How could I not love a book titled The Woman Warrior
? I read this for a women's literature class in college, probably around 1995. It's part memoir, part folklore -- weaving together stories from Kingston's family, from ancient China, and from her life into a larger narrative about what the lives of women mean. My favorite part was the story of Fa Mu Lan (which later would become the basis for a Disney film, sigh). When I read this, we didn't yet have Buffy or her cultural offspring, were maybe just on the cusp of getting Xena, so the narrative of a warrior woman was something relatively unique. It spoke to the part of my soul that fights and rebels and crusades, even if only in spirit. I really should re-read this. It's been too long.