Women in Print

Noteworthy books of fiction and nonfiction by women and about women— for your fall reading list


The Rumor

By Elin Hilderbrand

Little, Brown and Company, 384 pages

Celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe has always been a force of nature with an insatiable appetite for life. But after that appetite contributes to Deacon’s shocking death in his favorite place on earth—a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage—his (messy, complicated) family is reeling. Now Deacon’s three wives, his children and his best friend gather on the island he loved to say farewell. Improbable bonds are formed as this unlikely family says goodbye
to the man who brought them all together.

The Japanese Lover

By Isabel Allende

Atria Books, 336 pages

In 1939 Poland, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world.

Trials of the Earth

By Mary Mann Hamilton

Little, Brown and Company, 336 pages

Near the end of her life, Mary Mann Hamilton was encouraged to record her experiences as a female pioneer. The result is the only known firsthand account of a remarkable woman thrust into the center of taming the American South—surviving floods, tornadoes and fires; facing bears, panthers and snakes; managing a boardinghouse in Arkansas that was home to an eccentric group of settlers; and running a logging camp in Mississippi that blazed a trail for development in the Mississippi Delta. All this she tackled—and diligently wrote about in secrecy, in a diary that not even her family knew she kept.

The Last One

By Alexandra Oliva

Random House Publishing, 304 pages

It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens. Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.

Valley of the Moon

By Melanie Gideon

Random House Publishing, 416 pages

Awakened at midnight, single mom Lux steps outside to see a fog settled over the Sonoma landscape. Wandering toward a point of light in the distance, she emerges into a meadow on a sunny day. There she meets a group of people whose sweetly simple clothing, speech and manners almost make them seem as if they are from another time. She soon realizes
they are.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

By Amy Schumer

Gallery Books, 336 pages

Never one to shy away from the uproarious, challenging and remarkable moments that make up life, this exceptionally candid book will have readers wincing with recognition, nodding their head in solidarity and laughing out loud. Written with Amy’s signature candor, she reflects on her often raucous childhood antics, her hard-won rise to comedic stardom and the courage it takes to approach the world with astounding honesty every single day.