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5 Books Every Independent Woman Needs To Read This Year

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1. The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls is set in 1960s San Francisco, when Charles Manson went around recruiting women into his cult. It’s all about female friendship and the struggle of navigating insecurities and rebellion during puberty. But this is far from being your typical teenage-girl-angst novel. It’s dark, twisted, and profound. You won’t be able to put it down, promise.

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2. All The Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister

Award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister's book is an investigation about why these days, more women choose to stay unmarried. She conducts hundreds of interviews to find out how this trend affects not only women—socially, financially, psychologically—but also men and society in general. Definitely an eye-opener and a win for feminism!

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3. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Modern Lovers follows the lives of middle-aged friends who’ve all been distracted and burdened by the responsibilities of adulthood. They deal with marriage, love, money, and the fact that they're all getting older. But it also follows the lives of their children and their own set of issues. It’s a fun and light read, so you might want to take this one with you on your next vacay.

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4. The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Anybody who’s a fan of Amy Schumer can expect a great deal of humor and satire in The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. It’s a collection of essays about Amy’s teenage years, family, relationships, and sexual experiences. It’s as brilliant as Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and Tina Fey’s Bossypants.

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5. Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman by Lindy West

Where are all our loud ladies at? Shrill is for every woman who’s ever considered changing themselves to seem more appealing to men and to fit society’s unrealistic standards. If you need help surviving in a world that’s constantly reminding you of how flawed you are, this book is your perfect weapon. Lindy West has your back. 

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