Herstory Memoir Monday Recommendations

10 Memoirs of successful women

I’m just kidding, these are not memoirs of women who have been successful in the traditional sense of attaining the goals they set for themselves. These are memoirs of women who tried a little of this and a little of that, failed some, succeeded some, and one way or another achieved the impossible or found their dream. Some are women who had a ton and a half of obstacles thrown their way and managed to come out on top.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir - Jenny LawsonBe prepared to laugh so hard your face hearts. I could reread this forever. Add to Goodreads here.You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir - Felicia DayThis is for those days when I’m not sure why I don’t just go do the thing that everyone says I’m so good at it instead of what I’m passionate about. I shouldn’t settle. Add to Goodreads here.
Yes Please - Amy PoehlerSuccess comes with hard work and persistence. It’s never as easy as it looks. Add to Goodreads here.

This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President - Ellen Johnson SirleafSo many challenges to overcome but she did it and was the first woman to be president in Africa. Add to Goodreads here.

Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War - Leymah Gbowee,Carol Mithers

When it comes to showing the untapped leadership potential of women, Gbowee is one of my favorite examples. Add to Goodreads here.

Unbowed - Wangari Maathai

Like Gbowee above, Maathai could not have foreseen as a child what she would have to do when she grew up to accomplish what she did. It wasn’t even a problem yet. Add to Goodreads here.

The Art of Asking - Amanda Palmer

We have to know what we want and be able to ask for it before we can get it, right? Palmer is amazing at it. Add to Goodreads here.

The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure - Rachel FriedmanI never knew that this was even possible let alone the way some people live and see the world. If travel is a dream, check this out. Add to Goodreads here.

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More - Janet MockOkay, maybe Mock is the exception on my last. She did know what she wanted from the beginning and went about getting it meticulously. She would not settle. Add to Goodreads here.

Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family - Najla SaidSaid has a roundabout way of making the things that plague her childhood the center of adulthood. It’s an interesting way to own what makes you different and I just love it. Add to Goodreads here.

 

They’re a fairly diverse group of women but all are memoirs that astounded or inspired me. Success isnt’ always the corner office or the big paycheck. Success is whatever we want it to be and these women found theirs.

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