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Books about women you should read

We have heard of many significant women nowadays and in history, with all their inspiring achievements, thoughts, dimensions to themselves. I would like to show you three books today: two written by women, and one – by a man. Each of them touching upon a very different aspect of womanhood. One will help us find the archetypical woman in ourself – la loba – the she-wolf. One will prove to us that hard work and self-confidence can help us reach any goal. And one that will show us how gentle, insightful, vulnerable and sensitive we are. A trio of different perspectives.

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Women Who Run With the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Women Who Run With the Wolves – Myths and Stories of The Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. is one of the first books that truly moved me. I got this book as a gift from my aunt when I was 15 years old, and I didn’t expect it to inspire and influence me the way it did.

Women are believed to have more intuition, while men – to be typically more logical. What if women’s intuition was the ageless wisdom, stemming from the ancient woman within us, which we try to stifle with what a girl should or shouldn’t do?

Especially if you are curious why we, as women, behave a certain way, and why we have certain insecurities and are ready to have a deep look inside you, it is a book for you. Above all, dr Estés will take you on a journey through ancient stories, legends, and myths, to help you find and embrace the wild, powerful woman within you. A must-read for both women and men which deserves a spot at every home library.

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Becoming – Michelle Obama

When reading Michelle Obama’s autobiography, I was really surprised how relatable her childhood memories were to mine, even though we grew up in different decades and on different continents!

It is always inspiring to read the stories of highly successful people and draw conclusions from their background, outlook on life, and actions. Michelle Obama weaves her biography from her early childhood years. We get to know her as she overcomes her first difficulties, sets and pursues her goals, falls in love for the first few times and, eventually, meets Barack. But above all, Michelle Obama lets us observe the becoming of a woman, the development of a deep, insightful soul, a successful student – and later – lawyer. Her story pictures her as a strong role model for other women who achieved a lot in her life with her own hard work while remaining down-to-earth and human, and deeply inspirational.

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Tula – Jurgis Kuncinas

‘Tula’ by Jurgis Kuncinas is my favorite Lithuanian novel. It’s a tribute to a girl who chose suicide over her struggles with reality. Additionally, it is a well-painted picture of Vilnius in the 80s, shortly before regaining independence by Lithuania. It’s a story about its bohemian communities, alcohol, poverty, and love that was not meant to be.

Tula is elusive, vague, impossible to grasp; a free spirit. Or she might just be a drunk man’s dream. Him – an intelligent guy, alcoholic treated in a mental hospital, and, in simple words – he is generally unhappy. He doesn’t make decisions, but goes somewhere and hopes for things to happen. He is not the subject, but the object. Slave of the system closed in the sufferings of his soul. Whenever I think of Tula, I recall Schopenhauer: human intimacy cannot occur without substantial mutual harm.

‘Tula’ is depressing. It will make you sick to your stomach as it washes the dirt off the sidewalks and gates of Vilnius. On the other hand, it is deep, lyrical, sharp, and it’s a glimpse into the human soul, feelings, and needs. It’s a space for rediscovery and reconsideration.

Jurgis Kunčinas, “Tūla”, 1993, 234 pages

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What books about women would you recommend?

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  • Laura

    Great suggestions laid out here! I had not heard of Tula before, but it sounds incredibly intriguing.

    – Laura // afinnontheloose.com

  • Sebastian

    I would not recommend any because women are like books – and I am always sucked into the story… Thank you for great suggestions.

    • Woman Restated

      Thank you for your great comment 🙂

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