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Hello Giggles-The 40 Books Every Woman Should Read

Esquire recently compiled a massive book list titled "The 80 Books Every Man Should Read." Esquire calls it, "An unranked, incomplete, slightly biased list of the greatest works of literature ever published."
These 80 books are excellent and I've read many of them. I've studied them in school, read them on my own terms, and I totally respect any and all authors who are able to write compelling stories, whether that author identifies as male or female. But there's one major issue I have with this list: if you're going to suggest a bunch of essential books to men, why must they be all be written by men?
Because I believe we all need a diverse literary palate, I'm going to even out the playing field.
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The Age of Grief (Jane Smiley)
The Age of Grief (Jane Smiley)
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
3
Unaccustomed Earth
Unaccustomed Earth
4
A Visit From the Goon Squad
A Visit From the Goon Squad
5
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
6
The House of Mirth
The House of Mirth
7
The History of Love (Nicole Krauss)
The History of Love (Nicole Krauss)
8
Near to the Wild Heart (Clarice Lispector)
Near to the Wild Heart (Clarice Lispector)
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9
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
10
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx (Adrian Nicole Leblanc)
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx (Adrian Nicole Leblanc)
11
Play It as It Lays (Joan Didion)
Play It as It Lays (Joan Didion)
12
The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
13
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
14
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
15
The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
16
Runaway (Alice Munro)
Runaway (Alice Munro)
17
The Thing Around Your Neck (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
The Thing Around Your Neck (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
18
Sexing the Cherry (Jeanette Winterson)
Sexing the Cherry (Jeanette Winterson)
19
White Teeth (Zadie Smith)
White Teeth (Zadie Smith)
20
Fun Home (Alison Bechdel)
Fun Home (Alison Bechdel)
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21
Cherry (Mary Karr)
Cherry (Mary Karr)
22
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
23
Bastard Out of Carolina (Dorothy Allison)
Bastard Out of Carolina (Dorothy Allison)
24
The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
25
My Antonia (Willa Cather)
My Antonia (Willa Cather)
26
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (ZZ Packer)
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (ZZ Packer)
27
Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling)
Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling)
28
Willful Creatures
Willful Creatures
29
Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
30
The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
31
The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
32
The Blue Flower (Penelope Fitzgerald)
The Blue Flower (Penelope Fitzgerald)
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33
Love Medicine (Louise Erdrich)
Love Medicine (Louise Erdrich)
34
The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
35
The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
36
What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal] (Zoe Heller)
What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal] (Zoe Heller)
37
The Golden Notebook (Doris Lessing)
The Golden Notebook (Doris Lessing)
38
Broken Harbor (Tana French)
Broken Harbor (Tana French)
39
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
40
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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