5 Books by Women for Women
In the era of #MeToo and heightened female empowerment, it feels like there has never been a better time to be a women. Women are demanding equal pay, better jobs, and unwavering respect. It’s refreshing and uplifting to see the shift towards female voices, including intersectional female voices, as it is long overdue.
While the spotlight is on women in Hollywood, let’s remember to praise all of the inspirational women who impact our lives in other ways, like the female authors who have told our stories through print. Let’s close out this Women’s Month by celebrating these five female authors who have written about women, for women.
By Christianna Wiggins
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Am I a bad feminist for watching The Bachelor? What about listening to hip hop? If you’ve ever asked yourself these burning questions, Roxane Gay is here to answer them all... or at least let you know that you aren’t alone.
Author Roxane Gay tackles modern day feminism in her amazing collection of essays, Bad Feminist. Gay calls herself out for doing all the non-feminist things we’d rather not admit to, like loving the color pink or indulging in tabloid magazines, and examines how this impacts her stance on feminism- if it does at all. This eloquent and witty novel is a roadmap to feminism in the digital age.
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
Joan Didion explores mental instability in her novel, Play It As Lays. The book takes place in a psychiatric hospital, following a female protagonist who is battling several personal demons.
Didion’s writing is mesmerizing and her characters are equally enthralling. With this book, Didion proves she's one of the strongest authors of all time.
Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang
Sour Heart is a beautiful series of coming-of-age stories. Set in 1990s New York City, Zhang follows a group of Chinese immigrants who are struggling to cope in their new city. From familial struggles, to internal battles with body image, these seven ladies face identity issues as they attempt to define themselves.
Each story is unique and powerful as they highlight the difficulties of growing up as an immigrant woman. Zhang’s intersectional women are compelling and inspiring.
How The Garciá Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Alvarez
Julia Alvarez’ pens a spellbinding coming-of-age with this refreshing novel. The book follows the vibrant Garcia girls as they flee from a comfortable life in the Dominican Republic, to New York City.
The four girls deal with adjusting to life in a new city, while battling growing pains. Alvarez’ writing is incredibly relatable and heartwarming.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This lighthearted journey about finding yourself is a captivating read. Popularized by the movie starring Julia Roberts, Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel is modern-day classic. The story follows a woman who embarks on an international trip to recenter herself after her marriage falls apart.
This tale of self-discovery and adventure teaches an important lesson about respecting your own needs before tending to others and embracing self-love.