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5 Nonfiction Books Every Woman in Her Twenties Should Read

Being in your 20s can be exciting, puzzling, and downright daunting for many women. From graduating college and entering the workforce, to finding yourself experimenting with the latest dating app, your 20s can be a hard to manage. Here are five books, written by women, for women, that can help you deal.

 

1. “Hunger” by Roxane Gay

 

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This New York Times best-selling author, known for her grounding breaking collection of essays, Bad Feminist, offers us a close look at body positivity and a critique of a superficial culture obsessed with thinness.

 

What makes this story worth reading, besides its undeniably relatable themes, is the message of perseverance that rings through every word Gay writes. Gay discusses her own struggles with food and body positivity following a traumatic sexual assault that she experienced at the age of 12.

 

Though harrowing and difficult to read at times, this book nonetheless instills the body confidence that every woman in her twenties can benefit from.

 

2. “Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething’s (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood” by Alida Nugent

 

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Brooklyn-native Alida Nugent’s hilarious voice gives energy to essays about the tribulations facing women after graduating college. From dealing with college debt to finding a job, all while second guessing that major you just spent four years studying, Nugent’s book is something every recent graduate can relate to.

 

3. “You Don’t Have To Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Feminism” by Alida Nugent

 

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Nugent returns by tackling even more issues that young women find themselves facing in their twenties including gender equality, racial identity crisis, and female relationships. Acknowledging the pressures that women face, including the gender pay gap, oppressive beauty standards, and hostility from men who don’t understand feminism, Nugent offers empowering words that can help ease the anxiety of fulfilling expected gender roles. These words also allow readers to find the confidence to face their adulthood with ease.

 

4. Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown

 

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Credited with making the term “Adulting” popular amongst millennials, this best-selling author brings us small, yet very much needed tips for stepping into adulthood.

 

From offering advice on how to fill your pantry on a budget, to advice on how to sustain lasting relationships, this informative book teaches women the ins and outs of living as an adult. Though much of her advice is targeted towards recent graduates moving out on their own, Brown’s tips can be helpful to women of any age.

 

5. “Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy” by Ophira Eisenberg

 

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This comedian, whose hilarity was featured in the “Tops” list of New York Times, New York magazine, and the New York Post, brings her witty voice to her debut memoir where she discusses the trials of love, dating, sex, and monogamy throughout adulthood. Eisenberg’s complex, awkward, and triumphant experiences can offer entertainment, relatability, and guidance to many women in their twenties (and older).