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Sagas With Strong Female Characters


Recommended by Laura, a former member of the library's Adult Services Department.

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Light a Penny Candle

by Maeve Binchy
1081564.jpg Light a Penny Candle is a book of true and lasting friendship, a statement of what friendship is all about. Like Aisling and Elizabeth, the friendship I have with my girlfriend of close to 40 years has had to survive first loves, weddings, funerals and death.

The Thorn Birds

by Colleen McCullough
1023463.jpg The Thorn Birds is one of my all-time favorite novels. I was inspired by the courage and strength of Meggie and how she overcame all the disappointment and hardships of her life. She taught me that all sadness will pass and one day something good will come from that pain.


by Belva Plain
1011283.jpg I first read Evergreen while doing some family genealogy research. This book forever changed the way I saw the courageous immigrants who came to America. It was interesting to compare Annas situation to that of my grandparents who also immigrated from Poland.

Memoirs of a Geisha

by Arthur Golden
1148306.jpg Memoirs Of A Geisha removed all the stereotypes I once had about the life of a geisha. It also brought the geisha lifestyle alive to me and transported me to a distant land with customs so unlike my views of women and feminine power.

Gone With the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell
1043543.jpg I first read Gone With The Wind in 8th grade and was taken back to another era. It was an inspiration to have a woman show spirit and go after what she believes in (well before the womens movement began).