Five New Books by Female Authors You Should Read

Mona Awad

While the publishing industry remains dominated by men, the representation of female writers has improved in the recent years. But how many books on your shelf are actually written by women? Here are five books released this year that you could add to your collection, all by women authors!

  • We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly

We Are Unprepared tells the story of a young couple’s marriage that gets tested after they move to a small town with a superstorm forecast. Reilly previously worked for US President Barack Obama as a deputy communications director and for the Environmental Defense Fund as a communicator. With this experience, We Are Unprepared promises a comprehensive environmental and political commentary.

  • Into White by Randi Pink

Into White’s premise is interesting: a black girl’s hope to be white comes true. iBooks commended this novel: “Into White is a sly, quick, and compelling YA book that boldly explores the impact of racism and white supremacy on young minds.”

  • Ladivine by Marie NDiaye

From the widely acclaimed author of Three Strong Women, NDiaye is back with her newest work about trauma captivating three generations of women. NPR’s Jean Zimmerman said, “The sharp-edged writing in Ladivine warrants spending time with her bleak vision… NDiaye demands of the reader the same clear-eyed courage that she employs crafting this haunting, disturbing novel.”

  • 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad

Unapologetically made for women, Awad dissects the culture of female body shaming through the journey of suburban woman Lizzie, who attempts to tackle her body image issues in ways far too familiar for women everywhere. 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl won the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and was named one of the best books of the month by the Huffington Post and Bustle.

  • The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism by Kristin Dombek

Is fiction not your kind of book? Then this one is for you. In this book, essayist Dombek explores how rare clinical diagnosis finds its way to the popular culture sphere, blurring the lines between pathology and regular selfishness.