women on the shelf

Women on the Shelf – Run by Ann Patchett

Bernadette had been dead two weeks when her sisters showed up in Doyle’s living room asking for the statue back. Ann Patchett certainly knows how to write an arresting beginning to a story! [...]

Women on the Shelf – Elizabeth Taylor

When I first started working in public libraries in the 1980s, I went through a phase of devouring as many Virago Modern Classics as possible. One of the authors I discovered then was Elizabeth Taylor (no, not that one). I hadn’t thought of her for years until I spotted a couple of her books in [...]

Women on the shelf – Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

I have recently been trying to get back into reading graphic novels and comic books and I would say that Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel, is probably the best bridge between books and graphic novels you will find. It has everything you would want from a graphic novel, it’s short and sweet, features a [...]

Women on the shelf – Collected Stories by Lorrie Moore

The Collected Stories is a compilation of short stories from some of Lorrie Moore’s previous publications (Birds of America (1998), Like Life (1990), Anagrams (1986) and Self Help (1985)), prefaced with four new stories for this release. A bulky volume at over 650 pages, it starts in an [...]

Women on the shelf – Half Lives by Sara Grant

Sara Grant’s Half Lives (Indigo, 2013) tells the story of two young people living in the same place but separated by time. Icie (short for Isis) is a 21st-century teenager at high school in Washington DC. Her life is completely normal until the day her parents (a government employee and a [...]

Women on the shelf – Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Women on the shelf – Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel Reviewed by Anabel Marsh, Volunteer at Glasgow Women’s Library A few months ago, Hilary Mantel stirred up a storm with a speech that seemed to say, at least if you read the hysterical media coverage, that the [...]
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