Sherri Winans
Whatcom Community College
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I read constantly and widely.  Currently, I continue to read a lot of young adult fiction--writers like Louis Sachar, Jerry Spinelli, Walter Dean Myers, Jacqueline Woodson, Madeleine L'Engle, and Sharon Flake.  I have teenaged nieces and a nephew, and we all read together.   Books we've liked especially well are Louis Sachar's Holes and Julia Alvarez's How Tia Lola Came to Visit/Stay.

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Summer Reading, 2002: Emily, Chelsea, Andrew, and Katie


For more than 15 years, I led a discussion group of 10 to 15 women here in Bellingham.  We started as a Continuing Education Course through Western Washington University and then moved to an independently run group that meets at each other's homes once a month.  We chose the books together, and our interest has been mostly in women's literature.  We enjoyed reading literature by women and are especially enjoying comparing these women's (and characters') experiences with those of others we've read about--and with our own.  Here is a list of the books we read together.

Links for Readers

Skagit River Poetry Festival

Reading Group Center, Vintage:
Books by African Americans

Books Online

Bartleby:
Great Books Online

100 Books by Women

Village Books
Bellingham, Washington

The Children's Book Council

Salon: Online News and Essays

The Pulitzer Prizes

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Reading List: 1988-2004
Women’s Literature Discussion Group
Bellingham, Washington

Fall 2003 - Spring 2004
Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001)
Gail Godwin, Father Melancholy's Daughter (1991)
Susan Vreeland, The Passion of Artemisia (2002)
Anne Tyler, Ladder of Years (1997)
Nancy Milford, Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay (2001)
Yann Martel, Life of Pi (2002)
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees (2002)
Sandra Cisneros, Caramelo (2002)
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)
Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger (1987)

Fall 2002 - Spring 2003
Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance (1995) 
Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (1997)  
Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions (1988)  

Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000)  
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (2001)
Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces (1996)  

Elie Wiesel, Night (1960)
E. Annie Proulx, Shipping News (1993)
Melinda Haynes, Chalktown (2001)

Fall 2001 - Spring 2002
Contemporary
Susan Vreeland, Girl in Hyacinth Blue (1999)  
Tracy Chevalier, Girl With Pearl Earring  (1999)
Anita Diamant, The Red Tent  (1997)
Penelope Fitzgerald, the blue flower  (1995)  

Pulitzer Winners   http://www.pulitzer.org
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (1961)  
Eudora Welty, The Optimist's Daughter (1973)  
Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1975)  

Works by Margaret Atwood  
Surfacing  (1972)
Bodily Harm  (1981)
Poems from True Stories  (1981)
The Blind Assassin  (2000)

Fall 2000 - Spring 2001
British Novels from the Early 1900s
E. M. Forster, Howards End (1910)
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925)
Radclyffe Hall, Well of Loneliness (1928)

Classics and Contemporary
Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)
Lucille Clifton, poems from The Book of Light (1993) and The Terrible Stories (1996)
Penelope Fitzgerald, the bookshop (1978)

Michael Cunningham, The Hours  (1998)  
Sena Jeter Naslund, Ahab's Wife  (1999)  
Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies  (2000)  
Myla Goldberg, Bee Season  (2000)

Fall 1999 - Spring 2000
Storytelling Across Cultures
Anna Quindlen, Black and Blue (1998) and How Reading Changed My Life (1998)
Rosina Lippi, Homestead (1998)
Jane Urquhart, Away (1993)
Barbara Kingsolver, Poisonwood Bible (1998)
Beryl Markham, West With the Night (1942)
Edwidge Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory (1998)
Anne Fadiman’s Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader (1998)
Kiana Davenport’s Shark Dialogues (1994)
Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats (1997)

Fall 1998 - Spring 1999
Pearl S. Buck, Pavilion of Women (1946)
Arundhati Roy, God of Small Things (1997)
Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony (1977)

Hispanics
Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek (1991)
Julia Alvarez, Yo! (1997)
Ana Castillo, Loverboys (1996)

Memoirs
Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir, edited by William Zinsser
Jill Ker Conway, The Road from Coorain
Rigoberta Menchu, I, Rigoberta Menchu

Fall 1997 - Spring 1998
Classics and Contemporary
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877)
George Sand, Indiana (1832)
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior (1975)
Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace (1996)
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road (1942)
Marge Piercy, Gone to Soldiers (1987)
Elizabeth Berg, Talk Before Sleep (1994)
bell hooks, Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood (1996)
Louise Erdrich, Tales of Burning Love (1996)

Fall 1996 - Spring 1997
Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose (1971)
Anchee Min, Red Azalea (1994)
Mariama Ba, So Long a Letter (1980)
Dawn Powell, The Wicked Pavilion (1954)
Nadine Gordimer, My Son’s Story (1990)
Jung Chang, Wild Swans (1991)
Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson (1996)
Chelsea Cain, Dharma Girl (1996)
Essays by Toni Morrison and Anita Hill on the O.J. trial

Fall 1995 - Spring 1996
Ursula Hegi, Floating In My Mother's Palm
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Ubervilles
Robb Forman Dew, The Family Heart
Tina McElroy Ansa, Ugly Ways
Julia Alvarez, In The Time of Butterflies
Mary Katherine Bateson, Composing A Life
Valerie Martin, Mary Reilly
Alice Munro, Open Secrets
David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars

Fall 1994 - Spring 1995
Classics and Contemporary
Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions (1993)
George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871-1872)
Susanna Kaysen, Girl Interrupted (1993)

African-American Writers
Narratives by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Ann Jacobs
Alice Walker, Meridian
Gloria Naylor, Mama Day

Contemporary
Katha Pollit, "Why I Read"
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride
Ursula Hegi, Stones From the River

Fall 1993 - Spring 1994
Classics and Contemporary
Toni Morrison, Jazz (1992)
Edith Wharton, House of Mirth (1905)
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, The Story of Avis (1877)
Poetry by Mary Oliver
Anne Tyler, Saint Maybe (1991)
Alice Walker, Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992)
Terry Tempest Williams, Refuge (1991)
Banana Yoshimoto, Kitchen (1988)
Mary Elizabeth Bradden, Lady Audley's Secret (1862)
Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits (1985)
Poetry by Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton

Fall 1992 - Spring 1993
Classics and Contemporary
Joan Didion, The White Album
Kate Chopin, The Awakening
Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook
Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford (1853)
Willa Cather, O Pioneers! (1913)
Charlotte Bronte, Villette (1853)
Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome (1911)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland (1915)
Jane Smiley, A Thousand Acres (1991)

Fall 1991 - Spring 1992
Women's Lives
Carolyn Heilbrun, Writing a Woman's Life
Kaye Gibbons, Ellen Foster
Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces
Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees
Margaret Atwood, Wilderness Tips
Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street
Alice Hoffman, Seventh Heaven
Isabel Allende, Eva Luna
Linda Mariz, Body English
Fannie Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Bharati Mukherjee, Jasmine

Fall 1990 - Spring 1991
Native American Women Writers
Spider Woman's Granddaughters, edited by Paula Gunn Allen
Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine

Children's Literature by Women
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Louise Fitzhugh, Nobody's Family Is Going to Change
Mildred Taylor, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

May Sarton's Work
As We Are Now
Journal of a Solitude
The Silence Now
(poems)
The Education of Harriet Hatfield

Fall 1989 - Spring 1990
Classics
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1789)
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1818)
Poetry by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (1847)
The Diary of Alice James (1894)
Short stories:
    Mary Wilkins Freeman, "The Revolt of Mother" (1891)
    Edith Wharton, "The Other Two" (1904)
    Henry Handel Richardson, "Two Hanged Women" (1934)
    Gertrude Stein, "The Gentle Lena" (in Three Lives) (1909)
Willa Cather, My Antonia (1918)
Short stories by Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923):
    "The Daughters of the Late Colonel"
    "The Doll's House"
    "The Garden Party"
    "Bliss"
Poetry:
    Marianne Moore (1887-1972)
    Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927)
Katherine Anne Porter, Flowering Judas (1930)
Eudora Welty, "The Wide Net" (1943)
Short stories:
    Carson McCullers, "Wunderkind" (1936, 1955)
    Kay Boyle, "Winter Night" (1946)
    Flannery O'Connor, "Revelation" (1964)
    Toni Cade Bambara, "My Man Bovanne" (1972)
Poetry:
    Stevie Smith (1902-1971)
    May Sarton (1912- )
    Gwendolyn Brooks (1917- )
    Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
    Anne Sexton (1938-1974)
    Denise Levertov (1923- )
    Adrienne Rich (1929- )
    Margaret Atwood (1939- )
    Carolyn Forche
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye (1970)
Ursula LeGuin, Left Hand of Darkness (1969)

Fall 1988 - Spring 1989
Women In Transition
Kate Chopin, The Awakening
Doris Lessing, Summer Before the Dark
Doris Lessing, "To Room 19"
Tillie Olsen, "Tell Me a Riddle"
Gwyneth Craven, Heart's Desire
Marge Piercy, Fly Away Home
Rita Mae Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle

Sampling
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
Tess Gallagher, The Lover of Horses
Dorothy Sayers, Gaudy Night
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Reader
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

African-American Women Writers
Gloria Naylor, The Women of Brewster Place
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Alice Walker, You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

 

Funded through the U.S. Dept. of Education, Title III Grant PO31A980143
Sherri Winans, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA
1999-2015