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Best Books For Women

Posted: Updated: 08/15/2012 3:53 pm

Beach Reads

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

A Room Of One's Own
Virginia Woolf


-Zoë Triska, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Books

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


"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


"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


-Lori Leibovich, Executive Lifestyle Editor, Huffington Post

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


-Laura Schocker, Associate Editor, Huffinton Post Healthy Living

The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath


-Lori Leibovich, Executive Lifestyle Editor, Huffington Post

Tina Fey


-Lori Leibovich, Executive Lifestyle Editor, Huffington Post

Judy Blume


-Zoë Triska, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Books

Fear Of Flying
Erica Jong


"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


-Farah Miller, Managing Editor, Huffington Post Parents

Frida: A Biography Of Frida Kahlo
Hayden Herrera


-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


"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


"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


-Jessica Prois, Editor, Huffington Post Impact

The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood


"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


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

Marilynne Robinson


-Zoë Triska, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Books

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


"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


"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


-Zoë Triska, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Books

The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold


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

Madame Bovary
Gustave Flaubert


-Zoë Triska, Associate Editor, Huffington Post Books

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


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


Filed by Nina Bahadur  |