Let’s take a breath and read about some of the powerful women that helped to make this world a better place. 

GPL librarians have collaborated to create a wonderfully curated collection of some of the best current fiction and nonfiction written by and about women. We’ve given you a snapshot of our list below, but provided you with a number of downloadable reading lists that you might also enjoy.

This is an update of a rather quirky previous collection, which was entitled “Let’s read about powerful women.”

Here’s the full list of our staff selections for 2022

Our hope is you just log in, put your books on hold, wait for them to arrive, and we’ll get them ready for you. 


The Cater Street Hangman: a novel / Anne Perry.

Love letters: a novel / Katie Fforde.

Meet me at the museum / Anne Youngson.

Murder on Astor Place / Victoria Thompson.

The other Black girl / Zakiya Dalila Harris.

**The rose code: a novel / Kate Quinn.

The switch / Beth O’Leary.

**This book might be the pick of this list, as it has often been a staff favorite and is often recommended.


All that she carried: the journey of Ashley’s sack, a black family keepsake / Tiya Miles.

The girls who stepped out of line: untold stories of the women who changed the course of World War II / Major General Mari K. Eder, U.S. Army, Retired.

My own words / Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett with Wendy W. Williams.

The secret history of Wonder Woman / Jill Lepore.

The sisters of Auschwitz: the true story of two Jewish sisters’ resistance in the heart of Nazi territory / Roxane van Iperen ; translated from the Dutch by Joni Zwart.

Somebody’s daughter: a memoir / Ashley C. Ford.

Spinster: making a life of one’s own / Kate Bolick.

Under a white sky: the nature of the future / Elizabeth Kolbert.

**A woman of no importance: the untold story of the American spy who helped win World War II / Sonia Purnell.

**I’d highlight this book for your consideration. I’ve read a portion of this one, which is that rare history that reads like a novel and given the world situation seems a timely pick.

Not seeing any that strike your eye?

Here are some longer lists for you to consider.

Don’t have a library card? Consider signing up for an e-card and begin enjoying our popular e-collection today. Cardholders have access to both the on-demand Hoopla service, which includes ebooks, economics, audio, and more.

Happy Reading,


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