Saturday, May 28, 2011

Women Authors That Men Love to Read

Star Tribune Books had a discussion this morning pointing to Roxanne Gay's blog post The Well Read Man

The blog discusses the inequity and awfulness of having only a single female author listed in Esquire Magazine's The 75 Books Every Man Should Read That title is Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find.

This got me thinking about women authors that I know men read because in my many years behind the desk, I've been asked for a fair few book recommendations and for help finding desired authors.

In no particular order, as they have come to my mind, here are women authors men ask for, either by single title or they want "everything by" these (note added links to author sites or wiki entries):

Janet Evanovich (mostly her earlier books, not so much the recent Stephanie Plums)

Nancy Kress

J. K. Rowling

Flannery O' Connor

Agatha Christie

James Tiptree Jr.

Dorothy Sayers

Erin Hart

P. J. Tracy

Margaret Weis

Barbara Tuchman

Maya Angelou

Margaret Atwood

Patricia Highsmith

Harper Lee

Ayn Rand

Edith Wharton

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Ursula K. LeGuin

Vonda N. McIntyre

George Eliot

Zora Neale Hurston

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Shirley Jackson

Taylor Caldwell

Jean M Auel

Patricia Cornwell

Cherie Priest

Anne Rice

Suzanne Collins

Julie Kramer

Nevada Barr

Jan Burke

Stephanie Meyer

Jessica Amanda Salmonson

Mary Renault

Josephine Tey

Lisa Scottoline

Kathy Reichs

I welcome other suggestions :)

Thanks to Bill Crider for these:

Leigh Brackett

C. L. Moore

Megan Abbott

Christa Faust

Sue Grafton

Sara Paretsky


  1. Leigh Brackett, C. L. Moore, Megan Abbott, Christa Faust, Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, to name a few.

  2. I shall add those on, thanks! I had Leigh Brackett and C. L. Moore on my handwritten list...