10 Books Every Girl Should Read

10 Books Every Girl Should Read
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Attention ladies! There is more to read out there than celeb gossip rags and twitter feuds. Becoming a well-read member of society will get you far in this crazy mixed up world we live in. In case you're not sure where to begin, we've compiled a list of novels and non-fiction that we think every girl should read at some point in her life.

1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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The story of a poor Irish-American Brooklyn family in the first 2 decades of the 20th century. Our protagonist Francie Nolan is charming, shy, aspirational, and heartbreakingly sweet.

2. Just Kids by Patti Smith

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Patti Smith recounts her early downtown Manhattan days full of poetry, The Chelsea Hotel, and her relationship with famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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A group of friends inhabits an old house in the woods and one of them ends up getting murdered. Sure you know who it is right away, but the story is fascinating.

4. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

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Tag along with Ignatious J. Reilly, an obese, zany, and fastidious 30 year old man who interacts with the strangest people in lower New Orleans' as he pens his novel on the bed of his childhood home.

5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath's only novel, The Bell Jar is a semi-autobiographical story about the protagonists descent into clinical depression.

6. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

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Dolores Price is an outsider forced to move to Rhode Island with her mother after her father leaves them for another woman. Dealing with issues such as sexuality, rape, and obesity, Dolores' battles with depression and human-interaction eventually lead her into a strange womanhood.

7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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This sordid love triangle between a recluse millionaire, a bright eyed young man, and a tragically confused young lady makes a great story no matter who you sympathize with.

8. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

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The true story of how Dave Eggers becomes both and orphan and a "single mother." This one is heartwarming, hilarious, and certainly staggering.

9. The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson

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Every girl should know the real versions of Disney's romanticized tellings of Hans Christian Anderson's masterpieces.

10. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey talks about her incredibly nerdy childhood, her early comedy upbringing, and her lengthy stints as an SNL writer and cast member, all with the quirky sense of humor we know and love her for.