Thank you Holly Corbett and Forbes for including BRAVE-ish in your Best New Nonfiction Books By Women Authors Labor Day 2023 Reads.
Labor Day celebrates the contributions of American workers with a day off. If you’re looking to relax today, why not do so with a good book? The best books have the power to inspire new perspectives and potentially even launch a cultural trend. Such was the case with Elizabeth’s Gilbert’s famous memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which sparked women from around the globe to go on “their own Eat, Pray, Love journeys,” and use travel as a vehicle of self discovery.
Women’s stories matter. “For too long, the dreams of women have been demeaned and dismissed,’ writes Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of the Omega Institute, in her book, Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are The Storytellers, The Human Story Changes. “Now those dreams may save us. Our dreams can be a bridge from an old world into a new one.”
If you’re looking for books that center women’s stories and experiences, here is a shortlist to get you started.
Brave-ish, by Lisa Niver
An award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents, Lisa Niver courageously opens up about her experience with intimate partner violence and divorce and the struggles she faced leading up to her 50th birthday. In a youth-obsessed culture where ageism has been called the “last acceptable bias,” she confronts her fears of being alone, supporting herself through travel, and starting over again in midlife. Upon her divorce, Niver embarked on 50 challenges she would take before she turned 50 to help her build her courage and get comfortable venturing outside of her comfort zone. Her story illustrates that we can blaze our own path, if we are brave enough to begin with small steps.