15 fiction books by women coming this spring 2022

Mark A. Carlson

While some people prefer memoirs and biographies, others like to read fictional tales ranging in genre from love stories to suspenseful mysteries. Female authors write across a variety of fiction genres, and many famous female novelists have highly anticipated titles coming out this year. Adding these books to your reading list or pre-ordering copies is just one way to support women during Women’s History Month and all year long.

We rounded up 15 fiction books set to publish this spring, all of which are written by female authors. The books are all highly anticipated according to Goodreads, which was determined based on the number of times a book was added to members’ want-to-read shelves. We listed them in order of publication date, starting this month and ending in June.

  • Goodreads: 4.18-star average rating from 236 ratings
  • Publication Date: March 15

A young woman finds a strange map in her

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Troopers Arrest Four Maryland Women for Felony Shoplifting at Tanger Outlets – Delaware State Police

Mark A. Carlson
Date Posted: Monday, March 7th, 2022

Rehoboth Beach, DE- Delaware State Police arrested four Maryland women for multiple felony shoplifting charges at the Tanger Outlets.

On March 5, 2022, troopers were conducting proactive patrols in the Tanger Outlets Midway, Seaside, and Bayside locations during the afternoon hours. Over the past three months, numerous outlet stores have experienced shopliftings where three or four female suspects have stolen thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

At approximately 2:41 p.m., a trooper located in the eastside parking lot of the Bayside Outlets observed a black Infinity sedan traveling in the parking lot with the rear license plate covered with paper. A traffic stop was initiated on the Infinity as it backed into a parking spot. As troopers were approaching the vehicle, one of the rear seat passengers quickly exited the car and removed the paper from the license plate. As a result, a criminal

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Women-Owned Small Businesses to Shop for Home Decor

Mark A. Carlson

Today is International Women’s Day, and while we love to recognize talented women in design all year round, we figure what better way to celebrate the holiday than shopping female-led and founded design brands? After all, women in the United States still only earn roughly 84% the wages of their male counterparts, on average. If you’re in the market to shop for your home, though, there’s no shortage of women-owned businesses to peruse. Click through for some of our perennial favorites.

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Fete Home

A destination for tabletop pieces, textiles, and decorative accents, Fete Home was founded by Audrey Margarite and Jen Potter, two home and design industry veterans who love to entertain.


The Black Home

Neffi Walker founded The Black Home in her native Newark in 2021. The shop offers up furniture, decor, plants, and more—many from female and Black-owned businesses. Even better,

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Celebrate International Women’s Day by shopping these women-owned brands

Mark A. Carlson

International Women’s Day is March 8 and there are many women-owned brands to shop in celebration.

From makeup and skincare to fashion and food, women CEOs and founders are in control of more companies than ever. Here are a few women-owned and operated brands to check out this month (and every month after).

Glossier, owned by Emily Weiss, focuses on skincare and beauty products. Some of the brand’s best-selling sets are The 3-Step Skincare Routine, the Boy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew, The Skincare Edit, which comes with mini skin essentials, the Wowder Duo and the Super Pack of three serums.

“Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara has her own line of clothing sold at Walmart. Her products range from everyday sweaters to stylish activewear. Vergara also has incorporated maternity wear into her collection. Some of the most popular items are the Sofia Vergara Women’s Rosa High-Rise Jeggings

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16 brands that are giving back

Mark A. Carlson

Since the 1980s, March has been nationally recognized and celebrated as Women’s History Month, and it’s an incredible opportunity to shine light on women-focused causes, organizations and charities to support this month and beyond. Throughout Women’s History Month, several brands have pledged to give back, whether through donations, activism or campaigns, spanning product categories like apparel, beauty, food, wellness and more.

Major companies and retailers are also increasing efforts to support women-owned businesses and women-focused causes this month. Grocery delivery giant Instacart, for example, recently announced it’s pledging $1 million to support and advertise women-owned brands within its marketplace. Macy’s is supporting advocacy nonprofit Girls Inc. by encouraging customer donations both online and in-store through March 31, while Hershey’s rolled out its limited-edition “Celebrate SHE” bars — available at retailers nationwide while supplies last — and donated $150,000 to nonprofit Girls on the Run.

Brands giving back this

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International Women’s Day 2022: 20 Women-Owned Brands to Shop

Mark A. Carlson

No one ever said starting your own business was easy, but being a female or female-identifying entrepreneur comes with its own set of challenges and expectations. That’s what makes International Women’s Day the perfect opportunity to spotlight women-owned businesses in your orbit—and discover some that you may not already love. Not only is it a day to celebrate women’s impact on society and culture, but it’s also time to take stock of the achievements women have contributed financially. And in this economy? That’s something worth recognizing.

The pandemic accelerated the Great Resignation, which saw millions of people around the world quit their jobs because of burnout. But leaving an unfulfilling career is nothing new—especially not for women who have been starting up businesses at five times the national average since before the pandemic. (A trend that’s only sped up since March 2020.) 

One thing making it easier for female

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6 women-founded businesses to shop on Amazon right now

Mark A. Carlson

According to a recent survey conducted by the U.S. Census, the number of women-owned businesses continues to increase, but only account for 19.9% of all firms that employ people in the country.

If you want to put your money where it counts this Women’s History Month (and always), you might want to consider shopping from and supporting women-founded and women-owned businesses. The next time you run out of shampoo or want a dainty piece of jewelry to refresh your current collection, there is likely a women-founded company that you can support while doing it.

To make it even easier, Shop TODAY editorial director Adrianna Brach rounded up 33 finds from six women-founded businesses on Amazon that you can support right now. Keep reading to learn more about the companies, the women behind them and a few of the bestsellers from each brand.

Kristin Ess is best known as a

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She Killed Two Women. At 83, She Is Charged With Dismembering a Third.

Mark A. Carlson

An 83-year-old Brooklyn woman convicted twice of killing women she lived with was charged with murder on Thursday, after investigators found a head in her apartment that, officials said, belonged to a body discovered in a shopping cart last week.

Harvey Marcelin, who had served decades in prison for murder and manslaughter before her release in 2019, was arrested March 4 and was initially charged with concealment of human remains.

Ms. Marcelin — who was listed as male in earlier court records but now identifies as a woman, according to a law enforcement official — was indicted on second-degree murder charges on Thursday in the death of Susan Leyden, 68. She is accused of dismembering her and hiding her body parts.

The official said it was not clear how Ms. Marcelin and Ms. Leyden knew each other. A lawyer listed as Ms. Marcelin’s attorney could not immediately be reached for

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What Do Women Want? Akerna’s Report Reveals Top Marijuana Products Among Female Cannabis Shoppers

Mark A. Carlson

Akerna (NASDAQ:KERN) released a data report on women’s cannabis shopping habits as the demographic group continues to gain market share, up 3.3% since 2019. 

“Cannabis has plenty of stigmas and stereotypes, but the data doesn’t lie – it has a broad appeal to people of all ages, sexes, and socioeconomic statuses,” Jessica Billingsley, Akerna’s CEO said. “I expect to see more and more brands targeting their products and marketing towards women in the coming years. Otherwise, they will risk losing participation in this growing market to the competition who does.”

Regarding women’s current product preferences, flower and cartridges are top choices, with concentrates coming in third – a category that recently overtook edibles for the first time, which moved down to the fourth most popular category for women.

Data also showed direct correlations between age and product sales.

The youngest age groups of women are most likely to buy concentrates,

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Women Are Making Less and Spending More: How a Work Wardrobe Is Draining Our Wallets

Mark A. Carlson

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We’ve all seen the movie where the woman walks into her closet and is met by a staggering array of shoes. So many shoes! Most of them are heels that look difficult to maneuver in, and many look like they probably cost more than her monthly rent. She’s got a lot of other items, too — blouses, skirts, suits and an arsenal of dresses for every occasion (indeed even for the same occasion). She has more than she needs of everything and yet never enough of anything. 

This isn’t just a movie — for many women, it’s an unromantic reality. 

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According to a survey by CreditDonkey, women spend nearly 76% more than men do on clothing in a

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To do this week in Philly: Celebrate Women’s History Month

Mark A. Carlson

On the to-do list this week: Hi, Philly explorers. Women’s History Month began on Tuesday and there are plenty of ways to celebrate. You can support women-owned businesses, check out a special event, and more.

On my personal to-do list: I’m heading to Mish Mish for dinner.

📆 Need something to do this weekend or next week? We have an events calendar with 43 things to do in Philly and outside of the city, too. See our full calendar here.

We’ve collected our best Philly tips all in one place here. Stay healthy, stay safe, and get vaccinated.

Jillian Wilson

From a Korean-inspired skincare brand to popular restaurants, there are many great women-owned businesses in the Philadelphia region that you should be shopping at all year — and especially during Women’s History Month. Use your dollars to support these business leaders, many of which also give back to

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Target Facebook shopping group one of several centered on Black women

Mark A. Carlson

While some retailers fail to support Black lives, there is a growing trend of shopping groups on social media created for and by Black women propelling social change. For them, shopping isn’t just about products. It’s about community building, bonding over buying and, sometimes, encouraging multi-generational Black wealth.

Too often, there aren’t spaces exclusively for the collective joy and protection of Black women, especially on the internet, group leaders say. When Black women aren’t co-opted, assimilated, or silenced, they add, they thrive.

USA TODAY spoke with Black women online groups for Trader Joe’s, Costco, Target and Starbucks by Zoom and email. Here’s what they had to say.

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Black girls in Trader Joe’s Instagram group

An Instagram group with 218,000 members, Black

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Women’s History Month 2022: Shop 17 women-owned businesses

Mark A. Carlson

March is Women’s History Month, and there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate. We can educate ourselves with books, podcasts and documentaries, we can lift up the amazing women in our lives, and we can show our support with our dollars by shopping women-owned businesses. To help with that last one, we’ve rounded up 17 of our favorite female-led businesses available on QVC and HSN, from a clothing line designed to celebrate curves to a makeup brand that’s inclusive of all skin tones.

Whether you’re in the market for fashion, beauty products, home goods or kitchenware, this list has it all. Keep scrolling to learn more about the creative, inspiring women behind these businesses — and for 51 great products to shop from them.

Women-owned fashion and accessories

Fashion influencer Tanesha Awasthi founded the blog Girl with Curves in 2011, covering trends, style tips, beauty advice, wellness and more

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Here’s How Much Women Can Save Buying the Men’s Version of These 8 Products

Mark A. Carlson
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The pink tax is real: products marketed toward women tend to cost more than the same products for men. On average, personal care items that are marked “for women” cost 7% more than ones aimed at men. Most of the time, these products have very little difference when it comes to performance, or the men’s version is actually crafted better than the one geared toward women.

No one actually cares which version you buy, so you might as well buy the better, cheaper version. Here’s some men’s items that women should definitely buy next time they’re shopping. 

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Target Prices

  • Women’s 5 Blade Disposable Razors Pack of 5: $4.89
  • Men’s Triple Blade Sensitive Skin Disposable Razor Pack of 8: $3.79

If you’re still buying pink razors, it’s time

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15 Women-Owned Food Brands You Can Shop Right Now

Mark A. Carlson

As POPSUGAR editors, we independently select and write about stuff we love and think you’ll like too. If you buy a product we have recommended, we may receive affiliate commission, which in turn supports our work.

Arguably the best part about celebrating any holiday is all the good food you get to enjoy throughout the season. There’s pumpkin-spice-flavored everything during the fall, peppermint and gingerbread all December long, pastel-colored sweets leading up to Easter — the list goes on. As for Women’s History Month in March with International Women’s Day on March 8, there’s an equally delicious way to celebrate, and that’s by supporting a woman-owned-and-operated food brand.

There are plenty of tasty name-brand options on the market, but Women’s History Month is as good a time as any to instead buy from the many food businesses powered by women entrepreneurship. Whether it be gluten-free beer that actually tastes good

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Woman’s Dismembered Body Is Found in Shopping Cart in Brooklyn

Mark A. Carlson

Police officers found a grisly scene outside a Brooklyn pawnshop early Thursday after a 911 caller discovered a woman’s dismembered torso that had been stuffed into a shopping cart.

The unidentified body had been placed in a large bag that was inside the shopping cart, the police said. It was found in a mostly industrial section of East New York, Brooklyn, near Broadway Junction, where roadways and elevated subway lines crisscross storefronts and warehouses near a parkway entrance.

The police released few details, other than to say that the investigation was ongoing and that the medical examiner would determine the cause of death.

Yellow police tape surrounded the pawnshop — its steel shutters down — at the northwest corner of Pennsylvania and Atlantic Avenues on Thursday, with detectives and uniformed officers milling inside the cordon, denying shoppers entry to a small construction supply store on Atlantic Avenue that was also

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8 Ways To Save On Amazing Toiletry & Beauty Products

Mark A. Carlson

The average woman spends $313 a month on everything from haircuts to razors. But if you enjoy your beauty routines, you shouldn’t have to cut them out of your budget altogether! Using the best tricks to save here and there will help you hold onto your hard-earned cash while still finding excellent products. After talking to experts, we uncovered the best ways to do just that while spending less.

Nab 50 percent off makeup.

According to Heather Lovett, money-saving expert at Deal News, you should always track special deals on beauty products held by department stores. “It may seem like high-end cosmetics never go on sale, but most department stores offer special events where you can score them for a steal!” she says. “For example, at Macy holds a biannual 10 Days of Glam sale (this year, it was held from October 15 to 24), during which you can

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Clayton Echard sends Sarah, Genevieve home before rose ceremony

Mark A. Carlson

Over the course of my first full season of watching ABC’s “The Bachelor,” I have been studying Mizzou’s own Clayton Echard. Fans in the #BachelorNation have given him a lot of grief over the season for being boring, criticizing his (admittedly) questionable character judgment skills and wondering why the series went from the first Black Bachelor to … a man whose defining character trait is his desire for marriage.

A part of me does feel for the guy — there’s a lot of vulnerability at stake when you put your search for love out there in front of the world, which can be as cold and unforgiving as, well, Shanae. But another part of me can’t help but notice the innate inequity of what Clayton is asking of the nine women who remain.

What happened last week?:Mizzou football alum Clayton Echard grows closer to Susie, Rachel during trip to

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News List | City of Clearwater, FL

Mark A. Carlson

CLEARWATER, Fla. – With great excitement, the popular Saturday Morning Shoppe market announces its debut in the city of Clearwater this month, presenting “Shopping with a Vibe”.

Enjoy live entertainment, games, foodie competitions, arts & crafts, line dancing, bounce houses and some of the best food in town.

The event is in collaboration with the Clearwater Urban Leadership Coalition and the city of Clearwater, and will take place on Saturday, February 26, at the Walter C. Campbell Park in Clearwater from 3 to 8 p.m. The market will bring vendors from all over the region for a one-of-a-kind shopping and entertainment experience in Clearwater. 

Renee Edwards, Saturday Morning Shoppe founder, partnered with the Clearwater Urban Leadership Coalition to provide economic development opportunities to the community, with a strong focus on minority and women-owned businesses.

The growth of the Saturday Morning Shoppe has been remarkable, making its mark in cities nationwide

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How to shop for jeans for curvy women, according to stylists

Mark A. Carlson

Shopping for a pair of new jeans is a task that most women dread and do their best to avoid for as long as possible. Unfortunately, there’s no way to get around it when your favorite pair succumbs to one of various mishaps — your thighs constantly rubbing together which leads to a rip in the fabric or a belt loop breaks from repeatedly pulling them up — or they just simply don’t fit any longer.

If you have a curvy body, you’re probably all too familiar with some of these experiences, especially the first two. Shopping for anything from activewear to dresses can feel like an impossible mission, but jeans are an entirely different beast. To help alleviate some of the burden that comes with jean shopping, Shop TODAY spoke to a few stylists for their best tips to make it easier for you.

What to look for when

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