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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.

Recommendations from 56 articles, Barack Obama, Rihanna, Ellen DeGeneres and 77 others.
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The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood - Apr 25, 2017 (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 Watson
Year of Yes
How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
Shonda Rhimes - Sep 13, 2016 (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...
Lean In
Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Sheryl Sandberg - Mar 12, 2013
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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 ...
You Are a Badass
How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Jen Sincero - Apr 23, 2013
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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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Jennifer Leggio
Bad Feminist
Essays
Roxane Gay - Aug 05, 2014
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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
Tiny Beautiful Things
Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Cheryl Strayed - Jul 10, 2012
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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...
Little Women
Louisa May Alcott - Aug 28, 2014 (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...
Wild
A Journey from Lost to Found
Cheryl Strayed - Jan 01, 2014 (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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Sophia Amoruso - Sep 29, 2015
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In the New York Times bestseller that the Washington Post called “Lean In for misfits,” Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped ...
Daring Greatly
How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Brené Brown - Apr 07, 2015 (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...
Men Explain Things to Me
Rebecca Solnit - Aug 31, 2015
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In her comic, scathing essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters...
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Own It by Sallie Krawcheck
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
The Confidence Code by Katty Kay
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Quiet by Susan Cain
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Women Don't Ask by Linda Babcock
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel
Women in Tech by Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack
Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Ain't I a Woman by bell hooks
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Radical Candor by Kim Scott
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Boss Bitch by Nicole Lapin
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t by Andrea Owen
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Swing Time by Zadie Smith