Female Fiction Writers to Read & Download Today

Before Women’s History Month is over we wanted to spotlight some of our favorite fiction books written by Women Authors. We hope that you enjoy them not only this month but all year round!

Her Hidden Genius
by Marie Benedict
The Tobacco Wives
by Adele Myers
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The Diamond Eye
by Kate Quinn
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The Resting Place
by Camilla Sten and Alexandra Fleming eBook
The Spanish Daughter
by Lorena Hughes
All Of You Every Single One
by Beatrice Hitchman
The End Of Getting Lost
by Robin Kirman
The High House
by Jessie Greengrass
The Teller Of Secrets
by Bisi Adjapon
The Perishing
by Natashia Deon
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L.A. Weather
by Maria Amparo Escandon
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Fault Lines
by Emily Itami
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Stream Films Honoring Women for Free on Kanopy

Have you checked out Kanopy lately? In recognition of Women’s History Month, they have curated a collection of films honoring women from around the world and their contributions to science, politics, art, society, and more. Check it out at go.kanopy.com/whm

A superhero origin tale unlike any other, this film tells is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist and inventor Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic feminist superhero Wonder Woman.

Professor Martson and the Wonder Women, Film

A provocative, rousing, and often humorous account of the birth of the modern women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s through to its contemporary manifestations in the new millennium, direct from the women who lived it.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, Film

The two sides of Frida Kahlo’s spirit: on one side the revolutionary, pioneering artist of contemporary feminism and on the other, the human being, victim of her tortured body and a tormented relationship.

Frida Viva La Vida, Film

This documentary explores the passionate pursuits of Black women entrepreneurs. It offers a peek inside the lives of Black women committed to opening doors for future generations. 

She Did That, Film

This documentary follows three young transgender women who trek across Mexico as part of the high-profile migrant caravan of 2018. 

The Right Girls, Film

Learn More About Our State this Maryland Day

Celebrate Maryland Day by learning more about our great state with resources from the Enoch Pratt Free Library. 

Digital Maryland Collections

Digital Maryland provides online access to digital versions of rare and unique materials, including historical maps, photographs, reports, books, manuscripts, artwork, and other media. Visit here to access.

Check out these collections:

Maryland Newspapers

Search current and historical Maryland newspapers, including over 100 years of the Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Afro-American. To access, please visit here. 

Download some Romance in Your Life

Fall head over heels this March for a new book! Romance lovers check out Hoopla’s collection of Diverse Romance featuring some of the latest from bestselling authors including Alyssa Cole and Alexis Daria. 

Recipe for Persuasion
by Sonali Dev
The Worst Best Man
by Mia Sosa
Like Lovers Do
by Tracey Livesay
Take a Hint, Dani Brown
by Talia Hibbert
You Had Me at Hola
by Alexis Daria
Loathe at First Sight
by Suzanne Park
First Comes Like
by Alisha Rai
Happy Endings
by Then-Kim Lam
How to Find a Princess
by Alyssa Cole
Out of Character
by Annabeth Albert
The Seaside Café
by Rochelle Alers
Love Hard
by Nalini Singh

Learn More about Maryland Women in History with These Resources

Guest post by Kathy Shelley, Librarian, Information Services Department at the Central Library

Did you know that some women of historic renown have lived in Maryland?

The Duchess of Windsor lived in Baltimore with her mother, as a young girl. You can read about her life in The Duchess of Windsor, by Michael Block, 1997, or The Woman Who Would be Queen, by Geoffrey Bocca, 1954.

The poet, Lizette Woodworth Reese, was widely known during her lifetime. She was “Poet Laureate of Maryland” in 1931. Take a look at the plaque outside the entrance to the Edgar Allan Poe Room, on the 2nd floor of the Central Library. This memorial tablet was commissioned by the Lizette Woodworth Reese Memorial Association. In addition, the library’s Digital Collection, has related photos of sculptures dedicated to her. Her correspondence can be found in the Special Collections Department.

Billie Holiday, the famous jazz and swing singer, grew up in Baltimore. The Fine Arts Department holds a large number of biographies about her including Billie’s Blues: Billie Holiday’s Story, by John Chilton, 1933-1959, 1975. Also, Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill by Jerry Dantzic, 2017, has a number of previously unpublished photographs.There’s a bronze statue of Billie Holiday on the 2nd floor of the Central Library, also.

Mary Young Pickersgill became well-known for having sewn the flag that flew over Ft. McHenry, during the War of 1812. What’s also interesting to note about her is that she helped start a charitable non-profit, the Female Humane Society, which assisted poor women. The Pickersgill Retirement community which began in 1802, is named for her. The Enoch Pratt Free Library has a variety of books about her and her daughter, Caroline, for both adults and children. You can find articles about her in the library’s databases including: Gale in Context: High School, Gale General OneFile, and Proquest Historical Newspapers.

Dominique Dawes was a medal winner at the Olympics, both in 1996 and 2000. She is a life-long resident of Maryland. The library has a variety of books about the Olympics in which she is included. The biography about her is Heart of a Champion: The Dominque Dawes Story by Kim Washburn, 2012, ebook.

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski is the distinguished senator from Maryland who grew up in Baltimore.  The Senator has high praise for the Pratt Library and visited the Canton branch regularly, in her youth. The Barbara A. Mikulski Room is located on the 3rd floor of the Central Library. This is where her mementos and documents from her time as Senator are on display. The room is also used for women’s leadership programming, as well as adult literacy. The library’s Digital Collection has various photos of her during her years of government service. The library has a wide selection of books and biographies about her. The Book of Gutsy Women by Hilary R. Clinton, 2019, 

The heroic Harriet Tubman who grew up in Dorchester County, Md. was a leader of the Underground Railroad. Later in her life she opened a home for the elderly in Auburn, New York. The library has a wide selection of titles about her for both adults and children. The library has the documentary, Harriet Tubman: They Called Her Moses, 2018, as well as the movie, Harriet that came out in 2019.