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5 Must-Read Books: Summer Edition

A peek at the fierce picks and juicy page-turners we’re currently devouring

By Womaness Editors     2-Minute Read

Random House Must-Read BooksFrom intellectual reads to self-love guides to the spiciest of romances, we’ve got you covered all summer long.


5 Must-Reads You'll Love:


1. Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman

In this sexy and engrossing novel (already a national bestseller), Chani Horowitz, a restless young journalist with big dreams, interviews Hollywood heartthrob and her number one celebrity crush Gabe Parker—and reunites with him ten years later to discover exactly how he feels about her. Spoiler alert: You won’t be able to put this one down.


2. Acts of Service by Lillian Fishman

When every other review uses the word “electrifying” to describe a new book, um, you might want to immediately open to chapter one. This raw, racy debut novel by Lillian Fishman explores desire, sexual freedom, seduction, and power through the eyes of Eve, an impulsive twentysomething New Yorker posting a nude photo online—and soon finding herself in an affair with Olivia and her enthralling partner, Nathan. Our co-founder (and avid reader) Michelle calls this one “a look at the moral fluency of relationships in today’s modern world."


3. Body Talk: How to Embrace Your Body and Start Living Your Best Life by Katie Sturino

“Your body is not the problem.” This was the message that changed Katie Sturino’s life—and her illustrated guide-meets-workbook Body Talk exists to help you stop obsessing about your body issues, too. The ultimate goal? To help you spend less time thinking about how you look and what you eat and more time discovering your inner fierceness. (We are IN.)

4. Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD

Originally published more than three decades ago—and still a force today—Women Who Run With Wolves is essential reading for every woman you know. Examining the layers of meaning behind the intercultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories of “wild women” across the ages, Dr. Estés’ work helps you reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary characteristics of your untamed, instinctual nature.

5. Buy Yourself the F*cking Lillies: And Other Rituals to Fix Your Life, from Someone Who's Been There by Tara Schuster

A brutally honest story from a former Comedy Central vice president (actor/filmmaker Jordan Peele called her “ahead of her time”), this often hilarious book details hard-won lessons in learning to care for yourself. This is the book so many of us need: a candid, hysterical, addictively readable, practical guide to growing up (no matter where you are in life) and learning to love yourself, in the non-cheesiest way possible.

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