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10 Empowering Books Every Woman Should Read

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Let me guess, you're looking for a little enlightenment right now. Perhaps you've had too many broken hearts, changed enough diapers, or become bored with your daily routine. Thanks to these amazing authors, you'll be affirmed in your journey as a woman, encouraged to reach for success, and inspired to welcome love back into your life.

Pull yourself out of the rut and pick up one of these powerful reads that are written for you:

1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

This is a best seller on Amazon, so that should give you some idea how good it is. The late author was a fountain of wisdom and a great example of overcoming hardship in life. Read this book to remember that "your best years have yet to come."

2. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

If you loved Eat, Pray, Love, you'll fall for this book by the same author! Motivate yourself to reach your artistic goals with this exciting and encouraging reflection on creativity and what it takes to be your best.

3. I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

What's the best way to get through life? Laugh often. Nora Ephron filled this book with her dry sense of humor as she extolled the good, bad, and ugly parts of life and aging. You won't be able to put it down.

4. Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year by Anne Lamott

You've got through your first pregnancy and the baby is born. Now the real adventure happens. If you have no idea what you're doing, you're like every other mother who's ever lived. Anne Lamott's book will help you laugh through difficult times and realize you're not in this alone.

5. The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

Our ideas about what's beautiful have been warped by popular opinion and the media for so long, that not many women feel beautiful anymore. Uncover the lies you believe with this powerful book about body image issues.

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6. Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski

How can one get ahead as a woman in the world? In this powerful book, the author exposes the truth about how to be a successful career woman through the lives of real-life women who made it.

7. Now Go Out There by Mary Karr

Goals are often put aside not for lack of time, but lack of motivation. Mary Karr's book is about facing your fears and making mistakes. Being curious and open will help you grow and reach your highest potential. Read it!

8. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen

What's a book that combines Meryl Streep and living life as a woman? Amazing! Read this book to follow the experience of growing up, getting married, becoming a mother, and losing people along the way.

9. A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

Do you feel frazzled and overwhelmed all the time? Marianne Williamson writes about how to achieve inner peace and bring love back into our lives in relationships, jobs, and personal health.

10. Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie

This isn't your typical self-help book. With true grace and insight, it attacks the notion that as women we need to be everything for everybody.