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any good books about self discovery

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KinkyDorito Tue 14-Jul-15 21:30:49

Hi all

just wondered if there were any good books about female self discovery out there? Fiction or auto biographical.

Not that I'm having a crisis or anything grin.

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applecatchers36 Tue 14-Jul-15 22:34:53

Fiction/ autobiography

Oranges are not the only fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Eat, pray, love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Self help

Feel the fear and do it anyway by Susan Jeffers
The female eunuch by Germaine Greer

KinkyDorito Tue 14-Jul-15 22:51:24

Read these, but thank you for replying smile.

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StupidBloodyKindle Tue 14-Jul-15 23:02:29

Erm..not exactly self discovery but a rant/vent beyond anything I have experienced...After Birth by Elisa Albert. (fiction) Be warned the narrator is anti c sections, anti formula, anti ivf...but she is clearly suffering from unresolved anger/frustration/poss pnd. As I have been through/am going through that atm I found it aliberating read. I might have to start a thread about it.
Wild (the one made into afilm with reece witherspoon) was also a journey of sorts.
A little stranger, the mum buggers off to Vegas.
A recent biog I read was a woman discovering Tibet.
What's your crisis? wink

applecatchers36 Wed 15-Jul-15 22:04:43

Another autobiography

Elizabeth Jane Howard, 'slipstream' , an author in her own right but overshadowed by Kingsley Amis

Also amazingly resilient came through 3 marriages

BualadhBos Wed 15-Jul-15 22:23:13 This is a self-help one.

dirtyprettything Thu 16-Jul-15 12:49:56

Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

BeeBawBabbity Fri 17-Jul-15 18:09:48

I second Wild by Cheryl Strange. It's a very inspiring story of a woman's treck along the Pacific Crest Trail, and her struggles with grief. Loved it.

DuchessofMalfi Fri 17-Jul-15 18:27:53

Sane New World by Ruby Wax.

If you wanted to include a book by a man then Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming.

KinkyDorito Mon 20-Jul-15 19:45:56

Thanks for all of these thanks.

Love Alan Cumming, so definitely going to look at that.

Have been downloading samples of all the others!

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stripytees Mon 27-Jul-15 22:26:42

I loved Jane Haynes' Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am.
I'm a therapist too though (as she is) and found it interesting from that perspective, not sure if it would be as enjoyable for non-therapists.

Romanceauthor Thu 30-Jul-15 15:18:31

Not exactly aimed at women, but uplifting and an inspirational read, The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch.

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