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"The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic" by Jessica Hopper, $18, barnesandnoble.com.
Chanel Parks, beauty editor, @chanelinezp
The Topic: A compilation of essays by critic and MTV music editorial director, Jessica Hopper.
Why It's Great: This collection of Hopper's best interviews and articles (even some from her zine years) really shows how you can turn your love of something into your career—whether you jam to Hole-era rock or Tinashe. Even if you're not into music journalism, just reading a voice that has gone from silenced to celebrated—Hopper's, along with those of women in the music industry, more generally—will encourage you to try your hand in a field you've been wanting to explore.
"The Best of Everything" by Rona Jaffe, $16, mcnallyjackson.com.
Mallory Rice, deputy editor, @mallory-rice
The Topic: Doing your thing in spite of the patriarchy.
Why It's Great: This 1958 novel follows a group of secretaries in New York City as they navigate their lives and careers in an era when women wanting to do more than assist men was still something of a shiny, new idea. Jaffe writes about her characters (who were based on real-life friends) with heart and humor, and the way the book covers themes like ambition, friendship, and freedom makes it a really important record of how far we've come—and (long sigh) still have to go. (Fun fact: All the writers for Girls were required to read this novel, for perhaps obvious reasons.)