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Joining the Women Unbound Challenge

October 31, 2009

Well, now that you’ve seen all the books I’ve already read that would work for the Women Unbound Challenge, it’s time for me to tell you which books I’m planning on reading! I’m joining at the Suffragette level (and have had the Mary Poppins song in my head for two days!), so I’ll be reading at least 8 books. These are all nonfiction; I might add some fiction in the mix, but I really love nonfiction challenges. ;) I’ve divided the list up into categories, then it’s sorted alphabetically by title. (And sorry, feed readers, about triple-posting! That’s what happens at the end/beginning of month due to my love of challenges, lol.)

women_collageBooks by/about International Women

chainsCulture (psych, religion, etc.)



Straight Up Feminism

women_unboundWomen’s History (mainly US, but not completely)

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  1. October 31, 2009 2:59 pm

    The books I’ve read from your list are A Room of One’s Own (love) and Persepolis (enjoyed) and I will have Women Who Run with Wolves on my own list. Looking forward to some great nonfiction!

  2. October 31, 2009 3:29 pm

    I have read none of these books. I hope you enjoy this challenge – it looks to be educational.

  3. October 31, 2009 3:37 pm

    I’ve read a couple on there and they were both good – A Room of One’s Own and Persepolis.

  4. October 31, 2009 3:39 pm

    Wow, you have a bunch of great books on your list…I will look forward to reading your reviews/thoughts on them.

  5. October 31, 2009 3:46 pm

    Thanks for reminding me about Katha Pollitt. I’m adding Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories to my reading list. I’m also going to add The Maternal is Political and also the Wilma Mankiller book to the list. Persepolis is a great read! Maybe I’ll re-read it for the challenge. Happy reading.

  6. October 31, 2009 3:50 pm

    I think the only book on your list that I’ve read is A Room of One’s Own (which I think you’ll love — I certainly did), but there are several others that I own but haven’t read yet.

    Oh and I’m so joining this fantastic challenge, by the way; I just have to get my act together and post about it!

  7. October 31, 2009 4:15 pm


    How do you find these great challenges? Love this! You know I’m in. Making my list tonight.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  8. October 31, 2009 4:30 pm

    I’ll be reading fiction and non-fiction. I’ve read poetry and fiction by Ortiz Cofer. I have your Santiago choice, started it but didn’t finish it. Good read; I simply got distracted. I have Walker’s title, too. I prefer Angelou’s earlier work. Very interested to hear your view on your choice. Loved Persepolis. Read both volumes. Recently got Chamber’s book on trade.

  9. October 31, 2009 4:31 pm

    This a great list, a lot of these titles are ones I’d be interested in.

    For American History, have you read either “Founding Mothers” or “Ladies of Liberty” by Cokie Roberts?

    I haven’t read “The Warrior Queens” by Fraser, but have read her “The Weaker Vessel” .

    Or what about “Sex in History” by Reay Tannahill? I read that a long time ago, and just now looking at it again on the shelf makes me want to re-read it!

  10. October 31, 2009 4:43 pm

    I just got home from the bookstore…I bought Full Frontal Feminism and a couple of other books for the challenge. I still have to write my post, though.

  11. October 31, 2009 6:49 pm

    What a great list! I haven’t chosen my books yet, but do have my intro post up.

    I hadn’t heard of FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE (unlike you I really liked PEOPLE OF THE BOOK, well the historical part anyway, I thought the contemporary storyline was lacking).

    Thanks so much for organizing this – Women Unbound!!

  12. October 31, 2009 7:31 pm

    Oh, this is so tempting!! You have assembled a superb list–I can personally vouch for the Woolf, the Fraser, the Santiago and am dying to read Persepolis. Also Katha Pollitt (nymeth got to me, too). Is it too late to join?

    Well done, sister suffragette (tee hee)!

  13. Amy Steele permalink
    October 31, 2009 9:15 pm

    I’m going to read that one by Geraldine Brooks. I really like her. An excellent one is Nine Parts of Desire about women in the Mid East (where Brooks was a foreign correspondent). This is a v.g. challenge.

  14. October 31, 2009 9:22 pm

    Claire, thanks! I love nonfiction. :D

    Charley, I think I will-I find out gender so interesting, lol.

    Amanda, those seem to be the two most popular!

    Wendy, I went a little crazy, hehe. ;)

    Vasilly, Persepolis is waiting for me at the library!

    Aviasnnschild, I’m glad you loved the Woolf! And join the challenge whenever you’d like-there’s no deadline.

    Susan, lol-I threw the idea out, and Twitter did the rest! Can’t wait to see your list. :D

    Valerie, I haven’t read any Roberts-would you recommend those? I can add them to the list! Sex in History sounds awesome-I hope the library has it. :)

    Softdrink, awesome!

    Dawn, thanks for all your twitter help! :)

    DS, of course it’s not too late to join! The challenge begins tomorrow, but people can start whenever. :D

    Amy, thanks for the recommendation! I’m glad you like the challenge. :D

  15. October 31, 2009 10:35 pm

    I suck so bad at challenges, but I’m definitely joining this one. At work last night, I spent some time looking up books for this challenge. I’ll be posting on Monday, I think!!

  16. November 1, 2009 6:28 am

    Oh Eva, this was the single biggest expansion of my wish list from a single post EVER!!! Normally, that might make me want to sigh a little, but I think I’ll just choose to happy about how many awesome sounding books you just introduced me to. :D

  17. November 1, 2009 7:25 am

    wow, I thought that last list of books you’ve read was awesome, and now here’s another great idea list! Where will I begin?!

    • November 1, 2009 7:26 am

      ps the ones about childbirth are most intriguing to me of all of them. It is/was a fascinating process!!

  18. November 1, 2009 7:26 am

    I read Gender Outlaw in college – fascinating! Your list is why I picked my books before looking at what everyone else is reading- I knew I’d add way too many if I didn’t! =) I’m very excited about this challenge!!

  19. November 1, 2009 8:25 am

    I am really tempted to join this challenge. Your list is helping me get over my aversion to its non-fiction requirement.

  20. November 1, 2009 8:40 am

    Awesome list! I think I’ll definitely have to join this challenge!

  21. Sam permalink
    November 1, 2009 9:32 am

    I have recently decided to start reading women’s studies books again so this challenge is perfect timing! I was a women’s studies minor in college and I took a break from this subject for a few years.
    I just finished a book called Girldrive by Nona Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein and highly recommend it. It is nonfiction and cover a cross country road trip the two young women made interviewing women ( and a few men) on what feminism means to them.
    A couple of books I have lined up are Feminism and Pop Culture by Andi Zeisler, He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut by Jessica Valenti, and Bitchfest- a collection of earlier articles from Bitch magazine.
    I could go on. Love your blog, btw, I don’t think I’ve commented before.

  22. November 1, 2009 10:30 am

    I see several books on this list that I’ve read: Persepolis, A Room of One’s Own…and I think you’ll love them. I also see a bunch I have or need or plan to read! Women Who Run with the Wolves has been on my shelves for probably 7 years or so! Shame on me. lol

    Great list, Eva! I’m looking forward to the challenge.

  23. November 1, 2009 1:56 pm

    I plan on reading Xinran’s book as well. Great list, Eva!

  24. November 1, 2009 3:56 pm

    You have some great books on your lists. I am definitely going to read a few off your list. I read Lakota Woman in college and loved it.

    I am so excited about this challenge, this is exactly the kind of thing I have been waiting for.

  25. Kristine Arena permalink
    November 1, 2009 6:30 pm

    I’ve been “challenged” by my friend and blogger Dawn of SITFOB ( I love that acronym), but since I don’t have a blog, I guess I’ll just post my list here (if that’s all right with everyone-maybe it’s time for me to start blogging. I seem to annoy some of my “friends” on FB with too much posting sometimes )
    Non- Fiction :
    1. East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler
    2. Lousia May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisner (just met her today and got my book signed at the Concord Book Store !),
    3. Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne Heller,
    4. Half The Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
    5. My Life in France by Julia Child,
    6. Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams by Lynne Withey;
    and for fiction:
    7. The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt and
    8. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger.

    Guess that will make me a Suffragette ?

    A True Blue Stocking at heart,


  26. November 1, 2009 7:37 pm

    Hi Eva, it’s great seeing all these titles being thrown around…I ‘m not a challenge joiner, but it really does look like a good one!

    As for whether I’ve read Cokie Roberts…I’ve read “Founding Mothers” and enjoyed it. I’d like to read “Ladies of Liberty” sometime. By the way, I have her “We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters” in my TBR pile — its an collection of essays– about female roles, I think.

  27. November 2, 2009 1:29 pm

    Some very interesting titles, that’s more books to my ever growing list of books to read.

    I did an essay last year on feminism so I read a fair amount of books. Most of them are on the posthuman so they might not interest you. Here are some of the classics:

    The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
    The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
    Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
    Sorties by Helene Cixous
    This Sex Which is Not One by Luce Irigary

    Obvious choices but they are defining texts, especially Butler’s although it can be a chore to get through. She’s like Derrida with her sometimes impenetrable prose style.

    The Second Sex has it’s flaws but it definitely paved the way for books such as The Female Eunuch.

    also on the top of my head, a few essays:

    Reading ourselves: toward a feminist theory of reading by Patrocinio P. Schweickart (it’s in Gender and Reading)

    The battle of the veil: woman between orientalism and nationalism by Meyda Yeğenoğlu

    Daddy by Jacqueline Rose (an essay on Sylvia Plath’s poem Daddy)

  28. November 2, 2009 4:10 pm

    Hi Eva,

    I’m excited to join this challenge. I really became excited after looking at Voices of the Gap. I am going to add my button to the page. Thanks for hosting this IMPORTANT challenge.

  29. November 2, 2009 8:26 pm

    Let me say it here, I hope this challenge doesn’t suffer the same low point I fear with most challenges: that participants chat only with participants they already know.

    I joined this challenge not only because of the theme but with a hope to connect with other like-minded women. I don’t know most of participants and my hope is that my circle expands. I really don’t want to be the odd gal out.


  30. November 3, 2009 1:25 am

    I haven’t read Geraldine Brooks’ nonfiction work, but her novel “The Year of Wonders”, about the plague in England and a small community that sacrifices itself to save the others, is FANTASTIC. And the main character is one tough lady. Would be perfect for this challenge!

  31. November 5, 2009 3:43 pm

    This challenge sounds great! I finally got around to joining and put together my list :o)

  32. November 6, 2009 2:13 am

    Impressive list! I’ve read Persepolis and Good Women of China and loved both, hope you do too!

  33. captainmordinary permalink
    November 20, 2009 6:11 pm

    Ooh, I didn’t know there was another geisha autobio available! I’ve read “Geisha, A Life” by Mineko Iwasake and really enjoyed comparing it to “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

    Also, I love “Aphrodite” by Isabel Allende. It’s saucy, interesting, delicious, full of family stories, sexy humor and it’s where I got my chicken stock recipe.

    “Woman: An Intimate Geography” to me is compulsively readable, and altogether fascinating. I’ve rec’d it to other women friends, and even the non-readers enjoyed it.

    What a great list. I thought this challenge was only in November of this year — I will be ganking titles from your list and adding them when I am done with reviewing mine.

    What a fun challenge! Thanks.


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