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Best Books for Women

These are the top books for women according to the web’s most popular book blogs. Ranked by how often they were featured, each of the books on this list was featured in at least three of the articles.

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Best Books for Women
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The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood - 2017-04-25 (first published in 1985)
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Before The Testaments, there was The Handmaids Tale: an instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction (New York Times).The Handmaids Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was...
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Emma WatsonJenn Im
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Year of Yes
How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
Shonda Rhimes - 2016-09-13 (first published in 2015)
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In this poignant, hilarious and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood's most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder and Catch, reveals how saying YES changed her life - and how it can change yours too. With three hit shows on television and three children at ho...
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Lean In
Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Sheryl Sandberg - 2013-03-12
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Sheryl Sandbergs Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the ...
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You Are a Badass
How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Jen Sincero - 2013-04-23
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The #1 New York Times Bestseller You Are A Badass is the self-help book for people who desperately want to improve their lives but don't want to get busted doing it.In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously...
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Bad Feminist
Essays
Roxane Gay - 2014-08-05
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Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pinkall shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and Im not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the jou...
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Emma Watson
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Becoming
Michelle Obama - 2018-01-01
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An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most we...
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Tiny Beautiful Things
Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Cheryl Strayed - 2012-07-10
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Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you cant pay the billsand it can be great: youve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugarthe once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wildis th...
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Daring Greatly
How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Brené Brown - 2015-04-07 (first published in 2012)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller, now in paperback. From thought leader Dr. Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done the...
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Little Women
Louisa May Alcott - 2014-08-28 (first published in 1868)
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Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn't be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they're putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there's one thing they can't help w...
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Wild
A Journey from Lost to Found
Cheryl Strayed - 2014-01-01 (first published in 2012)
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At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family drifted apart and her marriage crumbled. With nothing left to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America and to do it alone. She had no experience of lo...
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The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath - 2013-06-11
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Confidence Code by Katty Kay
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Own It by Sallie Krawcheck
Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel
More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Radical Candor by Kim Scott
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
Quiet by Susan Cain
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney
Women Don't Ask by Linda Babcock
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
Women in Tech by Tarah Wheeler van Vlack
Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
Ain't I a Woman by Bell Hooks
The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
This Bridge Called My Back by Cherríe Moraga
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Just Kids by Patti Smith
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery Oconnor
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Grit by Angela Duckworth
Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach
Be Unapologetically You by Adeline Bird
A Year of Positive Thinking by Cyndie Spiegel
How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen
Shark Tales by Barbara Corcoran
Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane Sherron de Hart
Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny
Emma by Jane Austen
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Ask For It by Linda Babcock
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu
Boss Bitch by Nicole Lapin
Beautiful Girlhood by Karen Andreola
How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t by Andrea Owen
You Do You by Sarah Knight
The Self-Love Experiment by Shannon Kaiser