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Schoolgirls : Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap - by Peggy Orenstein |
Orenstein studies girls in two different middle schools with students of varying racial,
cultural and socioeconomic status. The results are astounding. Find out
some of the reasons why girls aren't statistically doing as well in math
class. See why the education system in the U.S. needs some serious
re-vamping. And see why more girls need reasons to be smart instead of
going on the next diet and/or following the latest fashion trend.
The Second Ring of Power - by Soledad, Abelar, Donner (assoc of C.Castaneda)|
All of the women that Castaneda writes about are Heartless Bitches, in
accordance with the rule of being "sweet, ruthless, patient, and
cunning." The Second Ring of Power was the first book of Castaneda's in
which women predominated. Castaneda's philosophy describes marriage as
the enslavement of woman, and the social male's primary tactic of
enslavement as being "getting her to feel sorry for him." Two other
authors, Taisha Abelar and Florinda Donner, elaborate the same philosophy
with more sophistication from the female viewpoint.
Sex Tips For Straight Women from a Gay Man - by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman|
Cynthia Heimel wrote a very entertaining book when she wrote Sex Tips
for Girls. This book is loaded with practical information on larning the
sexual tricks of the trade. Who knows better what makes a man moan than
another man? Everything from opening lines, "do not enter" alternatives,
how to get what you want, to blow job techniques, not to mention how
to ditch the duds. Humourous 50's style cartoons with double
entendres. Have fun
with it and practice on the one(s) you love!
She's Come Undone - by Wally Lamb |
This book, though written by a man, give a great portayal of an unlikely
heroine and her struggle to accept herself as having worth even though
she doesn't fit society's image of "perfect."
Shards of Honor and Barrayar - by Lois McMaster Bujold|
They are coming out as a trade paperback "Cordelia's Honor". Published by Baen books.
Shining Through - by Susan Isaacs|
Any book by Susan Isaacs is almost certain to have female
characters who are sexy because they are *smart*. Shining
Through is the perfect example. Taking place during WWII,
this is the story of a Jewish woman who's German background
makes her the perfect recruit to spy for the US in Germany.
The classic HB scene comes when she confronts the German spy
trying to blow her cover. *DO NOT* waste your time with the
movie. Other great HB books include:
- Lily White - a smart lawyer raised by pathetic, poser, parent with a
whiney, whimpy, 2-faced sister. She Kicks legal and domestic butt.
- After All These Years - A middle-aged HB's ex is found murdered in her
kitchen. She's accused, so she does her own sleuthing; and even finds time
to shag her son's bad-boy buddy.
Sisterhood of Spies : The Women of the Oss - by Elizabeth P. McIntosh |
Sisterhood of Spies is a real-life James Bond story, double-X chromosome-style. Here, though, the heroines aren't sex kittens in black spandex, but rather upper-crust women risking their lives in the service of a country at war.
The narratives contained in Sisterhood of Spies couldn't be any more gripping if they were written as fiction: Nazi interrogation ordeals, daring escapes across mountain passes, expeditions behind enemy lines, even Mata Hari-style affairs. Ms. McIntosh's book is a fond ode to these women and a bravery that has remained unsung too long.
Sisters in Fantasy - Edited by Susan Shwartz & Martin H. Greenberg|
This book is several short stories all of which are very, very good. My two favorites are Unto the Daughters by Nancy Kress and Remedia Amoris by Judith Tarr.
Unto the Daughters is a fascinating twist on the story of original sin which gave me words for the questions my subconscious was asking about the Christian religion and why men are deemed "better". (Or so they think!)
Remedia Amoris is a love story which focuses on love between souls rather than that physical love which we all get so wrapped around the axle about. It also has a rather unusual yet amusing viewpoint for the story teller.
Anything by Jo Clayton; she writes killer scifi featuring serious
ass-kicking HB's. In particular, The Skeen Trilogy (Skeen's Leap,
Skeen's Return, Skeen's Search); the Diadem books (all nine of them plus
spinoffs); Shadith's quest (Shadowplay, Shadowspeer, Shadowkill- Diadem
spinoffs); the Soul Drinker trilogy (Drinker of Souls, Blue Magic, A
Gathering of Souls), and the latest ShadowSong Trilogy. All of these are basically set in the same
universe, but each series can be read independently of the others.
Skin: Talking About Sex, Class, and Literature- by Dorothy Allison|
--Tell it like it is
Smilla's Sense of Snow - by Peter Hoeg|
Smilla is a classic HB. Seriously intelligent, highly independent, with
an uncanny sense of direction and an incredible awareness of snow and
ice. The book is set in Denmark and Greenland, and the cold seems a
reflection of her personality. Definitely a woman not afraid to kick ass
and take names. The movie version, starring Julia Ormond, has recently
been released on video.
Snow Crash - by Neal Stephenson |
In a near-future cyberpunk society, where virtual reality and neurolinguistic viruses
collide with Sumerian mythology, two HB characters stand out:
YT (stands for Yours Truly) - she's a 14-year-old skateboarding courier
equipped with intelligence, guts, and a vagina dentata.
She takes no crap from anyone, not even the
arrogant/ass-kicking Hiro, (the male lead in the story), nor Raven, the
psycho with the fractal knife and the words "poor impulse control" tattooed
on his forehead.
Juanita, Hiro's love-interest is equally Heartless. She doesn't let her
love for Hiro compromise any of her goals, and is happy to
dump him when he acts like a twit.
The book is a wild ride (kevlar-suited pizza delivery guys, bike chases in cyberspace, skateboard rides on the highway),
and a fun read if you don't take it too seriously - after all
the author certainly doesn't with a central character named, "Hiro Protagonist"...
The Sonja Blue novels by Nancy A. Collins:
"Sunglasses After Dark" - Bram Stoker award winner
"In the Blood"
"Paint it Black"
"Midnight Blue" A collection of the above 3 published by White Wolf 1995
"A Dozen Black Roses" Her newest, 1996 White Wolf Publishing.
>From the back cover of "Midnight Blue":
"Enter the nightmare world of Sonja Blue: an independent, strong, and
beautiful woman who also happens to be a murderous vampire--and vampire
To avenge herself on the monster who turned her, against her will, into
one of the undead, Sonja Blue hunts the vampires who prey on unsuspecting
humans. Wearing a leather jacket, mirrored sunglasses, armed with a silver
switchblade, she haunts the shadows of the worlds great cities, continually
searching for her prey....."
Be advised, this is strong stuff, very graphic and not recommended for
children. It is NOT "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" or comic book violence
like "Tank Girl". It is a step beyond "I Spit on Your Grave" and far more
The Sparrow - by Mary Doria Russel|
A startling, thoughtful portrait for a Jesuit mission to another planet.
Populated with witty, intelligent characters, but overshadowed by
the certain knowledge that doom awaits them all.
This book has two great HB characters:
I found this book spiritually insightful, and I'm even an athiest.
- Anne Edwards is a foul-mouthed hard-assed old woman. Anthropologist,
doctor, and great cook. Her finest moment comes when she realizes
that ranting at God is also a valid form of prayer.
- Sophia Mendez is a fiercely competent, initially cold AI researcher
coming to terms with a traumatic past.
Stone Angel; Judas Child - by Carol O'Connell|
Carol O'Connell writes intricate mysteries whose
character rosters always include wild, smart, single,
resourceful HBs who dispose neatly of the superbad bad guys.
And the chicks always STAY single by choice.
Her HBs are positively inspirational.
Series of three books that can stand alone but tell a more complete story together;
Strands of Starlight|
Shroud of Shadow
Strands of Sunlight
Together these books tell the story of the life, death and rebirth of the race of elves and the
strong women that hold them together.
Strangers in Paradise - by Terry Moore|
Abstract Studio, Inc., P.O. Box 271487, Houston, TX 77277
This comic's two main characters are women so well-drawn, both graphically
and psychologically, that some readers are stunned to learn that Terry Moore
is a man. The story mostly revolves around Katchoo (Katina Choovanski), a
vibrant, shoot-from-the-hip, ass-kicking poster-girl of a HB. TPB
Succulent Wild Woman - by SARK.|
This book will remind you somewhat of Kaz
Cooke's works with its whimsical writing and drawing, as well as its
lighthearted yet biting sense of humor. SARK takes a frank, humorous
look at everything from love and romance to recovering from
abuse. She offers keys for self-expression in all areas of life-- "Be
succulent and live life to the fullest!"
Such a Pretty Face: Being Fat In America- by Marcia Millman |
An objective look at what life is like for overweight
women in the good ol' U.S. of A. I read this about
15 years ago, so I don't remember details -- just remember
that I liked it.
Sula - by Toni Morrison|
What she wants when she wants how she wants.
When she wants to stop, she does.
Surfacing - by Margaret Atwood, Canadian author|
Deals with what it really means to be on one's own.
By The Sword - by Mercedes Lackey |
Picks up where "Arrows of the Queen" left off, with a new
character, Kerowyn, who refuses to fit her family's
stereotype of what a woman should be, and runs off to train
as a mercenary. Eventually, she finishes training,
and ends up in a mercenary company. Sounds similar to
The Deed of Paksnarrian, but is very much different.
Overall, a great female rolemodel
and a kick-ass story!
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Talk Dirty To Me - An Intimate Philosophy of Sex - By Sallie Tisdale|
A straight-forward, incisive look at modern cultural views of sex and sexuality. From the cover:
"Everyone does it, and everyone knows that everyone does it; I know you do it and you know I do it.
I'm amaxed how often conversations about sex mince around that particular fact. American society
is adolescent; There is no other word for our restlessness and preachy finger-shaking. We live in
a world filled with a continual proliferation of sexual images outside context. Still we find it almost
unbearable to talk openly about sex - With our friends, our lovers, least of all to each other as
makers of our culture. The result is cultural puberty: Lewd, leering, intensely curious and ashamed
and prudish all at once."
Tank Girl - A Comic Book heroine who kicks ass and likes to blow things up.
The Fifth Millenium books- written by various combinations of S.M.
Stirling, Shirley Meier, Karen Wehrstein. Titles include:|
Saber and Shadow
These books comprise the adventures of big hellacious barbarian Sh'Kaira and little
hellacious witch Megan in the Fifth Millenium.
Their Eyes Were Watching God - by Zora Neale Hurston|
Janie leaves her
domineering father and several similar husbands before going off on her
own and choosing a man called Teacake on her own terms.
They Used to Call Me Snow White...but I Drifted : Women's Strategic Use of Humor - by Regina Barreca|
This is an excellent book for women to fully utilze their sense of humor
in any situation. A good deal of humor is made at the expense of others
and women in particular. This book has many fine points and can be an eye
opener for those that have been afraid to laugh or make the right comeback
when necessary. Written in 1992 it's not out of date.
Three To Get Deadly (A Stephanie Plum Novel) - by Janet Evanovich|
Stephanie Plum is a hard-as-nails bounty hunter. In Three To Get
Deadly, she's called in to haul the owner of a candy store into court. She
puts up with the shit dealt to her by the little old ladies who want to
protect the candy store only for so long. She finally lets loose and
solves the mystery like no one else could. With the help of Lula, her
"assistant", she cracks the case before it cracks her!
Tiger Burning Bright - by Marion Zimmer Bradley,
Andre Norton, and Mercedes Lackey|
It's a fantasy book featuring three
very capable women fighting to get their nation back.
Titus Andronicus - by William Shakespeare
The story of one of the greatest Heartless Bitches of all time, Tamora, Queen of the
goths whose life and sons are destroyed by a bunch of goose-stepping
military psychos who then do her the dubious honor of acknowledging her
perdyness and making her empress. Afterwards, instead of giving them the
gratitude they expect from her, she wreaks revenge on them all and bloody
Jessica Amanda Salmonson- as well as several HB-oriented fantasy
anthologies (Amazons 1 & 2, Hecate's Cauldron, Heroic Visions 1 & 2),
Salmonson wrote the Tomoe Gozen trilogy.
This is an incredible trilogy, set in an alternate feudal japan reality. Tomoe Gozen a female Samurai in a
male dominated society in the golden age of fuedalism (roughly 900-1400). She wreaks havoc on men, gods
and demons alike. A character with greater inner strength. At the conclusion of one of the books, she duels
to the death with her lover, also a Samurai, who chose the wrong side.
Trilogy titles are:
The Golden Naginata
Thousand Shrine Warrior
Trash - by Dorothy Allison|
(Short Stories) Includes an insider critique of feminism called "Violence Against Women Begins At Home,"
and a very erotic short story, "My Demon Lover." --HB Bookclub nomininee
Twisted Sisters: A Collection of Bad Girl Art - Edited by Diane Noomin|
Comics and art by Heartless Bitches.
Two or Three Things I Know For Sure- by Dorothy Allison|
--The no-holds-barred autobiography of
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