Girls Write Now's Best Books of 2009: Where to Begin?

Girls Write Now is powered by a vibrant, close-knit community of exceptional women writers—their published work is as captivating and current as the voices of our girls, who stream in to our office for weekly mentoring sessions and monthly workshops from every corner of New York City. Our network of committed volunteers, more than 6,000 strong, intimately understands that a key component of nurturing the next generation of women writers is connecting them with their role models. This space of mutual support has grown exponentially thanks to our partnership with She Writes, which is why, on this Day of Action, we band with them and recall just a few of the countless women whose words inspire us this year, at our workshops, readings and events:

Ru Freeman, A Disobedient Girl

Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Kelly McMasters, Welcome to Shirley

Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Picking Bones from Ash

Laurie Sandell, The Impostor's Daughter

Amy Sewell, She's Out There

Lizzie Skurnick, Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading

J. Courtney Sullivan, Commencement

Jean Thompson, Do Not Deny Me

Jessica Valenti, The Purity Myth

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Comment by Diana Raab, Ph.D. on November 28, 2009 at 11:47pm
Hello

I am a California-based writer and have on numerous occasions tried to get involved with your organization, to no avail. I have tried reaching out via email and through making contact at your booths at events, but there has been no follow-up. I wondered if you could direct me. I really want to help. Thanks!
Comment by LaTonya on November 14, 2009 at 6:42pm
I don't read by pub dates but if we're limiting this list to books published 2009, I recommend:

Jumped by Rita Williams Garcia

Map of Home by Randa Jarrar

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

The Other Side of Paradise by Stacy Ann Chin

Stealing Buddah's Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen

Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins

Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger

Ash by Malinda Lo

Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim
Comment by B. Lynn Goodwin on November 13, 2009 at 7:29pm
Great list. We need longer days or more reading time.

Lynn
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