By Sara Weinreb
This International Women’s Month, let’s be intentional around the media, products, and services we are consuming and opt, where possible, to support women and non-binary makers, creators, writers, and entrepreneurs. Let’s kick things off with a women-written book list! Reading books written by women helps to ensure you are seeing things from a women’s perspective (passively and actively!) and support women who are actively sharing their creative gifts with the world. Here’s a list of women-authored books that have left a lasting impact on me.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: This book has profoundly impacted several women I know, and was a wonderful reminder to me personally to pursue creativity, unapologetically.
How to not always be working by Marlee Grace: An insightful, quick read which helps us to prioritize how we want to live our life, self-care, and more.
The Spirit Almanac by Lindsay Kellner and Emma Loewe: A beautifully illustrated and written guide to season rituals and practices to integrate into your life. I love opening this book and finding a ritual that resonates, or practicing the season activities outlined, depending on how I feel. The exercises are practical, grounded, and just the right amount of woo for me.
Plants for the People by Erin Lovell Verinder: If you are interested in exploring herbalism and plants as medicine, look no further than this beautiful compendium of information on all things plants, herbal medicine making, and connecting with the energies of nature.
Becoming by Michelle Obama: If you haven’t read Michelle Obama’s memoir yet, I couldn’t recommend it more. It’s funny, sad, heartwarming, and a beautiful look into her experience growing up in Chicago, becoming a lawyer, and life as first lady.
Save me the Plums by Ruth Reichl: A candid, funny, and eye-opening look into Ruth’s challenges and triumphs while serving as Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet magazine for a decade.
Farmacology by Daphne Miller: This book, written by a medical doctor seeking information about the health of her patients— was a game-changer for me. Visiting seven farms, Dr. Miller opened my eyes to the synergies of our health and our farming system, and how we are truly interconnected with the earth and the food we eat.
When things fall apart by Pema Chodron: A book of wisdom, comfort, and advice to return to time and time again when you need comfort and guidance during challenging times.
In the company of women by Grace Bonney: If you are looking to learn from successful women and be inspired, look no further than this beautiful collection of “inspiration and advice from over 100 makers, artists, and entrepreneurs.” I love this collection of interviews— it’s so easy to flip through and pick one and learn something new.
I hope you enjoy these books as much as I do, and I’d love to hear your favorites. And be sure to support women and non-binary authors this month and every month!