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 – 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 [...]

The joy of a good book and having a lovely place to read it

The joy of a good book and having a lovely place to read it – #Readwomen2014 and National Libraries Day When I first started working at Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) back in 2005, I really had my eyes opened to the disparity between how men and women’s writing is viewed and valued. I’d [...]

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 – 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 [...]

Women in the Shelf – Maya Angelou Autobiographies

I started reading this series of autobiographies, six in total, by Maya Angelou, just before Christmas. I finished the series in eight weeks; a record for someone who reads one or two books a year. I can’t recommend them highly enough. The six books in order are: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, [...]
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