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Top 100 Non-Fiction Books by Female Authors

"Insight, Impact, and Inspiration: A Celebration of Female Perspectives in Non-Fiction"

This compilation honors the depth, diversity, and power of non-fiction works by women, illuminating the paths they've paved in literature and beyond, and the profound impact on our understanding of the world.

  • Empowered Voices: Celebrating Non-Fiction by Women Authors
  • Keywords: Women Authors, Non-Fiction, Feminism, Memoirs, Essays, Science, History, Self-Help, Culture, Society.


Top 100 List

  1. "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank - A profound documentation of life during the Holocaust.
  2. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou - The first in a series of memoirs by a towering figure in American literature.
  3. "The Second Sex" by Simone de Beauvoir - A foundational text in feminist philosophy.
  4. "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson - A groundbreaking work on environmental science.
  5. "The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion - A memoir on grief and survival.
  6. "We Should All Be Feminists" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - A compelling essay on gender equality.
  7. "In the Dream House" by Carmen Maria Machado - A memoir addressing domestic abuse in same-sex relationships.
  8. "Educated" by Tara Westover - A memoir of escaping an abusive family and pursuing education.
  9. "Men Explain Things to Me" by Rebecca Solnit - Essays on feminism and social commentary.
  10. "Becoming" by Michelle Obama - The memoir of the former First Lady of the United States.
  11. "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls - A memoir of a dysfunctional family.
  12. "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich - An investigation into the lives of the working poor in America.
  13. "A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf - An extended essay on women and fiction.
  14. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot - The story of the woman whose cells were used to create the HeLa cell line.
  15. "Bad Feminist" by Roxane Gay - Essays on feminism and culture.
  16. "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson - A history of the great migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West, from the early 20th century through the 1970s.
  17. "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi - A graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution.
  18. "Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body" by Roxane Gay - A memoir on body image and food.
  19. "The Argonauts" by Maggie Nelson - A genre-bending memoir that explores gender, sexuality, and family.
  20. "Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China" by Jung Chang - A family history that spans a century, recounting the lives of three female generations in China.
  21. "The Beauty Myth" by Naomi Wolf - A critique of how images of beauty are used against women.
  22. "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" by Jane Jacobs - A seminal work on urban planning and the social fabric of cities.
  23. "Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil" by Hannah Arendt - Arendt's philosophical exploration of the trial of Adolf Eichmann.
  24. "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" by Annie Dillard - A series of interconnected essays about nature and life.
  25. "Women & Power: A Manifesto" by Mary Beard - An exploration of the historical silencing of women and the roots of misogyny.
  26. "The Soul of an Octopus" by Sy Montgomery - An exploration of the emotional and physical world of the octopus.
  27. "No Logo" by Naomi Klein - A critique of corporate globalization.
  28. "The Fact of a Body" by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich - A blend of true crime and memoir.
  29. "The Source of Self-Regard" by Toni Morrison - A collection of essays, speeches, and meditations.
  30. "Wave" by Sonali Deraniyagala - A memoir about loss and survival after the 2004 Tsunami.
  31. "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan - A pivotal work in the women’s liberation movement.
  32. "Living History" by Hillary Rodham Clinton - A memoir of the former First Lady and Secretary of State.
  33. "Grit" by Angela Duckworth - An exploration of the power of passion and perseverance.
  34. "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean - A narrative journey into the world of orchid collectors.
  35. "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" by Sheryl Sandberg - A discussion on women in the workplace.
  36. "The Confidence Code" by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman - An investigation into confidence as a key to success.
  37. "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain - A look at how society undervalues introverts.
  38. "The Empathy Exams" by Leslie Jamison - Essays exploring the nature of empathy.
  39. "On Photography" by Susan Sontag - Essays on the role and impact of photography.
  40. "The Unwomanly Face of War" by Svetlana Alexievich - An oral history of women in World War II.
  41. "You Just Don't Understand" by Deborah Tannen - Insights into gender and communication.
  42. "The Color of Water" by James McBride - A tribute to his mother, exploring race and identity.
  43. "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren - A memoir about life as a female scientist.
  44. "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson - A powerful exploration of the unspoken caste system that has shaped America.
  45. "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate" by Naomi Klein - A case against the current economic model in the face of climate change.
  46. "The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel van der Kolk - Insights into trauma and healing.
  47. "My Own Words" by Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams - Writings and speeches from the late Supreme Court Justice.
  48. "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates - A profound work on being Black in America, presented through a letter to his son.
  49. "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown - A look at vulnerability as a strength.
  50. "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism" by Shoshana Zuboff - A critical look at how tech companies track and influence our behavior.
  51. "The Mother of All Questions" by Rebecca Solnit - Further feminist essays.
  52. "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin - A powerful exploration of race in America.
  53. "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander - An examination of race and justice in the modern era.
  54. "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson - A memoir of a lawyer's fight for justice.
  55. "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari - A look at the history of our species.
  56. "Why Not Me?" by Mindy Kaling - Essays on Hollywood, fame, and ambition.
  57. "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed - A memoir of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
  58. "Bossypants" by Tina Fey - A comedic memoir from the former SNL star.
  59. "Under the Banner of Heaven" by Jon Krakauer - A look at religious fundamentalism in America.
  60. "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan - An exploration of the food industry.
  61. "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi - A neurosurgeon’s memoir about facing terminal cancer.
  62. "Beloved" by Toni Morrison - A novel, but its profound impact on culture and society merits inclusion.
  63. "Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell - An exploration of what makes high-achievers different.
  64. "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins - A critical view on religion.
  65. "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" by Jared Diamond - A look at the development of human societies.
  66. "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking - Insights into the origins of the universe.
  67. "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" by Oliver Sacks - Case studies from a neurologist’s notebook.
  68. "I Am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai - The memoir of a young girl who stood up for education.
  69. "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman - An exploration of the two systems that drive the way we think.
  70. "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg - Why we do what we do in life and business.
  71. "Bringing Up Bébé" by Pamela Druckerman - An American mother discovers the wisdom of French parenting.
  72. "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo - A guide to decluttering your home and life.
  73. "The Road to Character" by David Brooks - Exploring the deeper values that should inform our lives.
  74. "The Better Angels of Our Nature" by Steven Pinker - A history of violence and humanity.
  75. "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance - A memoir of family and culture in crisis.
  76. "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle - A guide to spiritual enlightenment.
  77. "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz - A practical guide to personal freedom.
  78. "The Art of Happiness" by Dalai Lama - A handbook for living.
  79. "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert - One woman’s search for everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia.
  80. "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman - How to express heartfelt commitment to your mate.
  81. "Prisoners of Geography" by Tim Marshall - Ten maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics.
  82. "The World According to Garp" by John Irving - A novel with significant cultural impact.
  83. "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer - The story of Christopher McCandless.
  84. "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein - The rise of disaster capitalism.
  85. "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" by Alex Haley and Malcolm X - The life story of Malcolm X.
  86. "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White - A classic manual of the principles of English style.
  87. "The Wisdom of Psychopaths" by Kevin Dutton - What saints, spies, and serial killers can teach us about success.
  88. "The Prince" by Niccolò Machiavelli - A treatise on political theory.
  89. "Freakonomics" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything.
  90. "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell - How little things can make a big difference.
  91. "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brené Brown - Let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are.
  92. "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert - Creative living beyond fear.
  93. "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron - A course in discovering and recovering your creative self.
  94. "The Life You Can Save" by Peter Singer - Acting now to end world poverty.
  95. "Half the Sky" by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn - Turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide.
  96. "The Female Eunuch" by Germaine Greer - A landmark in feminist literature.
  97. "The Hour of Land" by Terry Tempest Williams - A personal topography of America’s national parks.
  98. "The Faraway Nearby" by Rebecca Solnit - A meditation on the stories we tell ourselves.
  99. "Hope in the Dark" by Rebecca Solnit - Untold histories, wild possibilities.
  100. "Writing Down the Bones" by Natalie Goldberg - Freeing the writer within.

This list encompasses a wide range of subjects, from personal memoirs and essays to comprehensive studies on society, history, and science. It reflects the diversity and depth of non-fiction writing by female authors, offering insights into human nature, society, and the world at large.