17 Female-Authored Books We’ll Be Reading This Fall

When the weather gets chilly, forget apple picking and pumpkin spice lattes. Give us a comfy couch, a fuzzy blanket, and a good book—and we’ll stay cozy until the warmer months return. Bonus points if you add a cuddly animal to the equation.

This season, we’ll be adding a few stacks of new titles to our already full shelves. We’re looking forward to digging our noses into these 18 novels, memoirs, short story collections, and nonfiction books this fall. Each of these is authored by a woman (or women) and is recently or soon-to-be released.

becoming michelle obama
Crown Publishing Group

1. Becoming by Michelle Obama

You envy her for her killer arms and sense of style. You admire her for the way she champions women and girls. You’re in awe of her bravery and grace. And now you can get a glimpse into the mind of the first African American First Lady.

Becoming explores Michelle Obama’s life—from her earliest days in Chicago’s South Side to her two consecutive terms in the White House and beyond—in an intimate and inspiring way.  

Release Date: November 13, 2018

nine perfect strangers liane moriarty
Flatiron Books

2. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

We won’t be blessed with season two of HBO’s Big Little Lies (including the addition of the iconic Meryl Streep) until sometime in 2019. Until then, we can get our fix of drama, intrigue, and laughter by way of Liane Moriarty’s latest novel.

Nine Perfect Strangers follows—you guessed it—a group of nine strangers brought together at a remote wellness resort. Soon enough, each of the nine starts asking themselves, “Should I stay or should I go?”

Release Date: November 6, 2018

i might regret this abbi jacobson
Grand Central Publishing

3. I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson

Broad City fans, where you at? Abbi Jacobson, co-creator and co-star of the unabashedly funny TV series, is about to give us even more of her signature voice in this new memoir. Jacobson gets candid about life, love, solo road trips, and more in this collection of essays and observations.

One such essay, “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” takes us into her head as she plans a cross-country road trip, which she decides, beforehand, to write about in this book. She conveys her fears and dreams in such a relatable way that makes you forget she’s a TV star. Instead, just like her DGAF Broad City character, she’s just like us.

Release Date: October 30, 2018

you are a badass every day jen sincero

4. You Are a Badass Every Day by Jen Sincero

From the author of two of our favorite books—You Are a Badass and You Are a Badass at Making Money—comes a support guide to help you continue to be a badass. Jen Sincero’s latest book, You Are a Badass Every Day, is a way to keep yourself accountable as you create the life you deserve.   

100 exercises and reflections comprise this new inspirational book, which will help you stay driven, grateful, and powerful. We’re so ready for these little reminders that we’re on the right track.

Release Date: December 4, 2018

small fry lisa brennan-jobs
Grove Press

5. Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Okay, technically, this book was released at the end of summer, but we’re just now getting our hands on it, so we’re looping it in as a fall release. A memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs (daughter of artist Chrisann Brennan and Apple founder Steve Jobs), Small Fry gives us a unique view into one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent families.

Brennan-Jobs paints a picture of California in the seventies, while also guiding us through her lifetime of complicated family relationships, expectations and disappointments, and new experiences.

Release Date: September 4, 2018

a well behaved woman therese anne fowler
St. Martin's Press

6. A WellBehaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler

From the New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald comes an exploration of another prominent, but controversial, American socialite. Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont refused to take no for an answer, asserted herself within relationships, and became a leader in the women’s suffrage movement.

As the saying goes, “well-behaved women seldom make history.” Let’s just say, this woman definitely broke a few rules—and made a name for herself. Therese Anne Fowler beautifully tells the story of this “well-behaved” woman in her latest novel.

Release Date: October 16, 2018

the womens atlas joni seager
Penguin Books

7. The Women’s Atlas by Joni Seager

Activist and scholar of feminist geography, gender and the environment, and global environmental policy Joni Seager sheds light onto the key issues facing today’s woman around the world. Issues examined include equality, feminism, women at work, women in government, motherhood, domestic violence, women in the global economy, and more.

This 2018 publication is the fifth edition of Seager’s atlas and an invaluable resource. Catherine Mayer, Co-Founder of the Women’s Equality Party, called The Women’s Atlas “The most important book that will be published this year.”

Release Date: October 30, 2018

come with me helen schulman

8. Come With Me by Helen Schulman

Give us a dark comedy with some family drama, and we’re all in. New York Times bestselling author Helen Schulman introduces us to a modern Silicon Valley family—Amy, Dan, and their three sons—and the choices and temptations that weave into their lives.

The entire novel is set over three non-consecutive days and lets us into pivotal moments into the complicated family’s lives. Alternative life choices, betrayal, love, deception, and regret weave in and out of story as we get to know these characters intimately.

Release Date: November 27, 2018

new erotica for feminists
Plume / Penguin Group

9. New Erotica for Feminists by Multiple Authors

What do we want? Equality, power, respect, balance, and a hell of a lot of other things. When do we want them? Uh, yesterday. And now.

Light and empowering, poignant and satirical, New Erotica for Feminists caters to what really turns us on—and it’s not vampires or vampire-inspired fanfiction. The four authors give us women advancing at work, respectful Tinder dates, and even an immortal RBG. Is it getting warm in here?

Release Date: November 13, 2018

all you can ever know nicole chung

10. All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

Wanting to belong is such a universal concept—felt by people of all ages around the world in different circumstances. With this well-known internal struggle at the core of her memoir, Nicole Chung presents a life-long journey to find her place and make sense of her life.

Chung’s story begins with her premature birth, surrender by her Korean parents, and adoption by a white family in Oregon. As she gets older, she seeks more information about her genetic and cultural roots, which she uncovers amid becoming a writer and birthing her own child.

Release Date: October 2, 2018

white dancing elephants chaya bhuvaneswar
Dzanc Books

11. White Dancing Elephants by Chaya Bhuvaneswar

Bold, enticing, diverse, and relevant are just some of the words that come to mind around Chaya Bhuvaneswar’s debut short story collection. White Dancing Elephants won the 2017 Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize, awarded to a new and original voice in fiction.

Sixteen stories—which dive into feminism, sexual harassment, violence, and betrayal—include “The Story of the Woman Who Fell in Love With Death,” “The Life You Save Isn’t Your Own,” and “The Goddess of Beauty Goes Bowling.”

Release Date: October 9, 2018

the friendship cure kate leaver
The Overlook Press

12. The Friendship Cure by Kate Leaver

Have you seen that meme along the lines of, “Friendship is just picking a person and saying, ‘I like this one.’”? Friendship, itself, is an odd concept. How do we form friendships? Why are friends so important to our lives? How do you know when a friendship has met its expiration date?

We’re so interconnected these days, and yet, so lonely. Author Kate Leaver explores all of these questions, concerns, and contradictions involving friendships in the modern world. Using research from academics, scientists, psychotherapists, friends, and strangers, Leaver presents a multifaceted view of friendship.

Release Date: October 23, 2018

this will only hurt a little busy philipps

13. This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps is “unapologetically herself,” said The Vim Co-Founder Cristy Barrera-Mueller after attending Philipps’ book tour event in Boston. Actress of Freaks and Geeks and Dawson’s Creek fame, Philipps is a comedic powerhouse who doesn’t hold back.

Baring her most embarrassing, trying, and hilarious moments, Philipps lets us get to know the person behind the character in her highly anticipated memoir. Read candid stories about sexism, personal and professional losses, postpartum anxiety, motherhood, and more.

Release Date: October 16, 2018

little dancer aged fourteen camille laurens
Other Press

14. Little Dancer Aged Fourteen by Camille Laurens

French artist Edgar Degas is best known for his series of paintings and sculptures—often involving a single dancer or a group of dancers. Among these artworks is a sculpture titled “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen”, which is, perhaps, Degas’ most famous work. In fact, my mom bought me a necklace adorned with a miniature replica of this sculpture when I was a young girl.

One of the most recognizable and admired pieces of art in the world, and we know almost nothing about its subject. Author Camille Laurens uses historical references and her own love of ballet to present us with the life of the girl behind the subject: Marie van Goethem.

Release Date: November 20, 2018

taking the work out of networking karen wickre

15. Taking the Work Out of Networking by Karen Wickre

If you’re not a naturally social person, confident and outgoing, or just an all-around badass, networking suuuuuuucks. Small talk with the goal of meeting people who can provide you with a service or insight? There’s so much pressure—and making genuine connections is so hard to do.

Karen Wickre acknowledges just how difficult networking can be—especially for introverts and quiet people. Instead of telling readers to “fake it until you make it” or “embrace your extrovert side,” Wickre offers strategies and advice to help you finally master networking, in your own way.

Release Date: November 27, 2018

well read black girl glory edim
Ballantine Books

16. Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim

Well-Read Black Girl is a curated collection of original essays by some of the most inspiring, prolific, game-changing black women writers. Founder of the Brooklyn-based book club and online community of the same name, author Glory Edim celebrates the uniqueness of black literature, femininity, and sisterhood.

Contributing authors include Jesmyn Ward (Sing, Unburied, Sing), Lynn Nottage (Sweat), Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn) and Gabourey Sidibe (actress and author of This Is Just My Face). 

Release Date: October 30, 2018

dare to lead brene brown
Penguin Random House

17. Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

From the author of the inspirational-with-a-touch-of-tough-love books Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and Braving the Wilderness comes a new guidebook on leadership. Brené Brown has a knack for weaving personal anecdotes into practical life lessons in such an engaging way—and this book is no different.

In Dare to Lead, Brown teaches and inspires us to be great leaders by embracing empathy, connection, courage, and vulnerability. It’s a great follow up for fans of her other books or a standalone guide for anyone who wants to be a better leader.

Release Date: October 9, 2018

Kaitlin Willow

Kaitlin is Founder and Editor in Chief of The Vim. She works for Dermstore during the day and writes novels and short stories in the evenings. She lives in Long Beach, California with the coolest dog in the world, Benny. (Find him on Instagram: @bennythejetsetter)


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