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14. 'The Bell Jar' By Sylvia Plath
For some reason, I was under the delusion that every woman I know had read The Bell Jar in her teens or early 20s, but when I recently met someone who hadn't, I knew it had to go on the list. Even if you live your whole life and never have a breakdown, Plath's novel, which is essentially a memoir, is a look into the complexities of the human mind. You don't have to be mad to relate to the pages upon pages of madness. In fact, to not be able to relate at all might be a sign of true madness.