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25 Books Every Woman Should Read

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25 Books Every Woman Should Read

By Leigh Haber and Michelle Hart via https://www.oprahmag.com

How many of these are in your library?

Women may not yet run the world but we do make for some of the most intriguing characters. Who are some of the most compelling all-time heroinesreal-life or fictional—ever to captivate our readerly imaginations? O’s Books Editor Leigh Haber, and Assistant Editor Michelle Hart offer their take on some of the best books every woman should read, a mix of classic and contemporary works that satisfy the bibliophile’s desire for total immersion.

1. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Wharton became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with her 1920 novel about an upper class young couple whose impending marriage is threatened by the appearance of the sheltered bride-to-be’s worldly, seductive cousin. In the Martin Scorsese-directed movie, Winona Ryder played the fiancée, Michelle Pfeiffer the potential home-wrecker, and Daniel Day-Lewis the man they both love.

2. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

t’s impossible to fathom the sheer number of women—young, old, or in-between—whose own feminist awakenings were spurred by Kate Chopin’s indisputable classic. The ballad of Edna Pontellier sings of the caged-bird claustrophobia caused by societal expectations, and laments  …

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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