Need A New Book? Why Hillary Clinton's New Memoir Is a Must-Read

Nicole Singh
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When it comes to women and shattering glass ceilings, Hillary Clinton has long stood at the frontline of the fight for equality with nearly 40 years' of political experience to her name. Nearly nine months on after the US election that seemingly polarised the globe, Clinton is back with news of a new book, enticingly titled: What Happened. Described as a memoir, Clinton has promised to deliver both honest insight into her campaign and a candid explanation of what went on behind the scenes of her loss to Donald Trump.

According to Simon & Schuster, and as reported by The Australian, the introduction reads: "In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net… Now I'm letting my guard down." Intrigued? Us, too. Frustratingly, we will have to wait until September to get our grips on a copy, so in the meantime, we're counting down six inspiring reads from other successful women.

Keep scrolling for your new reading list.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg ($23)

As the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg definitely qualifies as successful. Sandberg shares her personal journey to finding resilience, and looks at helpful research and advice from great thinkers on overcoming obstacles. 

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling ( $23 ) ($13)

The ultimate definition of a "slashie", Mindy Kaling is a comedian, actor, and writer. In this coming-of-age memoir, she delves deep into her relationships, career climb, and personal anxieties all using the witty voice that has defined her career.

Yassmin's Story by Yassmin Abdel-Magied ($23)

When she moved to Australia at 21, this author got a job as the only Muslim woman working on oil and gas rigs in a rural town. As you can imagine, the experience gave her a lot to write about. Often mocked for wearing the hijab, at 16 Abdel-Magied founded Youth Without Borders. This humorous memoir is all about breaking stigmas and sticking to your convictions.

Letters of a Governor-General by Quentin Bryce ( $45 ) ($35)

As the first female Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce hand-wrote more than fifty letters (to everyone from ex-servicemen to farmers) a week. This book is a summation of the letters Bryce both penned and received during her six-year tenure. 

What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey ( $33 ) ($27)

Oprah needs little introduction, and with a glistening resume that boasts hosting, producing, writing and acting, this book promises to divulge the secret to her success. Throughout her career, Winfrey has asked one question of herself: "What do you know for sure?" This book is a collection of essays surrounding this thought.

Not Just Lucky by Jamila Rizvi ( $35 ) ($26)

Jamila Rizvi is an Australian presenter, writer and commentator whose first book looks at what it's like to be a woman in a competitive industry, using case studies, research and her own experience. She exposes the boundaries that can disadvantage women when it comes to career, within today's professional climate. 

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