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BEAUTYLAND is Dakota Johnson’s First Book Club Pick (3/7/24)

  BEAUTYLAND by Marie-Helene Bertino is Dakota Johnson’s first book club pick! Adina Giorno possesses knowledge of a faraway planet. When she receives a fax machine, it enables her to contact her extraterrestrial relatives, beings who have sent her to report on the oddities of Earthlings. For years, as she moves through the world and […]

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Anita de Monte

ANITA DE MONTE LAUGHS LAST is Reese’s March Book Club Pick (3/7/24)

ANITA DE MONTE LAUGHS LAST by Xochitl Gonzalez is Reese’s book club pick for March! In 1985, Anita de Monte, a rising star in the art world, is found dead in New York City and her tragic death is the talk of the town. But by 1998 Anita’s name has been all but forgotten—certainly by […]

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Women’s Fiction Friday!

Women’s Fiction Friday!

Okay, okay; "Women's Fiction Friday" isn't actually a regular series on this blog, but we have so many excellent women's fiction titles on our list—both backlist and forthcoming—that it should be! Look forward to more posts like this on upcoming Fridays... if I remember.

Today we're celebrating all of the great novelists that Rebecca Vnuk, author of READ ON... WOMEN'S FICTION and WOMEN'S FICTION AUTHORS, highlighted in "Rebecca’s Rules: Defining Women’s Fiction" over on So how exactly do we categorize women's fiction? Vnuk says,

"These are novels that explore the lives of female protagonists, focusing on all kinds of relationships, be it lovers, spouses, parents, children, friends, or members of a community. The common thread is that the central character is female, and the main thrust of the story is something happening in the life of that woman (as opposed to the overall theme being a romance or a mystery of some sort). Emotions and relationships are the common thread between books that belong in this category. A woman is the star of the story, and her emotional development drives the plot."

She goes on to offer a few guidelines on categorizing a book as women's fiction, but admits that "for most casual readers, it makes no difference whether we call it a romance or we call it women’s fiction, they just want something good to read about women."

On her list of "10 authors that reader’s-advisory librarians should be familiar with in order to best serve their women’s fiction fans" are:

Barbara Taylor Bradford
Barbara Delinsky
Emily Giffin
Jane Green
and Kristin Hannah

All of whom are published by St. Martin's Press! See the full list here.  [...]

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