Women’s History Month

reads inspired by women's history month

The Piscataway Public Library celebrates Women’s History Month this March! With an extensive collection of biographies, memoirs, and novels about the experiences of women, the Piscataway Public Library has everything you need to discover new female authors, writers, and stories that are assured to inspire! Here are some of the many titles on display:

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Her first book since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993, My Own Words is a collection of speeches and writing from one of the most influential women in American history. Ginsberg writes about gender equality, interpreting the Constitution, changing laws for women, her experiences as a Supreme Court Justice, and so much more. My Own Words gives audiences a glimpse into the life of a woman who fought for gender equality every step of the way. This title is also available as a downloadable ebook.


Circe by Madeline Miller

In the house of Helios a girl is born to two of the most powerful gods. She possesses the power of witchcraft, which allows her to menace the gods and transform creatures, However, when she is banished from her land and forced to face one of the most vengeful Olympians, Circe must decide whether she wants to fight for the gods she was born from or the mortals she has come to love. With action, love, and mythology, Circe is one heroine tale not to be missed. This title is also available as a downloadable ebook.


I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. She shares her story about the Taliban, as they took control of her home of Swat Valley in Pakistan. After being shot point-blank on her way home from school, Malala writes about her story of survival, healing, and her right to an education. Her voice has touched many and her resilience has inspired generations. For young reader editions of the book, click here. This title is also available as a downloadable ebook.


Chemistry by Weike Wang

Studying for a PhD in Chemistry is hard enough for the main character of Chemistry, without having to feel the pressure of her Chinese parents’ expectations or grappling with either accepting or declining a proposal from her current boyfriend. When everything seems too much for the narrator to handle, she begins to find the answers she needs, answers she thought she already had. In this coming-of-age novel by Weike Wang, one girl must find her way in the world of chemistry, love, and family.


The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison

Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison continues to be one of the most influential women in literature. Her speeches and essays in The Source of Self-Regard touch on everything from female empowerment and human rights to her powerful eulogy for James Baldwin. The power of language itself is evidenced in the incredible writing from this inspirational woman. This title is also available as a downloadable ebook.


Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights by Mikki Kendall

Providing a visual history of the fight for women’s rights, this bold and beautifully drawn graphic novel is a must-read. Throughout history, women have fought for their right to vote, get an education, exercise bodily autonomy, and so much more. Mikki Kendall recounts these moments in history with the help of illustrator Aster D’Amico to create a vibrant and breathtakingly beautiful portrayal of women’s role in history.


Emma by Jane Austen

This classic novel follows twenty year old Emma in Georgian-Regency England. While attending her friend Miss Taylor’s wedding, Emma discovers her talent for matchmaking, having introduced Miss Taylor and her husband Mr. Weston. This witty novel follows Emma as she learns the consequences of meddling with others’ relationships. You can also check out the major motion picture starring Anya Taylor Joy here or the modern retelling of the classic here! This title is also available as a downloadable ebook.


Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor’s social awkwardness often prevents her from living the life she wants. Everything changes when she meets Raymond and they save an elderly man when he falls on the sidewalk. These three form a strong bond that causes Eleanor to begin repairing her old life to create the one she’s always wanted. This “smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey.” This title is also available as a downloadable ebook.


Looking for more titles inspired by Women’s History Month? Contact us by phone at (732) 463-1633 or visit us at the library!

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