Things in Print Thursday :: an analysis of “Best-Coming-of-Age Books for Girls” part one

5 Nov

So this is a list of books that “investigate, address, or represent the female experience in some essential way.”  What does this mean, I wonder?  I’m doing this one in two parts.

  1. Self-Help (Lorrie Moore): short stories, which seem to primarily be about heterosexual women.
  2. Harriet the Spy (Louise Fitzhugh): white heterosexual female protagonist.
  3. The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison): African-American heterosexual female protagonist.
  4. The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath): white female clinically depressed heterosexual protagonist.
  5. Get in Trouble (Kelly Link): short stories.
  6. Weetzie Bat (Francesca Lia Block): white heterosexual female protagonist.
  7. The Lover (Marguerite Duras): white heterosexual female protagonist.
  8. Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert): white heterosexual female protagonist.
  9. Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (Danielle Evans): short stories, many of which seem to be about women of color.
  10. The Liar’s Club (Mary Karr): white heterosexual female protagonist.
  11. Near to the Wild Heart (Clarice Lispector): Brazilian heterosexual female protagonist.
  12. The Group (Mary McCarthy): white female protagonists with a variety of sexualities and details.
  13. The Interestings (Meg Wolitzer): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  14. I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  15. Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston): African-American female heterosexual protagonist.
  16. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit (Jeanette Winterson): white female lesbian protagonist.
  17. How to Be a Woman (Caitlin Moran): white female heterosexual memoirist.
  18. Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi): Iranian female heterosexual protagonist.
  19. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  20. Too Much Happiness (Alice Munro): short stories.
  21. The Bloody Chamber (Angela Carter): short stories.
  22. Bad Behavior (Mary Gaitskill): short stories.
  23. Geek Love (Katherine Dunn): Albino female heterosexual protagonist.
  24. Krik? Krak! (Edwidge Danticat): short stories with Haitian female protagonists.
  25. The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing (Melissa Bank): short stories with a white heterosexual female protagonist.


–your fangirl heroine.


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