Here Are 10 Inspiring Autobiographies Every 20 Something Should Read

There’s always time for fiction in a career girl’s life, in fact, we’ve compiled some pretty amazing lists of books to transport you away and give you new worlds to explore. But sometimes what you need is a breath of fresh air, to know that extraordinary things happen to ordinary people, and that real life is sometimes stranger than fiction. Reading the true stories of amazing and inspiring people can help motivate our own dreams. Here are ten of our favourites.

sandberg-book-cover#1 Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business talks about her experience as a successful business woman and makes note of the small changes women can make to a balanced and successful life.




#2 Bossypants by Tina Fey

Funny and smart, Tina Fey tells her story from being a nerd to working on Saturday Night Live. Tina’s story is witty, funny and unique, she bares all and proves that you’re nobody until someone calls you boss.


#3 I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafszi

We all know Malala’s story, the girl who relentlessly campaigns for women’s education despite death threats and actually being shot in the head. Malala’s story is an inspiration to live the life you love and take advantage of the opportunities you have.

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#4 Yes Please by Amy Poehler

We can’t feature Tina Fey’s amazing autobiography without her partner in crime Amy Poehler’s. Amy talks about her life, advice and all the juicy bits we all want to know. Amy’s book is biting, funny, witty and enlightening.



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#5 Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Although it has been touted as a controversial book, Lena’s authentic, troubled, witty and funny personality shines through. She’s more honest than most people would be in their autobiography and talks openly about her struggles with her self image and anxiety.


#6 The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life by Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post writes openly and passionately about her journey to becoming one of the most successful women in the world and tries to examine exactly what success is.




#7 Is everybody hanging out without me?: (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

This hilarious autobiography details Mindy’s life as a comedian and details all the humour of living the Hollywood life. Glamour and Elle had high praise for this hilarious, observant and relatable autobiography. Mindy will inspire you to live a little lighter and with a high dose of humour.




#8 The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane von Furstenberg

In this inspiring book, DVF reflects on how she started out with a suitcase full of dresses and an idea of who she wanted to be, “the kind of woman who is independent and who doesn’t rely on a man to pay her bills.” Even as a woman who started off with a better start than most, she had her share of bumps in the road. She talks about raising her family, building a global brand and overcoming cancer, and tries to empower other women with her honesty and zest for life.

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#9 Leave Your Mark: Land your dream job. Kill it in your career. Rock social media by Aliza Licht

A successful global fashion communications executive and Twitter phenomenon, Aliza Licht tells her story from working in a cut-throat fashion environment to paving the path of her own career. Aliza has some personal and professional advice for everyone just starting their own career. She talks about developing a personal brand, having a strong sense of self and navigating the contemporary working world, in an honest, inspiring and motivating way.

916MXG0zGGL._SL1500_ #10 Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed

At just 26 Cheryl Strayed was on a dark path. Her mother had just died, her family disbanded and her marriage had crumbled. She had nothing to lose, so she decided to walk the west coast of America, from the Mojave Desert to Washington state, alone. The entire eleven hundred mile journey is chronicled in this book, plus the life lessons it taught her.

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