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Check out some of these titles that explore the complex lives of girls and women in both historical and contemporary settings.

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Moulin, Jules.
Single mom and busy college professor Ally doesn't really have time for relationships. But ten years after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand with a former student, she is thrown for a spin when he re-enters her life, now dating Ally's daughter.
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Brown, Karma, author.
After a terrible car accident changes her life forever, Tegan is consumed by grief - and anger at her husband, Gabe, who was driving. In an effort to reconnect and find a place of forgiveness, Tegan and Gabe embark on a dream trip consisting of locations they'd long ago began collecting in their 'Jar of Spontaneity'. But sadness has a way of finding you no matter how far you run. Can Tegan and Gabe re-discover what makes them whole again?
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Fox, Lauren.
Everything can change in a moment. A year before, middle-school teacher Isabel was married, with a doting pre-teen daughter, and a vivacious best friend, Josie. Now separated from her husband, detached from her moody daughter, and struggling with Josie's untimely death, Isabel must reconsider everything that made her 'her'. Heartfelt, but narrated in Izzy's sharp, witty voice, Days of Awe is a journey to the core of womanhood.
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Vida, Vendela.
Where do you go when you want to disappear? For our 33-year-old unnamed heroine, a stolen backpack (with all her cards and passport) in Morocco means she's a little more anonymous than she wanted. When she is asked to be part of a film crew based in Casablanca, things look up, but everything comes with a price - especially becoming invisible. Vida's novel is both heartbreaking and inspiring as she writes about the voyages we must make - sometimes physical, but always emotional - to find the strength within us.
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Stewart, Amy, author.
Based on the true account of America's first female deputy sheriff, Girl Waits With Gun follows Constance Kopp, a woman ahead of her time. A terrible family secret has kept Constance and her sisters long isolated from the world, but when a troublesome dispute forces her to defend them, she does so in a way that was unheard of for women in the early 1900s.
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Mitchell, Maggie.
When precocious Lois and pretty Carly May were twelve years old, they were kidnapped, driven across the country, and held in an Adirondack hunting lodge for two months. Mitchell's spellbinding debut novel is about the repercussions of that formative summer, and the shared experience of two strangers that would shape all their days to come.
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Forsyth, Kate, 1966-
In the early 19th century, in a small German kingdom, Gortchen Wild finds herself drawn to the fairy tale scholar next door, Wilhelm Grimm. As war engulfs Europe and their land falls under French rule, Wilhelm and Wild compile the stories they knew from childhood, in an effort to keep their culture alive. A darkly historical tale of love and loss, The Wild Girl is an adventure nestled between the worlds of fantasy and fiction.
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Egan, Elisabeth, author.
Can a woman have it all? This is what stay-at-home mom Alice Pearse wonders when her husband makes a radical career change and she takes on a job with a trendy new start-up. The balancing act (or 'three ring circus,' as Alice describes it) seems to be almost working. But when things start to fall inevitably out of place, Alice will start to wonder not if she can have it all but what she wants to begin with.
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Wicoff, Kamy, author.
Jennifer Sharpe has a dilemma that a lot of working mothers have: her boss wants her to work like she doesn't have kids and her kids want her to pay attention to them like she doesn't have a boss. When a brilliant physicist gets access to her phone and installs a time-travelling app, Jennifer can miraculously be in more than one place at the same time. But could this blessing really be a curse? Both whimsical and thought-provoking, Wishful Thinking is an engaging take on modern life.