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Reading Historical Fiction for Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. The theme for 2023 is “Celebrating Women Who Tell our Stories!” That's the perfect time to highlight historical fiction that illustrates women’s courage, accomplishments and fighting spirit.

The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher

The Paris Bookseller is the true story of Sylvia Beach, a champion of modern literature who made enormous sacrifices in the struggle to publish James Joyce’s classic novel, Ulysses, while also establishing Shakespeare and Company, a bookstore that became the Parisian home for literary luminaries of her day.

The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn

An unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. The Diamond Eye is a haunting novel of heroism born of desperation, of a mother who became a soldier, of a woman who found her place in the world and changed the course of history forever. Based on a true story.

The Chanel Sisters by Judithe Little

A riveting historical novel narrated by Coco Chanel's younger sister about their struggle to rise up from poverty and orphanhood and establish what will become the world's most iconic fashion brand in Paris.

The Tobacco Wives by Adele Myers

A vibrant historical debut set in 1947 North Carolina following a young female seamstress who uncovers dangerous truths about the Big Tobacco empire ruling the American South. This debut novel does not focus on historical figures as much as it brings to life an amalgam of activists who fought for the rights of women working in North Carolina’s tobacco industry in the mid-20th century.

Her Hidden Genius by Marie Benedict

Marie Benedict's shines a light on Rosalind Franklin who sacrificed her life to discover the nature of our very DNA, a woman whose world-changing contributions were hidden by the men around her but whose relentless drive advanced our understanding of humankind.

Sisters in Arms by Kaia Alderson

Based on the true story of the 6888th Postal Battalion (the Six Triple Eight), Sisters in Arms explores the untold story of what life was like for the only all-Black, female U.S. battalion to be deployed overseas during World War II.

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