Multcolib Picks: #ReadWomen2014, the Northwest edition
Annotation:Emily Carr was a supremely gifted writer and artist. This volume, originally published in 1993 as The Emily Carr Omnibus, makes available all seven of her books: Klee Wyck, The Book of Small, The House of All Sorts, Growing Pains, The Heart of a Peacock, Pause, and Hundreds and Thousands.
Annotation:Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. "Inside these poems is a deep yearning--for love," motherhood, the will to see things as they are and to speak.
Annotation:When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister's young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape.
Annotation:Aloysious and Lillian Binewski, proprietors of a traveling carnival, attempt to reduce overhead by breeding their own freak show, with tragic results.
Annotation:"Fourteen years since Moon Crossing Bridge (a collection of elegies for the poet's late husband, fiction writer Raymond Carver), Gallagher enters new territory. Moving beyond the elegy to a kind of love letter, she addresses both the living and the dead, invoking her Pacific Northwest childhood in a lumber worker's family, her Irish roots, and Japanese and Eastern European friends and colleagues." (Library Journal)
Annotation:Auel takes us back to the dawn of mankind and sweeps us up into the amazing and wonderful world of Ayla, one of the most remarkable heroines ever imagined.
Annotation: In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition...
Annotation:Le Guin's Hainish series begins with the assumption that centuries ago humanoids from the planet Hain ventured through the solar system establishing colonies on various planets including Earth. For mysterious reasons these colonies lose all contact and knowledge of each other until the 21st century when an attempt is made to establish a galactic league.
Annotation:In the winter of 1917, a big-boned young woman shows up at George Bliss's doorstep. She's looking for a job breaking horses, and he hires her on. Many of his regular hands are off fighting the war, and he glimpses, beneath her showy rodeo garb, a shy but strong-willed girl with a serious knowledge of horses.
Annotation:In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century.
Annotation:Beginning with the May 2014 issue, The Critical Flame will dedicate one year of its review coverage wholly to women writers and writers of color.
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When writer and artist Joanna Walsh created a set of bookmarks illustrated with her favorite women authors, she was surprised by the positive response. She went on to create a twitter hashtag, #ReadWomen2014, to promote a year of reading women authors. A lot of people have tweeted their favorites, and so we decided to get in on the action. Here is just a small sampling of our favorite female authors, with a Northwest flare, of course.