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Girls On Top: Making a Case For Funny Female Writers And Excellent Female Protagonists

Our top picks for Women's Month feature literary females to root for.
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While we still return to Tina Fey’s Bossypants every now and then, some recent releases are making a case for why the humor genre is underrated. An entertaining read is from Fey’s frequent collaborator, Amy Poehler, whose Yes, Please, is as shrewd and dryly witty as you can expect from the longtime Saturday Night Live performer. Laugh-out-loud passages and sound advice for all ages can be lifted from The Mindy Project showrunner Mindy Kaling’s second memoir, Why Not Me? It’s also worth paying attention to Jessi Klein, a stand-up comedian and Emmy Award-winning writer, who just released You’ll Grow Out of It, a collection of essays about the universally relatable experience of growing up awkward.

ON OUR READING LIST:

ELIGIBLE
Curtis Sittenfield


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A witty reimagining of Pride and Prejudice, Eligible’s cast of characters will no doubt ring a bell with Jane Austen fans. When the novel begins, a Cincinnati housewife, Mrs. Bennet, is attempting to play matchmaker for her five daughters. She’s particularly concerned about the romantic future of her two eldest, Liz and Jane, who are both single in their 30s—and she believes it’s fate that Liz and Jane happen to be home from New York right when Chip Bingley, a Harvard-educated doctor, and heir to an estate, moves back to town. The newest modern reincarnation of the handsome Mr. Darcy is also conveniently named Fitzwilliam Darcy, and it’s him who attracts and frustrates Liz Bennet in Sittenfeld’s modern American take on the classic.

LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE
Jessica Knoll


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The life led by Ani FaNelli, a beautiful magazine editor engaged to an equally good-looking banker, looks just perfect from the outside, particularly from the perspective of her aspiring interns—but Ani and her haunting past beg to disagree. Like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, to which Luckiest Girl Alive is often compared, its protagonist is alluring, sharp, and full of secrets.

RICH AND PRETTY
Rumaan Alam


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After meeting in prep school at 11, the lives of best friends Sarah and Lauren follow a similar trajectory—until they enter their late 20s when their differences begin to feel magnified and their paths threaten to diverge. Questions about the longevity and depth of their friendship arise when Sarah gets engaged, fueling a quarter-life crisis of sorts for Lauren.

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