We as a gender tend to love to read and then talk about what we’ve read. We form Book Clubs and go even if we haven’t read the book! We also love to write books and form writing groups with other women who share our passion for books and writing. And, interestingly, romance fiction (a typically female only genre) is the largest segment of book sales – we kinda are a big deal in the book world! (:
So, we asked you for some of your favorite book club books. You know … books for women, recommended by (you guessed it) other women, aka: girlfriends.
Being in online / digital world, we also know there are some great eBooks for women, eBooks by women and eBooks women should know about! So we’ll follow-up with some of those.
Let’s get started with your favorite Book Club Books!
Eat, Pray, Love – by Elizabeth Gilbert | This was the highest recommended book on our Facebook page for your favorite Book Club books. (And here are movie review of ‘Eat, Pray, Love‘ and ‘One Word‘ – a blog about the book/movie.) It’s the author’s journey through divorce, depression and loneliness to finding herself and love by way of a three country adventure. (Personally, I fond both the book and movie wonderful, inspiring and somewhat spiritual. I’d high recommend it!) Amazon says this …
The Help – by Kathryn Stockett | This was high up on the list and, at our neighborhood girlfriend Book Club, was the only time we ALL read the book! Amazingly this was a first novel by the author. I thought this quote told the story best: “Set in the rural South of the 1960’s, THE HELP is a startling, resonant portrait of the intertwined lives of women on opposite sides of the racial divide. Stockett’s many gifts – a keen eye for character, a wicked sense of humor, the perfect timing of a natural born storyteller – shine as she evokes a time and place when black women were expected to help raise white babies, and yet could not use the same bathroom as their employers. Her characters, both white and black, are so fully fleshed they practically breathe – no stock villains or pious heroines here. I’m becoming an evangelist for The Help. Don’t miss this wise and astonishing debut.” – Joshilyn Jackson, Bestselling author of Gods in Alabama Amazon shared this …
The Glass Castle – by Jeannette Walls | This was a great book to discuss at our Book Club (as were all of these, to be honest!). It’s an amazing and true story of growing up in a more-than-disfunctional family. Here are two quotes that summarize this fascinating book: “Jeannette Walls has carved a story with precision and grace out of one of the most chaotic, heartbreaking childhoods ever to be set down on the page. This deeply affecting memoir is a triumph in every possible way, and it does what all good books should: it affirms our faith in the human spirit.” – Dani Shapiro, author of Family History, and “The Glass Castle is the saga of the restless, indomitable Walls family, led by a grand eccentric and his tempestuous artist wife. Jeannette Walls has survived poverty, fires, and near starvation to triumph. She has written this amazing tale with honesty and love.” – Patricia Bosworth, author of Anything Your Little Heart Desires and Diane Arbus: A Biography, See Amazon for more
The Elegant Gathering of White Snows – By Kris Radish | When Girlfriendology was just starting out, I read this book and immediately ‘demanded’ that my Book Club read it to. LOVED IT! As Booklist shared: “When eight women in rural Wisconsin take off in the middle of the night for a journey of the heart, it touches women everywhere. The walking women are different ages and of diverse backgrounds, yet their friendship and unwavering mutual support have forged an immutable bond. They start their walk as support for Susan, who is facing an unwanted pregnancy, but all are walking for their own lost loves and lost dreams. As they walk, they talk about their lives, and the pain of the past is shed. The media picks up the news of their perambulation, and soon they become a national sensation that starts other women thinking about their lives, resulting in positive changes all over the country. The women are unaware of their influence, and their small community protects their privacy, so they can proceed without the intrusion of the outside world. A rallying cry for the empowerment of women, Radish’s novel is also a celebration of the strong bond that exists between female friends.” I contacted Kris (the author) about doing an interview with Girlfriendology and the rest is history. She’s now a girlfriend and I’m a huge fan of all her books!
Those are our top four books by women, books for women, books about women!
Here are several more based on girlfriend recommendations on our Facebook.com/Girlfriendology friends:
- Water for Elephants – by Sara Gruen (Out in theatres as of last week!)
- Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – by Rebecca Wells (one of our top Chick Flicks too!)
- The Best of Friends – by Susan Mallery (also one of our author/interviewee girlfriends)
- The Red Tent: A Novel – by Anita Diamant (well loved by our book club!)
- Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons – by Lorna Landvik (another great Book Club book about a Book Club!)
- The Secret Lives of Bees – by Sue Monk Kidd (another great Book Club book and Chick Flick)
- Firefly Lane – by Kristin Hannah (recommended by our Facebook girlfriends)
- The Bridge Club – by Patricia Sands (upcoming guest on our 4/29 BlogTalkRadio show!)
GIRLFRIENDOLOGY 101: Simple Steps to More Fulfilling Friendships – by Girlfriendology founder, Debba Haupert – eBook with 64 pages of benefits, insights and inspiration on female friendship, including:
GIRLFRIENDOLOGY 101 shares:
• 5 Benefits of female friendship
• Answers the question: Aren’t guy friends the same?
• 7 Ways you can be a better friend
• 5 Steps to forgiving a friend and saving the friendship
• 5 Ways to go above and beyond being just a ‘good friend’
• 3 Great ways to make your friend feel as special as her friendship is to you
• 5 Girlfriend traditions you can start with your friends
• How girlfriends are like ‘shoes’ – and you need lots of different kinds of them!
• Talks about the one female friendship ‘thing’ not covered on Girlfriendology.com
Responding to a need for friendship in the workplace (which increases job satisfaction and job retention), GIRLFRIENDOLOGY 102: Simple Steps to More Fulfilling Friendships at Work was added on April 21st.
The Journal of Business and Psychology states:
“Results indicate that employees’ perceptions of friendship opportunities in the workplace have direct effects on job involvement and job satisfaction, as well as indirect effects on organizational commitment and intention to turnover.”
Having friends at work is good for businesses (happy employees makes the workplace better, and increases job retention). Friends at work is good for employees too. We like working with people we, well, like!
GIRLFRIENDOLOGY 102 is designed for employers and female employees. If you would like to purchase it for your employees, please contact info (at) Girlfriendology.com for the group rate for the size of your organization (number of women). Also, HR professionals who place a group order will receive a guide to helping your employees foster healthy friendships in the workplace.
GIRLFRIENDOLOGY 102: Simple Steps to More Fulfilling Friendships At Work (by Debba Haupert, founder of Girlfriendology) takes the concepts shared on Girlfriendology (and in the previous eBook: Girlfriendology 101 – see below) and applies them to friendship in the office, school, organization, company – wherever women women. Topics discussed cover:
- Making and keeping friendships with coworkers
- Friendships across the org chart – managers and employees
- Making new employees feel welcome
- Resolving conflict with coworkers who are friends
Girlfriendology 102 is a version of ‘Girlfriendology 101: Simple Steps to More Fulfilling Friendships,’ by Girlfriendology founder, Debba Haupert. Based on the need that women have for female friendship (and the benefits that it brings), this eBook takes it a step further by adding inspiration for women on finding and maintaining friendships at work.
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- Here’s the GREAT part – you get to not only make money but you too get to participate in sharing women’s wisdom. Offer your community quality information products that inform and inspire. Become a Girlfriendology Guides Affiliate today!
And, here are some other great eBooks from some of our girlfriends:
- Tell Your Time: How To Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Fulfilled, by Amy Lynn Andrews, outlines a straightforward, step-by-step approach to controlling your schedule and ensuring the important things don’t fall through the cracks. Tell Your Time helps you accomplish not only what’s on your to-do list today, but what’s on your to-do list for life. CLICK HERE TO BUY ‘Tell Your Time’ by Amy Lynn Andrews.
- Real Food on a Real Budget: How to Eat Healthy for Less, by Stephanie Langford – editor/author of Keeper of the Home. Amazing 280-page primer for families who want to learn how to save an average of 20-30% on their food budget, while at the same time serving better quality and more nutritionally dense foods. Based on six years of hands on experience and hundreds of hours of research, Real Food on a Real Budget will teach you how to drastically lower your food budget OR significantly increase the quality of the foods that you buy (for the same amount of money). And LISTEN to Stephanie’s insights on healthy, affordable eating and hear her great girlfriend advice – like how we can have affordable and healthy meals for our families.
- Living the Balanced Life – Find Your Balance – Steps to Define & Live by your Priorities, by Bernice Wood. If you feel like you run from one activity to the next, this book is for you. If you dread Monday mornings because you hate your job, this book is for you. If you feel like you do all the work around the house and get no respect and no help, this book is for you. If you are the one that everybody goes to when they need something, this book is for you. If you feel like you are crawling out of your skin and your head is going to explode, this book is for you. Includes: Losing our Balance and Finding It, Defining your priorities, Live Healthy, Be Productive, Live Joyfully, Be Renewed and Staying Balanced for Life.