Frances Schagen Posted over 4 years ago What's the overlooked gem, the book I haven't read that I must? The Dune series by Frank Herbert. I read it many times over. One of the themes is overcoming fear and building personal capacity to take on challenges. The main theme is about power and control and the tools used to get them. It made me see the world with new eyes and to see the really big over riding reasons for the way things are. And I'm still an optimist! The Earth's Children series by Jean M Auel - Clan of the Cavebear, Valley of the Horses, Mammoth Hunters, Plains of Passage and Shelters of Stone. Everything I 'know' about 30,000 years ago I learned here. This series taught me to identify with other people. We all have the same feelings, motivations, desires and fears. I read this every time I need a big dose of woman power.