Women have made many numerous contributions to society. In this blog series, contributions of women authors will be highlighted. A selection of women authors, primarily New York Times best-selling authors, will be featured along with a brief bio, an analysis of their writing style, and a selection of titles available through the St. Tammany Parish Library.
Delia Owens is the co-author of three internationally best-selling non-fiction books about life as a wildlife scientist in Africa, including Cry of the Kalahari. She currently lives in Idaho. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel. Her fiction features quirky characters interacting with nature and human society in leisurely-paced character driven storylines with an atomspheric, often romantic quality.
Elizabeth Strout was born in Portland, Maine and grew up in small towns in Maine and New Hampshire. Strout attended Bates College, graduating with a degree in English in 1977. Later, she went to Syracuse University College of Law where she received a law degree along with a certificate in Gerontology. She moved to New York and worked as an adjunct in the English Department of Borough of Manhattan Community College, juggling time teaching, writing stories, and raising a family. Strout writes quiet domestic tales that resonate with readers long after the book ends. Small town life forms the backdrop of these novels which features uneasy mother-daughter, husband-wife, and friendship relationships. Serious themes involving suicide, depression, poor communication, and dark secrets can be found within some of her novels' pages.
Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose works have appeared on fiction, non-fiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of nine novels, and her memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, was a New York Times best-seller. She also published two collections: Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Quindlen engages readers on a variety of challenging topics from difficult career choices to domestic violence. Complex family relationships and mainstream female protagonists struggle with personal crisis and grapple for self-awareness.
Featured authors: Delia Owens, Elizabeth Strout, Anna Quindlen