From the Library: Name that Book!

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Put on those literary thinking caps, 'cause it's time for a game of "First Lines of Feminist Fiction"!

Here's how it works: we provide a list of opening lines from feminist fiction and you guess which books the sentences are from. The books are listed at the bottom of the post, so don't scroll too far unless you're ready to check over your answers.

Once you've given the game a go, let us know which opening lines are your favorite!

1. "The three of us, all with set faces of high determination, sat close in the big biplane as we said good-bye to Herland and rose whirring from the level rock on that sheer edge."

2. "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board."

3. "Harriet Vane sat at her writing-table and stared out into Mecklenburg Square."

4. "We slept in what had once been the gymnasium."

5. "No one remembers her beginnings."

6. "The old aunts lounge in the white wicker armchairs, flipping open their fans, snapping them shut."

7. "You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil foreboding."

8. "In that place, where they tore the nightshade and blackberry patches from their roots to make room for the Medallion City Gold Course, there was once a neighborhood."

9. "I was born on a farm on Whileaway."

10. "He—for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it—was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters."

11. "It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."

12. "I lost an arm on my last trip home."

13. "I should have known tonight's watch would kiss the mule's bum when Sergeant Ahuda stopped me after baton training."

14. "I've been called Bone all my life, but my name's Ruth Anne."

15. "When there is a woman there is magic."

1. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, With Her in Ourland
2. Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
3. Dorothy Sayers, Gaudy Night
4. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
5. Rita Mae Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle
6. Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
7. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
8. Toni Morisson, Sula
9. Joanna Russ, The Female Man
10. Virginia Woolf, Orlando
11. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
12. Octavia Butler, Kindred
13. Tamora Pierce, Bloodhound
14. Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out Of Carolina
15. Ntozake Shange, Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo

How'd you do?!

by Ashley McAllister
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5 Comments Have Been Posted

Well, I got all the ones I've

Well, I got all the ones I've read (although that was only four of them...)

Me too.

I got all the ones I read, which were Handmaid's Tale, Kindred, The Bell Jar, and Bastard Out of Carolina.

Well, I've just added a bunch

Well, I've just added a bunch of books to my summer reading list, thanks :-)

I knew two for sure, and was pretty sure on two more. That was fun!

I love.......................

I love....................... the inclusion of Tamora Pierce! (One of the ones I'd read but didn't guess, along with the Handmaid's Tale, Rubyfruit Jungle, Sula, and the Julia Alvarez book. Whoops! But on the other hand I got some I hadn't read so I guess it evens out!)

I knew ten!

I knew ten!

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