Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant is a bit of a recluse, rarely getting out of the house for anything besides work, buying vodka and frozen pizza at the Tesco, and stalking her new musician crush at his gigs. When she assists her coworker with an elderly man after he has an accident on the street, she finds her world—and her social group—expanding. With new people to talk to, Eleanor is able to combat issues she’s internalized for years in her own quirky way.
The Light We Lost
This novel begins in New York City in the wake of 9/11. It’s a day that changes millions of lives, including Lucy’s. It’s the day she meets her first love, Gabe, who, in the aftermath of tragedy encourages her to follow her own dreams and make her life matter. While the book focuses heavily on their relationship, it also shows how Lucy evolves from an unsure college student to a confident career woman.
Paris for One and Other Stories
Nell is 26 and has never traveled very far from her hometown. Going out of her comfort zone, she decides to plan a weekend vacation to Paris with her boyfriend. The only problem? He doesn’t show up. Rather than canceling her trip, Nell takes a leap of faith and goes on her first solo voyage to The City of Light. With no one she knows there to judge her, Nell begins to take risks she never would have taken at home and explores the city with the fresh eyes of a changed person.
Impossible Views of the World
Museum curator Stella Krakus is finally taking back her life, leaving her husband and moving to Brooklyn as she focuses more on her job at a renowned New York City art museum. When one of her coworkers suddenly goes missing, Stella begins to follow the clues he has left behind, learning more about the museum’s secrets and herself along the way.
Swing Time tells the story of two young girls who meet in dance class, but only one, Tracey, shows real talent. As they grow older, their lives veer in different paths, but dance continues to be a major driver of their personal growth, especially as they discover how deeply rooted their culture is in the rhythm, music, and camaraderie of dance.
Sometimes we spend so much time learning about others and how we can meet their needs, that we lose sight of ourselves. Many of our favorite books feature characters that are on their own paths of self-discovery. Whether you’ve been in this situation before or not, these six books about women finding themselves will empower you to take more control of your own life.
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