Women’s Literature: The next chapter

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One of my favorite bloggers, Cloud Walker, did a post “7 books every woman should read“. Looking over the list I found there were a few I had never heard of and only one I attempted to read (which was  Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg). I personally just couldn’t get into the book. Then I came across Zosia Marmet essay  “No I won’t Lean In “, which summed up why I never finished the book :

We are so obsessed with “making it” these days we’ve lost sight of what it means to be successful on our own terms. As women we have internalized the idea that every morning we wake up, we have to go for the f–king gold. You can’t just jog; you have to run a triathlon. Having a cup of coffee, reading the paper, and heading to work isn’t enough—that’s settling, that’s giving in, that’s letting them win. You have to wake up, have a cup of coffee, conquer France, bake a perfect cake, take a boxing class, and figure out how you are going to get that corner office or become district supervisor, while also looking damn sexy—but not too sexy, because cleavage is degrading—all before lunchtime. Who in her right mind would want to do that? And who would even be able to?

It also left me thinking “Do men have books they should read?” Which book do you think every woman needs to read? My top three are:

  1. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  2. In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney
  3. The Good Sex Bible by Judy Bastyra and Nitya Laroix 

BONUS Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

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8 Responses to Women’s Literature: The next chapter

  1. Never read it, but maybe The Good Sex Bible would be good for men, too

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  2. B. says:

    I think that world have become complicated for both sexes… we’re all struggling….

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  3. I love books, but have never even started Lean In. I have, however, conquered more of your list. Year of Yes is one of my favorite books ever- I have given several copies as gifts!

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  4. AJ says:

    I’ve only read Wild from your list. I’ll have to think about what I think men should read.

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