Book: We Should All Be Feminists
Author: Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
#blurb: What does “feminism” mean today?In this personal, eloquently argued essay – adapted from her much-admired Tedx talk of the same name – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now – an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
Author: Michelle Obama
#blurb: In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations – and whose story inspires us to do the same.
Book: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
#blurb: When Elizabeth Bennet meets Fitzwilliam Darcy for the first time at a ball, she writes him off as an arrogant and obnoxious man. He not only acts like an insufferable snob, but she also overhears him rejecting the very idea of asking her for a dance! As life pits them against each other again and again, Darcy begins to fall for Elizabeth’s wit and intelligence and Elizabeth begins to question her feelings about Darcy. But when Darcy saves her youngest sister Lydia from a scandal, Elizabeth starts to wonder if her pride has prejudiced her opinion of Darcy. Through this tale about two warring hearts, Jane Austen weaves a witty satire about life in eighteenth century England. And though it was published more than two centuries ago, Pride and Prejudice continues to enthrall readers to this very day.
A beautiful classic leather-bound edition, this book is perfect as keepsake.
Book: The Diary Of A Young Girl
Author: Anne Frank
#blurb: The Holocaust was one of the most horrendous and terrible eras in history. Innumerable books have been written describing the horrors of the Holocaust; but nothing beats the documentation of a family who had gone into hiding in the diary of a little girl, Anne Frank. Honest, lucid and empathetic; The Diary of A Young Girl deserves a read by everyone who has ever questioned mental strength of humans and also by those who cannot come to terms with the cruelties that could be inflicted by humans upon fellow humans. The first entry in the diary is on June 12, 1942 by Anne Frank, who had received it as a birthday present and the entries in the diary end abruptly on 1 August, 1944.
Book: I am Malala
Authors: Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
#blurb: Written by one defiant young women who stood up to the mounting atrocities of terrorist Taliban, this book describes the journey of a simple Pakistani girl from Swat Valley who stood up for a basic right to education that nearly cost her, her life.
In order to teach her a lesson and to shut up every spark of revolution against the Taliban, the terrorist organisation shot Malala right in the head, at point-black range, but she survived the murderous attach.
In simple words and stunning prose, this book takes the reader on the extraordinary journey that Malala has taken from a remote village in Northern Pakistan to the posh halls of United Nations. A symbol of bravery, she has become a global icon for peace and human rights, and is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, ever in history.
Published by Orion Publishing Group, this is a bestselling memoir of the youth icon who fought all odds to stand by the right. It was even accorded as the non-fiction book of the year in 2014, when it was first published.
Book: The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
#blurb: Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver . . .
There’s Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.
Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they’d be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell..
Book: The Namesake
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
#blurb: Join Ashima in her journey through complex Indian situations
Namesake is the brainchild of Jhumpa Lahiri. The story unfolds with Ashima’s grandmother coming to know that Ashima is pregnant. She was very excited when she came to know this and extremely happy as well on the fact that she would have the opportunity to name the family’s first Sahib. As the story unfolds, Ashima and her husband Ashok have yet not decided a name for their baby until a letter arrives from their grandmother.
Join Gogol as he faces the stigma of his name and the situations that he faces
Ashima’s father sends a letter to Baby Boy Ganguli, actually putting up the name as ‘baby boy’. But the American bureaucracy demands a name. In a hurry, they put the name ‘Gogol’ not realizing the harsh consequences that this name would have in the future. As time passes, Gogol is raised in suburban America. As he grows, he finds his name ridiculous and is reluctant to us it. His awkward name twitches him. He decides to leave behind the inherited values of Bengali lifestyle and starts on his path to find a good life and comes face to face with conflicting loyalties, love and loss along the way.
Will Gogol survive the torture and make a name for himself?
Gogol finds his way through complex situations and still dreams of a perfect life. Grab the book to find out how he goes along his path and will he survive with the stigma of his name?
Book: Harry Potter series
Author: Joanne Kathleen Rowling
#blurb: Harry potter series needs no introduction. Harry is an orphan, living with his Muggle uncle and aunt in England. He is a gifted wizard who finally goes to the place he belongs to- Hogwarts School of wizards and witchcraft. He meets many other young wizards. Two of them become his close friends – Ron and Hermione. The trio spends their years in Hogwarts fighting evil powers of Lord Voldemort. Harry Potter’s mentor Dumbledore, one of the most powerful wizards ever and his godfather-Sirius Black helps him throughout the series. Severus Snape is one of the most mysterious characters around. They also have to fight their evil classmates like Draco. Through these seven books, Rowling paints a picture of the time these kids spend at the Hogwarts School. They go through tremendous adventures and good and bad moments bring them close and they become the best of friends. Through these years, they solve centuries old mysteries, fight dragons and spiders and brave attacks of the Death eaters. Voldemort and his army of death eaters come up against Harry Potter and his army of students and teachers of the Hogwarts, supported ably by the Order of Phoenix. In the seventh book, Harry, Ron and Hermione, with help from the members of the Order of the Phoenix and many of the teachers and students, defend Hogwarts from Voldemort. Will they be successful? What all will they go through? How does this series end?
Book: My Sister’s Keeper
Author: Jodi Picoult
#blurb: In all thirteen years of Anna’s life, her parents have never given her a choice: she was born to be her sister Kate’s bone marrow donor and she has always given Kate everything she needs.
But when Anna is told Kate needs a new kidney, she begins to question how much she should be prepared to do to save the older sibling she has always been defined by. So Anna makes a decision that will change their family forever – perhaps even fatally for the sister she loves.
Book: Six Of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
#blurb: Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist: break into the Ice Court – a military stronghold that has never been breached – and retrieve a hostage whose knowledge could change Grisha magic forever. To succeed would mean rich beyond his wildest dreams – but he can’t pull it off alone. A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Together they might just be unstoppable if they don’t kill each other first.
Book: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
#blurb: Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.
Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.
A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
Book: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
#blurb: Gone Girl centers its story about Nick and Amy Dunne’s strained marriage relationship. Nick used to work as a journalist, but loses his job. With his broke financial status, Nick decides to relocate from New York City to his smaller home town, North Carthage. In an attempt of recovering from his financial deprivations, Nick opens a bar using the money from his wife. Nick runs the bar along with his twin sister Margo, providing a decent living for his family. But, as they days go by, his marriage with Amy is falling apart slowly. Amy resents her new life.
On a summer morning in Missouri, when Nick and Amy are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary along with their relatives and acquaintances, Amy goes missing. Police’s eyes turn towards Nick as an act of suspicion, since Nick used Amy’s money for his business and their relationship is strained. As the police delve into the investigation, different shades of stories come out from Nick’s and Amy’s sides. The suspense of the book is carried until the actual information is demystified
Book: P.S I Love You
Author: Cecelia Ahern
#blurb: P.S. I Love You is an uplifting debut book of the author, Cecilia Ahern. It is a sweet and simple love tale that revolves around childhood sweethearts, Holly and Gerry. They always knew that they are soul mates and are destined to be together. This is evidenced through the fact that they could complete each others’ sentences. And after fighting they would just laugh it off and be normal and loving. None of their folks could envisage them without each other.
But this love saga takes an unfortunate turn, when it is found that Gerry is suffering from brain tumor. Gerry’s unfortunate death ruins Holly. On her 30th birthday, Gerry joins her back in the form of a bunch of love notes that he has left for her for each coming month after his death. He is close to her even after his demise. Through his beautiful loving notes, he tenderly directs her new being without him. Every note of his is signed ‘P.S. I Love You’.
Slowly and steadily, Holly becomes joyful and challenged with reading each of his notes. Gerry, who knows Holly better than anyone else, teaches and guides her that no matter what the circumstances are, LIFE GOES ON…
Holly also finds help and support in her loud and affectionate family and her friends too stand by her side. She laughs, cries and sings through the ongoing years. She believes that everybody should have a Guardian Angel to protect them in one form or the other. She realizes that Life is for Living. This beautiful love story saw the ‘light of the day’ in 2005 and is available in Paperback form. The book can be ordered online at Amazon India.
Book: The Sun Is Also A Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny.
Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him.
Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations.
Never the poet. Or the dreamer.
But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store―for both of us.
Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
Of all the books mentioned above i have read most of them and the rest i own but i am yet to dive in. But all the books are worth reading and will leave a mark once you are done with. So don’t forget to pick up the books next time..Happy Women’s Day
2 thoughts on “Celebrating Women’s Day – Some Amazing Books By Women Authors”
Wow. Great post. I absolutely love reading Cecelia Ahern and many others you mentioned 🙂
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