Good Reading began publication in 1947 and in 1990 issued the 23rd edition of the work. The purpose of Good Reading: is "to lead an increasing number of people to savor the great or significant books, both those that strive to light the dark places in our understanding of our complex world and our equally complex selves, and those that aim simply to delight." The following list of books on Women's Studies Good Reading: A Guide for Serious Readers (23rd ed., 1985.) was compiled by Linda Hamalian. In the book, each title is described in two or three sentences. 




Carol  Ascher, L. Salvo, S. Ruddick, eds. Between Women: Biographers, Novelists, Critics, Teachers and Artists Write About Their Work on Women. 1984
Nancy F. Cott, Elizabeth Pieck, eds. A Heritage of Her Own: Families, Work and Feminism in America. 1979
Margot I. Duly, Mary I. Edwards, eds. The Cross-Cultural Study of Women. 1988
Barbara Ehrenreich, Elizabeth Hess, Gloria Jacobs, eds. Re-making Love: The Feminization of Sex. 1986
Hester Eisenstein, Alice Jardine, eds. The Future of Difference. 1980
Pat Ellis, ed. Women of the Caribbean. 1985
Elizabeth A. Flynn, Patrocino P. Schweikert, eds. Gender and Reading: Essays on Readers, Texts and Contexts. 1986
Sandra M. Gilbert, Susan Gubar, eds. The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: The Tradition in English. 1985
Vivian Gornick, Barbara K. Moran, eds. Women in Sexist Society: Studies in Power and Powerlessness. 1971
Lynda Hart, Ed. Making a Spectacle. 1988
Elaine Hedges, Ingrid Wendt, eds. In Her Own Image: Women Working in the Arts. 1980
Gloria T. hull, Patricia Bell Scott, Barbara Scott But Some of Us Are Brave. 1982
Allison M. Jaggar, Paula S. Rothenberg Feminist Frameworks: Alternative Theoretical Accounts of the Relations Between Men and Women. 2nd ed. 1984
Allison M. Jaggar, Susan R. Bordo, eds. Gender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing. 1989
Gerda Lerner, ed. Black Women in North America. 1972
C. Moraga, G. Anzalda, eds. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. 1981
Elizabeth Minnich, Jean O'Barr, eds. Reconstructing the Academy. 1988
Juliet Mitchell, Ann Oakley, eds. What Is Feminism? 1986
Charlotte Nekola, Paula Rabinowitz, eds Writing Red: An Anthology of American Women Writers, 1930-1940. 1987
Bonnie Spanier, Alexander Bloom, Darlene Boroviak, eds. Toward a Balanced Curriculum. 1984
Dorothy Sterling, ed. We Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the Nineteenth Century. 1984
B. Thorne, C. Krararae, N. Henley Language, Gender, and Society. 1983


Mimi Abramovitz Regulating the Lives of Women. 1988
Bonnie Anderson, Judith Zinsser A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present. Vols. I and II. 1988
Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex. 1953
M.F. Belenky, et al Women's Ways of Knowing: The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind. 1986
Jessie Bernard The Female World. 1981
Susan Brownmiller Against Our Will. 1975, rev. eed. 1986
Jane Caputi The Age of Sex Crimes. 1987
nancy Chodrow The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender. 1978
Gena Corea The Mother Machine: From Artificial Insemination to Artificial Women. 1985
Angela Davis Women, Culture and Politics. 1989
Teresa DeLauretis Alice Doesn't: Feminism, Semiotics, Cinema. 1984
Ann Douglas The Feminization of American Culture. 1977
Andrea Dworkin Our Blood: Prophecies and Discourses on Sexual Politics. 1976
Judith Fetterly The Resisting Reader: A Feminist Approach to American Fiction. 1978
Elisabeth Schuessler Fiorenza In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction. 1983
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South. 1988
Betty Friedan The Feminine Mystique. 1963
Betty Friedan The Second Stage. 1981
Joanne S. Frye Living Stories, Telling Lies: Women and the Novel in Contemporary Experience. 1986
Jane Gallop The Daughter's Seduction. 1982
Paula Giddings When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America. 1984
Sandra M. Gilbert, Susan Gubar The Madwoman in the Attic. 1979
Sandra M. Gilbert, Susan Gubar No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, Vol. 1: The War of the Words. 1988
Carol Gilligan In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development. 1982
Sandra Harding The Science Question in Feminism. 1986
Carolyn Heilbrun Reinventing Womanhood. 1979
Carolyn Heilbrun Writing a Woman's Life.1988
Bell Hooks Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center. 1984
Luce Irigaray Speculum of the Other Woman. 1985
Mary Jacobus Reading Women: Essays in Feminist Criticism. 1986
Evelyn Keller Reflections on Gender and Science. 1985 
Alice Kessler-Harris Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States. 1982
Ursula LeGuin Dancing on the Edge of the World. 1989
Audre Lorde Sister Outsider. 1984
Catherine A. MacKinnon Sexual harassment of Working Women. 1979
Mary Ann Mason The Equality Trap. 1988
Kate Millett Sexual Politics. 1970
Ellen Moers Literary Women: The Great Writers. 1976
Linda Nochlin Women, Art, and Power and Other Essays. 1989 
Tillie Olsen Silences. 1979
Elizabeth Peck Domestic tyranny. 1987
Nancy K. Miller, ed. The Poetics of Gender. 1987
Adrienne Rich On Lies, Secrets and Silence. 1979
Phyllis Rose Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages. 1983
Margaret Rossiter Women Scientists in America. 1982
Jane Rule Lesbian Images. 1975
Elaine Showalter A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing. 1976
Susan Strasser Never Done. 1982
Barbara Taylor Eve and the New Jerusalem: Socialism and Feminism in the Nineteenth Century. 1983
Leslie Woodcock Tentler Wage-Earning Women: Industrial Work and Family Life in the U.S., 1900-1930. 1979
Claire Tomalin The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft. 1984
Alice Walker In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens. 1983 
Judith R. Walkowitz Prostitution and Victorian Society: Women, Class and the State. 1980
Virginia Woolf A Room of One's Own. 1929
Virginia Woolf.  Three Guineas. 1938