#StrongWomenRead: Fight Like a Girl With These 5 Inspiring Stories

Pick up one of these inspiring, fascinating reads and find out what it really means to fight like a girl—for truth, for health, for freedom, for success and for happiness.

Tooth and Nail by Linda D. Dahl

Linda Dahl did not fit in as a young surgical resident in New York. Born to a Middle Eastern family and raised in the Midwest, her new job challenged her sense of self and belonging until, one night, she watches a boxing match on TV with her husband. Fascinated by the ferocity and elegance of the fight, Dahl was hooked. Using boxing as a way to connect with colleagues and patients, Dahl’s success grew, leading her to her dream post: ringside physician. Recounting her year-long experience as a fight doctor, Dahl provides behind-the-scenes stories and a look at what it means to be a rare woman in the male-dominated world of professional boxing.

 

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

In her cloistered life in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover learned only what her parents—devoutly religious and untrusting of outsiders—deemed important. But as they eked out a living hauling scrap and mixing healing oils, Tara’s curiosity and desire to know more about a world she did not really understand, could not be limited. Against a backdrop of deep family dysfunction, abuse and end-of-days paranoia, the author transcribes her fascinating path from isolation to Ivy League.

 

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clementine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

In 1994 when war broke out in Rwanda, six-year-old Clementine and her 15-year-old sister fled the comfortable, loving life they had previously known, spending six years travelling through Africa. With the whereabouts of their parents unknown, Clementine and her sister until finally arrived as refugees in America where their journey continued—this time, a journey to be accepted and to accept the circumstances that led them to their new home. A heart-wrenching, timely story of bravery, resilience and empathy.

 

Sick: A Memoir by Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour couldn’t remember a time when she was not suffering from an illness that no doctor seemed able to diagnose. Plagued with daily pain and fatigue, Khakpour developed anxiety and a drug addiction as she struggled to advocate for her physical and mental health. Through debilitating symptoms, this story follows the author on her desperate journey to discover why she was sick, where to get treatment and how to reconcile the limitations that her illness put on her physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

 

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison

The myth of the tortured artist is excised in this wholly engaging half-memoir, half-cultural criticism based on the author’s experience as a writer going through addiction and recovery. Taking a deep dive into her own challenges alongside some of history’s most notorious artists-slash-addicts, Jamison offers a context for the romanticism of tragic figures in creative circles as well as the very real toll fame and fortune can take on an artist and an addict.

 

Are you ready for inspiration? Let us know which of these titles you want to dive into first!

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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