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America's Women by Gail Collins

Women Uncovered

March is Women’s History Month, dedicated to celebrating women who have changed the world by breaking down barriers. But, fortunately, we are not limited to only one month of learning about such amazing women, as their stories continue to unfold throughout the years. In the last decade alone, there have been numerous books published that […]

Author Evaleen Stein and her “Little House of Dreams”

I live across the street from the former home of early-twentieth century author, poet, and artist Evaleen Stein. When Evaleen and her mother built their home in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1910, complete with a lush, well-planned side garden, they named their sprightly cottage Little House of Dreams. Evaleen painted a verse above the fireplace where […]

Rereading the Work of Shirley Jackson

I have a lot of literary kindred spirits, most of them women. They are authors who are not necessarily similar to me in writing style or subject matter, but for whom I feel a kind of emotional connection. These are women writers whom I wish I could have over for coffee, to pick their brains, […]

Angie Klink in the Stratton-Porter garden

Author and Naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter, a Kindred Spirit

Last summer I visited the Cabin at Wildflower Woods, the former home of one of America’s most popular early-twentieth century authors, Gene Stratton-Porter. Now a state historic site, the craftsman-style cottage overlooks Sylvan Lake near Rome City, Indiana. Nestled amid maples and oaks, and surrounded by a garden bejeweled in the spring with a grand […]

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Breaking Barriers

From marital infidelity to mental breakdowns, women writers have been breaking barriers with their novels for centuries. In 1899, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening met with negative controversy for its unconventional subject matter. Chopin’s decision to write about a female protagonist whose disillusionment with her marriage leads to an affair, and, ultimately, to abandoning her children, […]

Follow the Classics with these Books by Women Writers

A couple years ago, I challenged myself to go a whole year reading only women authors. I wasn’t one hundred percent successful, but the main thing that surprised me during that time was that the whole challenge was pretty easy. Writing by women is obviously just as diverse and interesting as writing by men. Therefore, […]