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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 - 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 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 - 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...
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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 ...
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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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Bad Feminist
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
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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...
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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...
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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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The Bell Jar
A Novel
Sylvia Plath - Jun 11, 2013 (first published in 1963)
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Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanityEsther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going undermaybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown wit...
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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 ...
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We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Oct 09, 2014
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A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of ‘Americanah’ and ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name.What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay – adapted from her much-viewed Tedx talk of...
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Becoming by Michelle Obama
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Own It by Sallie Krawcheck
Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
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
Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
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
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
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
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Radical Candor by Kim Scott
Just Kids by Patti Smith
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
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
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