Nicole’s Favorites

By Jane Was Here

By Jane Was Here

Hi, I’m Nicole! I wrote the text for Jane Was Here, recording our adventure through Jane Austen’s England so fans around the world can get a glimpse into her world. Here are some of my recent favorite books that tell women's stories, just like Jane did. 


Michelle Obama

$32.50 $29.25

Reading Michelle Obama's rich and layered memoir gave me hope and helped me consider who it was I wanted to become in many different areas of my life.

Know My Name: A Memoir

Chanel Miller

$28.00 $25.20

Chanel Miller writes beautifully about trauma and assault. Though this was a difficult read, I found it essential and profoundly moving for anyone trying to find hope in darkness.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman

$27.00 $24.30

I found myself going back and forth between laughter, second-hand embarrassment, and deep sadness for Eleanor. I think Honeyman does an excellent job at crafting this complex character, and it was satisfying to read from such a different perspective than my own.

Ordinary Light: A Memoir

Tracy K Smith

$16.00 $14.72

I read Ordinary Light for my capstone English class in undergrad, and it enthralled me. Tracy K. Smith is the US Poet Laureate, and she is masterful and delicate with words. This memoir is full of important lessons about childhood, about race in America, about grief, and about writing as a tool to cope with all of it.