On My Bookshelf: March

march on my bookshelf

march on my bookshelf
Did you know that March is National Women’s History Month? This month, in honor of women everywhere, I’m highlighting selections from my favorite female writers. 2014’s theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment”, and these authors embody just those traits in my book (ha! Puns. Unintentional, of course…):

 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – I’ve been meaning to check this out of the library for months now, having heard so highly about this peculiar memoir of a dysfunctional yet loving (ish?) family.

Bossypants by Tina Fey – While I’m not normally one for biographies and memoirs, but Tina Fey is hands-down fierce. I always appreciate insightfulness, especially when it’s funny, and from a woman who is so unabashedly herself, which these days, seems to include navigate a whole mess of hurdles, stereotypes, and other people’s impressions.

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft – The grandfather mother? of women’s discourse. Whatever you want to call her, Mary Wollstonecraft is plain old awesome and in this early manifesto of feminist philosophy, she shuts down poprular 18th century ideas and argues that women are human beings too, deserving of the same rights that men have. You tell ’em, Mary.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – Apparently, memoirs are a theme this month, as Marjane Satrapi’s memoir-in-comic-strips rounds off my picks. Persepolis is the story of a young girl’s coming of age in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. It’s intense and unforgettable, yet Satrapi makes it humorous all the same. Bonus: there’s an animated movie, too.

Who are your favorite female authors? Which women in your life embody character, courage, and commitment?