26 Empowering Self-Help Books Every Woman Should Read

Consider them a form of self-care.

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"Self-help books" isn't the most thrilling section of Barnes & Noble (remember roaming through a bookstore?!) until you realize it's stocked with a handful of incredible, non-cheesy books that will simply make you feel good—like you're receiving advice from a trusted friend or an inspiring mentor. No matter what you're going through in life—a breakup, a career change, an identity crisis, or just generally feeling overwhelmed by the pandemic—we can all use a little pick-me-up these days. Make these empowering books, ahead, required reading in 2022.

Rachel Epstein is an editor at Marie Claire, where she writes and edits culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also manages the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game, finding a new coffee shop, or analyzing your cousin's birth chart—in no particular order.