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I NEVER READ BOOKS BY GIRLS

What books, zines or other pulp are you reading? What aren't you reading? What should everyone else read?

I NEVER READ BOOKS BY GIRLS

Postby blunt » Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:20 pm

Not me.
Girls can't write.
Except for Fran Lebowitz (Social Studies), Nichola Barker (The Behindlings), Katherin Neville (The Eight), Joy Williams (the Quick and the Dead), Cintra Wilson (A Massive Sweilling), Lisa Alther (Kinfolks), and Dee Brown (Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee).....
But that's it.
No girls allowed!
Unless you have some suggestions that aren't Oprah selections or Harlequin Romances.
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Postby meowzamusic » Sat Mar 15, 2008 4:30 pm

C'mon, I woulda picked you for a Judy Blume back in your what-must-have-been-freaky adolescence.
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Postby hi, i'm new here » Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:24 pm

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Postby Marvell » Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:17 pm

Well, Jane Austen and Willa Cather, obviously. Also Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf, Ursula K. LeGuin and Pauline Kael.

Favorite poetesses include the Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Emily Dickinson, Stevie Smith and Ai.

And Barbra Tuchman writes some pretty amazing shit - A Distant Mirror is one of the most mind-boggling things I ever read.
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Postby Velvet Coffin » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:38 pm

A disinclination for domestic drama steers me away from many books by women. Pink cover design is another convenient clue. There are clearly exceptions-- Franzen's The Corrections has always sounded like the exact kind of mundane family hubbub about which I do not give a badger's fart.

With the anti-intellectual emphasis on shopping, marriage, and spawning rampant in our politics and media, I despair of most contemporary female authors. Fucking hurts to say, but there it is. However, there are rare exceptions, both modern and otherwise!

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. Superb non-fiction about the sensitive and deadly gray areas between Hmong beliefs and American medicine.
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. Highsmith was a classic mystery noir author with sly sexual twists snuck into an era that wasn't ready for them.
Madeleine is Sleeping by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum. If you liked Patrick Suskind's Perfume, try this lilting bit of magical realism.
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson. You will change your opinion of the narrator's gender no fewer than three times while reading, and a dozen times after you're done. Winterson writes about love, it's true, but it's bloody overwhelming planet-spanning transformative love.

I'm okay with Sarah Waters, too.

And Oprah's gotten it right at least three times, to my unrelenting horror. (McCarthy, Marquez, half-credit each for Eugenides and Kingsolver.)
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Postby towanda » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:33 pm

Joyce Carol Oates (well, ok, Oprah picked one book of hers)
Margaret Atwood
Lois McMaster Bujold
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Postby blunt » Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:22 pm

Sweet puppy dog tails!
Octavia: good call.
Oates, and Highsmith, ok ok.
I love Willa Cather.
How bout Angela Carter?
Come Closer by Sara Gran good for one read.
As is In The Cut buy Susanna Moore.
Atwood? Not so much.
But god: so much chick lit and not enough time to find it and bury it in the backyard.
Almost as pervasive as Christian stealth lit.
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Postby Velvet Coffin » Sun Mar 16, 2008 6:32 pm

I FORGOT LIONEL SHRIVER.

Yes, Lionel is a woman.

Muscular, dry, novels that read like Muriel Spark mated with Alfred Hitchcock. There might be a good Doris Lessing comparison to be drawn, but I spent a good portion of college dodging Lessing so I'm not the one to draw it.

Despite the terrible title and worse cover design, We Need to Talk About Kevin is anti-chicklit. And Game Control is a dastardly little misanthropic examination of charity, excellent for curmudgeons and cynics.

I think I missed her at Borders this past week and I am kicking myself.
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Postby depinmad » Sun Mar 16, 2008 6:47 pm

geek love by katherine dunn
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Postby blunt » Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:38 am

depinmad wrote:geek love by katherine dunn


Just finished that a few weeks ago.
Does not seem like a book by a girl!
And Lional Shriver?
Phallicly challenged?
I did know that!
A. M. Homes, A. N. Wilson, V. A. Andrews:
will the real girl who's also not dead please stand up?
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Postby christopher_robin » Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:44 am

A Good Man is Hard to Find

by Flannery O'Connor

will blow your brains out, blunt.
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Postby aaron » Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:15 am

Three of the most important books published in the past two years:

Naomi Wolf: "The End of America"

Susan Jacoby: "The Age of American Unreason"

Naomi Klein: "The Shock Doctrine"

...and on the fiction side, you ever hear of "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers??
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Postby athabasca » Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:15 am

How about:
Naomi Novik (the Temeraire series)
Elizabeth Moon (Speed of Dark)
Madeleine L'Engle

I also second Lois McMaster Bujold -- just discovered her books about a month ago!
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Postby DedeTate » Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:45 pm

blunt wrote:A. M. Homes


Awww, I was just gonna say A.M. Homes. I like Laura Lippman's crime fiction.
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Postby Villanelle » Wed May 07, 2008 1:28 am

I second Jeanette Winterson-- the passion and oranges are not the only fruit. Written on the body is on my wishlist.
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