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8 Real Life Stories by Women to Move You this Summer

These women will leave you awestruck!

From Our Friends at BookSparks

There is nothing like a brilliant reminder that girls run the world. Some of 2016’s hottest reads stem from the endlessly inspiring, astoundingly brave and soul-moving experiences of women. Here are six real life stories by some of the publishing world’s most talented female voices that will finish off your summer with literary fireworks. 

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae 

YouTube sensation Issa Rae unabashedly shares an intimate collection of essays detailing her navigation of internet society as a totally uncool, Becky-with-the-bad-hair black girl. From cybersexing, rapping and the disadvantages of being an introvert, Issa Rae will leave readers LOL-ing with her unapologetic honesty and wit. 

Accidental Soldier by Dorit Sasson 

While most of us were working on our beer pong shot accuracy in college, Dorit Sasson ditched the university experience for the battlefield. In this spectacular new memoir, Accidental Soldier details one exceptionally amazing woman’s courageous decision to embark on the journey of a female soldier in the Israel Defense Forces. This vibrant portrait about discovering hope and strength in a war zone will leave every female reader empowered.  

In The Country We Love By Diane Guerrero 

From the talent behind a beloved Orange is the New Black character comes a heartfelt memoir about the “worst case scenario” for undocumented immigrants in America: deportation. Diane Guerrero was only 14 years old when her parents were deported back to Mexico — a surprise no child wants to come home to after school. Guerrero shares her bittersweet struggle of surviving the heartbreak of a broken family and finding the inner strength to continue her education and fight for her dreams in spite of it. 

You’ll Grow Out Of It by Jessi Klein

Charming, relatable and as candid as it gets, beloved comedic talent Jessi Klein doesn’t restrain herself when detailing her awkward progression from insecure tomboy to a confident modern feminist. You’ll Grow Out Of It reminds us that even the hilariously embarrassing stages of life are the crucial formative years which help shape unapologetic and influential female voices.

(R)evolution by Girls Write Now

If Lena Dunham is behind this book, you know it’s going to be dripping with radiance. Dubbed by the White House as one of the nation’s best after-school arts programs, Girls Write Now works to empower young and disadvantaged female writers in NYC to explore their full writing potential. The result? (R)evolution, one of the most moving collections of poetry and prose to ever hit book-stands.  

Every Frenchman Has One by Olivia de Havilland 

This sensational memoir originally published in 1962 is being re-released in honor of the iconic author’s centennial birthday, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Oscar-winning actress and golden age starlet Olivia de Havilland continues enlighten modern females to the wicked secrets of the French culture, and we aren’t talking mistresses and affairs. Chapter by delicious chapter, Havilland hilariously divulges her compellingly humble experiences navigating old French society as a woman in the late 1950’s – which isn’t all warm croissants, Chanel bags and chic berets.

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer 

Amy Schumer’s memoir isn’t any ordinary reading experience; it’s more like putting on a onesie and eating ice cream in bed with your best friend. From her family and awkward teenage years to failed relationships sexual experiences that make you want to hide under a rock and never resurface, Hollywood’s reigning comedic queen bares it all. This hear-felt, hilarious, harrowing, raw and brave memoir will make your intense woman crush for Amy Schumer reach the summit of unhealthy.   

In the Game by Peggy Garrity

This deeply inspiring story starts with a convent-bound Midwestern Irish Catholic girl with big dreams – the recipe for an amazing journey. Determined to escape her fate and disrupt the male-dominated judicial system, Peggy Garrity reinvents herself as one of LA’s most prominent lawyers and propels herself to courtroom fame by taking on the country’s most scandalous murder cases. This astounding tale of one single mother’s success in breaking the molds of discrimination will leave readers awed by Garrity’s bravery and relentless spirit.