25 Books About Women That Will Inspire You All Summer Long

25 Books On Women That Will Inspire You All Summer Long


Jun. 21 2017, Published 3:30 a.m. ET

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When I think of summer I think of rolling thunder, glistening lightening bugs, refreshing pools of water, beaches, ice cream, and books. Many, many books.

Books in sand. Books stained with mud. Books on the plane. Books on long road trips. Books on blankets at the neighborhood park. Books that inform you of lives lived, inspire, and take you on trips to faraway lands.

I wandered in DC’s most popular bookstore today, Politics & Prose – heard from the experts and hunted for the stories of and about women recently written by upcoming and bestselling authors.

Skip the easy, beach reads, here are the books that will feed your mind with sound advice, empower you to claim your future, and inspire you to change the world.

These 25 books highlight powerful women, real and fictional, as they struggle, overcome trauma, and follow their passions. Some dive deep into the current feminist landscape, while others take you back through time or to a warped, haunted future.

1. Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay

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2. Michelle Obama: A Life, by Peter Slevin

3. Double Bind: Women On Ambition, edited by Robin Romm

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4. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

5. Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminst Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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6. The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

7. Touch by Courtney Maum

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8. Chemistry by Weike Wang

9. The Book Of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

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10. Swing Time by Zadie Smith

11. Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives by Leigh Gilmore

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12. Free Women Free Men: Sex, Gender & Feminism by Camille Paglia

13. We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to Covergirl, the Buying & Selling of A Political Movement by Andi Zeisler

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14. Missoula: Rape & The Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

15. Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris

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16. What I Told My Daughter: Lessons From Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women, edited by Nina Tassler with Cynthia Littleton

17. My Underground American Dream: The True Story As An Undocumented Immigrant Who Became A Wall Street Executive by Julissa Arce

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18. When Women Win: EMILY’s List & the Rise of Women in American Politics by Ellen R. Malcolm

19. Alone Atop the Hill: The Autobiography of Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press, written by Alice Dunnigan & edited by Carol McCabe Booker

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20. Chelsea Girls by Eileen Myles

21. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

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22. Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh

23. The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

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24. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

25. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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