Literary

10 Memoirs Every 20-Something Woman Should Read

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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Alison Brosh

If you've ever been on the Internet, you probably already know Alison Brosh. But if you don't already own her book, you should probably get on that. Brosh brings her comedic illustrations, stories, and experiences to the printed page to discuss eclectic range topics including dogs, depression, cake, hot sauce, and growing. It's the literary win-win that pleases both your inner child and your aspiring adult.

"Most people can motivate themselves to do thing simply by knowing that those things need to be done. But not for me. For me, motivation is this horribly, scary game where I try to make myself do something while I actively avoid doing it. If I win, I have to do something I don't want to do. If I lose, I'm one step close to ruining my entire life."

I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee

One our favorite Daily Show correspondents wrote a book a few back and it was everything we hoped it could be in more. Samantha Bee's I Know I Am But What Are You is a collection essays that showcase Samantha Bee's ability to be simultaneously frank and silly, sweet but offensive, and self-deprecating while not really giving two shits what anyone thinks about her.

"For about nine years from the age of 3 until I was 12 or so, Jesus was totally my boyfriend. Not my flesh-and-blood boyfriend, of course, but for a pre-teen, it was close enough. I was a patient person; I knew that one day He would make Himself known to me and we would be able to actualize the throbbing Tiger Beat-style L-U-V we felt for each other."

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" by Lena Dunham

Thanks to already establishing herself as a contemporary female voice in pop culture, Lena Dunham's debut book didn't need much pushing this fall. The 28-year old writer, actress, and producer best recognized for her HBO show, Girls, discusses the situations, challenges, and ideas that she and no doubt many other women have encountered in early adulthood -- everything from college to careers, boyfriends to body image.

"It's okay to ignore the dress code if you're an 'artist.' People will think you're operating on a higher plane and feel suddenly self-conscious."


I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

This may sound like a book for the older ladies, but guess what, young women of America, chances are that one day you will be older ladies. As we speak, your metabolism is slowly packing up its bags and looking for one-way tickets on Travelocity. Which is why it wouldn't hurt to turn to the wise words of Nora Ephron. The late journalist, playwright, producer, really all-around literary talent uses her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck, to discuss feminine trials and triumphs. From looks to love to making it to a certain age, Ephron's book gives readers a firsthand account of what to look forward to, what to watch out for, and what you should know now.

"Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don't take it off until you're thirty-four."

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