The best girl power books that made the leap from page to screen

The Books I Picked & Why

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

By Maria Semple

Book cover of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Why this book?

Razor-sharp wit and flawed characters populate this delightful novel focused on the creative life of a genius architect trying to balance home life with art. The book which includes an unlikely correspondence with a virtual assistant pokes fun at the main character’s need for connection which is often lost in the modern technological world which often estranges instead of connects.

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Bridget Jones's Diary

By Helen Fielding

Book cover of Bridget Jones's Diary

Why this book?

The classic tale of one average Londoner’s desire to find her modern-day Mr. Darcy amidst the manners and forays of present-day English Life. Always trying to better herself, the main character stumbles hilariously through career mishaps, office romances, and social gaffs, all on the road to self-help and true love.

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Animal Husbandry

By Laura Zigman

Book cover of Animal Husbandry

Why this book?

I would argue that this novel set up the formula for fresh funny self-deprecating women characters that become heroines of their own stories. Later made into a movie with Ashley Judd and titled Someone Like You, the heroine compares modern-day dating to the rituals of mating in the animal kingdom to hilarious results.  

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In Her Shoes

By Jennifer Weiner

Book cover of In Her Shoes

Why this book?

Taking the notion of the ugly stepsister to new lengths, Weiner gives a spunky voice to a character that is often overlooked by her prettier, if not dizzier sister. At turns, funny and heartbreaking, the fearless and flawed heroine creates a life with her own happily ever after.

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The Devil Wears Prada

By Lauren Weisberger

Book cover of The Devil Wears Prada

Why this book?

Even if you never worked in New York publishing, the main character’s career struggles are so relatable that you can help but love her. We watch with fascination as her dream of doing big important journalism is reduced to being the whipping girl of the most notorious woman in fashion. Both book and movie are popcorn-worthy for every delicious detail of the fashion magazine world. The Devil Wears Prada rings true for anyone who has ever had the job from hell.

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