What to read this Women’s History Month, all available at CADL

March is National Women’s History Month — a time to tell, listen to and empathize with the stories of women who paved the way for others. One way to do so is through books that can inspire meaningful conversations among girlfriends, mothers, grandmothers and daughters.

The following selections of fiction, adult nonfiction and children’s nonfiction—chosen by Capital Area District Libraries’ staff—bring a fresh viewpoint to both historic events and contemporary life.

These books can all be found in print, eBook or audiobook at cadl.org/catalog.

adult fiction

‘Carolina Built’ by Kianna Alexander

Carolina Built by Kianna Alexander

Celebrate Black joy and achievement with the story of Josephine N. Leary, a real-life formerly enslaved woman turned Carolina real estate magnate.

‘The Paris Bookseller’ by Kerri Maher

This work of historical fiction features American Sylvia Beach, who opened the original Shakespeare and Company bookstore in 1919 Paris.

‘The Matrix’ by Lauren Groff

Nominated for the National Book Award and Carnegie Medal, Groff’s novel explores a possible life of poet Marie of France in a 12th Century abbey — including not only the violence of the times, but the passion, faith, power and creativity of women.

‘Sisters in Arms’ by Kaia Alderson

Sisters in Arms: A Novel of the Daring Black Women Who Served During World War II by Kaia Alderson

This story follows two women who form a rocky friendship after joining the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps’ all African American 6888th Central Postal Division, then follows them through their service in Europe during WWII.

‘Of Women and Salt’ by Gabriela Garcia

This slim but powerful novel looks at the effects of trauma, addiction and immigration on a group of women from two families over multiple generations.

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