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10 Books by Women That Will Make You a Better Everything
This week, Salon published a great interview with Meg Wolitzer whose just-released novel The Interestings is currently being enjoyed by more than one Flavorwire staffer. Though I won't disparage any of the books that made the list, I will offer my own—as an attempt to work towards ameliorating the problem laid out by Wolitzer and neatly exemplified by GQ. After all, though there are three books by women on their list, only the Munro could really be said to be primarily about them. Below are 21 books by and about women that every man should read. The Handmaid's Tale , Margaret Atwood.
This part of my life lasted a bit too long and, upon reflection, did little to nothing to change my outlook or the way I wrote. I wish I was better than this, but I tend to avoid extremely popular books out of some residual wannabe-punk-ness from my early days. I first heard about this book of short stories by way of a live reading on NPR and was immediately drawn in by the weirdness of the titular story, which centers on two hitchhikers named Bonnie and Clyde who are picked up by a family on a snowy road in Montana. The tension that follows is palpable with every word and gives the reader anxiety that will somehow have you coming back for more. I used to miss far too many books by people of backgrounds different from mine, wrongly thinking I wouldn't be able to connect. Which is all the more reason to savor it. Gillian Flynn has been a household name for quite some time — well, at least in households that enjoy thriller novels — and her Sharp Objects and Gone Girl both became glossy Hollywood productions with big stars.
The Evolution of Desire
When I finished Sex Object , Jessica Valenti's memoir about sexism in everyday life, I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it: hand it off to every guy in my life with a little note that said, "Please read now. - A group of narcissistic, moneyed Hollywood spawn spend their time taking drugs, drinking and shagging each other in the back of their Porches. What you wish your youth was like, basically.
Make Your Own List. The differences between men and women are innate, argues the evolutionary psychologist, and men's relative success in the workplace a reflection of desire rather than discrimination. He has written over 80 articles and chapters in psychology, sociology, political science, economics, anthropology and biology. He shares his evolutionary psychological observations in his popular blog The Scientific Fundamentalist at Psychology Today. Why have you chosen this one?
This is the era of the book round-up. Fortunately, despite their reputation for reading fewer books, especially fiction , than women, men have their fair share of such lists enumerating which books to read in order to burnish their masculinity. And with list after nearly identical list, it's become clear: Men think men should read books by men, about men. Time and again, lists of required reading for men circulate that seem more like lists of required reading BY men. Out of 21 books from the 21st century GQ recommends for men , they fit in four by women, all but one of which are explicitly described as books ABOUT men and manhood.
AskMen may get paid if you click a link in this article and buy a product or service. Lots of dudes are embarrassed about reading relationship advice books, or self help books in general. They shouldn't be. Nobody is born with all of the necessary wisdom you need when you're making your relationship work. There's nothing wrong with seeking outside help to improve your relationship. In truth, there are times in all of our lives when we stumble around helplessly, wondering "what is a normal relationship supposed to be like?