When it comes to women in the spotlight, writers and comics are getting all the love. Because there isn’t enough time to review all the hot new releases du jour before Christmas, we’ve rounded up nine gems we think the best females in your life would appreciate. From life advice to career inspiration to tales of real, honest, hardships, these nine must-reads are some of the best books that have come out of recent years.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
For the creatives in your life — the musicians, writers, jewelry-makers, tortured artists or straight-up lovers of the craft, or even the dabblers — Liz Gilbert’s latest book is a cure-all. This book takes the fear, self judgement, and mystery out of making art (or really, making anything at all) and replaces it with a small but powerful seed of personal empowerment.