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10 Fall 2014 reads written by female authors

Scoping out new authors to read? Pick up these fabulous female authors’ books that we are loving for fall.

Wild Within
by Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart- Wild Within

Frozen rats, owls and love — oh, my! This unique memoir is an irreplaceable love story that will keep you wanting more at every turn of the page. In Wild Within, Melissa, a recent divorcée from California, moved to Eugene for a fresh start. After meeting a man named Jonathan at the local dog park, they embark on a romance that introduces her to a whole new world. Jonathan brings Melissa along to the raptor center where he volunteers, and after a hesitant start with frozen rats and biting owls, Melissa falls in love with the dangerous birds. Jonathan and Melissa’s relationship progresses to marriage and the couple decides to adopt a child. As the couple begins their inspiring journey of parenthood, Melissa is inspired by her treasured birds.

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by Edith Pattou

Ghosting- Edith Pattou

Getting a little tired of your YA collection? Read this new thriller to spice up your YA game! Author Edith Pattou has notably created a tragic, yet impressive, read through her unique writing style. Alcohol, guns and a dare. When an-end-of-summer prank goes dreadfully wrong, within minutes, the lives of a group of teenagers are altered forever. Written in free verse and a stream of consciousness, readers discover each character’s point of view of the haunting tragedy. We have never read a YA thriller like this before and we can’t put it down.

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Gravel on the Side of the Road
by Kris Radish

Gravel on the Side of the Road

A collection of autobiographical essays is exactly what we need to mix up our usual reads. Gravel on the Side of the Road is full of real-life experiences that are hilarious, witty, heartbreaking and inspiring, and you will never want it to end. Kris Radish has led an extraordinary life and this book is jam-packed with her incredible experiences that will make you smile, laugh and cry.

The Undertaking of Tess
by Lesley Kagen

The Undertaking of Tess

A genre that is frequently overlooked has proved to be an excellent and entertaining read and that’s why we can’t get enough. New York Times best-selling author, Lesley Kagen, created her first novella, The Undertaking of Tess, an insight into the main character of her next big release, The Resurrection of Tess Blessing. During the summer of 1959, 10-year-old “Tessie” struggles to come to terms with the devastating loss and guilt she feels after her father’s drowning and the obstacle of her kid sister refusing to believe that her father is really gone. In the hope of helping her sister, she creates a plan that she jots down on her never-ending to-do list. If Tessie can’t achieve her goals, she is afraid her emotionally fragile sister will be taken away.

by Ava Conway


A recent genre addition has everyone curious and excited, and we have to say, we love everything about the New Adult genre and Ava Conway. Want to explore the highly anticipated genre? Start with Conway’s new novel, Hollow. Nobody expects to find love among freaks, misfits and psychopaths, but high-society college girl, Lucy White, manages to find love at Newton Heights Psychiatric Hospital. Among the misfits is Jayden, who makes Lucy want things that she knows she shouldn’t have, blurs the line between reality and fantasy, and makes Lucy feel more at home at Newton Heights than she did in her own home.

Mermaids in Paradise
by Lydia Millet

Mermaids in Paradise

Filled with humor and sharp satire, Lydia Millet will keep you laughing with every turn of the page in her new novel, Mermaids in Paradise. Newlyweds Deb and Chip venture to a Caribbean island resort where they meet a marine biologist who claims to have seen mermaids on the coral reef. Can Deb and Chip help save these mermaids before an evil company turns the coral reef into a theme park?

by Emily Gould


Who knows more about a girl’s best friend better than a girl herself? Bev and Amy have been friends for years, and now approaching 30, the pair is dreadfully entering adulthood and they have to face that growing up might also mean growing apart. Emily Gould creates an honest and heartwarming read about friendship and maturity that comes with growing up.

Rock Angel
by Jeanne Bogino

Rock Angel

Rock and roll isn’t just for dreamy rocker boys. In Rock Angel, Jeanne Bogino crafts Shan’s, a beautiful young guitar goddess, rise to stardom and the challenges she faces when she gets there. Through the triumphs and tribulations of the entertainment industry and falling for her arrogant bandmate, Shan must find a way to stay true to her music.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist

From one of the witty and most-watched cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay shares her new book filled with a collection of essays spanning, politics, criticism and feminism. This sharp and insightful read explores the ways culture shapes us and the encouraging ways we could do better.

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How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

How to Build a Girl

This strong and independent New York Times best-selling author has created quite a unique read. The novel follows 14-year-old Johanna as she re-invents herself after realizing that her parents didn’t teach her enough. Two years later and Johanna is now Dolly Wilde — a gothic, cigarette-smoking, alcohol-drinking music critic for a magazine. But will Dolly’s collection of rock posters and records be enough for Johanna to have been given up forever?

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