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Half of 2019 has passed in a blink of an eye. We selected these 6 books to let you stay motivated and accomplish your goals of 2019.

1. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

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Sophia Amoruso is the founder of Nasty Gal. Named by Forbes as “Fashion’s New Phenom” as well as being featured on the cover of their June 2016 SELF MADE WOMEN issue, Amoruso has become one of the most prominent figures in retail and a cultural icon.

In this New York Times bestseller, Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.

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2. Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life by Twyla Tharp

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Twyla Tharp is one of America’s greatest choreographers. She has created more than 130 dances for her company as well as for the Joffrey Ballet, The New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, London’s Royal Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. She has won two Emmy awards for television’s Baryshnikov by Tharp, and a Tony Award for the Broadway musical Movin’ Out.

She shares her secrets for harnessing vitality and finding purpose as you age in this book.

In Twyla’s own words: “This book is a collection of what I’ve learned in the past fifty-five years: from the moment I committed to a life in dance up until today…it identifies a ‘disease’ and offers a cure. That disease, simply put, is our fear of time’s passing and the resulting aging process. The remedy? This book in your hands.”

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3. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

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The #1 New York Times bestseller

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.

The book was adapted as a film by the same name, released in 2016, that was nominated for three Oscars.

“Smart Black Women Mathematicians

Very interesting and well written. A page turner. Great look at women’s issues, African-American issues, technology, and the origins of the US aviation industry. There sure were a lot of smart black women mathematicians. Hopefully more women of all colors will read this and decide to go into math heavy fields.”

Kassandra Juanebe

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4. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

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Sandberg is chief operating officer of Facebook and coauthor of Option B with Adam Grant.

She described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career.

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5. Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Michelle Robinson Obama served as First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. 

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6. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover 

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER

ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW 

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University.

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