7 Books Every Woman Should Read
This is just the tip of the iceberg of books every women should read at least once in their lifetime…take a look at our top 7 picks and then add your own to the comments!
Lahiri’s celebrated novel is a deeply moving family saga about two very different brothers living in two very different worlds. One brother leaves India for a life in America while the other stays at home and gets caught up in a national revolution that will have devastating effects for the entire family on both sides of the globe.
Even before the movie starring Reese Witherspoon made Wild a household name, we found Strayed’s memoir inspirational. Though her actions are more extreme than anything we’ve ever attempted, Strayed’s raw emotions resonate. As a young woman whose life is falling apart, Strayed did something she thought would bring her a sense of control. And as she hikes—alone—through California and Oregon to Washington, she finds the peace and healing she so desperately needs.
As Cheryl Strayed began a journey to find herself, so did Elizabeth Gilbert. After a harrowing divorce, Gilbert ate her way through Italy, meditated in India, and learned to love again in Bali. Gilbert was able to find balance while coming to terms with her depression and anxiety. Gilbert showed women around the world that it’s okay to fall apart and take the time to find themselves. And she also inspired many of them to create their own Eat Pray Love style adventure.
Our list wouldn’t be complete without a story from one of the best American novelists (Beloved won the Pulitzer and Morrison won the Nobel Prize a few years later). How far would you go to protect your children? Sethe is a slave, who kills her baby girl in order to keep her away from slave catchers. That girl was named Beloved and she becomes an integral part of the novel. More than a story about slavery, it’s about family bonds and survival.
This mother-daughter tale is a must-read. When her mother is diagnosed with cancer, Ellen leaves her big city life and returns home. Ellen becomes the primary caregiver and her sometimes strained relationship with her mother is strengthened even while she realizes her perfect father may not be all that perfect after all. Yes, it will pull at your heartstrings but it’s one of those books that will stay with you forever.
Okay we admit the book may not have aged well and the iconic series lives better in our memories than in the edited version rerunning on TV but we must remember that this was the book that made us realize it was okay to talk, laugh and wonder about our sexual habits and preferences. This book become a cultural phenomenon because it struck a chord (struck a nerve more like) with thousands of single women wondering when Mr. Right was going to come along.
Didion’s memoir chronicles the year in which her husband died while, at the same time, her daughter lay in the hospital suffering from pneumonia which turned into septic shock. The title refers to the idea that if a person wishes or hopes for something hard enough, it will lead to the desired outcome. Of course, life doesn’t work that way. And Didion takes us inside her world as she tries to come to terms with her grief while caring for her daughter. It’s an intimate look at marriage and family with all its ups and downs.
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