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Tuesday, March 8, 2011


In honor of International Women’s Day, Random House’s twitter feed asked followers who is their favorite female author and why. Because 140 characters can’t do this topic justice, I will take the next couple thousand characters on this tiny slice of the interweb to declare my picks.

As an author in general, whose works I admire the most, I would say Jhumpa Lahiri (Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth)

However, my favorite book happens to be written by a female author: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith. I didn’t read it until later in my literary life and believe you shouldn’t wait a moment longer. The first three paragraphs of this review sums it up. 

In the running:

Mary Doria Russell for The Sparrow – Classified as science fiction but really a discussion about human condition, religion, and so much more. Don’t let the catergory deter you. 

Sylvia Plath for The Bell Jar – Beautiful, but a real downer. 

Also in honor of today, I’d like to express my gratitude to the many women who my life, past and present, I look to as examples, for support and being all around kick ass.  My mom, aunts, sister, friends, co-workers, best friend, roommates and and women I have yet to meet who strive to makee this world a better place.  In gratitude, I tip my hat.


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