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Five Books Written By Women You Need On Your Shelf

November is National Novel Writing Month —the perfect time to catch up on recent releases from your favorite female authors! Here are five books from badass women on NYMM’s fall reading list.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Fans of Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale or the 2017 hit Hulu original show will NOT be able to put down this highly anticipated sequel. Read more about Atwood’s feminist dystopian in this article!

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes, the queen of rom-coms who blessed us with the adorable and heart-breaking book Me Before You, strikes gold again with the story of five women and their remarkable journeys through the mountains of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Read this if you need a dose of girl power, female friendship, and true love. It’s even recommended by Reese Witherspoon!

Permanent Record by Mary HK Choi

This addicting New York Times bestseller is a juicy love story between college drop-out Pablo and pop star Leanna. When the unlikely couple meets at 5:00 a.m. during Pablo’s graveyard shift at a Brooklyn bodega, things get complicated. Choi’s sophomore novel is full of complex characters that you won’t be able to get enough of. Pick this up for a modern, social media fueled take on Romeo and Juliet.

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

It’s best to go into this coming-of-age story by veteran novelist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Susan Choi blind, because this novel is stuffed with surprising twists and turns! By the end of your journey with two freshmen in a 1980s performing arts highschool, you won’t know fact from fiction. But trust us, you won’t be disappointed by this whip-smart take on high school drama.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

From the bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love comes a new fun feminist manifesto you need to pick up ASAP! This love story, which is set in the world of 1940s broadway, explores female sexuality. “At some point in a woman’s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time,” Gilbert writes. “After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is.”

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