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Strong Women: Ten Non-Fiction Books Perfect for Christmas

Christmas book guide

These 10 Non-Fiction books written by badass women are the perfect Christmas gift.

From memoirs to self-help books, different styles, different points of view, however, all encouraging women though sharing their own stories.

1.Becoming – Michelle Obama

This instant New York Times Best Seller chronicles the experiences that shaped the life of this living icon. From her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to balancing motherhood and her work to her adulthood in the White House. Her voice is strong and honest as well as warm and witty. Transparently discussing her triumphs and disappointments, in both public and private life. This book is insightful and approachable as well as being deeply enjoyable.

2.My Thoughts Exactly – Lily Allen

Lily Allen’s debut book is the perfect pairing to her smart, honest and witty music. Inviting readers into her world where she seems to have done it all. Discussing childhood to pop stardom, offering a frank look into the drugs, sex and sadness of her twenties to her struggles with marriage and motherhood. Allen comments openly on the disrespect and misogyny she experienced in the music business throughout her career. Allen states “When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change – for the better. This is my story”

This book is encouraging young girls to be kind to themselves to help them become the women they want to be, as Allen herself wishes she had.

3.This Will Only Hurt A Little – Busy Philipps

Actress, Instagram Star and now Late Night Talk Show Host Busy Philipps first book, is much more than a celebrity memoir. Philipps writes with such a clear, candid, unfiltered voice, taking you on the journey of her life, from her painful teen years to the struggles of trying to make it as an actress to motherhood to losing friends. Written as though shes chatting to friends, filling them in on the latest events of her life. Encouraging women to use their voices and never let a man tell you that you laugh too loudly in restaurants!

4.What Would the Spice Girls do? – Lauren Bravo

Lauren Bravo, Journalist for Cosmopolitan and the Guardian writes a fun and empowering book about the power of friendship and of staying true to yourself, through her realisation of the importance of The Spice Girls to a generation of feminists. Embracing the fun, fearless and accessible equality the Spice Girls spearheaded in the ’90s, that we all need more of today. Various anecdotes make for an incredibly relatable an enjoyable read.

5.I Might Regret This – Abbi Jacobson

Abbi Jacobson, beloved for her show Broad City, decided to write her first non-fiction book ‘I Might Regret This’ after being inspired by a solo road trip she took in the summer of 2017. Searching for stability in the wake of a bad breakup and feeling helpless in the current political climate. Jacobson details having to figure out who she was again after thinking she had it already figured it out. Her distinctive comedic voice makes this second coming of age story extremely relatable and readable.

6.Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies) – Scarlett Curtis

This collection of empowering essays from a variety of women from a variety of backgrounds and generations, teenage activists to Hollywood actresses including Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Keira Knightley, Kat Dennings and even Bridget Jones (by Helen Fielding). This book is often funny and always inspiring. The book aims to bridge the gap between feminist hashtags and scholarly texts by giving women the space to explain how they actually feel about feminism.

All royalties will be going to Girl Up, an initiative hosted by the United Nations Foundation.

7.Why Not Me?– Mindy Kaling

The second book by actress and writer, Mindy Kaling, sharing her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life. From falling in love, seeking new friendships in lonely places, finding and losing success in work. Offering an honest insight into the glamorous and also not so glamorous sides of being in Hollywood. Sharing all the secrets of how Beyonce’s glam squad make Beyonce look like Beyonce! Encouraging women to look out for each other, open doors and share opportunities. This book has laugh out loud funny moments mixed with moments of relatable pain making for a well rounded worthwhile read.

8.Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton

This beautiful memoir by Dolly Alderton hilariously and sometimes heart-breakingly takes the reader on the extremely relatable journey of growing up, figuring out who you are and navigating all kinds of love. Alderton openly recalls falling in love, getting drunk, getting dumped, bad dates,  learning that you are enough and realising your friends are always the ones there at the end of a messy night out. Through personal stories, lists, recipes and hilarious observations, Alderton offers a heartfelt insight into womanhood, that transcends age and background.

9.How to Be a Grown Up– Daisy Buchanan

The title of this book is exactly what it is. Buchanan has written a compassionate, supportive, funny book for twenty-something women, to help them know exactly who they are. Offering an emotional and practical guide to negotiating this tricky decade. Covering everything from gaining career confidence, how to enjoy spending time alone, how to take pride in yourself without needing validation from others and essentially giving young women the confidence to reach their potential.

“Honestly don’t worry, you’re doing your best and you’re amazing!”

10.I Feel Bad About My Neck – Nora Ephron

No list of books by strong female authors would be complete without Nora Ephron. The queen of the Rom-Com. For years Ephron was elevating strong women on screen with her films from When Harry Met Sally to Julie and Julia. In her memoir, her distinctive, strong and witty voice shines. Being from a different generation to the other authors on this list, Ephron offers a different perspective on womanhood and feminism. Discussing everything from how she hates handbags, her love of food, her passion for New York City, to her many stages in her career. She recounts her time spent as an intern in JFK’s White House to finding her place as a writer. An enjoyable and inspiring read.





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