Before Women’s History Month comes to a close, we’d like to share a short list of books that women of all shapes, creeds and ethnicities should consider reading. Although we can suggest All-American classics like Gone with the Wind and The Awakening, we’d like to step outside of that framework and, instead, recommend a bevy of other books not always referred to. The catalog includes poetry, biography, non-fiction, history and erotica. Peep the rundown:
A book nothing short of phenomenal, Sula is about female friendship, betrayal and redemption. It boasts a moving novel that follows the lives of two black heroines –– from their growing up together in a humble Ohio town, through their starkly dissimilar paths to womanhood.
EAT, PRAY, LOVE
A woman’s fervent search for everything across three countries that all start with the letter ‘I’: Italy, India and Indonesia. Eat, Pray, Love is a 2006 memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert. The narrative chronicles the author’s trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels.
The absorbing biographical work of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is written by Hayden Herrera and exhibits a woman of supreme allure, originality and feminism; an artist whose sensual spirit originated in her own experiences –– her childhood near Mexico City, during the Mexican Revolution.
100 LOVE SONNETS
Backdropped by the sea and winds, white sands and wild flowers, Pablo Neruda’s 100 Love Sonnets is a collection of love poems dedicated to the poet’s wife, Matilde Urrutia de Neruda. It eloquently reads as a testament to everlasting love that will inspire all of its readers to love better.
DELTA OF VENUS
A volume that’ll have you forget 50 Shades of Grey. Delta of Venus is an exceptionally written erotica by Anaïs Nin, an all-time heroine to some. It’s an essential read, even if you’re nervous or squeamish about literary sex.