Required Reading: 10 Women Writers We Love

The recent showdown between Jezebel and The Daily Show got us thinking about our own favorite writers of the fairer sex. To show our support, we thought we’d give a shout-out to the female writers who currently have us crushing, wordsmith-style. We kept things simple, sticking to living authors only (sorry Louisa May Alcott), and in no way mean for this to be a definitive list of the “best” women writers. After the jump, our top picks for the lovely ladies who leave us weak at the literary knees. And of course, let us know in the comments if we’ve missed your object of authorly affection.

1. Sloane Crosley
Why we love her: She’s the female David Sedaris.
Best known for: Her two books of humorous essays, I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number
The line that made us fall for her: “It was a Sunday night, and it’s a well-known fact that calling in sick on a Sunday night is a fancy way of saying ‘three-day weekend.’ I settled on the infinitely dodgier but always effective alternative: a death in the family.”