Consider our summer reading lists done and dusted—it’s officially time to dig into a new batch of reads for fall. Channeling that ~back to school~ spirit, we asked Team Girlboss about the books they’re most excited about ATM—and highly recommend adding to your own reading list this season. From brand new memoirs to a range of historical deep-dives, there’s something for your every bookish mood.
Scroll on to hear from Team Girlboss and more about their latest literary obsessions. Happy reading!
Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith
“I’ve been on quite the memoir kick as of late, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to find out about Patti Smith’s newest memoir, Year of the Monkey. Those similarly enamored with her poetic prose will devour her retelling of remembered and imagined events that took place in 2016, mostly set against a western dreamscape between California and the Arizona desert. It’s my new bring-with-me-everywhere read that I’ve been recommending to anyone who will listen! ” —Alison Ives, Senior Editor
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
“It’s a multi-generational tale of two sisters that so carefully and tenderly examines what it was like to be a woman growing up in the 1950s—showing both how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. To see how the experiences Jo and Bethie go through together, from the touching to the heartbreaking, and how it shapes their relationships long into their adult lives reveals a lot about our own traumas and nuances. And despite the ambitious work, it’s funny, charming, and captivating at every turn. I wasn’t expecting to become so attached to their story, but I’ll be thinking of Jo and Bethie for a really long time.” —Lauren Black, Digital Marketing Manager
Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival by Diane Noomin and intro by Roxane Gay
“It’s a collection of non-fiction stories of women’s sexual violence experiences and how they survived them. I think books like this are really powerful for those that may still be suffering in silence from their trauma and are looking for understanding, support, and a sense of not being alone in their experiences.” —Chanel Portman, Junior Designer
Circe by Madeline Miller
“Miller’s prose is amazing and she held my attention page after page. I’d reread pages because I just loved the prose so much. The characters are wrapped in the ancient Greek pantheon of gods. She creates a beautiful but often painful picture of the goddess Circe’s life.” —Lisa Connelly, Senior Project Manager
Room to Dream by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna
“David Lynch’s nuanced and iconic films have astounded me and left my jaw completely dropped over the years! He’s had a long road while making his films come to life—and this book offers a very rare insight into the mind and private life of one of the world’s greatest filmmakers and a total creative genius. I feel like a movie nerd, but he has an amazing story!” —Camille Chapman, Executive Assistant