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Top 5 Memoirs Written By Women

In celebration of the recent release of Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind Of Girl, and impending release of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, we have compiled a pre-requisite reading list of of some of the best memoirs, diaries and autobiographies written by women. Learn about sex, puberty, childhood, motherhood, friendship and life through the eyes of these intelligent, witty, insightful women.

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Bossypants, Tina Fey

In Bossypants, Fey takes aim at her detractors (always with humor) and gives you an intimate look at the hurdles she conquered on her way to becoming one of the most successful comedians in recent years. We love you Tina!

The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion

Joan Didion has long been a well-respected author and essayist (I recommend everyone read her piece on Self Respect). But in The Year of Magical Thinking Joan describes her grief after the loss of her husband. Prepare for a few tears but this book of love, death and mourning is far more inspirational than depressing.

How To Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran

Moran is a British radio broadcaster and columnist. Her autobiography is utterly hilarious, full of awkward anecdotes of puberty and early romance. However, among her humorous tales is one of the most honest descriptions of a life-changing childbirth that is equally movie and horrifying.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Maya’s poetic autobiography follows the early years of her life, when she and her brother – abandoned by their parents – are sent to live with their grandmother. Maya’s early life is filled with traumatic experiences and vicious racism. Her ability to overcome life’s setbacks resulted in one of the most enduring and important literary commentaries on life as a black woman in America.

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

Anne Frank’s diaries are the most popular published diaries in history. They cover the two years Anne – a young Jewish girl – spent hiding from Nazis in a small house in Amsterdam. It’s interesting to follow the usual coming-of-age processes of a pre-teen girl, despite the unusual circumstances of her existence, and the horror occurring in the world at the time.

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October 6, 2014

Best Female Stand-Up Comedians in 2014

We were all saddened by the recent passing of beloved comedienne Joan Rivers. Her career was long and never without scandal, but she was adored for her relentless energy, boundary-pushing jokes and notorious zingers. She was a pioneer, blazing the trail for other female comedians, enabling them to brave the typically male-dominated industry. We have Joan to thank for the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and Roseanne Barr. Never in history has there been more female comedians in the limelight, so to celebrate Joan’s contributions, we give you some of comedy’s hottest ladies of the moment.

Amy Schumer

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One of the biggest names in comedy at the moment is Amy Schumer. Her Comedy Central sketch show, Inside Amy Schumer, has been renewed for a third season and was also nominated for a primetime Emmy this year. Schumer continues to break taboos regarding attitudes towards young women, sex and relationships.

Sarah Silverman

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She’s not exactly new to the biz, but Sarah Silverman scored an Emmy Award this year for her HBO special, We Are Miracles. Despite premiering on the scene in 1992, Silverman shows no signs of slowing down and continues to gain respect as a comedy legend.

Maria Bamford

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Bamford is well-known for her comedic take on her array of mental illnesses, form OCD to bipolar disorder. She has had guest appearances on Louie and Arrested Development, but it is her own web series – The Maria Bamford Show and The Special Special Special – that have earned her fame.

Cameron Esposito

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Esposito was famously praised as “the future” by Jay Leno after her performance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last year. Since then, Cameron has been making waves in her hometown of Los-Angeles, but keep an eye (ear?) out for her upcoming comedy album, Same Sex Symbol. You may have recently seen her response to a homophobic heckler after it went viral on the web this year.

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September 9, 2014