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Books about Women: old and new

January 1, 2014

Here is a selection of books, old and new, that are about women, by women, and about participation in the world of ideas, institutions, wars, market economy, art, exegesis and life in general.

Elizabeth Gaskell – 19th century, any movies or books (Kindle Editions $2.00 or under some free)  “North and South” “Mary Barton” “Wives and Daughters.” “Cranford” and many more.

Middlemarch by George Elliot 19th century (Kindle Edition is $1.06)

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, 2013, an ingenious tale of moral and philosophical dilemmas, takes place in the Jewish and Syrian neighbourhoods of 19th century New York.

Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini, 2013- a true story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a woman who ran a spy network during the Civil War.

Certain Women by Madeleine L’Engle, 1993, an adult novel, fully secular and fully exegetical, unique, – a woman writing exegesis by novel.

Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence by Jane Fortune, 2009

The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen, 2011, about Sofonisba Anguissola, Renaissance artist

The Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln, trans. by Marvin Lowenthal, 1987, a Jewish woman merchant of the 17th century

The Life of Christina of Markyate by Fanous, Leyser, Talbot, 2010 about an 11th century determined young women who becomes a spiritual director. Lots of plot twists in her true life.

Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code by Margalit Fox. 2013, The true story of deciphering Linear B, the Mycenean written language, with emphasis on Alice Kober’s ground breaking work.

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