A lesson in dealing with internet trolls, and other things we learned from five gripping true tales.More
"Bossypants" by Tina Fey (Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown), $9, amazon.com.
"The word 'memoir' has always been synonymous to me with boring life stories written by narcissistic old white men—so it wasn't until reading Tina Fey's Bossypants that I realized how wrong I was about the genre. It's no surprise that Fey is incredibly funny, but when you mix her wit and intellect with her fascinating backstory, it becomes an entertaining explanation of how she became the leading woman she is today. Fey's experience working her way up in a male-dominated industry has given me more confidence in my own work than any other memoir I've ever read." —Chantal Strasburger, assistant editor, @chantagold
"Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman" by Lindy West (Hachette Books), $20, betterworldbooks.com.
"As much as Lindy West's Shrill is a compelling meditation on feminism in the world today, it's also a survival guide for any woman who has done something—whether it be tweeting, writing, or commenting—on the internet. West breaks down the inherent pathetic nature of trolls and anonymous commenters in a way that offers wisdom and skin-toughening skills. While misogyny may still run rampant on the web—resulting in West's own departure from Twitter—Shrill taught me a lesson in existing unapologetically, in spite of it all." —Rebecca Deczynski, editorial assistant, @rebeccadecz