I have read some GREAT books recently, and I wanted to share them with you! This month, in light of International Women’s day, I wanted to focus this month on books about women, and these four books really hit that mark. Pick up any one of these for your next read and I promise you will not be disappointed.
Three Women. In order to write this novel, author Lisa Taddeo interviewed women from various backgrounds and religions across six countries. In her novel, Lisa tells the true stories of three different women’s sex lives, and the complications that intimacy brings. It is a brilliant novel about the complexity and fragility of desire from a female perspective. It’s a book about women, for women.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. This book was ADORABLE. When I read the plot blurb, which explains that the novel is essentially about a socially awkward female with a traumatic past who believes she is destined to marry a singer she doesn’t know, I was skeptical, but believe me when I say that this book is worth the hype. It had me laughing out loud and then tearing up from page to page, and is a book I will never forget.
Educated. Of all of the books on this list, I would say that this was the standout. Educated is the memoir of Tara Westover, a woman raised by a survivalist Mormon family in the mountains of Idaho. Against all odds, Westover escapes to attend Cambridge University in London, and has to overcome and come to terms with a childhood full of unimaginable trauma and misinformation. If you’re going to read one book this month, let it be Educated.
Where the Crawdads Sing. I really, really loved this book; there is a reason it topped the New York Times bestseller list for 30 weeks. The novel tells two intertwining stories: one, the childhood of a little girl named Kya growing up in the swamps of North Carolina, and the other, the investigation of the murder of a local boy named Chase Andrews. I won’t give anything away by saying more, but I will say that this was an absolute page-turner, and I would recommend it to anyone.