Whether you read them on your iPad or listen to them while you work out, books can be incredibly powerful. Nearly every person can point to one specific book that changed their lives. Both memoirs and fanciful novels reveal characters that help us understand ourselves and the world around us.
For most of us, being a woman is a wonderful experience we wouldn’t trade for anything, but being a woman also comes with many challenges. Power, money, sex and biology all play a part in the female experience, and we think these 17 authors have uniquely delved into that primordial soup we call womanhood. As author Francesca Lia Block once said, “Just like any woman… we weave our stories out of our bodies. Some of us through our children or our art; some do it just by living. It’s all the same.”