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women’s studies:  Selected Bibliography



Creativity, general


Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

            "         The Vein of Gold

Sonia Choquette, Your Heart’s Desire

Jan Phillips, Marry Your Muse

Linda Schierse Leonard, The Call to Create




Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Marilyn French, The Women's Room

        "            Her Mother's Daughter

Ursula Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (and many other writings)

Doris Lessing, The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five (not to mention everything else by Doris Lessing!)

Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

Arundati Roy, The God of Small Things

Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon



Psychology, general


Alice Miller, The Drama of the Gifted Child

           "             For Your Own Good

                        (and everything else she has written)


Spirituality, general


Shakti Gawain, Creative Visualization

                     Living in the Light

Jean Houston, any of her books, especially:

                      The Search for the Beloved: Journeys in Sacred Psychology)

                      The Passion of Isis and Osiris

                      The Possible Human               

Marianne Williamson, A Woman’s Worth

                 "             Enchanted Love


Women’s psychology


Carol Gilligan, In A Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development

Maureen Murdock, The Heroine’s Journey

                         The Heroine’s Journey Workbook

Marion Woodman, with Kate Danson, Mary Hamilton, Rita Greer Allen, Leaving My Father's House



Women’s studies, general


Mary Daly, Beyond God the Father

         "     Gyn/Ecology

Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

Riane Eisler, The Chalice and the Blade

Marilyn French, Beyond Power

            "        The War Against Women

            "        From Eve To Dawn    

Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (especially stunning analysis of how non-gender specific profit greed runs women's lives)

Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch

Susan Griffin, Woman and Nature

           "        Pornography and Silence

           "        Rape: The Politics of Consciousness

           "          A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War

Anaïs Nin, any of her journals or diary works

Jean Shinoda Bolen, Goddesses in Every Woman

Merlin Stone, Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood: A Treasury of Goddess and Heroine Lore from Around the World

Barbara Walker, The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets

           "             The Crone: Woman of Age, Wisdom and Power



Writing, women, spirituality

(relating to finding your authentic voice)


Julia Cameron, The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life

Gail Collins-Ranadive, Finding the Voice Inside You

Janet O. Hagberg, Wrestling with your Angels: A Spiritual Journey to Great Writing

Ursula K. Le Guin, Dancing at the Edge of the World, especially, "A Left-Handed Commencement Address"

Patrice Vacchione, Writing and the Spiritual Life