Literary

10 Memoirs Every 20-Something Woman Should Read

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Is Everyone Handing Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Whether you're a fan of Mindy Kaling or not, you can at least admit you've thought at least once, "Is everyone hanging out without me?" The former The Office actor and star / creator of the Mindy Project gives a funny, honest depiction of her dorky childhood, her post-graduate early 20s trying to make it as an entertainer in New York, and the struggles and truths she's come to face even as a successful adult.

In this book, Kaling's not attempting to be wise or insightful, she's just being herself. Her voice comes across strong and her opinions read both relatable and refreshingly entertaining.

"You should know I disagree with a lot of traditional advice. For instance, they say the best revenge is living well. I say it's acid in the face -- who will love them now?"

Some Girls by Jillian Lauren

Okay, maybe being in a harem isn't something that every 20-something girl can relate to, but it sure does make for an interesting read. While Jillian Lauren may lead an interesting life as a former stripper/escort/D-film actress turned mother, author, and wife of Weezer bass guitarist Scott Shriner, her early days started out just like any typical middle class American girl.

Some Girls documents the story of one girl coming into her own, exploring sexuality, independence, and the world and she opts for less traditional paths in life, ultimately landing her in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei. Some Girls aims to challenge the ideas of gender roles and propriety, of what is right and what is expected for young women.

"I've always liked rooms where the party hasn't started yet. . . I love the feeling that anything could happen. After the party, when anything already has happened, there's usually the inevitable fact to face that anything wasn't all you'd hoped it to be."

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