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Reading List for Young Professional Women - Of Mercer Blog

There’s nothing like winding down with a book and a glass of wine after a hectic workday. Are you currently on the hunt for a new read? Search no more! We’ve put together a list of 24 books for young female professionals. We’ve done our research and asked our successful pals what’s currently on their nightstands. Some of the books will make you laugh, others will inspire you, some will teach you how to lead, and others will coach you on being a better negotiator. Despite differences, the books have one thing in common: They’re all written by females who know a thing or two about finding their place in the world. Go on, release your inner bookworm!

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The Deets

Row 1: Becoming the Boss by Lindsey Pollak / The Best Advice I Ever Got by Katie Couric / Ask For It by Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever / I Shouldn't Be Telling You This by Kate White

Row 2: Bossypants by Tina Fey / Pushback by Selena Rezvani / Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown / Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel

Row 3: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham / Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg / The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women by Valerie Young / Necessary Dreams by Anna Fels

Row 4: The Next Generation of Women Leaders by Selena Rezvani / How Remarkable Women Lead by Joanna Barsh & Susie Cranston / Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski / Her Place at the Table by Deborah M. Kolb, Judith Williams, & Carol Frohlinger

Row 5: Great on the Job by Jodi Glickman / Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling / #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso / By Invitation Only by Alexis Maybank & Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Row 6: Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny / 20-Something, 20-Everything by Christine Hassler/ Who Says It’s a Man’s World by Emily Bennington / Basic Black by Cathie Black


Which books have you read and which would you recommend? Or do you have a favorite that’s not on our list? We always love a good book suggestion! Tweet at us, @OfMercer.