You can bend but never break me
‘Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
‘Cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul
– I Am Woman, Helen Reddy
International Woman’s Day, celebrated every year on 8th March, celebrates the spirit of women all around the word. From being a daughter to woman who runs household, we have witnessed a metamorphosis in the role of women in our life.
Today we celebrate woman’s day with books that can inspire you, make you achieve more and give you focus, makes you feel like a woman who is stronger than anything else in this world, stories that aspire you to be invincible and make you feel great to be born this way.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A novel of manners by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice revolves around Elizabeth Bennet, who deals with issues of morality, upbringing, education and marriage in the society of British Regency. You will fall in eternal love with fearsome and independent Elizabeth Bennet, who doesn’t easily bend, even for love. And gives it back to society in her own charming way.
Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling shares personal accounts of her life in this hilarious novel which highlights all issues of the adult life of a woman. From America’s fixation with weight of actresses to set rules of having honey color hair if you are dark skinned, Mindy Kaling mocks them all in Why Not Me?.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
Ifemelu and Obinze are both young and in love. But due to military rule in Nigeria, they realize they can have a better life in The West. Beautiful and self-assured Ifemelu for the first time understands what it means to be black. Obinze tries to join her in the journey, but post 9/11, things have changed. After fifteen years they unite in their homeland Nigeria, with a more passionate love towards each other and their homeland.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
A Chinese American family living in small-town-Ohio, their life revolves around their daughter Lydia. Her parents want to fulfill all her dreams, something which their parents were not able to do. But when Lydia’s body is found near a lake, the delicate balance keeping Lee family alive and wholesome, vanishes. A story that describes delicate relationships in a family, focus sing on relationship of a mother and daughter.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
In funny and insightful essays, Roxanne Gay shares her journey of evolution from a girl to a woman. She also takes readers on a culture ride describing what it feels like to be a colored woman. And not just sharing the journey, she creates a portrait of an incredibly insightful woman, who is trying to improve herself continuously and dealing with societal norms from time to time.
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
A woman who doesn’t want to give up on her child. A child who wants her mother to let go of her, so that she can live the life she had lost because of her. Anna was born to help her sister Kate who is suffering from Cancer. Since the age of five, she was poked with needles and she never questioned why. But now she’s thirteen, and she is not sure what to make out of it? She is in a turmoil where she wants to help her family but doesn’t want to give up rights for her own body..
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream, where she is being chased down at an airport by her gym teacher. Also, she used to dream of being a successful comedian on TV. And now, you can read her amazing story in Bossypants. Where she reveals her most pious and real side. From being in one-sided love in college to experience with breast feeding, Tina Fey bares it all to tell you what it likes to be a woman and you are no one until someone calls you Bossy.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Sometimes you find yourself when you are lost, down at the most bottom pit of your life. After struggling with her mother’s death, life comes to a halt for Cheryl when she founds that her family has shattered and her husband is going to divorce her. After four years of realization that she has nothing more to loose, she decides to go on a hike on Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State all alone. A journey that maddened, strengthened and ultimately healed a woman.
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution. Udayan and Subhash are inseparable, but they have their fate to live. Udayan joins a revolution in Calcutta and Subhash takes a scholarship in America. But when Subhash comes to know that what happened to his brother outside lowland of their house, he comes back to forge the bonds of the family again and heal his wife’s wounds. The suspenseful and sweeping character of Subhash’s wife will make you instantly fall in love with her.
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
World’s greatest war epic, told from the perspective of a woman. Mahabharata from the point of view of Draupadi, whose one curse led to befall of Kaurav Dynasty. From her birth to the day she witnesses her husbands killing their brothers to take vengeance of her insult, the story will keep you enchanted and hooked to this powerful woman, also known as Panchaali.
Sister of my heart by Chitra Banrjee Divakaruni
An exceptionally moving novel about friendship, love and courage between two women. Anju and Sudha were born in opposite families. Anju as a rich brat, Sudha as a middle-class girl with limited dreams and means. But life takes a turn and they both get married in opposite households. Anju is now settled in a middle-class family and Sudha goes to the USA to settle with her husband, but distance doesn’t matter when they need each other to lean on.
Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair
A novel that takes you into the heart of contemporary Indian woman. Akhila, 45 and an income tax clerk, gets once in a lifetime opportunity to travel alone. All her life she was busy playing roles; a daughter, sister, aunt and a provider. But now, she gets a one-way ticket to a seaside town in Kanyakumari and travels in a bogie full of women. She asks them questions which she always wanted to ask, and get surprising answers. A once in a lifetime experience captured in an enchanting story.
My Story by Kamala Das
A bonafide masterpiece by an Indian Author, this book was way ahead of its time, may be this is the reason why it became so controversial. Kamala Das shares her experiences of being a woman in a hypocrite society, the one that prays to a Goddess but practices female foeticide.
The Taj Trilogy by Indu Sundaresan
Mughal Era has been witness to rising of woman power in its courts. From Mehrunnisa, who influenced Jahangir to maker her the Empress of his empire to her daughter, who challenged the norms of society, Taj Trilogy shares with you the golden era where the woman ruled the Mughal dynasty hidden behind curtains.
Pinjar by Amrita Pritam
A girl, who was kidnapped, comes back to her father, But her father refuses to take her back, coming under society pressure. She then bounces back in her life, and the day comes when she faced with her past again. She helps in the relocation of a girl whose family is not ready to accept her. By helping her, she seals her wounds, wounds which society gave her for being a woman years ago.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Kathryn Stockett creates three beautiful soul and powerful women, who come together to make a movement towards change. The movement which will change the very fabric of woman living in their society. A masterpiece depicting stories of black maids in Jackson Missipi, who fought against prejudice and racism using the power of writing.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
What does Feminism mean today? A question which became the essence of this book. Chimamanda questions all kinds of practises and women empowerment to makes us understand where exactly the world stands on the question of feminism. Do we really need it? Is it a hoax? Or who should benefit from it. A mesmerising book that shares the evolution of feminism with you.
Confessions Of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Because we are woman and we love to shop! Full stop! Becky Bloomwood has everything; An apartment in London, socialite friends and a wardrobe which is always up to date. The only problem, she cannot afford any of this, thanks to her problem of being a shopaholic. She tries everything, from earning more to saving to freezing her credit cards, but she only feels better of a situation when she buys something, something little which eventually converts into a big credit card bill.
Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
A delicious novel about the worst boss out of worst bosses of all the world! Andrea Sachs lands a job at Runaway Fashion Magazine, a job that millions girl would kill for. She changes everything for the job, herself, her lifestyle, her taste in clothes and her focus and goals too. But when she starts losing people around her, she realises that she is not the same girl anymore, who wanted to change the world instead of changing herself for a job that doesn’t want to die for.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
A classic American Masterpiece about a girl coming of age at the turn of the century, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn revolves around the life of Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg. Heartbreaking, sublime and uplifting the spirit of a woman, the book has been read by millions and inspires women all around the world to fight and survive in odd situations.
Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
Enter the world of Carrie Bradshaw, where she decodes the sexual life of New Yorkers in a hilarious way and removes covers from the weirdest mating habits! Carrie Bradshaw, who writes about love and sex, is looking for her Mr. Big in all wrong places. When she is not occupied with her quintessential writing, she hangs out her girl gang; Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda and spends money on the second love of her life, Shoes.
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
A deep penetration into darkest and harrowing corners of the human psyche, Sylvia Plath shares journey of Esther Greenwood, who is brilliant in every aspect of her life. But she is slowly going under, giving it up day by day. An enchanting story that makes you dive into the sorrow of Esther.
Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
A woman’s journey through mental illness and recovery. Susanne Kaysen lands into a psychiatric ward of a hospital after a session with her psychiatrist. For two years, she lives in a parallel world full of kaleidoscopic images of her life. A heart-wrenching journey in which a woman appears to be a winner against all odds.
In case you have come across any other extraordinary book sharing the essence of a woman, feel free to share with us.
A very happy Woman’s Day from Shabd Studio. 🙂