74 Essential Books for Your Personal Library: A List Curated by Female Creatives

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  1. Agatha Christie – The Mousetrap
  2. Albertine Sarrazin – L’Astragale
  3. Alice Walker – The Color Purple
  4. Anaïs Nin – Little Birds
  5. Angela Carter – Nights at the Circus
  6. Angela Davis – Are Prisons Obselete?
  7. Anita Desai – Clear Light of Day
  8. Anne Carson – Autobiography of Red
  9. Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl
  10. Anne Sexton – Live or Die
  11. Arundhati Roy – The God of Small Things
  12. Banana Yoshimoto – Kitchen
  13. bell hooks – Ain’t I a Woman?
  14. Beryl Bainbridge – Master Georgie
  15. Beryl Markham – West with the Night
  16. Buchi Emecheta – The Joys of Motherhood
  17. Carson McCullers – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  18. Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre
  19. Charlotte Roche – Feuchtgebiete
  20. Chris Kraus – I Love Dick
  21. Colette – Chéri
  22. Daphne du Maurier – Rebecca
  23. Doris Lessing – The Golden Notebook
  24. Edith Wharton – Age of Innocence
  25. Eileen Myles – Inferno
  26. Elfriede Jelinek – Women as Lovers
  27. Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
  28. Flannery O’Connor – Complete Stories
  29. Françoise Sagan – Bonjour Tristesse
  30. George Eliot – Silas Marner
  31. Gertrude Stein – The Making of Americans
  32. Gwendolyn Brooks – To Disembark
  33. Hannah Arendt – The Human Condition
  34. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
  35. Hillary Mantel – Wolf Hall
  36. Iris Murdoch – The Sea, The Sea
  37. James Tiptree Jr. – Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
  38. Jean Rhys – Wide Sargasso Sea
  39. Jhumpa Lahiri – Interpreter of Maladies
  40. Joan Didion – Slouching Towards Bethlehem
  41. Joyce Carol Oats – A Bloodsmoore Romance
  42. Jung Chang – Wild Swans
  43. Kate Zambreno – Heroines
  44. Kathy Acker – Blood and Guts in High School
  45. Leonora Carrington – The Hearing Trumpet
  46. Leslie Feinberg – Stone Butch Blues
  47. Lorrie Moore – Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?
  48. Louise Erdrich – The Beet Queen
  49. Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
  50. Marguerite Duras – Le ravissement de Lol V. Stein
  51. Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
  52. Mary Wollstonecraft – A Vindication of the Rights of Women
  53. Maya Angelou – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  54. Michelle Cliff – Abeng
  55. Miranda July – No One Belongs Here More Than You
  56. Monique Wittig – Les Guérillères
  57. Murasaki Shikibu – Genji Monogatari
  58. Muriel Spark – The Driver’s Seat
  59. Octavia Butler – Kindred
  60. Rachel Carson – Silent Spring
  61. Roxane Gay – An Untamed State
  62. Sappho – Fragments
  63. Sara Stridsberg – Darling River
  64. Sei Shōnagon – The Pillow Book
  65. Simone Weil – Gravity and Grace
  66. Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar
  67. Theresa Hak Kyung Cha – Dictée
  68. Toni Morrison – Beloved
  69. Tove Jansson – Mumintroll series
  70. Tsitsi Dangarembga – Nervous Conditions
  71. Ursula K Le Guin – The Left Hand of Darkness
  72. Virginia Woolf – The Waves
  73. Willa Cather – The Song of the Lark
  74. Zadie Smith – On Beauty

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