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Beyoncé Wants Everyone to Read This Book

Beyoncé Wants Everyone to Read This Book

By Lindsey Lanquist 

Drop everything and alert the BeyHive. Beyoncé just opened up about the book that’s inspired her to become the woman she is today. No, it’s not "Soul Survivors: The Official Autobiography of Destiny's Child." And it's not "Becoming Beyoncé" either. The book that holds the key to Beyoncé's success is actually Marianne Schnall's "What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?"

The book, which was originally published in 2013, is a collection of interviews from and essays by influential women. Schnall hoped to answer her 8-year-old daughter’s question, "Why haven't we ever had a woman president?" by gathering diverse perspectives on the issue. According to Bey, reading the thoughts of powerful women like Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, and Melissa Etheridge will "inspire you to become a better leader."

"I would love for my younger fans to read [it]," Beyoncé told Garage magazine in a recent interview. The singer also talked to Garage about her "biggest hero" in life, mom Tina Knowles, and what it feels like to finally be her own boss. "I no longer have to work based on someone else’s expectations of pressure," she said. "I love being 100 percent involved with all my projects, and now I’m fortunate enough to do that." The issue with the full-length interview will hit stands mid-March and is available for pre-order now on Garage‘s website. In the meantime, those of you hoping to reach Beyoncé-level HBIC status can dive into your new favorite book. Copies of Schnall’s Bey-approved book are available online for less than $15. Let the required reading begin.

In the meantime, those of you hoping to reach Beyoncé-level HBIC status can dive into your new favorite book. Copies of Schnall’s Bey-approved book are available online for less than $15. Let the required reading begin.

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