Strong Women in Literature Are Found in the Pages of Titles Recommended by Cassie Clemans, Owner of Roundabout Books

Article by Cassie Clemens

Photography by Annie Spratt

Originally published in Bend Lifestyle

In the Shadow of the Mountain by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

+ Adventure Memoir

A Latinx hero in the elite macho tech world of Silicon Valley, privately, Silvia was hanging by a thread. Silvia goes home to Peru and starts climbing. The brute force required for the ascent—the restricted oxygen at altitude, the vast expanse of emptiness around her, the risk and spirit and sheer size of the mountains, the nearness of death—woke her up.

Matrix by Lauren Groff

+ Fiction

A unique, breathtaking historical novel inspired by the life of Marie de France in the 12th century. It is entirely set at the Abbey where Marie spends most of her life, as she grows from a court outcast to formidable leader and mother who guides the Abbey toward riches and land. Through her empowering, bold, yet concise prose, Lauren Groff explores questions of beauty, love, art and engineering, sensuality, ambition, loss, faith, and power.

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

+ Middle Grade-Young Adult

A spellbinding mixture of sci-fi and folklore. A group of scientists has traveled to space to find a new home for humanity. Among these intrepid colonists are Petra and her scientist parents, but Petra wants to be a storyteller like her grandmother. When a sinister cabal begins erasing everyone's memories of Earth, Petra becomes the last guardian and caretaker of all memories of life on Earth.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

+ Classic Fiction

One of the best-loved books of all time. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read, it is the story of four sisters—Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth—and of the courage, humor and ingenuity they display to survive poverty and the absence of their father during the Civil

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