Female authors reading list

I recently read an article lamenting the absence of female authors on reading lists. The woman who wrote the article cited two lists by prominent men of our day (I won’t say who), but these men had not included any women authors on their suggested reading lists. That prompted me to think about my own list of female authors, and there are many.

Here’s my list. I am sure I have made some embarrassing omissions.

Rachel Carson

Daphne du Maurier

Susan Sontag

J. K. Rowling

Harper Lee

Amy Tan

Toni Morrison

Ursula LeGuin

George Elliott

Isabel Allende

Agatha Christi

Jane Austen

Pearl S. Buck

Virginia Woolf

Louise Erdrich

Kathleen Alcala

Doris Lessing

Ahunrati Roy

Emily Bronte

Joan Didion

Flannery O’Connor

Charlotte Bronte

Octavia E Butler

Jhumpa Lahiri

Margaret Atwood

Edith Wharton

Iris Murdoch 

Nichole Krauss

Nein Cheng

Zora Neale Hurston

Barbara Tuckman

Barbara Kinsolver

Ayn Rand

Christina Rosetti

Donna Tartt

Chimamanda Adichie

Eleanor Catton

Edwidge Danticat

Emma Donoghue

Sheila Heti

A M Holmes

Gillian Flynn

Elliott Holt

Rachel Kushner

Claire Messud

Margaret Wrinkle

Lorrie Moore

Zadie Smith

Alice Munroe

Karen Russell

Taiye Selasi

Jeanette Walls

Maya Angelou

Louisa May Alcott

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Sara Gruen

Veronica Roth

Red Rock Canyon, Nevada 

An amazing find. I wish I had time to hike all of these trails!

Calico Hills:

Icebox Canyon:  
Tips: Go early in the morning in summer. The park gates open at 6 am. The entrance fee per vehicle is $7. Take water. A camel pack is good. Take additional water in your vehicle, such as a 5 gallon Collman storage can. Wear a hat. Remember to drink your water. The desert heat can sneak up on you and heat exhaustion can come on quickly. Protect yourself from the sun. I prefer clothing that covers my legs and a T shirt. Eat a low fat meal before going. Watch for desert wildlife and be aware that snakes often hide under rocks. Wear good hiking shoes and watch out for cacti. With these precautions, I find this area euphoric!

Trump Tower

With all the press Donald Trump has been getting lately, I simply had to check out his hotel in Las Vegas.

The staff were very nice. The interior was what you would expect from Trump, opulent. A couple of surprises though. Photos of the hotel make it look like it’s close to other hotels on the Strip. It isn’t. Here’s a view of the tower from a different vantage point.  The other hotels are quite a distance from the tower. A large mall is directly across the street. 

The other surprising thing is that unlike other Vegas hotels, there is no gambling inside this hotel. This is because Trump Tower was originally built to be condominiums not a casino. I’m not sure why that has any bearing on why there can’t be gambling, but there it is.

Compulsive book buying in Vegas

Timothy Ferriss, author of The Four-Hour Workweek, advises me to limit my reading.

I can’t do that, Mr. Ferriss. But, I do like your book.


The advice is interesting on how to save time and keep interruptions to a minimum, but organizations are made up of people, not machines. Having been on the receiving end of some of your tactics, I think they are basic guidelines for how to be a dick and I can assure you they don’t inspire loyalty. I guess if you train more people to be dicks with your book, you are effectively building future readership, so in that sense, your brilliance twists my brain.

Vegas not for you? Take a hike!


I won’t lie. I was getting pretty depressed. It seemed that coming to Las Vegas was a poor choice. A bad decision and one that could and should have been avoided. Gambling, promiscuity, drunkenness. The ick factor outweighed the glitter and glam on every excursion. Then I discovered Red Rock Canyon and the Springs Ranch. These are heavenly places nestled up to Sin City. The Mohave desert is truly amazing. And hot and dry. If you’re considered a hike here, it pays to get up a 5 am to drive out there and then leave by 10 am. Take lots of water and drink it.