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Must-Read Memoirs Featuring Confident Women

Must-Read Memoirs Featuring Confident Women

We welcome you to your strong girl era!

Strength doesn’t come from just physical. It’s mental determination to defy the odds that are stacked up against you. With great strength comes confidence and with confidence comes success. We see you out there grinding and working your butts off. Sometimes our role models can give us the best inspiration. Take a glance at these memoirs featuring confident women with names you are definitely familiar with such as Ronda Rousey, Jada Pickett Smith, and more. Learn how they overcame obstacles and persevere through to reach their ultimate accomplishments.

So lift your pretty head up and move forward with confidence.

9 Memoirs featuring Confident Women:


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The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times

by Michelle Obama

#1 NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER – In an inspiring follow-up to her acclaimed memoir Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world.

There may be no tidy solutions or pithy answers to life’s big challenges, but Michelle Obama believes that we can all locate and lean on a set of tools to help us better navigate change and remain steady within flux. In The Light We Carry, she opens a frank and honest dialogue with readers, considering the questions many of us wrestle with: How do we build enduring and honest relationships? How can we discover strength and community inside our differences? What tools do we use to address feelings of self-doubt or helplessness? What do we do when it all starts to feel like too much?






isbn: 9780593801345,template: list

Coming Home

by Brittney Griner

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – From the nine-time women’s basketball icon and two-time Olympic gold medalist–a raw, revelatory account of her unfathomable detainment in Russia and her journey home.

On February 17, 2022, Brittney Griner arrived in Moscow ready to spend the WNBA offseason playing for the Russian women’s basketball team where she had been the centerpiece of previous championship seasons. Instead, a security checkpoint became her gateway to hell when she was arrested for mistakenly carrying under one gram of medically prescribed hash oil. Brittney’s world was violently upended in a crisis she has never spoken in detail about publicly–until now.









isbn: 9780062825230,template: list

Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk

by Kathleen Hanna


Hey girlfriend I got a proposition goes something like this: Dare ya to do what you want

Kathleen Hanna’s band Bikini Kill embodied the punk scene of the 90s, and today her personal yet feminist lyrics on anthems like “Rebel Girl” and “Double Dare Ya” are more powerful than ever. But where did this transformative voice come from?

In Rebel Girl, Hanna’s raw and insightful new memoir, she takes us from her tumul-tuous childhood to her formative college years and her first shows.








isbn: 9781668056585,template: listAmbition Monster: A Memoir

by Jennifer Romolini

“Entertaining and highly relatable.” —The New York Times 

A deeply personal memoir about workaholism, the addictive nature of ambition, and the humbling process of picking yourself up when the world lets you down–an anti-girlboss tale for our times for readers of Drinking: A Love Story and Uncanny Valley.

After years of relentlessly racing up the professional ladder, Jennifer Romolini reached the kind of success many crave: a high-profile, C-suite dream job, a book well-received enough that reporters wanted to know the secrets to her success, and a gig traveling around the country giving speeches on “making it.” She had a handsome and clever husband, a precocious child. But beneath this polished surface was a powder keg of unresolved trauma and chronic overwork. It was all about to blow.






isbn: 9781335455079,template: listI Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: (But I’m Going to Anyway)

by Chelsea Devantez



There are things Chelsea Devantez probably shouldn’t be telling you. Many of them are in this book: some are embarrassing (like when she tried to break her three year spell of celibacy using a guide of seduction tips). Some are confessional (getting sentenced to the “hell hill” at Mormon church camp). Some are TMI (a series of outrageous doctor visits that ended with one doctor misdiagnosing her as “pregnant.” Woopsies!).








isbn: 9780063309869,template: listWoman of Interest: A Memoir

by Tracy O’Neill

MOST ANTICIPATED READ and MUST READ OF 2024: The Millions, LitHub, Esquire, BookRiot, Bustle, Vulture, Boston Globe, Brit & Co, Southern Living

A National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Honoree 

In 2020, Tracy O’Neill began to rethink her ideas of comfort and safety. Just out of a ten-year relationship and thirtysomething, she was driven by an acute awareness that the mysterious mother she’d never met might be dying somewhere in South Korea.

After contacting a grizzled private investigator, O’Neill took his suggested homework to heart when he disappeared before the job was done, picking up the trail of clues and becoming her own hell-bent detective.







isbn: 9781538757376,template: list

Our Fight: A Memoir

by Ronda Rousey


From New York Times bestselling author and trailblazing athlete Ronda Rousey, an unfiltered chronicle of loss, resilience and finding meaning in life’s journey.

From the moment she burst onto the MMA scene, Ronda Rousey was unbeatable. She repeatedly strung together back-to-back flawless victories, racking up a collection of records and forever changing the face of sports as the UFC’s first female champion. A superstar in her sport, she transcended athletics, appearing in blockbuster films and becoming a role model for women everywhere. Then, on November 15, 2015, it all came crashing down.







Worthyisbn: 9780063320680,template: list

by Jada Pinkett Smith

The New York Times Bestseller

Parade magazine must-read books by celebrities

Jada Pinkett Smith was living what many would view as a fairy-tale of Hollywood success. But appearances can be deceiving. As she felt more and more separated from her sense of self, emotional turmoil took hold. Sparing no detail, Worthy chronicles her life–from a rebellious youth running the Baltimore streets as an observer and participant in the drug trade, to the deep bond she shared with Tupac Shakur from the moment they met, to her move to Los Angeles and the successful career she built on her own terms, to becoming the wife of superstar Will Smith and mother to Jaden, Willow and bonus-mom to Trey . Worthy is a  rollercoaster from the depths of suicidal depression to the heights of self-acceptance and spiritual healing. It  is a woman’s journey to finding herself again.








isbn: 9781668023778,template: listThird Gilmore Girl: A Memoir

by Kelly Bishop

A candid and captivating memoir from award-winning and beloved actress Kelly Bishop, spanning her six decades in show business from Broadway to Hollywood with A Chorus Line, Dirty Dancing, Gilmore Girls, and much more.

Kelly Bishop’s long, storied career has been defined by landmark achievements, from winning a Tony Award for her turn in the original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line to her memorable performance as Jennifer Grey’s mother in Dirty Dancing. But it is probably her iconic role as matriarch Emily in the modern classic Gilmore Girls that cemented her legacy.


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