Women's History

Celebrate Women! 

March is Women's History Month but these books are great reads any time of the year. Check out a book from our new Helen L. Haber Memorial Women's Studies Collection.

Helen Haber, a former Tenafly resident, was a public-relations specialist for unions in New York City and Washington. She became an English teacher at the Dwight-Englewood School in 1969, and worked in adult education at Bergen Community College. With a life-long interest in women's rights, she also served on the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee of the Tenafly Public Schools in the 1960s/1970s.

This list is anchored by our Helen Haber Collection (identified by memorial book plates) but also includes historical fiction about women written by women. While all historical fiction takes place in the past, these books are about real people and events.  Become a witness to the lives of historic women the likes of the infamous Typhoid Mary and the celebrated Coco Chanel or the unsung first American Track Olympic athletes.

Revised March 2023


American Spy

by Lauren Wilkinson




The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

by Kim Michele Richardson


Carolina Built

by Kianna Alexander




Code Name Sapphire

by Pam Jenoff






Girl Waits with Gun

by Amy Stewart


The Girl Who Wrote In Silk

by Kelli Estes


I Shall Be Near You

by Erin Lindsay McCabe


Half of a Yellow Sun

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


The Heroine With 1001 Faces

by Maria Tatar


I Was Never The First Lady

by Wendy Guerra


I Was Told to Come Alone

by Souad Mekhennet


In The Garden Of Spite

by Camilla Bruce


In The Time Of Butterflies

by Julia Alvarez


The Island of Sea Women

by Lisa See




The Last House on the Street

by Diane Chamberlain


The Life She Wished to Live

by Ann Mccutchan


Mademoiselle Chanel

by C. W. Gortner


The Memoirs Of Cleopatra

by Margaret George


The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

by Marie Benedict




The Other Alcott

by Elise Hooper






The Personal Librarian

by Marie Benedict


The Secrets of Mary Bowser

by Lois Leveen


Sisi Empress On Her Own

by Allison Pataki


Taste Makers Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food In America

by Mayukh Sen


The Twentieth Wife

by Indu Sundaresan




We Came Here to Shine

by Susie Orman Schnall


Woman of No Importance

by Sonia Purnell


The Women of Chateau Lafayette

by Stephanie Dray


The Women's March

by Jennifer Chiaverini


Z A Novel Of Zelda Fitzgerald

by Therese Fowler