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Prepare for a Literary Shopping Spree: There Are So Many Great Books By Women Coming This Fall

By Megan Angelo

We know we've been loading up your reading list lately — you've got a lot to get through by the end of summer, not to mention your 20s. But having just gone down an Internet research rabbit hole of exciting upcoming releases, we had to share: Fall 2015 is going to be the best season for female-written books in recent history. Here's everything you'll want to read after summer vacation.


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THE HAVING-IT-ALL FILES

"A Window Opens" by Elisabeth Egan, out August 25
Our very own books editor has the last word on what it's like to be a working mom in 2015 — and yes, she's this funny and smart in real life.

"Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family" by Anne Marie Slaughter, out September 29
The author of the seminal Atlantic article about balancing work, love and parenting expounds on those themes.

"Why Not Me?" by Mindy Kaling, out September 15
We already know this excerpt on confidence by heart and can't wait for more.


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THE TRANSPORT-ME TALES

"Girl Waits With Gun" by Amy Stewart, out September 1
It's set in 1914, but its heroine, Constance Kopp, feels about 100 years more modern as she boldly takes on a gang hell-bent on destroying her family.

"Golden Age" by Jane Smiley, out October 20
Pulitzer Prize winner Smiley delivers the final installment of her Langdon family trilogy — and it's set in the heady, big-cell-phone boom world of late '80s finance and politics.


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THE ATHLETE CONFESSIONS

"Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness" by Suzy Favor Hamilton, out September 14
Former Olympian Hamilton gets real about the downward spiral she experienced after leaving the world of competitive track and field — she eventually began a secret life as a Vegas escort.

"Find a Way" by Diana Nyad, out October 20
Nyad, who swam from Florida to Cuba at age 64, tells stories from a life of chasing the impossible.


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THE FAVORITE-AUTHOR RELEASES

"Furiously Happy" by Jenny Lawson, out September 22
The hilarious Lawson somehow makes us giggle while talking frankly about depression and anxiety.

"The Heart Goes Last" by Margaret Atwood, out September 29
Atwood's incredible future-imagining act returns, conjuring a world in which a town's citizens alternate months in comfortable, private homes and prison housing.

"After You" by Jojo Moyes, out September 29
Moyes' sequel to Me Before You finds Lou coping after the loss of Will — and a tragic accident that sends her back home.

"The Clasp" by Sloane Crosley, out October 6
Crosley's witty voice had us rolling in I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number? Her first novel — a total blessing, getting fiction from this girl — follows a group of friends dealing with each other's grown-up personas and searching for a priceless necklace.


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THE KICKASS CELEB MEMOIRS

"Reckless: My Life as a Pretender" by Chrissie Hynde, out September 8
Got brass in pocket, got this book in our bag for sure. Hynde talks men and music in this tell-all.

"Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour" by Amy Robach, out September 29
Good Morning America's Robach was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 — even though her family had no history of the disease. Better covers her treatment and beyond, setting down a truthful, moving story of what it's really like to uncover, experience and fight cancer.

"M Train" by Patti Smith, out October 6
Because Just Kids left everyone screaming "More! More!," Smith writes of her travels, coffee, and how the world has changed in her lifetime.

"My Life on the Road" by Gloria Steinem, out October 27
Steinem connects her wanderlust childhood — her dad took them cross-country every summer — to her tenure as godmother of modern feminism.

"Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir" by Carrie Brownstein, out October 27
This ripe-for-a-movie-adaptation story follows Brownstein from her outsider roots to her punk rock fame.

"Wildflower" by Drew Barrymore, out October 27
Barrymore is all heart, and so is this book, a reflection on her upbringing and outlook.


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THE INSPIRATION KICKSTARTERS

"Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" by Elizabeth Gilbert, out September 22
Essential reading for that little voice in your head that swears you can paint/write/dance/sculpt — Gilbert talks muses and process.

"Brave Enough" by Cheryl Strayed, out October 27
This collection of quotes drawn from Strayed's many works is must-have. A line a day keeps insecurities away.


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THE RBG REPORTS

"Sisters-in-Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World" by Linda Hirshman, out September 1
Vol. I of RBG's literary moment: A formidable-duo account of Ginsburg and O'Connor's climb to and tenure on the Court — as well as great dish on their relationship with each other.

"Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg" by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, out October 27
Vol. II takes its title from the beloved Tumblr and positions Ginsburg as the gutsiest woman in American history.

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THE BOOKS TO LEAVE AROUND THE HOUSE

"My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life" by Ruth Reichl, out September 29
Remember that scene in Bridesmaids where Kristen Wiig's so shattered and sad, she has to make herself feel better by baking a single, perfect cupcake? That's kind of how legendary editor Reichl coped when Gourmet went out of business in 2009. In this book, she weaves together the food that fed her grief and the lessons in strength she learned.

"Home" by Ellen DeGeneres, out October 27
Everything DeGeneres touches turns to gold, and it turns out that home design definitely falls under the category of "everything." This pretty book reveals her secrets to style and renovation. Also, someday when you're rich, you can just take it to your decorator and say: "This. All of it."

Get to know author and MAKER Judy Blume as she shares her story in the video above.

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