10 Must-Read Books For Every New Graduate

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  • Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs by Pearl Cleage
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Words That Matter: A Little Book of Life Lessons By O Magazine
  • Everybody's Got Something by Robin Roberts
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
  • Letters to a Young Sister by Hill Harper
  • The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke by Suze Orman
  • Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris-Perry
  • But Some of Us Are Brave: All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men: Black Women's Studies by Gloria Hull, Patricia Bell Scott and Barbara Smith

Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs by Pearl Cleage

For new graduates, classes might be over, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to end. We’ve rounded up 10 books bursting with retrospective advice and revelatory wisdom, perfect for the young woman entering a new phase of adulthood. By Patrice Peck

This deeply personal memoir provides readers with an intimate look at Pearl Cleage’s struggle to hone her craft while facing personal and professional troubles. Reading about Cleage’s journey to becoming one of the most popular living playwrights in America will help any ambitious graduate realize that getting to the top is a grueling, yet possible endeavor.

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