5 Indies that Celebrate Women

Happy Women’s History Month (as if a single month, even a long one, is enough to celebrate women’s contributions)!

We’re celebrating all month long here at IndieReader, with interviews with bestselling female (indie) authors and by directing you to some of our favorite self-pubbed books about interesting and accomplished women (and if you missed IR’s post on smart, strong, responsible and relatable (Indie) female characters, feel free to check that one out too).

maudeMaude by Donna Mabry

Donna Mabry’s stunning book, Maude, chronicles her grandmother’s life which also coincided with a timeline of wild and turbulent moments in American history: the women’s Suffrage movement, Great Depression-era life, World War II and more.

It’s a remarkable book of a life lived, showing readers how life was for women throughout the 20th century. And it’s quite well loved, too–Maude is the #1 bestselling indie nonfiction book on Amazon!


not without Not Without My Father by Andra Watkins

Another brilliant cross-generation work of non-fiction, Not Without My Father is a New York Times bestselling memoir that follows Andra Watkins as she embarks on a 444-mile walk along the Natchez Trace.

Watkins’ father is the only one to accompany Watkins on her walk, picking her up and dropping her off where stops each day, and the two tussle through a difficult relationship: we journey not just across the trace, but through the duo’s history together as well.

A 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction nominee, Watkins’ memoir is a touching testament to the father-daughter bond.

managingManaging Bubbie by Russel Lazega

This is another textual portrait of a grandmother: meet Lea Lazega, who entreated her grandson to record her life story.

The result, Managing Bubbie, is a poignant story that blends past and present, juxtaposing historical accounts of Nazi Germany with humorously mundane anecdotes of modern-day family life.

It’s a touching portrait for a strong-willed woman with a storied past, and an important account of how the Nazis’ rise to power affected the lives of Jews on the run from persecution.


and thenAnd Then There Were Three by Julia G. Fox

This memoir meditates on relationship dynamics and the nature of love.

After learning of her husband’s college-aged romance with Sasha, a gay man, Fox encourages him to seek out Sasha. Hailing from the former Soviet Union, Sasha had struggled with his homosexuality; though upon reuniting with his old lover, an unconventional romance begins to brew among the three. Fox writes openly and honestly about the nature of the unconventional relationship in the form of letters to her beloved, which challenge notions of sexuality, gender roles and societal expectations.

simmerSimmer and Smoke by Peggy Lampman

A delicious novel steeped in the flavors and aroma of Southern cooking, Simmer and Smoke follows two very different women who become intertwined as they both try to better their lives in Atlanta. Shelby, a single mother, wants to support her family by becoming a successful chef; meanwhile Mallory, a wealthy journalist, finds the relationships around her crumbling.

We get to learn from two very different experiences of womanhood: one example as a struggling mother supporting her family, and the other dealing with privilege and the ethical questions that come from that. Lampman’s heroines are three-dimensional and believable, and foodies will welcome the recipes found at the back of the book.

Note: Many of the titles featured in this story are also available through IndieBound. Enjoy!