While reading is, of course, subjective, some books are essential — and you'll want them on hand through all the stages of adulthood. In honor of National Book Lover's Day, here's a list of life-changing books every woman should read.
The existentialist author explores the treatment of women throughout history and gave birth to that immortal phrase: "One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman. A celebration of womanhood, the red tent of the title refers to the sisterhood of relationships formed when women take refuge in the tent for their monthly menstrual cycles and while giving birth.
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Even if you don't agree with every word of hers, the overall themes of empowerment and equality send a powerful message to women everywhere, and the book focuses on the ways that women are held back in the workplace, encouraging the reader to put themselves forward for that pay rise or next top promotion. The book also addresses the ways that women can inadvertently self-sabotage themselves at work, like the anecdote Sandberg gives about a woman thinking about stepping away from more demanding work and promotion-potential because she is planning to have a baby Chilling and completely addictive.
Just as relevant now as when it was first published.
Particularly brilliant? Fey's "Mother's Prayer for Her Child," in which she dispenses precious advice like the following:. Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes And not have to wear high heels. What would that be, Lord? Golf course design? I'm asking You, because if I knew, I'd be doing it, Youdammit. Musing on the barriers that women writers face, Woolf memorably conjures up a female Shakespeare — William's sister, Judith — who, blessed with a talent for the tune of words, couldn't get an education or a job in theatre, and ended up killing herself after becoming impregnated by an actor-manager.
As Woolf writes in the book of women given a chance: "Give her a room of her own and five hundred a year, let her speak her mind and leave out half that she now puts in, and she will write a better book one of these days. And to realize that every once in a while it's OK to spend weeks eating ice cream in Italy, all day, every day. Charlotte Rogan's terrific debut novel opens with a bang, when the ship carrying newlyweds Grace and Henry back to New York after the outbreak of war in Europe suffers an explosion and sinks.
Somehow, Grace is squeezed into a departing lifeboat, captained by ship's officer Mr Hardie, and along with a motley crew of passengers, mostly female, they push away from the wreckage, beating off drowning men and beseeching infants as they go.
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Her last, On Beauty , managed to be interesting about aesthetics as well as about race and compassion, and the prose was well turned and sweet-natured to match. The themes in NW are more radical and the language more fractured. Though it remains absolutely rooted, stuck to the map, contexts change and narrative styles shift. This is a book in which you never know how things will come together or what will happen next.
The first half takes place entirely within the foot-square room in which a young woman has spent her last seven years since being abducted aged Raped repeatedly, she now has a five-year-old boy, Jack, and it is with his voice that Donoghue tells their story. It also raises sometimes uncomfortable questions with no clear-cut answers about whether people should be remunerated for their physical, genetic contributions to research and about the role of profit in science. In chapter after chapter, in a voice consistently recognizable as her own, Fey simply tells stories of her life: How a nerdy but self-confident half-Greek girl entered theatrical life a wonderful community theater, lots of gay and lesbian friends , what Second City was like "back in the day" cultish, hard, unbelievably fun , how 'Saturday Night Live' works a chemical compound of Harvard grads and Improv people , what it's like to be a woman in comedy harder than you think but not as hard as coal mining or to run your own show or to satirize a vice presidential candidate when she's standing right backstage.
The slum dwellers have a skillful and empathetic chronicler in Boo, who depicts them in all their humanity and ruthless, resourceful glory.
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For most of 40 years he has lived alone, tending the orchard where he grew up with his mother and sister. His mother died when he was still very young, and his sister disappeared as a young woman — a loss Talmadge has never quite recovered from.
And it may be that secret pain that prompts him to take care of two pregnant teenagers who wander onto his property looking for food. They're running away from a brothel run by a brutal drug addict who traffics in young girls. Talmadge's decision to shelter the girls changes his life forever, exposing him to both the pain and quiet joy of love. Lahiri understands that unresolved conflicts from one's past can cause us to create the kind of life we most want to avoid. Someone who wants to find a lasting romantic connection may play a tremendous role in creating a life of romantic isolation.
To this end, unresolved conflicts can lead people to choose unsuitable partners and deeply unsatisfying relationships.
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The Lowland demonstrates in meticulous detail that facing painful dimensions from the past and acknowledging family secrets is often the key to finding true happiness. A chapter called 'I'm So Proud of You' should be required reading in high schools. Also featured are: haiku about plastic surgery, a chapter by Poehler's mother, a satiric birth plan, a chapter by Seth Meyers, an annotated history of 'Parks and Recreation,' a letter from Hillary Rodham Clinton, sex advice, a truly hilarious list of potential books about divorce and a moving account of an apology.
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