Welcome to IAW’s curated collection of empowering books dedicated to women’s health and well-being in our #summerofwellness. From physical well-being to mental health, from reproductive matters to overall wellness, these books delve into various aspects of a woman’s life. Whether you’re seeking guidance on navigating hormonal changes, understanding your body’s unique needs, or simply looking for inspiration to prioritize self-care, this collection has something for every woman at every stage of life.
Physical Health Books
Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World by Elinor Cleghorn
Many women experience misdiagnosis or dismissal of their very real symptoms. Join Elinor as she comes to understand her autoimmune disease and the history of women’s medicine. You’ll travel through time tracing the origins of female hysteria while investing in Elinor’s modern-day medical issues.
This is Your Brain on Birth Control by Dr. Sarah E. Hill
There are a lot more reasons than birth control why women take the pill. But, with more and more research on its effect, you’ll be amazed at what Dr. Sarah uncovered. Packed with science-based explanations, take the reign in your health and find out what the doctor may not be telling you.
Reproductive Justice: An Introduction by Loretta J. Ross and Rickie Solinger
Loretta and Rickie are two legendary scholars and activists who teamed up to discuss the intersectionality of women’s reproductive health. If you want to go beyond the pro-choice/anti-abortion debate, learn about the complex web of obstacles that prevent many women from seeking the care they need and want.
The Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter
Knowledge is power, and for women’s health, it is severely lacking. Menopause is another body-altering change with a litany of symptoms. Learn about why your body is changing, how it’s changing, and everything in between with Dr. Jen Gunter. Feel empowered about your body and debunk common myths with this summer must-read.
Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self by Heidi Schauster, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S
Women are constantly criticized for what they eat and how much they eat. Our relationship with food may seem like a constant battle between what we want and what we can’t have. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Heidi brings her 20+ years of experience in disordered and emotional eating to help women establish a new relationship with food.
Mental Health Books
This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen R. Kleiman MSW LCSM and Valerie Davis Raskin MD
One in seven mothers develops postpartum depression. And, as the title states, it is a major physical change that is consistently unpredictable. Every woman experiences it differently, and the best thing they can do to prepare is to be informed. This book will help any woman identify symptoms, reach out for support, cope with new emotional stress, and combat negative thoughts.
Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life by Janie Brown
Death is a natural part of life, but it can be one of the most difficult things to face. Oncology nurse and counselor Janice Brown spoke to many people about their experiences with death. She collected twenty personal stories on death hoping to bring comfort and solace to those who experience the end of their lives or witness someone else’s.
Who is Wellness For? An Examination of Wellness Culture and Who it Leaves Behind by Fariha Róisín
Ever wonder where some concepts of wellness came from? Fariha is a Bangladeshi Muslim who grew up in Australia, but after moving to the United States, she found her culture being appropriated in the health market. Her journalist investigation/memoir dives deep into the commodified global health traditions while sharing personal health issues she’s faced herself.
Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab
You may recognize Nedra Glover Tawwab from Instagram, but she is a licensed counselor and relationship expert who advocates for healthy boundaries. Many women find it difficult to express their needs, say no, and assert themselves. It’s deeply rooted in society for women to put themselves last, and boundaries are the first step to establishing healthier relationships.
Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving by Celeste Headlee
There is a line between professional development and working for the sake of productivity. Award-winning journalist, Celeste, offers a new approach to work-life balance. She references history, neuroscience, and social science to dismantle assumptions about working culture.