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Famous Women Writers

famous women writersQuick! Name 10 famous women writers!

Why? Because today is International Women’s Day which I remembered only because of Google’s doodle.

10 Famous women writers I love

Maya Angelou whose words, spoken, written or sung always inspire me. Always. She’s one of my models for a life well lived.

Naomi Klein – a non-fiction writer whose work is changing the world. Her This Changes Everything is a shocking, horrifying and hopeful well researched look at our world-around environmental crisis.

J.K. Rowling – her magical Harry Potter series arrived just in time for me to read many of the early books with my granddaughter – delightful.

Margaret Atwood – if you haven’t yet read her The Handmaid’s Tale, you must. Particularly for this election cycle. At least, in my opinion.

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, to spell out her full title. As a mystery lover I can’t leave her out of my list.

Alice Walker – novelist, poet, short story writer and an activist in the truest sense of the word.

Joanna Macy – for her writings on deep ecology and her writings about the teachings of the Buddha. She’s a wonder and another role model of mine. Years ago I did a workshop with her and it changed me forever, and, I believe for the better.

Dorothy Parker – a lover of language who regularly demonstrated the pen is mightier than the sword. Funny, observer and commentator on the world. A roll model of a different sort.

Pema Chodron – the Buddhist nun who writes so clearly about how to be in the world. A true gem.

Louise Hay – not only a woman writer with wonderful insights into things of the spirit, but creator of Hay House – a metaphysical book publisher that does outstanding work.

So many more! I’m sure I’ll spend the rest of today and tomorrow thinking of other famous women writers, or women writers who deserve to be famous.

Who would you add to this list?

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  • Lisa Boucher

    For crime/mystery lovers Lisa Scottoline is very good & J.K. Rowling has published a rather good adult novel: Cukoos Calling.

    • I don’t like Rowling’s adult books much… but Scottoline is a kick.

      • Lisa Boucher

        I listened to the audio version of Cukoos Calling and it took a bit for me to get into it, I will admit and was sure for awhile, but as I stuck with it, I eventually liked the story and therefore could call it good. I’m not aware of others, but haven’t actually looked into it either. She did such a phenom job with Harry Potter et-al, I would be too afraid to pick up a pen (#2 pencil, for me) again. I would not have let my adult pen name out of the bag! The characterization & depth of story in the HP series is very hard to even get on par with. I love Lisa S-only recently discovered her, because I needed to mix it up a little from a James Patterson/Michael Connelly overload.

  • Lisa Boucher

    Toni Morrison, Amy Tan both write in depth accounts of their own unique heritage. Amy Tan, I find is often very humorous, of course, this largely depends on whether or not subtle humor is your thing.

  • Marieke Hardy

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