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Below you'll find our list — compiled following lively debate by Powell's staff — of 25 women you absolutely must read in your lifetime. In one sense, singling out a small group of female writers as eminently worthy of attention feels like an injustice to a gender who has published an immeasurable amount of profound, enduring literature. At the same time, recognizing great female authors is an exercise we here at Powell's are dedicated to undertaking again and again — emphatically, enthusiastically, unapologetically. And so we present to you 25 female writers we admire for their vision, their fearlessness, their originality, and their impact on the literary world and beyond. To get you started, we've included a book recommendation for each author.


mobile or address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, mobile phone. Inaward-winning journalist Rebecca Traister started All the Single Ladies about the twenty-first century phenomenon of the American single woman.

It was the year the proportion of American women who were married dropped below fifty percent; and the median age of first marriages, which had remained between twenty and twenty-two years old for nearly a century —had risen dramatically to twenty-seven.

But over the course of her vast research and more than a hundred interviews with academics and social scientists and prominent single women, Traister discovered a startling truth: the phenomenon of the single woman in America is not a new one. And historically, when women were given options beyond early heterosexual marriage, the were massive social change—temperance, abolition, secondary education, and more.

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Today, only twenty percent of Americans are married by age twenty-nine, compared to nearly sixty percent in Read less. Print length.

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Special offers and product promotions Amazon Business: Make the most of your Amazon Business with exclusive tools and savings. now. From School Library Journal Inmore than half of Americans were married to heterosexual partners before reaching the age of That statistic has dramatically reversed in the years that followed, with only 20 percent reaching that same milestone in the present decade.

Traister traces the roots of this phenomenon much further back, fromand demonstrates how single women have typically made the decision to marry later or not marry at all when given advantages such as education and career options. The understanding of how single women affect politics and social change is startling to say the least, and young women will find clarification and confirmation in this read.

Being single is not a failure, nor is it a death sentence. Media outlets and politicians are often the source of urging women toward heterosexual marriage. Even though this push is typically intended to subjugate women, the book does not condemn the institution of marriage; in fact, the author makes the opposite case.

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Marriage should be an informed choice, Traister argues, and it should not mean giving up on dreams or aspirations. By weaving anecdotes with detailed research source information as well as updates on the profiled women are providedthis volume will draw in young adults and help them comprehend the quiet and steady evolution that women have been spearheading for quite some time. VERDICT A stand-out, empowering selection providing substantive research; for general readers as well as those with an interest in feminism and social justice issues.

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A brilliant book that is also warm, funny, and a pleasure to read. Her book demands not just reading but discussion and debate. Keenly mindful of race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status…[Traister] is both deliberate and conversant in her language of inclusion…As impressively well researched as All the Single Ladies is This is an informative and thought-provoking book for anyone — not just the single ladies — who wants to gain a great understanding of this pivotal moment in the history of the United States.

Traister blends history, reportage and personal memoir to propose that the notion of marriage in American life has been and will be written by unmarried women. She wants single women to recognize themselves as a political force and to celebrate unmarried life for what it can be: an excellent option. Even more impressive is how Traister pushes a feminist agenda without the book ever feeling like it has an agenda, or that it's pointing the finger at the reader to make him or her feel guilty.

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In many ways it serves as a validation of single life. There are stories of women with careers, friendships, hobbies, and children that fulfill them, all without a spouse. Unmarried women have helped to usher in major social change, including abolition and the labor movement. Traister illustrates that single women are multi-faceted and have full lives beyond trying to find a man.

All women who spent some portion of their adult life single will see themselves in this book.

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Just to be clear, Traister doesn't disparage marriage. In fact, she is married with two children herself, although she was in her mids before that happened. This book is about women who spend at least some portion of their adults lives unmarried. Most of the time that's due to marrying later, but there are divorced women and women who live with serious partners as well. The point is that this demographic has been growing steadily larger, and is becoming a political, social, and economic force.

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The best part of this book is the history, which focuses on the late s to the present. It's always refreshing when someone acknowledges that the "traditional" s model of a house in the suburbs with the husband working and the wife keeping the house was a historical anomaly and only applied to a relatively small section of society. Traister recognizes that poor, minority women usually had to have jobs outside the home.

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