Novel by Kate Braverman
$12.44   Used & New from: $0.24
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Blackbird House: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
13.  Blackbird House: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Alice Hoffman
$12.50   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

After: Poems
14.  After: Poems by Jane Hirshfield
$12.79   Used & New from: $3.94
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

First Four Books Of Poems
15.  First Four Books Of Poems by Louise Gluck
$12.24   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Lull Before Dark
16.  Lull Before Dark by Caroline Gourlay
$9.00   Used & New from: $0.01

Beloved
17.  Beloved by Toni Morrison
$8.75   Used & New from: $1.95
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (900 customer reviews)

The Lady and the Unicorn: A Novel
18.  The Lady and the Unicorn: A Novel by Tracy Chevalier
$10.25   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

Possession
19.  Possession by A. S. Byatt
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)

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Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
20.  Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel
$12.34   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (584 customer reviews)

The Women of Brewster Place (Penguin Contemporary American Fiction Series)
21.  The Women of Brewster Place (Penguin Contemporary American Fiction Series) by Gloria Naylor
$12.71   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

The Fig Eater: A Novel
22.  The Fig Eater: A Novel by Jody Shields
$12.05   Used & New from: $0.01
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
23.  The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
$8.42   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (533 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Rape: A Love Story (Papel de liar)
24.  Rape: A Love Story (Papel de liar) by Joyce Carol Oates
$9.81   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

To the Lighthouse (Annotated)
25.  To the Lighthouse (Annotated) by Virginia Woolf
$12.65   Used & New from: $2.08
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)

Ceremony: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
26.  Ceremony: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Leslie Marmon Silko
$13.60   Used & New from: $4.64
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
27.  To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) by Harper Lee
$14.16   Used & New from: $1.03
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,888 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

Delta of Venus
28.  Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin
$13.15   Used & New from: $2.88
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

The Bookshop
29.  The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
$12.53   Used & New from: $0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

Fire in the Blood (Vintage International)
30.  Fire in the Blood (Vintage International) by Sandra Smith
$8.39   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense
31.  Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense by Bernard Scudder
$9.85   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Bell Jar
32.  The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
$10.16   Used & New from: $5.44
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton
33.  The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton by Anne Sexton
$15.16   Used & New from: $6.95
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years
34.  Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years by Diane di Prima
$16.03   Used & New from: $1.98
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Nature: Poems Old and New
35.  Nature: Poems Old and New by May Swenson
$14.21   Used & New from: $1.35
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Honeybee: Poems & Short Prose
36.  Honeybee: Poems & Short Prose by Naomi Shihab Nye
$13.31   Used & New from: $1.41
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Selected Poems, 1960-1990
37.  Selected Poems, 1960-1990 by Maxine Kumin
$17.96   Used & New from: $2.78
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 (American Poets Continuum)
38.  Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 (American Poets Continuum) by Lucille Clifton
$13.83   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Water for Elephants: A Novel
39.  Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen
$9.06   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,553 customer reviews) | 47 customer discussions

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
40.  Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
$19.13   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,518 customer reviews)

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