Sometimes the best stories are the ones lived out in the real world, where narratives aren’t easily revised and plot holes are harder to get out of once you fall into them. Step into the lives of these extraordinary women as you flip through these must-read memoirs — you might just find your story reflected in their pages.

The Year of Magical Thinking

by Joan Didion

joan didionFrom one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage–and a life, in good times and bad–that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.

 

 

 

The Diary of a Young Girl

by Anne Frank

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Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou

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Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age — and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

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Wild

by Cheryl Strayed

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At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

 

Bird by Bird

by Anne Lamott

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If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a writer, what it means to live a writer’s life, this is for you. Ranging through all aspects of writing — from faith, love and grace to pain, jealousy and fear — Anne Lamott shows you how to keep your eyes open and write about what you see. Then she shows you how to survive by turning to the art of life with bracingly honest humor.

 

 

 

H Is for Hawk

by Helen MacDonald

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The instant New York Times bestseller and award-winning sensation, Helen Macdonald’s story of adopting and raising one of nature’s most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel’s temperament mirrors Helen’s own state of grief after her father’s death, and together raptor and human “discover the pain and beauty of being alive” (People). H Is for Hawk is a genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices.

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I Feel Bad About My Neck

by Nora Ephron

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With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in this candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself. She chronicles her life as an obsessed cook, passionate city dweller, and hapless parent. But mostly she speaks frankly and uproariously about life as a woman of a certain age. Utterly courageous, uproariously funny, and unexpectedly moving in its truth telling, I Feel Bad About My Neck is a scrumptious, irresistible treat of a book, full of truths, laugh out loud moments that will appeal to readers of all ages.

 

The Only Woman in the Room

by Eileen Pollack

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Based on six years interviewing former teachers and classmates, as well as dozens of other women who had dropped out before completing their degrees in science or found their careers less rewarding than they had hoped, Eileen Pollack’s The Only Woman in the Room is a bracingly honest, no-holds-barred examination of the social, interpersonal, and institutional barriers confronting women—and minorities—in the STEM fields. This frankly personal and informed book reflects on women’s experiences in a way that simple data can’t, documenting not only the more blatant bias of another era but all the subtle disincentives women in the sciences still face.

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Furiously Happy

by Jenny Lawson

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In Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest: “I’ve often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that ‘normal people’ also might never understand. And that’s what Furiously Happy is all about.”

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So Sad Today

by Melissa Broder

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Melissa Broder always struggled with anxiety. In the fall of 2012, she went through a harrowing cycle of panic attacks and dread that wouldn’t abate for months. So she began @sosadtoday, an anonymous Twitter feed that allowed her to express her darkest feelings, and which quickly gained a dedicated following. In So Sad Today, Broder delves deeper into the existential themes she explores on Twitter, grappling with sex, death, love low self-esteem, addiction, and the drama of waiting for the universe to text you back. With insights as sharp as her humor, Broder explores — in prose that is both ballsy and beautiful, aggressively colloquial and achingly poetic — questions most of us are afraid to even acknowledge, let alone answer, in order to discover what it really means to be a person in this modern world.

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I Am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

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I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

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In Other Words

by Jhumpa Lahiri

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On a post-college visit to Florence, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri fell in love with the Italian language. Twenty years later, seeking total immersion, she and her family relocated to Rome, where she began to read and write solely in her adopted tongue. A startling act of self-reflection, In Other Words is Lahiri’s meditation on the process of learning to express herself in another language — and the stunning journey of a writer seeking a new voice.

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Orange Is the New Black

Piper Kerman

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With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424 — one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison — why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.


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  1. Bea Hemedez

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  2. Bea Hemedez

    Hii me again lol, probably I’m one or should I say I’m desperately want to win this giveaway so much (badly, I would say) that I don’t know how would I feel if I win this, but I’m just so in love with these “Unfiltered” and “Girl Code” even though I didn’t read it yet, but the comments and the author though, loving them so much. Partly, I want to win this because I’m kind of out of budget (it’s summer vacay tho, that’s why no allowance for student like me) to buy these books that I want, cause c’mon it’s pretty expensive BUT IT’S SO WORTH IT, I VISION IT. That’s why I really want it and part of that I’m so pleased to y’all (fullybooked), I’m telling you it would really means a lot for me to win this. To be honest, I’m not this kind of person that usually joins with this thing, but when I saw that books (giveaway type) I just made my mind to join. Well, there’ll be nothing to change/lose in my life if I gave it a shot, so yeah. This is my chance. I hope this message could work, and wishing again a luck for myself *finger crossed* as always. I have that hundred percent hope that I could win this. Thankyou so so so much for this giveaway. We, bookworms appreciate this opportunity. Again, MORE POWER! xx. #GreatReadsbyGreatWomen

  3. Ma. Sharlene Santos

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  4. Bea Hemedez

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    • Eurika Rana

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  6. Hello there! I’ve been reading books since I was 14 and been loving the companionship of books ever since. I visit your store in sm north every time I go there and always loved how you display your books. I really do want to win those two books you’re giving away especially Unfiltered by Lily Collins, I heard so many great things about this book from my favorite booktubers and I really really really want to read that book. So please please let me win! More power to you and thank you for creating such wonderful opportunities for us bookworms!!!

  7. It is so, so important nowadays that there are much more women in media, be it written or unwritten, than there was, years ago. The world is a very different, and more diverse place now, and it has shaped me so much, as a teenager– I want to see more stories from different perspectives. I want to learn more about these different stories. Both “Unfiltered”, and “Girl Code”, are written by such, strong, independent women, who I look up to for their awesomeness and badassery. And I’m sure they’ve written amazing books. I’m just so happy that I live in a world where I have access to these kinds of books, and where I’m seeing these kinds of stories. And I think it’s beautiful. And I would be so lucky, if I won this raffle. (Also, I really, REALLY want these books. Really.)

    Love, Gab

  8. Reading has always been both a pleasure and learning experience for me. It has definitely shaped who I am today as a person. And because of that, I want to expand my reading picks not only to experience new things, but also learn more lessons about life that can help me widen my perspective. That is why I really want to win this because of your choice of books for the giveaway. I’ve heard great things about Girl Code, and especially Unfiltered! I think these two can definitely help me with my want/need for a new learning experience, and can teach me a lot more about life. Thank you Fully Booked for this chance ❤

  9. Bea Hemedez

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