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I split this list up into two parts. The first seven are books that I read as a young girl—novels and memoirs that inspired me, moved me, and showed me examples of brave, powerful women that I could learn from. Their stories are rich and memorable, and I grew up reading them over and over again. The rest of the list is filled with books I read (and reread) as I was writing my first and second books. They showed me how to be a better writer and introduced me to wonderful and honest and flawed women. All of the characters, real or imagined, are heroes of mine.
Bookshelf curated by Alida Nugent. Her new book You Don’t Have to Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Feminism is on sale now.