Whether a reader is an incredibly happy and successful New Yorker, or a young mother struggling through an especially difficult life event, the right book can offer her unexpected inspiration and insight. Serious, humorous and endlessly enlightening, we’ve collected five must read books written for, and by, strong, confident women.
1. “Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self Empowerment for Women” by Iyanla Vanzant (pictured above)
Even a strong woman needs to be reminded that if she is unsatisfied, she doesn’t need to settle for the way things are. Through riveting healing stories, Vanzant reminds every woman that only she has the power to change her life for the better. This 20th anniversary edition of Vanzant’s impressive self-empowerment book covers meditation and breathing techniques, connecting with ancestors, and the power of forgiveness. Vanzant’s book will provide insights that will help you visualize a path to change and move closer to the genuine you.
2. “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand
“The Fountainhead” was originally published in 1943 and it has been stirring up controversy ever since. Rand, a Russian-American philosopher, expresses her philosophy of “objectivism” through novel form. She addresses the themes of strength of the individual, and the rival between good and evil. Although the main character is a man, women will surely identify with the struggles he faces. Most of Rand’s ideas are viewed as slightly radical, and tend to appeal to the young. “The Fountainhead” is no exception. Still, this serious novel is considered an important piece of literature and will be valued by those who find non-traditional philosophies riveting.
3. “Bossypants” by Tina Fey
Tina Fey’s dream of becoming a TV comedian has materialized beyond her expectations, and we’re all thankful for that! Through engaging vignettes, Fey’s “Bossypants” relives endless exploits, from those enjoyed during her nerdy youth through to her stardom. While she reveals the trials and tribulations of her quite odd and interesting life, she also proves that she’s a strong (and hysterically funny) woman. As if anyone doubted it.
4. “Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me?” by Mindy Kaling
This memoir of sorts takes the reader through Kaling’s many lives; from the overweight child of immigrant workers, to a comedy writer on “The Office.” While her book may not be the life-changing sort, nearly every woman can identify with her insights on a variety of hot topics, including love, friendship, and what makes a guy great. Funny, fascinating and easy to read, you’ll learn more than you’d imagined from Kaling.
5. “The Heart of a Woman” by Maya Angelou
Women of every background worship Maya Angelou for her gentle power. This novel exposes why. “The Heart of a Woman” is an autobiographical story that starts when Angelou leaves California with her son and moves to New York. Even the strongest woman reader will be impressed with Angelou’s persistence, creativity, and complete devotion to motherhood. After reading “The Heart of a Woman,”you’ll understand why Angelou remains one of the most respected women in the world. If you’re looking for a strong female role model, you’ve just discovered her.
From Fey’s forays to Angelou’s quest for justice, and Vanzant’s reminder that only you have the power to change your life, these picks will leave you giggling, crying, and ready to take on the world. So curl up in your favorite chair; the time to get empowered and inspired has arrived.
What other female empowerment books do you recommend?