Best Books (aka What's on My Nightstand): No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol

The most common critique of my book is usually lobbed at me in the form of a question: What about single women? I always smile graciously and reference chapter 13 where I write about two straight single women who become all-in partners. But my honest answer is that I've been waiting for a single woman with no kids to release her own #droptheball memoir. A mother of two who has been married for twenty years has no business telling that story.

I'm incredibly thankful to Glynnis MacNicol for answering my prayers. Her debut release, No One Tells You This, chronicles the journey of her fortieth year on the planet as a woman who is sensitive to but defies convention. The narrative is cradled by the recent death of MacNicol's mother who gives the author her original canvas, but MacNicol's paints a masterpiece that is wholly unique. She climbs the career ladder as a web writer, but ultimately opts to prioritize her health and well-being after she finds herself a slave to click bait. She never marries or has children, but is far from alone. In fact, any woman seeking a strategy for creating a life she is passionate about would do well to adopt MacNicol's prowess in nurturing a community of support. What I appreciated most about this book was the author's refusal to ask easy questions and give easy answers. The nuance forces you to read each page with your heart, not just with your head, so the insights burrow deeply. No One Tells You This offers a poignant glimpse into the joys and heartbreak of modern womanhood. It's a blueprint for redefining power. Ditch the tea and pair it with a martini.