34 Nonfiction New Releases By Women, About Women

Here are 34, count ’em, 34 nonfiction titles written by female authors about: themselves, other girls or women, or women in society in general. Some are humorous, some are inspirational, others melancholy, historical, or educational. Some take place in the U.S. and others about other cultures. Most are about the average citizen and not celebrities, though I included a few mixed in here. I hope to touch on many sub-genres of nonfiction to serve the broader book-blogger community.  I’m not advocating narrowing our reading pool by eliminating men writers– I’m just saying that all these new releases of February 2018 and the months ahead look so interesting! {I included cover views below for those of us that love to get visual.}

  • I am I am I am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell

  • I’ll Be Gone In the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

  • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

  • Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture by Roxane Gay

  • Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America by Catherine Kerrison

  • Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer

  • This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jenkins

  • Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot

  • The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran by Masih Alinejad

  • And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready by Meaghan O’Connell

  • Ask Me About My Uterus: a Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain by Abby Norman

  • The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss

  • Brave by Rose McGowan

  • True Stories From an Unreliable Witness: A Feminist Coming of Age by Christine Lahti

  • Sick: A Memoir by Porochista Khakpour

  • Shrewed: A Wry and Closely Observed Look at the Lives of Women and Girls by Elizabeth Renzetti

  • Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan

  • The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting by Alanna Okun

  • March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals

  • A Gift From Darkness: How I Escaped With My Daughter From the Boko Haram by Patience Ibrahim

  • The Bridesmaid’s Daughter: From Grace Kelly’s Wedding to a Women’s Shelter- Searching For the Truth About My Mother by Nyna Giles

  • The Gospel of Trees: A Memoir by Apricot Irving

  • Fight Like a Girl: The Truth Behind How Female Marines Are Trained by Kate Germano

  • Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers

  • Landwhale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass by Jes Baker

  • The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders

  • Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum by Jennifer O’Toole

  • Flat Broke With Two Goats: A Memoir of Appalachia by Jennifer McGaha

  • The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts by Tessa Fontaine

  • In Search of Mary Shelley by Fiona Sampson

  • The Art of Vanishing: A Memoir of Wanderlust by Laura Smith

  • Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home by Lara Lillibridge

  • Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal by Dorje Dolma

  • Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story by Irene Butter












I have quite a few of these jotted down to look for when I’m on the prowl for books. I hope that you were able to find at least one title that you’d like to read. February is the month of love— let’s show some love for women authors!

Shoutout to Goodreads for the covers for these titles. I didn’t include links because of the enormity of the work for this post, but here’s a quickie link to GOODREADS to get more information. I am not an affiliate of Amazon or any other company.

~I found out about all of these titles from searching on Goodreads and Amazon. Please don’t copy this list in its entirety without linking back to my blog…thanks~



18 thoughts on “34 Nonfiction New Releases By Women, About Women

  1. Lark February 7, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    I love good non-fiction, and so many of these look really good. The only question is which one to read first. 🙂


    • karireadsandwrites February 10, 2018 / 11:04 am

      I plan on reading at least one or two of these next month. Unfortunately I spent my “book cash” on fiction this month.


    • karireadsandwrites February 10, 2018 / 11:42 am

      I don’t have a way to follow your blog so I have to bookmark it and remember to check there.
      I usually follow folks through email or bloglovin. I use WP and only have Blogger as a static page to be able to comment on blogs. I don’t otherwise have anything to do with it and can only follow you through Blogger page, apparently. A long way of saying: I like your blog but sometimes forget to get over there to read it 🙂


  2. karireadsandwrites February 8, 2018 / 8:28 am

    Thank you for stopping by. I do love to read some memoirs and nonfiction, and I thought I’d put a spin on it by only including female authors this time. Only-fiction readers should give one of these a try and see if they enjoy the experience.


  3. whatsnonfiction February 9, 2018 / 11:57 am

    This is such a fantastic list! I’ve read a few of these already (I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Art of Vanishing – both are great) and adding some to my to-read. Thanks for compiling and sharing!


    • karireadsandwrites February 10, 2018 / 11:01 am

      I became a new follower of your site. I love to sometimes dive into memoirs and historical nonfiction. One of my favorite books of last year was Just Mercy by Stevenson. Also read Missoula by Krakauer and quite a few others. Thanks for commenting!

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      • whatsnonfiction February 10, 2018 / 2:28 pm

        I have a copy of Just Mercy I’ve been meaning to get around to for so long! I’ve heard such great things about it. Missoula has also been on my to-read list, I’ve only read Under the Banner of Heaven by Krakauer but it was great. Glad to connect with you here!


        • karireadsandwrites February 11, 2018 / 7:54 am

          I’ve read all of Krakauer’s books except Banner of Heaven, but I have it here in the house because it was my son’s book. Missoula is a tough read, an aggravating topic, but a good read. Just Mercy is disturbing with how slowly society changes, even when laws require it to. I’m glad to find someone who reads nonfiction because I always read at least a couple each month. I’m going to pick up many new titles on your blog now 🙂

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  4. Daniela Ark February 9, 2018 / 11:49 pm

    What an awesome list Kari! Perfect “books to read in March women’s history month”!! I read Educated and it was AWESOME I will be posting my review on Feb 20 for its release.

    Last week I finished “we should all be feminists” a MUST read and Feminism A-Z so good especially for young readers! And the two awesome feminist poetry books: The Princess Saves herself and the Witch Doesn’t Burn. I ADORED them!

    Everything on your list that sound like a MUST reads that I need to add to GR!!! Especially “Fight Like a Girl” and “a Gift of Darkness”.

    ALL your recommendations seem to have a “emotional ride” warranty seal 🙂


    • karireadsandwrites February 10, 2018 / 11:03 am

      I tried to pick those titles that would inspire us or just plain move us.
      We can’t get too complacent as readers, and as a mom of daughters and granddaughters, yes, we have to start early to teach them self-respect.

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      • Daniela Ark February 10, 2018 / 11:13 am

        YES!!! That’s exactly what I had in mind when I was reading these books but mostly MY SON. Because I’m doing my best to teach him that as the book title we should all be feminists! Especially men!


  5. Greg Hill February 10, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    Wow quite a selection and so many of these look interesting. I read a positive review for Flat Broke With Two Goats, and Fight Like A Girl looks interesting to me as well, I’d be curious to see how the women are treated differently in the Marines.


    • karireadsandwrites February 11, 2018 / 8:15 am

      I’d never heard of Flat Broke but it certainly intrigues me and I’d like to know more about life in that region of the country I’ve never been to. Also, what really goes on in the Marines with women? I never thought about it, but it must be difficult, & her story should be a good one.


  6. Literary Feline February 10, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    What a great list! I am going to bookmark this page so I can use it for a reference. I enjoy reading books about women and all of these sound like powerful and worthwhile reads. Thank you for sharing!


    • karireadsandwrites February 11, 2018 / 8:07 am

      I had such fun compiling this list and now I want to read a few of them next month. Considering what is going on in the news with MeToo, it’s important to see more women conquering their tragedies and coming out ahead.


  7. karen blue February 11, 2018 / 9:19 am

    This list is awesome! I see so many books here I need and want to read. Thanks for putting this together!


    • karireadsandwrites February 11, 2018 / 10:35 am

      There were even more that are releasing this Spring, but I stopped at those. So many different and diverse stories to choose from. I’m sorely tempted to grab a few!


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