Powerful Non-Fiction Reads by Badass Women

As International Women’s Day approaches, we are celebrating badass women and the books they write! Today, we’ve rounded up the most powerful non-fiction reads that inspire us. Read on for some of the most inspiring stories!

A Good Wife by Samra Zafar

At the age of 17, Samra Zafar was forced to marry a stranger and move to Canada, leaving her family behind in Pakistan. Once she arrived, Samra faced years of abuse in the hastily arranged marriage, but nothing could stop her from pursuing her dreams. Desperate to get out, Samra hatched an escape plan for herself and her two daughters. After sharing her story in a Toronto Life article that went viral, Samra wrote A Good Wife. It tells her harrowing and inspiring story, and everyone needs to read it.


Mourning Has Broken by Erin Davis

In 2015, Erin Davis, one of Canada’s most beloved radio personalities, suffered a devastating blow when her daughter Lauren, passed away in her sleep. In Mourning Has Broken, Erin chronicles her journey of grieving with her family, friends and listeners. It’s a heartbreaking story of a mother’s loss, and Davis is devastatingly honest. She demonstrates by example how to pick up and keep going after suffering the worst loss a parent can endure.


 Just Kids by Patti Smith
Beloved art-rocker, poet, and “Godmother of Punk” Patti Smith tells her captivating life story in Just Kids. In this award-wining memoir, Patti recounts her journey from starving artist to punk queen, and details her on-and-off again relationship with controversial artist and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. A tender and intimate coming-of-age story, Just Kids is a moving depiction of New York in the 70s.

Educated Tara Westover

Educated by Tara Westover

We’ve talked about this book many times, but for good reason. It is an incredibly powerful story about author Tara Westover’s unique upbringing in rural Idaho. Tara didn’t step foot in a classroom until the age of 17, instead learning from her family how to prepare for the apocalypse. Educated is a beautifully written and insightful memoir, exploring love, loss, family and the struggle for a better future.


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Not That Bad by Roxane Gay

Edited by Roxane Gay, the bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, Not That Bad is a heartbreakingly candid and provocative collection of essays. The book features  pieces from prominent writers and thinkers about sexual harassment, assault, and unwanted advances. By examining the term “not that bad,” these women address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they experience.

Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba

This book is the essential modern career handbook for creative working women! Whether you’re just starting out or already have years of experience, this book is packed with fresh ideas and no-nonsense advice. With contributions from trailblazing creative women, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in this pocket-sized book!

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Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis, the bestselling author of Girl, Wash Your Face and founder of TheChicSite.com is back with a highly anticipated new book! In Girl, Stop Apologizing, Rachel Hollis urges women to stop apologizing for their desires, hopes, and dreams and instead to go after them with passion and confidence. She encourages women by reminding them they don’t need permission to want more.

Fed Up by Gemma Hartley

From Gemma Hartley, the journalist who ignited a national conversation on emotional labor, comes Fed Up. It’s an intelligent and empathetic dive into the unpaid, invisible work women have shouldered for too long. Offering an insightful guide to striking real balance and true partnership in every aspect of our lives, Fed Up is essential reading for every woman who has had enough with feeling fed up.


Which of these non-fiction books will you be reading next? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!


Happy Reading,


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