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Literary or Historical Fiction for Women in Book Clubs

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The list author says: "Books that make history intersting, women who despite being the underdog with no advantages prevail and thrive with just thier strong sense of the self, books for empowerment and spiritual growth that can open minds. Fiction that reads like nonfiction with compelling stories and ideas that must be discussed."
The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
"Every has a dream, do you have the courage to listen to your heart and follow your dream?"
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Oprah's Book Club)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Oprah's Book Club)
"Magic Realism through out generations of a family."
The Stories of Eva Luna
The Stories of Eva Luna
"Strong Females characters in each story, through provoking and compelling"
Daughter of Fortune: A Novel (P.S.)
Daughter of Fortune: A Novel (P.S.)
"Historical Fiction, strong females from different backgrounds and class taking place during the Gold Rush."
Portrait in Sepia: A Novel
Portrait in Sepia: A Novel
"Historical Fiction of The Gold Rush"
Girl with a Pearl Earring: A Novel
Girl with a Pearl Earring: A Novel
"Historical Fiction of Vermeers Servant set in Dutch. Balancing attraction, fate and class Kate is trying to survive with the little fate has dealt her. What was it like to be an artist in this time?"
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
"Historical Fiction of Dinah. What was it like to be a women in the Old Testament times. Christianity meets Pagan - Polygamy, Fertility and Death versus sterilty and so much more."
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel
"Historical Fiction set about during Chinese communist re-education.  What is the power of literature and what do books have to influence life and choices.  A suspense and romance with plenty of twists"
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel (The Ya-Ya Series)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel (The Ya-Ya Series)
"Chick Lit with a story. How to form bonds that last a life time. The importance of family, forgiveness and healing and loving."
The Ladies Auxiliary (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
The Ladies Auxiliary (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
"A small Jewish community in set in the South.  Can you keep your individuality and be in a strict fundamental community. This books makes you think, what motivates me to be good?  Illistrates the difference between spirituality and organized religion."
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons: A Novel
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons: A Novel
"Chick Lit with Characters that are three dimensional. This book inspired me to make my own book club. 5 Women with different personalities form a book club that will forever bond them for life.  Each member is fun and flawed and you love them for who they are and who they become."
Girl in Hyacinth Blue
Girl in Hyacinth Blue
"Historical Fiction Spanning centuries in Denmark.  What is Art and can you place a number or value how it makes you feel?"
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
"Historical Fiction set in the Belgian Congo.  Each chapter is told from one of four daughters perspectives about being a family of missionaries in the Belgian Congo.  Who is taught, what is learned, who is forever changed and converted?  Not the natives. A must read for all to show life and spirituality in a new perspective."
Peace Like a River
Peace Like a River
"Literary Fiction. The Father reminds me of atticus in To Kill a Mocking Bird.  There is a little bit of everything in this story.  Survival, suspense, spirtuality, redemption, love and more."
Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
"Historical Fiction and Survival and Love story that takes place during the civil war."
Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic
Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic
"Martha Beck and her Husband are both PHD students at Harvard who are expecting a child with down syndrome.  Re-evaluting life outside a the bubble of academia and how the strenght to listen and believe to your spiritual compass."
Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith
Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith
"Marth Beck daugher of the most prominent Mormon PHD Scholar. She is a Professor of Feminist and Womens Studies at BYU.  While she is trying to live the Oxymoron She realizes the need to tell her story including, her Father's molestation. What is the cost of staying quiet and what is the cost of talking?"
A Girl Named Zippy
A Girl Named Zippy
"Laugh at loud, happy chick lit"
A Million Little Pieces
A Million Little Pieces
"The story of a lifetime  of an addiction and then rehab.  When you ask what a junkie is thinking? Read this book, you can see what they are thinking!"
Cane River (Oprah's Book Club)
Cane River (Oprah's Book Club)
"The Historical Fiction beginning during slavery through the Emancipaction proclamation.  How women, loved and survived and thrived despite all the odds. Gut wrenching stories that give you gratitude for what you have and shame for what once was."
The Birth of Venus: A Novel (Reader's Circle)
The Birth of Venus: A Novel (Reader's Circle)
"Historical Fiction during the Renaissance.  Interestingly, no women are artists at this time.  The story of a girls love of the arts and what she will do to learn and see more."
My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club)
My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club)
"Pychological Thriller and Chick lit.  What you would do to save a child and what is the cost.  Each chapter is told through a different families member's narrative, a tear jerker about living with Cancer."
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
"Historical Fiction but so much more. A story of Betrayal and Redemption.  Shame and Self Loathing. A story of Father's and Sons."
Life of Pi
Life of Pi
"Literary Fiction. A survival story that is so unique that you have to give the writer five stars for thinking it up and making it so believable."
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
"The story of a Motherless Daughter who goes on a spiritual journey to find love, nurturing and herself."
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
"A classic, I aspire to be a parent like Atticus and hope to have the strenght to help my children think and be aware as Scout"
This Earth of Mankind (Buru Quartet)
This Earth of Mankind (Buru Quartet)
"Historical Fiction set in Indonesia.  A compelling story of Imperialism, Concubines and a caste system. What makes you a person, legitmate. Use the vocabulary list in the back with the native terms"
Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
"Why are girls mean? What has been happening for year but has remained unspoken until now. A must read for all Mothers and Daughters"
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
"How can you  make something tip and spread like wildfire.  If you ever want to be powerful at anything, this is book you need to read and aware of what makes things happen"
Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
"Economists view on pop culture. Reads easy like a nonfiction with so much to discuss"
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
"Compelling short stories that will make you re-evaluate how you view reality."
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
"Non-Fiction short stories that are easy reads. Makes you think and re-think medicine and make you aware with realistic expections of what you can know and not know about science and the humans who perform it."
The Gospel According to Larry
The Gospel According to Larry
"A must read Young Adult Fiction that will make you re-think marketing and consumerism. I love the relationship with his deceased mother"
The Color Code: A New Way to See Yourself, Your Relationships, and Life
The Color Code: A New Way to See Yourself, Your Relationships, and Life
"A great way to see what motivates and tools on how to interact and communicate with others."
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate
"A great way to see how you feel loved and how to communicate your love with others"
Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type
Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type
"Great book, to align career's with your personality type based on the Myer's Briggs personality test"
The Art of SpeedReading People: How to Size People Up and Speak Their Language
The Art of SpeedReading People: How to Size People Up and Speak Their Language
"Great way to interact with those around you. Figure out thier personality types.  Figure what you can change and what is just part of thier DNA. Realize the strenghts (not just weaknesses) in each personality type"
Mormon America: The Power and the Promise
Mormon America: The Power and the Promise
"Time Magazine Author writes a summary and history of The Mormons.  The most unbiased fair historical acount I've read (and I have read many.)  The Ex-Mormons wish he would have said so much more.  The Mormons wished he would have said much less with some positive "spin.""
Syrup
Syrup
"Brain Candy, suspense on Marketing and the corrupt Corporate America.  Laugh outloud and great perspective.  Who would you be in the corporate fishbowl? Brains can get you nowhere, you need wit and social strategy to survive and move up."
Empire Falls
Empire Falls
"The story of the decay of small town and those who stay. My  mind was churning weeks after about the storyline and how this could any small town in the USA"