One Woman’s Thoughts About Chick Lit

Book cover for Life After Life by Kate AtkinsonWhy does the term Chick Lit rub me the wrong way?  Maybe it is because as a friend of mine recently said, “We don’t have Dude Lit.” I found myself asking this question because March is Women’s History Month. Female writers today, and historically, add much to our culture. One of my colleagues pointed out that four of the New York Times top 10 books of 2013 were written by women. These books are: Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch,” Kate Atkinson’s “Life After Life,” Rachel Kushner’s “The Flamethrowers” and Sheri Fink’s “Five Days at Memorial.”

Book cover for Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen FieldingChick Lit is a term that caught on in the 1990s and was attributed to books such as Helen Fielding’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” However, Chick Lit is a label that can change meanings depending on who is applying the label. For some, it is simply fun, light, fiction by and about females. Others see it more as the single working woman’s fiction. Whatever you want to call them, here are some books written by female authors. These are books any woman can appreciate.

Lives of Girls and Women” by Alice Munro
Time Flies” By Claire Cook
Get Lucky”by Katherine Center
Ladies’ Night” By Mary Kay Andrews

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