The 32 Best Self-Help Books for Women to Read in 2023

Consider them a form of self-care.

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Gone are the days when self-help books for women were cheesy, impersonal, and boring. Now, if you know where to look, you'll find empowering, genuinely useful self-help books designed to make you feel good—like you're receiving advice from a trusted friend or an inspiring mentor. Self-help books are also handy for anyone interested in growing in terms of their creativity, career, emotional maturity, or spiritual life. No matter what you're going through in life—or even if you're just looking to grow and learn—we can all use a little self-help and learning from time to time. Ahead, check out some of the self-help books for women that made our required reading list.

Rachel Epstein

Rachel Epstein is a writer, editor, and content strategist based in New York City. Most recently, she was the Managing Editor at Coveteur, where she oversaw the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. Previously, she was an editor at Marie Claire, where she wrote and edited culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also launched and managed the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game or finding a new coffee shop. 

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