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By Women, for the World

By Brenda Melara

March is here, which means it is officially Women’s History Month! Take this special occasion to celebrate some of the greatest female narratives and reflect on why this month is so special.

1. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

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For those inspired by real life stories, Michelle Obama shares her experiences and life achievements in “Becoming.” From her time as a student to the White House and beyond, she guides readers through the journey that led her to become who she is now. In a life filled with accomplishments, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. “Becoming” is a deeply personal story that will inspire you to defy all expectations!

2. “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

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During this Women’s History Month, “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott is a true classic that couldn’t miss this list. This story follows the March sisters Amy, Meg, Jo and Beth as they grow up, face great loss, find love and struggle to make their place in the world. This classic novel portrays multiple strong women who, in spite of their differences, will do anything to help each other. Before watching the new movie “Little Women,” you can’t go wrong with reading this true classic!

3. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

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This coming of age memoir tells the story of Tara Westover and her fight to get an education. Westover recounts growing up with a family of survivalists isolated in the mountains of Idaho and without any formal education. So she decides to risk it all and goes above and beyond to achieve her dreams. It is a story so intense you can hardly believe it actually happened!

4. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

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Starr is a girl constantly divided by her two lives. On one hand, her and her black family face racism, poverty and brutality; and on the other, she is a  private school student with white friends and a white boyfriend who are insensible to the issues that she faces day to day. However, when she witnesses her best friend killed at the hand of a police officer, she is forced to take a stand and to unite her two worlds to support a powerful message. This is the story of a young girl that teaches us everyone can make a difference.

5. “Tinaca Jones” by Matt Boren

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For those who cannot sit down for hours to read a book, I recommend the new Audible Original “Tinaca Jones.” This is an epic and hilarious detective story of a determined and confident woman who will not stop until she catches who has stolen her name. Will she make it? Enjoy this refreshing and funny comedy narrated by “Parks and Recreation” and “Good Girls” star Retta, who gives strength to the character of Tinaca Jones.


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