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Books with Women as Leading Characters
Endorsed by Sioux Falls Feminists

These novels all have a women as the main character and the stories are mostly told from her first person point of view. Your webmaster found them thoroughly enjoyable.

These 52 books (and 1 movie and 1 documentary) can be found on Amazon.com.

The Kinsey Millhone Detective Series by Sue Grafton
The Kinsey Millhone Detective Series
Leading Character: Kinsey Millhone - A Private Detective in California

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Leading Character: Mma Precious Ramotswe - A Private Detective in Botswana

Movie: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2009) - 451 minutes
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Never Underestimate a Women's Intuition

Movie: Botswana:
In the Footsteps of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective (2009) - 54 minutes
Botswana: In the Footsteps of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective
On Location in Africa with the best-selling Author

The Academy Series (200 years in the future) by Jack McDevitt
The Academy Series
Leading Character: Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins - Starship Pilot - Courageous, Smart and Resourceful. She can figure her way out of almost anything.

The Archeology Series (9,600 years in the future) by Jack McDevitt
The Archeology Series
Leading Character: Chase Kolpath - Starship Pilot and Executive Assistant to Alex Benedict - Tome Raider. Saving his butt keeps her pretty busy.

Sioux Falls Feminists found these books to be a lot fun. The Kinsey Millhone Detective Series has gotten a little dry over the years, but most of the rest are very interesting and fun. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and the movie series based on it, is interesting not just for being a detective series, but for letting us see and understand another culture, one that most of us will never experience first hand.

And the Jack McDevitt novels are priceless for having smart, courageous, heroic women as leading characters. The last Academy Series novel Starhawk and the first Archeology Series novel A Talent for War didn't past muster, but the rest of the released novels (11) are just plain fun and interesting even if you aren't a science fiction fan.

Sioux Falls Feminists found the the Archeology Series novels to be the most interesting. Imagine living 9,600 years in the future. 9,600 years before our time here and now, the humans species had just started making mud huts and farming. Writing had not been invented yet. This is pre-darkages. We can't really image what it was like to live then. Hard work and an early death was the best you could probably expect. A toothache? You could die a miserable death just from that. Many, many civilizations have come and gone between then and now, the Chinese, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Moors, the European Middle Ages, all the North and South American Indian cultures, and many more lost forever.

So fast forward from now 9,600 years into the future. Again many civilizations have come and gone. Permanence is not a feature of civilizations. They all rise and fall to be replaced by new ones. 9,600 years from now the United States does not exist, it's long gone, along with most of the records of it's existence. CD's, DVD's, Books, etc. they have long since become unreadable or turned to dust. What will probably be left is ceramics and engraved stones and buried atomic waste. The ceramics and stones will be worth a fortune, the last artifacts of a forgotten civilization. No one will have a clue who we were or what we believed in. What will be left will mostly be broken stuff that will only hint at what once was. Food for collectors and museums and tomb raiders and archaeologists.

And will the human race have changed much in 9,600 years. Hardly at all. Men and women will still be pursuing each other to make babies and cheating with the neighbors. You can bank on it. People will have all the same positive and negative behaviors we have now. The same drives to survive and breed will still be at work, and the same genetics will still be influencing our behavior just as they do today.

We have hardly changed in over 200,000 years, we are still the species Homo Sapiens, and evolution works over ten's of thousands of years, not a few thousand. Those caveman of 30,000 years ago? They are living with us right now. They are still us and we are still them.

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Lighter Reading
Books with Women as Leading Characters
Endorsed by Sioux Falls Feminists