Book lovers unite! We love reading books and we know there are a lot of women out there who love to read too. So, we have started a Women You Should Know Goodreads group, a place to find and share book recommendations and reviews of books by, for or about women. Our mission is to bring our Women You Should Know readers together to find, discuss and provide one another with new and interesting books.

Goodreads is a free website, kind of like a library and book club all in one where you can wander through and check out bookshelves, find reviews, ratings and discussions. We encourage you to check out the WYSK bookshelf, post your own suggestions and reviews of what you have read, are currently reading, or plan to read in the future.

So join in and help us discover!

Here’s a sample of what you can find on our bookshelf now:

A Year by the Sea coverA Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson

Joan Anderson was a loving wife and supportive mother, she had slowly and unconsciously replaced her own dreams with the needs of her family. Like many women in her situation, she realized that she had neglected to nurture herself and, worse, to envision fulfilling goals for her future. As her husband received a job opportunity out-of-state, it seemed that the best part of her own life was finished. Shocking both of them, she refused to follow him to his new job and decided to retreat to a family cottage on Cape Cod. Over the course of a year, she gradually discovered that her life as an “unfinished woman” was full of possibilities.

The Art Forger coverThe Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro

On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art today worth over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history. Making a living reproducing famous artworks for an online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire Roth is lured into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life. Full of languid explorations of Degas’ works, his use of color and light, it’s a primer on art forgery and how, just possibly, countless forgeries hang in the world’s most prestigious museums, their true provenance never discovered.

Cherries in WinterCherries in Winter by Suzan Colon

Suzan Colon was laid off from her dream job at a magazine during the economic downturn of 2008, she needed to cut her budget way, way back, and that meant home cooking. Suzan found her grandmother’s recipe book, a tattered treasure, full of handwritten and meticulously typed recipes, peppered with her grandmother Matilda’s commentary in the margins. Reading it, Suzan realized she had found something more than a collection of recipes – she had found the key to her family’s survival through hard times. This book makes you want to cook, it makes you want to know your own family’s stories, and, above all, it makes you feel rich no matter what.

The Mermaid Chair coverThe Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

The author’s phenomenal debut, The Secret Life of Bees, became a runaway bestseller that is still on the New York Times bestseller list. Now, in her new novel, Kidd has woven a transcendent tale that will thrill her legion of fans. Telling the story of Jessie Sullivan-a love story between a woman and a monk, a woman and her husband, and ultimately a woman and her own soul-Kidd charts a journey of awakening and self-discovery illuminated with a brilliance that only a writer of her ability could conjure.


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