I love to read. It takes me forever to finish a book but I typically spend a couple minutes before bed each night being swept away by the
Here's a short list of some of my favorites:
American Wife: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
American Wife is a novel that follows the life of a women, born in the 1940's, who eventually becomes the First Lady of the United States. The novel is said to be loosely based on Laura Bush (and from what I've heard, her autobiography confirms many of the events discussed). The lady depicted lead an extraordinary life, she had a grandmother that was a lesbian, she was involved in an accident which she crashed a car and killed her high school sweetheart and there was also a secret abortion.
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
Moloka'i is a historical fiction novel about a girl in Hawaii in the 1890's. An average girl she is not, she discovers at a young age that she has leprosy and she's forcibly taken from her family and shunned from the healthy population. The novel follows her life before and during her exile to a colony for those with leprosy. It explains her struggles and triumphs, the devastations and blessing all results of an illness that was so misunderstood at the time.
The Red Tent: A Novel by Anita Diamant
The Red Tent: A Novel is another historical fiction novel, are you seeing a pattern develop? It's based on a women mentioned briefly in the Bible in the Book of Genesis, Dinah. The novel gives woman from biblical times a voice to describe sisterhood, motherhood and womanhood in general. It is a story of strength and resilience when woman were little more than property.