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Best Books For Women

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Back in March, we asked HuffPost staffers to suggest books every woman should read. Our slideshow, inspired by Frisky's '22 Books Every Woman Should Read,' spanned authors from Shakespeare to Tina Fey.

We're bringing those books back as an all-in-one list, with a couple of new recommendations from our staff. Have something to add? Submit to the slideshow below, explaining why you want to recommend a particular book, or shoot us an email at women@huffingtonpost.com.

A Room Of One's Own
Virginia Woolf

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-Zoë Triska, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Books

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Judy Blume

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"It tackles religion, the awkwardness of adolescence, and the weird contraptions that women used to use when they first got their periods. (References to the "belt" definitely confused me as a kid.)" -Kathleen Massara, Editor, Huffington Post Arts

As You Like It
William Shakespeare

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"I feel like he always includes extremely strong female characters, especially for the time period." -Zoë Triska, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Books

The Awakening
Kate Chopin

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-Lori Leibovich, Executive Lifestyle Editor, Huffington Post

The Beauty Myth: How Images Of Beauty Are Used Against Women
Naomi Wolf

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-Laura Schocker, Associate Editor, Huffinton Post Healthy Living

The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath

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-Lori Leibovich, Executive Lifestyle Editor, Huffington Post

Bossypants
Tina Fey

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-Lori Leibovich, Executive Lifestyle Editor, Huffington Post

Deenie
Judy Blume

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-Zoë Triska, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Books

Fear Of Flying
Erica Jong

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"This one rocked my world! It was ground-breaking -- uninhibited story of Isadora Wing." -Ann Brenoff, Senior Writer, Huffington Post L.A.

Franny and Zooey
J.D. Salinger

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-Farah Miller, Managing Editor, Huffington Post Parents

Frida: A Biography Of Frida Kahlo
Hayden Herrera

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-Kimberly Brooks, Founding Editor, Huffington Post Arts and Editor, Huffington Post Science

Get To Work...And Get A Life, Before It's Too Late
Linda R. Hirshman

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"Her strategic plan for women: "don't study art," "never quit a job until you have another one" -Emily Peck, Managing Editor, Huffington Post Business

The Girls of Slender Means
Muriel Sparks

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"A women's boarding house novel is almost as great as a girls boarding school novel, especially if a bomb and a Schiaparelli dress are involved." -Margaret Wheeler Johnson, Editor, Huffington Post Women

Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide
Nicholas D. Kristof

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-Jessica Prois, Editor, Huffington Post Impact

The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood

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"In the near future, the United States is overthrown by a group called the Sons of Jacob. The bank accounts of women and other undesirables are frozen, and a group known as Handmaids become the hosts for the future children of the ruling class. This book will haunt you, and is a reminder of how easy it is for extremists to take over... Once they do, the target is often women. (No thanks, Santorum!)" -Kathleen Massara, Editor, Huffington Post Arts

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
Alice Munro

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- Meredith Melnick, Editor, The Huffington Post Nutrition and Fitness

Housekeeping
Marilynne Robinson

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-Zoë Triska, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Books

Last Night I Dreamed Of Peace: The Diary Of Dang Thuy Tram
Dang Thuy Tram

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"Not only is this book unique because it offers a Vietnamese perspective on the Vietnam War, but it also one of the few to offer a female point of view. Thuy Tram's diary offers an intimate look both into the war and into the life of a 20-something faced with becoming a woman in very challenging circumstances." -Michelle Persad, Intern, Huffington Post Women

The Liars' Club
Mary Karr

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"My mother drove me across the Sabine bridge ten or twenty times in my childhood, and I never knew our safe passage could be a testament to her sanity until I read Karr's account of being charioted across it by her own mother who was in the middle of a psychotic break. Also a really fine portrait of flawed fatherhood. Karr is the master of revealing her (real) characters' dignity and crazy in equal turns." -Margaret Wheeler Johnson, Editor, Huffington Post Women

Little Women
Louisa May Alcott

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-Zoë Triska, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Books

The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold

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- Ann Brenoff, Senior Writer, Huffington Post L.A.

Madame Bovary
Gustave Flaubert

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-Zoë Triska, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Books

Nickel And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America
Barbara Ehrenreich

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-Meredith Melnick, Nutrition and Fitness Editor, The Huffington Post

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
Jeanette Winterson

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"An insanely ambitious novel which is really a memoir and doesn't apologize for that."
-Margaret Wheeler Johnson, Editor, Huffington Post Women

Seventh Heaven
Alice Hoffman

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"A coming of age novel for those who came of age in the 1960s. Beautifully written story about a brassy divorcee (yes, that's what they were called) moving into a Long Island subdivision (think Levittown) in the 1950s that busts the myth of life behind the white picket fences."
-Ann Brenoff, Senior Writer, Huffington Post L.A.

Twilight
Stephanie Meyer

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"Just to know what 500 Million girls got so excited about!"
-Kimberly Brooks, Founding Editor, Huffington Post Arts and Editor, Huffington Post Science

The Virgin Suicides
Jeffrey Eugenides

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"A much better pick for women than Middlesex...for some reason, he is REALLY able to capture what it is like to be a teenage girl in that book."
-Zoë Triska, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Books

When Everything Changed
Gail Collins

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-Meredith Melnick, Editor, The Huffington Post Nutrition and Fitness

The Wife Of Bath
Geoffrey Chaucer

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-Zoë Triska, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Books

The Woman At The Washington Zoo: Writings On Politics, Family, And Fate
Marjorie Williams

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"Marjorie Williams has an incredible gift for profiles--the stories she writes about her subjects, from barbara bush to D.C. socialite, are so nuanced, so detailed and so intimate. The book also has a must-read collection of her columns about being a working woman and mother."
-Bianca Bosker, Senior Editor, Huffington Post Tech

Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
Christiane Northrup

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"It's the body bible for every woman"
-Alana B. Elias Kornfeld, Senior Editor, International Huffington Post Media Group

The Women's Room
Marilyn French

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"The best novel of the women's liberation movement"
-Ann Brenoff, Senior Writer, Huffington Post L.A.

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