New and Inspiring Non-Fiction Books for Women by Women

Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Gates, three of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists, credit reading for their knowledge and morals. There is much to be learned, and what better way is there to escape your reality and discover someone else’s than opening the cover of a book? The past few years have gifted us with a number of powerful non-fiction pieces written by intelligent and seasoned women. To do more, we must know more; to know more, we must read. Here are a few titles to add to your reading list.

“The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir,” Thi Bui

Experience a Vietnamese family’s immigration to 1970’s America in this new release. The entire book is illustrated and paints a picture of hope, love, and disappointment as the family chases the proverbial American Dream.

“The Rules Do Not Apply,” Ariel Levy

This new memoir by the New Yorker columnist adds a voice to the ‘women can have it all’ conversation with a technological twist. Through essays, the author argues that as we adapt to a world where everything is at the touch of our fingertips, there are still some things that are not convenient to acquire.

“Becoming,” Michelle Obama

Boasting a rating of 4.7 on GoodReads, Michelle Obama’s Becoming documents the trials and tribulations of being the first African-American First Lady, as well as how she helped create the most inclusive White House ever. Obama also opens up about the balance between work and family and how she dealt with all of her actions being reported on, judged, and discussed.

“Educated,” Tara Westover

One of Bill Gates’s top picks for 2018, Educated takes a deep dive into the history of the author’s childhood and how education not only defined her, but defined her relationship to her family and community. This coming of age story illustrates that anything is possible with the right mindset and determination.

“And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,” Meaghan O’Connell

As an OB-GYN, I often write on the realities of pregnancy and motherhood. There are a lot of myths and fantasies surrounding motherhood and Meaghan O’Connell makes them the focus of her new book. Pulling no punches, O’Connell tackles the hard-to-hear truths about parenthood and sheds a light on the fact that it’s not all unicorns and rainbows.

While only five books are discussed here, there are many more new releases that demand attention and reading. Women are flooding the market with smart, funny, and timeless pieces of non-fiction that can teach us a thing or two about womanhood, families, life, and careers. So read more, learn more, and then do more with all of your newfound insights and knowledge.

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