We asked The Frisky‘s readers for the books that really affected them, both as people and as women. These are their picks, along with some of their thoughts!
A to B and Back Again by Andy Warhol
The private Andy Warhol talks: about love, sex, food, beauty, fame, work, money, success; about New York and America; and about himself–his childhood in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, good times and bad times in the Big Apple, the explosion of his career in the sixties, and life among celebrities.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Vladimir Nabokov called Leo Tolstoyâ€™s Anna Karenina â€œone of the greatest love stories in world literature.â€ Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a rich and complex meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.
“As a piece of literature, virtually every aspect of that book is wonderful; as an example of ‘womenâ€™s literature,’ it is just intensely romantic, politically astute, and I mean, the fashion is unparelled: who didnâ€™t imagine herself in Annaâ€™s perfect black velvet dress?” — Reader
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
A novel for young adults, about a preteen girl in sixth grade who grew up with no religion confronting such problems as buying her first bra, having her first period (not to mention coping with belted sanitary napkins), liking boys, and whether to voice her opinion if it differs from what her girlfriends seem to believe.
“The part where she gets her period is appropriately mortifying.” — Reader
The Babysitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin
In the course of the operation of the Babysitter’s Club, Kristy comes to terms with her mother’s engagement, Stacey confides to her new friends that she has diabetes, Claudia learns to tolerate and even appreciate her gifted older sister, and Mary Anne makes some compromises with her over-protective father.
“I wanted to be Stacy/Claudia. My favorite was the one where they babysit for the racist family.” — Reader
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
Feminist Naomi Wolf argues that women’s insecurities are heightened by unrealistic images of beauty , then exploited by the diet, cosmetic, and plastic surgery industries.
“I read this, and my world view changed. American standards of beauty are crap, and this backs that up. I met Naomi Wolf in October, and I could not stop blubbering about how much I loved it.” — Reader
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