Motivational & Resource Books

The Boundaries of Her Body; A Troubling History of Women's Rights in America. By Debran Rowland, Esq.
A well-researched book on the rights (or lack of them) of women in America. Topics include: reproductive rights, women's wages, sexualized teens, and violence against women. Rowland takes a historical perspective and walks the reader through this emotional and polarizing debate over what a woman, "ought to be." Thought-provoking and intelligent.

Fabulosity; What It Is and How To Get It. By Kimora Lee Simmons.
Kimora is savvy, smart and empowering. She isn't the world's greatest athlete or mountain climber, but she is a real go-getter. She discusses business ambition, goal setting and watching your own money (among many other topics). A fun, funky and frank guide to reaching your potential and achieving success.

The Feminine Mistake; Are We Giving Up Too Much? By Leslie Bennetts.
A book that acknowledges the difficulties in balancing career and family, but also warns against financial dependency. Bennetts discusses what women forfeit when they give up their careers and self-sufficiency. A sobering look into the financial, emotional, and psychological costs of staying home. Worth the read regardless of your personal views on this controversial topic.

Full Frontal Feminism; A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters. By Jessica Valenti.
An easy to read, and highly digestible book written for a young, hip audience. Valenti is a straight shooter and tells it as she sees it. The book is a call for women to take ownership of themselves and their place in the world. Irreverent but authentic; the book is a good read.

Life Lessons for the Busy Moms; 7 Essential Ingredients to Organize and Balance Your World. By Dorothy K. Breininger, Debby S. Bitticks, and Lynn Benson.
From the creators of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, the book focuses on balance and organization while offering moms some much needed applause and appreciation. A good book if you're at the end of your rope (and not repelling).

Live Your Best Life; A Treasury of Wisdom, Wit, Advice, Interviews, and Inspiration from O. From The Oprah Magazine.
A wonderful collection of advice and tips for becoming (or staying) an enlightened and empowered female from O Magazine. A large coffee table book with colorful photos and easy to read material. A pleasant browse and inspirational source while drinking your morning cup of tea.

Not to People Like Us: Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages. By Dr. Susan Weitzman.
A very insightful book about domestic abuse in the lives of otherwise successful women. If you're in a bad relationship (or know someone who is) this is a great book and a real wake-up call for action. Could be the first step in acknowledging a destructive marriage and a real step forward to getting help. I can't recommend the book enough for those women struggling with abuse - both overt and subtle.

Reach Your True Potential; How to Overcome Self-Defeating Behavior. By Sheri O. Zampelli.
Zampelli wants to help millions of women overcome self- defeating behaviors typically stemming from dysfunctional upbringings. She gives tools, task sheets, and actions plans to get you going in the right direction. Further, she brings to light behaviors that might be holding you back.

Stand Up for Your Life; Developing the Courage, Confidence, and Character to Fulfill Your Greatest Potential. By Cheryl Richardson.
Richardson is your trainer to help you build 'courage muscles.' The book's motivational chapters include, "Stop Hiding Your Power," and "Create a Larger Vision for Your Life." Anyone will benefit from reading the book. Gets you back on the right path if you've wondered off.

Unstoppable Women; Achieve Any Breakthrough Goal in 30 Days. By Cynthia Kersey.
If you want to make a change in your life this book is a good place to begin. The book is your 'jumper cables' to a lack- luster existence. Kersey breaks success down into easy doable segments that motivate and don't overwhelm. She gives you a "process" that she believes will lead to "self-transformation."