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Bookish Rachels Everywhere: A Round-Up of Rachels in Literature

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Rachel Cordasco

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Rachel Cordasco has a Ph.D in literary studies and currently works as a developmental editor. When she's not at her day job or chasing three kids, she's writing reviews and translating Italian speculative fiction. She runs the website, and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

In case you haven’t noticed, there are a LOT of Rach(a)els currently writing for Book Riot. I’ve figured out why by using this handy formula:

Rachels = awesome

Book Riot = awesome

Rachels + Book Riot = so much awesome you need sunglasses

Therefore, we BR Rachels decided to write a post about Rachels throughout literature: books with the name “Rachel” in the title, characters named Rachel, and writers named Rachel. And we found a TON. So if your name is Rachel, you are welcome. And if your name isn’t Rachel, well, maybe reading these books will help you feel better.


Rachel book titles

Rachel_papersThe Rachel Papers by Martin Amis

Rashi’s Daughters, Book III: Rachel: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France by Maggie Anton

Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume

Rachel and Leah (Women of Genesis) by Orson Scott Card

Rachel’s Legacy by Hila Colman

Rachel by Andrei Gelasimov

The Books of Rachel by Joel Gross

Rachel_Rashis_DaughtersRachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Rachel Rising by Terry Moore

Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope (not to be confused with Rachael Ray)






Rachel characters

MoonstoneThe Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (Rachel Verinder)

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (biblical Rachel)

Bleak House by Charles Dickens (Mrs. Rachael Chadband)

Hard Times by Charles Dickens (Rachael)

Heartburn by Nora Ephron (Rachel Samstat)

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin (Rachel White)

Something Blue by Emily Giffin (Rachel White)

Poisonwood_bibleThe Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins (Rachel Watson)

Pet Sematary by Stephen King (Rachel Creed)

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Rachel Price)

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Miss Rachel Haverford)



Authors named Rachel

Rachel Abbott (Stranger Child)

Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampires)

Rachel Cohn (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist)

Rachel Field (Hitty, Her First Hundred Years)

Rachel Kushner (The Flamethrowers)

Rachel Hartman (Seraphina)




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