10 Memoirs Every 20-Something Woman Should Read
Not sure where your life is headed? Unsure which decisions are the right ones to make? Wondering if things could possibly get any more chaotic than they are now? Welcome to the roller coaster ride of reality checks that is your 20s.
While we can't give you directions on how to get through the "defining decade," we can recommend some autobiographical accounts of women who have been there, done that, and lived to write about it. Make room on your reading list, because here are 10 memoirs every 20-something woman should read.
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Yes Please by Amy Poehler
The title of this book pretty much sums up how we felt when first got wind that Amy Poehler was writing a book, with the exception of a few expletives and have a half dozen exclamation points. In this book the funny SNL veteran and Parks and Recreation star anecdotes and advice both humorous and heartfelt, including such quotable gems as:
"I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they 'want to do' and start asking them what they don't want to do. Instead of asking students to 'declare their major' we should ask students to 'list what they will do anything to avoid.'"
"I have the Angelina Jolie of vaginas."
Yes Please will make you laugh, maybe cry, and most definitely realize that you and Amy are kindred spirits destined to be BFFs if only her publicist would return your e-mails. Dammit, Cheryl, why won't you get back to us?
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Look, Tina Fey is practically a god among us. Whether you're a 20-something female, an aspiring comic, a stay-at-home dad, an amputee pirate with one leg, or the co-host of a Japanese game show, you should consider Bossypants your bible. In this book, the former SNL star and 30 Rock creator takes on her personal journey from late-in-life baby to virgin thespian to struggling artist to entertainment success to mother, all the while giving insights on motherhood, comedy, puberty (nature's comedy), women in the workforce, magazine photo shoots, and peeing in jars with men. Here's an excerpt of her take on body image:
"But I think the first real change in women's body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom--Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I'm totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes."
I'm Down by Mishna Wolff
More people have probably heard of comedian Marc Maron than they have his ex-wife, Mishna Wolff, which is real shame because this woman is talented. The writer and humorist who honed her skills at Upright Citizens Brigade and L.A.'s Sit N' Spin, uses it to recounts her early and late adolescence as somewhat displaced white girl with cornrows growing up in a predominately black neighborhood with a father who, incidentally, thinks he's black.
She tackles divorce, family, cultural identity, beauty, and friendships with an endearing wit and real life accounts that make you realize, no it's not just you, everyone's life is a little strange.
"It's dangerous to have an unloaded gun in the house," Dad said. "When you pick this gun up it better be loaded and you better be ready to use it."
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