Cayla's Top 10 Nonfiction Books by Women

Cayla's Top 10 Nonfiction Books by Women

Bookstagrammer or Book BloggerCayla Turner

Cayla is a Child Book Lover and Former Student Affairs Professional who decided to marry her love of books and education. She's also an advocate for equitable educational policy, access to BIPOC books, and doing what you love.

While book blogger, Cayla (@bookitqueen), loves diving into fictional worlds (especially fantasy and magical realism worlds), non-fiction works are her first love because they directly connect to self-improvement and new perspectives. And reading someone else's thoughts and accounts can be just as engrossing as burying yourself in a fantasy novel!

That's why she wanted to take this opportunity to recommend some of her favorite non-fiction books. From memoirs to sociological works to anthologies, the women authors in this list have created masterpieces that she often thinks about through the lens of her experiences or books that she has read. We hope that you enjoy these book recommendations in the same way that she has!

  • Last updated: 05-25-2021
Table of Contents

Cayla Turner's mybest

Mira JacobGood Talk



Deirdre Mask, Janina EdwardsThe Address Book



Austin Channing BrownI'm Still Here



Tressie McMillan CottomThick: And Other Essays


Maria HinojosaOnce I Was You



Cathy Park HongMinor Feelings



Toni Cade BambaraThe Black Woman



Malaka GharibI Was Their American Dream



Kenya HuntGirl Gurl Grrrl



Susan Orlean The Library Book



Cayla Turner's mybest Summary

Cayla's book recommendations span women authors across multiple cultural and religious backgrounds. While they focus primarily on Black authors, she also loves reading books from and focusing on women authors. 

This list is by no means comprehensive of all great works by women authors. Still, it certainly is an excellent place to start if you enjoy learning about social issues and cultural identity.

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