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161. Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women Over Fifty
by Jean Shinoda Bolen
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Asin: 0060929235
Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: Perennial
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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At some point after fifty, every woman crosses a threshold into the third phase of her life. As she enters this uncharted territory -- one that is generally uncelebrated in popular culture -- she can choose to mourn what has gone before, or she can embrace the juicy-crone years.

In this celebration of Act Three, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Jungian analyst and bestselling author of Goddesses in Everywoman, names the powerful new energies and potentials -- or archetypes -- that come into the psyche at this momentous time, suggesting that women getting older have profound and exciting reasons for welcoming the other side of fifty.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Archetype as Fate?
A rich, chewy, enjoyable read, full of Goddesses as archetypes (Hestia the homebody; Hera the wife; Demeter the mother; Athena the achiever; Artemis the adventurer; etc.). Lots of thought-provoking information here -- but, as a typical American addicted to self-help books which tell you, step by step, WHAT TO DO, I found this book frustrating. She simply states that a Hera (wife archetype) who has lost her husband or has never married will feel miserable and frustrated -- no suggestions on how to cope with it!! Maybe this is realism (and the self-help books are bull), but because Bolen is a Jungian analyst, surely she helps women cope with this sort of thing every day. I would have liked some examples of how other women (patients, or examples from history) cope when they cannot fulfill their archetypes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and informative
Goddess In Older Women reminds me a great deal of Women Who Run With The Wolves which my sister gave me a dozen years ago. Jean Shinoda Bolen MS notes in the beginning that "At some point after fifty, every woman crosses a threshold into the third phase of her life. As she enters this uncharted territory--one that is generally uncelebrated in popular culture--she can choose to mourn what has gone before, or she can embrace the juicy crone years."

The book is split into 4 parts. 1 is Her name Is Wisdom which covers the Goddess of pratical and intellectual wisdom; mystical and spiritual wisdom;Intuitive and psychic wisdom; meditative wisdom.

2 She Is More...Than Wisdom which deals with the Goddess of Transformative Wrath-Her name is Outrage; Healing Laughter Her Name is Mirth; Compassion Her Name is Kindness

3 She Is A Goddess Growing Older Goddesses in Everywoman Revisted Artemis Goddess of Hunt and Moon; Athena Goddess of Wisdom and Crafts; Hestia Goddess of Hearth and Temple; Hera Goddess of Marriage; Demeter Goddess of Grain; Peresephone the Maiden and Queen; Aphrodite Goddess of Love and Beauty

Part 5 She Is a Circle. Circles of Wisewomen clan mothers Grandmother circles and Crone circles.

Fact is European women seem to appreciate and honour the crone more than we do here in the states. Crone sadly is a misunderstood word. It simply means an older women who is wise and wonderful. It isn't anything dark or spooky.

Women Who Run With The Wolves and this book should be books any intelligent women who appreciates being a woman of worth owns. And should you care I am the Athena type.... ... Read more

162. Women Who Think Too Much: How to Break Free of Overthinking and Reclaim Your Life
by Susan Nolen-Hoeksema
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
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“Groundbreaking research . . . Women Who Think Too Much tells why overthinking occurs, why it hurts people, and how to stop.” —USA Today

It’s no surprise that our fast-paced, overly self-analytical culture is pushing many people—especially women—to spend countless hours thinking about negative ideas, feelings, and experiences. Renowned psychologist Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema calls this overthinking, and her groundbreaking research shows that an increasing number of women—more than half of those in her extensive study—are doing it too much and too often, leading to sadness, anxiety, and depression. She challenges the assumption—heralded by so many pop-psychology pundits of the last several decades—that constantly expressing and analyzing our emotions is a good thing.

In Women Who Think Too Much, Nolen-Hoeksema shows us what causes so many women to be overthinkers and provides concrete strategies that can be used to escape these negative thoughts, move to higher ground, and live more productively. Women Who Think Too Much will change lives, and is destined to become a self-help classic.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Women Who Think Too Much
This book was very disappointing. Every chapter seems to constantly review the negative people and situations that "women constantly think of" giving examples. On and on with all the negativity, it was depressing. The advice given was what any friend could tell you. There is no new advice, just seems to be a review of everyone's problems and to "do something else", so you don't think about it. I was bored and disappointed, the worst book I've read in a long time. Made me think too much about what a waste of money it was!

3-0 out of 5 stars lots of repetition
This book will probably be helpful for the average woman with minor problems with overthinking who hasn't as yet identified this as her problem. The book could have been much shorter and said just as much. There is a lot of repetition that will probably prove helpful for women trying to figure out if this is their problem as many synoptic examples of overthinking are given. For others that have read a lot about anxiety etc. it will be less helpful and very repetitive. Most of the strategies will not help those with serious debilitating problems, but may provide relief for women (or men) with occassional bouts of anxiety and overthinking. Methods of distraction and telling oneself to stop are only marginally helpful to those with more serious problems in this area, as if one could stop that easily, presumably one would have done so long ago. This book will mostly help some people to realize they can give themselves permission to stop ruminating. For those who are beyond being helped by that, it offers little more than a bandage. There isn't much scientific information on nuerology outside of a paragraph or two. The rest is mostly anecdotal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book On Breaking Free From Overthinking
Women Who Think Too Much came out earlier this year, and I gobbled it up in two sittings. Several people have borrowed this book from me, and have found it incredibly insightful. (And not all have been women, either!) This book features a breakthrough new method that teaches you how to free yourself from the negative cycles of overthinking.

What is overthinking? Nolen-Hoeksma, a professor of Psychology, contends that our society is both fast-paced and overly-self-analytical. The self-help section in bookstores bulge with upteen ways to analyze yourself and gaze at your bellybutton. With this self-analysis comes over-thinking--and Nolen-Hoeksema has discovered that women are more prone to overthink than men. Women spend countless hours fruitlessly thinking about negative ideas, feelings, experiences, and relationships. The result of this over-thinking? A huge number of women are feeling sad, anxious, or seriously depressed.

The author provides case studies, but they aren't presented in a dry, intellectual tone. She connects the dots between the research and how it impacts women in their day-to-day lives. Chapter titles include What's Wrong With OverThinking?, Married to My Worries: Overthinking Intimate Relationships, Always On The Job: Overthinking Work and Careers, and ten other chapters. The great thing about this book is that it doesn't just talk about why overthinking is bad for mental, emotional, and even physical health, but also provides several chapters on how to break free from overthinking and move to higher ground.

In the Chapter If It Hurts So Much, Why Do We Do It?, the author explains fascinating discoveries in brain science, and how when we think of one bad thing, it usually cascades into a torrent of negative thoughts and emotions. She writes:

"The organization of our brain sets us up for overthinking. Each little thought and memory we hold in our mind does not sit there isolated and independent from other thoughts. Instead, our thoughts are woven together in intricate networks of associations...This intricate organization of the brain into in interconnected networks of memories, thoughts, and feelings greatly increases our efficiency of thinking. It's what helps us see similarities and connections between issues...But our spiderweb of a brain also makes it easy to overthink. In particular, the fact that negative mood connects negative thoughts and memories, even when these thoughts and memories have nothing else to do with one another, sets us up for overthinking. When you are in a bad mood for any reason, your mood activates--literally lights up--those nodes of your brain that hold negative memories from the past and negative ways of thinkings. This makes them highly accessible: it's easier to get there with your conscious thoughts. This is why it is easier to think of negative things when you are in a bad mood than when you are in a good mood. It is also easier to see interconnections between the bad things in your life when you are in a bad mood..."

The author describes three phases of conquering overthinking, and covers each phase in separate chapters: breaking free of its grip, moving to higher ground and gaining a new perspective, and avoiding future traps by building your resources. Not only does she provide example scenarios of how to implement these strategies, but she also has a quick reference section in chart form at the end of each of these chapters. For example:

Strategy Don't go there.
Description Choose not to get involved in situations that arouse overthinking.
Example Jan knew that spending too much time with her mother was sure to result in weeks of overthinking, so she kept her visits short.

Another example:

Strategy Let go of unhealthy goals
Description Let go of goals that are impossible or that cause you to act self-destructively.
Example Briana decided that rather than try to lose 50 pounds by starving herself, she would lose 20 with a diet prescribed by her doctor.

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in neuro-science and the thought/emotion connection, as well as those looking for pratical strategies to manage negative self-talk and unproductive mental chatter.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Self Help I've Read
I feel fortunate to have "happened" upon this book. For years I have experienced overthinking and just thought I was crazy. Not only am I conforted to know I have a lot of company--in the erratic fly-off the handle line of thinking--but the author gives tactics following explanations that can put you back on a saner path. She has a user friendly format. THe only question I have of the author (or editor)--why did she feel the reader needed to know the color of everyone of her subjects' hair and eyes?

5-0 out of 5 stars Overthinking in the context of other thinking issues
I absolutely agree that Susan Nolen-Hoeksema's new book "Women Who Think Too Much" is the best book available on Overthinking (she is the genuine expert) and an essential addition to any library on improving thinking styles. Of course, which book is most helpful and insightful for a particular individual depends heavily on that individual's temperament, cognitive style, and philosphy of life. "Optimal Thinking" by R. Glickman is an excellent book for realists. Optimists likely would prefer "Positive Thinking" by Vera Peiffer, and pessimists tend to like "The Positive Power of Negative Thinking" by J. Norem. And so on. Effective thinking is a big, complex, and significant issue in human life and relationships. "Women Who Think Too Much" is a very nice and very helpful contribution to the pool of available books, and Susan Nolen-Hoeksema is a thoughtful and clear writer. Her focus on 'overthinking' is an important warning on the well researched dangers of rumination and hopeless pessimism. Yet it is also important to note that there is a type of pessimistic thinking that is very constructive (for some people) because it is anticipatory reflection about what might go wrong in the near future, playing through worst case scenarios to manage anxiety about upcoming events and challenges adaptively. This is very different from pessimistic rumination about the past (which is hopeless). Equally important to note is that unrealistic optimists tend to be 'underthinkers' in unhealthy ways. So appreciate this excellent book "Women Who Think Too Much" but don't forget that No One Size (or model of psychological health) fits all of us. ... Read more

163. Street in Marrakech
by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
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Catlog: Book (1988-11-01)
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This is a reflexive account of an American woman and her family's unpredictable journey through the private and public worlds of a traditional Muslim city in the process of change. As a Western stranger in Marrakech, Fernea was met with suspicion and hostility. The story of the slow growth of trust and acceptance between the author and her Moroccan neighbors involves the reader in everyday activities, weddings, funerals, and women's rituals. Both the author and her friends are changed by the encounters that she describes. A Street in Marrakech is a crosscultural adventure, ethnographically sound, and written in an accessible style. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sensitive, informative and interesting
My long time fascination with North Africa, culminated in the mid 1980s when my husband and I lived in Algeria for one year. Since then I have tried to enlarge that experience by travelling through the area and reading about the different cultures living in North Africa. How I wish that in 1984 I had already read Elizabeth Fernea's account of her year in Marrakech! Marocco and Marrakech are obviously different cultures from that of Algeria, but the detailed descriptions Fernea gives us about feasts, customs and manners, so very sensitively rendered would have helped and would also have alerted me to the minefield of possible "faux pas" -- which in retrospect I committed by the dozens!
From my experience this is a very credible account of life in the region. And most important -- it is not patronizing. Marrakech life is presented with humor, with that perplexing foreignness that is typical to Westerners in North Africa, and with respect for religious differences.
The book reads very well, it is full of curious data and also of excitment. A great read!

5-0 out of 5 stars One Family's Year-Long Experience Living in Marrakesh
I am an American woman who has been living in Marrakesh for the past 9 years. I just read this book. Even though it was written in the early 1970's, I found it to be a very accurate portrayal of life in the old medina, even now. The author and her husband are anthropologists, and both spoke fluent Arabic upon their arrival, from having lived previously in Iraq and Egypt. Therefore, the author was able to converse with people daily, and understand completely, what they were saying. This is something I have never been able to do. Because of this, she is able to give a VERY detailed look at an aspect of life which is nearly impossible for most outsiders to penetrate--the hidden life of Medina women, which takes place behind high, closed walls. What she describes is very similar to what I have experienced here of life with my Moroccan husband's family, and the people who live around them in the Medina. This book is NOT a study of political or historical conditions--it is the detailed, personal history of one family's year-long experience of living, and immersing itself, in the life of Marrakesh.

4-0 out of 5 stars Insightful and realistic
I read this book in preparation for a return trip to Morocco and wish I'd read it the first time. This is a story of what it's REALLY like to move to a foreign country--non-western--and try to live as the people do. For those of us who have read books like "A Year in Provence" and suspect that it all sounds too good to be true, this book is a refreshing change. It's told from a woman's perspective, and focuses on domestic life, the sharp difference between public and home behavior in Islamic societies, the pervasiveness of religion, and male-female roles. I would have liked a bit of a broader perspective--the author's descriptions of public unrest and a strike were tantalizing, and I would have liked to know a bit more about what was going on in the country at the time, but she describes pretty clearly why Europeans or Americans, well-meaning though they may be, wouldn't necessarily be met with open arms.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Visiter to Marrakech
I read this book while living with my family for 6 months in Morocco. I found that the book portrayed the same problems and frustrations that both me and my family were experiencing, as well as some of the wonder. Included are some wonderful descriptions and insights as to Moroccan/American differences and the way Americans are percieved by the rest of the world. I thought it deeply desplayed Moroccan culture and customs as well as one of the most interesting cities in the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars A woman's tale of acculturation in a Moroccan neighborhood
I read this book many years ago, back in 1982, to be exact. It has stayed with me all these years because of its warm humanity, its fine description and painstaking details about the slow building of friendship and understanding between an American woman and her female Moroccan neighbors in the Rue Trésor, a small street in Marrakesh. I used it in conjunction with other works on Morocco to teach anthropology courses--such works as Geertz' "Islam Observed", Rabinow's "Doing Fieldwork in Morocco", Charhadi's "A Life Full of Holes", Maher's "Women and Property in Morocco", and Dwyer's "Images and Self-Images: Male and Female in Morocco". All of these books portray some aspect of Moroccan society, some more anthropologically rigorous than others. While Fernea's book can be read purely for pleasure, it gives an excellent picture of what struck an American as different about Moroccan society, what cultural differences were most evident for her. If a reader can get hold of the BBC series "Disappearing World" program called "Women of Marrakesh", that makes an excellent companion to the book. A STREET IN MARRAKECH is a down to earth, interesting volume that will hold your interest and provide an excellent insight into another culture. I strongly recommend it. ... Read more

164. The Woman Road Warrior: A Woman's Guide to Business Travel (Agate)
by Kathleen Ameche
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-20)
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The Woman Road Warrior teaches women the expert art of business travel and gives them the tools they need to become experts themselves. Based on author Kathleen Ameche's own 20-plus years of travel experience and the experiences of other women who are frequent business travelers, this book is designed to equip businesswomen of all ages and experience levels with the know-how they need to make business travel less daunting, less exhausting and less of a hassle.

The Woman Road Warrior teaches women how to take control of the business travel process so they can avoid the pitfalls that come with approaching it too passively. The book debunks travel myths and concretely demonstrates multiple ways of solving on-the-road challenges. The Woman Road Warrior is the first book to present step-by-step, practical, time-tested and up-to-the-minute techniques and tips for women who are new (or returning) to the world of business travel, especially in the current domestic travel environment. It features:

Useful information aimed at meeting the specific needs of professional women
Sections dedicated to furnishing specific and focused advice on dealing with different business-travel challenges
Detailed checklists for each topic
Comprehensive travel resource information
Practical tips designed specifically for women with varying levels of business travel experience, from beginner to more experienced

The Woman Road Warrior should be a staple of every bookstore's business/travel section and is an ideal gift item for new graduates just starting their business careers.

Kathleen Ameche is founder and president of the IRIS Group V LLC, a company that focuses on being a trusted friend, ambassador and champion for women who travel. She has been a senior executive at several companies, including West Monroe Partners and the Tribune Company, and has done extensive business travel for more than 20 years. She was born, and still resides, in Chicago.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great ideas and tips for all travelers!
I just got back from holiday in Ireland. On the return flight, I experienced the excruciating pain that is a head cold, mixed with the pressure adjustment on the plane. I had no idea what to do, having never felt that way before! When I got home, a friend handed me this book, and almost immediately in flipping through it I landed to the pages on how to battle a head cold, leading up to - and during a flight. If only I'd had this book before my trip! An added bonus to this book is that it comes with tips and checklists. I feel better prepared for my next trip and wonder how I travelled without it!

My only request: When can we expect the international version?

5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful and helpful resource!
After reading Woman Road Warrior I hope to simplify my next travel adventure with the insightful ideas for productivity and success on the road.The tips and checklists were just what I needed to get myself ready and rolling along.Even more information is available on the website.

5-0 out of 5 stars Travel advice at its best!
The Ameche tips are very helpful.Easy, quick read worth keeping around for reference before any type of traveling (work or fun). Great treat for anyone - men or women - who travels or who may be just starting out!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome and complete Guide
Valuable advice for travelers of all experience levels.It is very helpful to have such a complete review of travel tips and guidance in one location.The Ameche tips and checklists are great!I can only imagine how much this would have simplified my early travel years.Please share this with anyone who travels - I promise they will thank you!!Signed, a traveler with more than 4 million miles ... Read more

165. Revolutionary Mothers : Women in the Struggle for America's Independence
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Asin: 1400041635
Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
Publisher: Knopf
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4-0 out of 5 stars A well-written and deftly executed narrative
Ask most people about women's involvement in the American Revolution and you are likely to hear about Betsy Ross or Molly Pitcher. But Ross may not have been the person who made the first American flag, and Molly Pitcher, says historian Carol Berkin, never existed --- she was an imaginative construct, comparable to World War II's Rosie the Riveter.

Berkin, a history professor at Baruch College and the City University of New York, has sought out the stories of lesser-known but more authentic women --- people like Esther Reed, who organized a fund-raising drive among the women of Philadelphia in support of the Continental Army; Catharine Greene, who endured the rigors of Valley Forge in company with her husband, General Nathanael Greene; and Molly Brant, a Mohawk Indian and British sympathizer who performed skillfully in delicate diplomatic negotiations during the war.

Martha Washington too wins an honorable place in Berkin's female pantheon for her annual trips to be with her husband and his troops even during the war's darkest days.

Berkin is even-handed, devoting space to the activities of Loyalist women as well as American patriots, and not neglecting the lives of black and Indian women. In fact, the single most arresting story in her book is that of Frederika von Riedesel, the wife of a Hessian general who was present at the pivotal battle of Saratoga (where her husband commanded his men on the British side), later endured captivity and long, harsh, forced travels with her husband and small children, was befriended by Thomas Jefferson during a stay in Virginia, and eventually returned to Europe, seemingly with the good will of major players on both sides of the conflict.

Frederika was lucky, of course; her husband's high rank ensured her treatment far better than that accorded to prisoners of lesser rank. But she obviously was a woman of grit and resourcefulness who managed at several key junctures in her American years to turn misfortune to her and her family's advantage.

Berkin gives the reader quick and necessarily somewhat superficial summaries of the active role of women as organizers of pre-war boycotts of British goods, as "camp followers" who did laundry, cooking and sewing for troops on both sides of the fight, and as couriers, spies and other such covert operatives. She is honest enough to admit that some of the stories she tells are based on flimsy evidence --- the perhaps embellished recollections of participants or stories that may have become distorted as they were passed down through familial generations. But the common thread that runs through her narrative is clear --- women were active participants in the great events of 1775-1783, not stay-at-homes. It is a corner of American history worth illuminating.

Berkin's tone is popular rather than scholarly. She does not trumpet the feminist angle vehemently, preferring to let her well-written narrative make its obvious point.

She begins with a survey of the subservient position occupied by women in pre-Revolutionary America, and ends by considering how the wartime activities of women altered post-war male perceptions and led to changes for the better. Her last paragraph leaves the definite impression that there is more to come from Carol Berkin on the subsequent course of American women's emergence from the long shadows of their husbands. In this slim but deftly executed book, she has made a good start on what easily could become a long story.

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166. A Woman's Spiritual Retreat: Teaching, Meditations, and Rituals to Celebrate Your Authentic FeminineWisdom
by Joan Borysenko
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Sounds True
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Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. (bestselling author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind) has led thousands of women in spiritual retreats over the past fifteen years, helping them understand the unique path of a woman’s spiritual journey. What started out as a few women getting together has become integral to Dr. Borysenko’s career as an international teacher and speaker. On A Woman’s Spiritual Retreat, she brings along her years of research as a cellular biologist and clinical psychologist to examine the difference between a woman’s spiritual needs and a man’s, and gives women ways to create their own feminine spiritual practices in a bold step toward a "universal spirituality" that honors the feminine in both men and women.

Listeners will join Dr. Borysenko in a full retreat they can experience anywhere, where they explore:

· The importance of mindfulness in a woman¹s life
· Maiden, Mother, Guardian, and Crone: discovering the source of power in each stage of being a woman
· More than eight hours of meditations, rituals, and guided imagery to honor women¹s own spiritual paths, and much more. ... Read more

167. Being A Broad in Japan: Everything a Western woman needs to survive and thrive
by Caroline Pover
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Asin: 4990079108
Catlog: Book (2001-07-19)
Publisher: Alexandra Press
Sales Rank: 212066
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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“My encyclopedia, my translator, my phone book, my best friend!” —Western woman living in JapanBeing A Broad in Japan includes everything you need to make the most out of your life: case studies of Western women working in almost 50 different types of jobs; anecdotes from many of the 200 Western women interviewed; profiles of 23 women’s organisations; essential Japanese words and phrases; and indispensable resource sections listing telephone numbers and Websites for English-speaking housing agencies, banks, doctors, dentists, gynaecologists, therapists, lawyers, maternity classes, day care centres, employment agencies, labour unions, graduate schools, and MORE. An essential book for any Western woman living in Japan.

Read about: • Coping with culture shock. • Finding clothes and shoes that fit. • Avoiding hair disasters. • Cooking Japanese food. • Telling a chikan where to go. • Dating and the singles scene. • Organising contraception. • Getting married and divorced. • Adopting a baby. • Educating your child. • Finding a job. • Teaching gender studies in the English-language classroom. • Coping with reverse culture shock when you leave Japan. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't move to Japan without it!
This is the only book I have seen addressing women's issues in Japan. It specifically deals with the challenges Western women face when they live in Japan. It is quite thorough and well-written. The author and her work are very accessible and I would highly recommend this reference to any female planning a relocation. The book is not written for casual vacationers, but can provide useful insights into daily living, if you are curious.

5-0 out of 5 stars A neccessity for anyone coming here.
An excellent book which gives you a lot of information on aspects of daily life in Japan. And although it is aimed at women, it is totally relevant to men. I wish it had been available before I came here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential help for Japan newcomers and long-termers
Whether you're thinking of moving to Japan, or are already here, this book can help you deal with the day-to-day trials of being a stranger in a very strange land. It has both general info and stuff that's more likely to be of interest to women (childcare, finding a good English-speaking gynecologist, etc). All in all, a great resource for foreign women in Japan...

5-0 out of 5 stars The not so inscrutable Japan.
As a woman who arrived in Japan years ago, when there were next to no resources to help one settle into everyday life, I commend Caroline Pover for her almost monumental resource book for foreign women living in Japan. She covers almost every possible issue from job hunting and setting up one"s own business to dating to being a mother, and extremely important to anyone living in a foreign country --- how and where to get good health care --- and much more, listing a treasure of organizations, books, useful addresses and telephone numbers, and web pages. Included at the end of each chapter is a basic and useful Japanese vocabulary pertaining to the subject.
As a personal touch, a number of expatriate women involved in a variety of jobs tell their stories, sharing the frustrations and successes they have experienced in a country not always friendly to the working woman.
Because so much research was involved, a few references became out of date while the book went to press; it would have been helpful to have a loose page addition with corrections. Nevertheless, the book is invaluable for foreign women living in Japan and for any woman, married or single, who contemplates a move there. ... Read more

168. Politics of Piety : The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject
by Saba Mahmood
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Politics of Piety is a groundbreaking analysis of Islamist cultural politics through the ethnography of a thriving, grassroots women's piety movement in the mosques of Cairo, Egypt. Unlike those organized Islamist activities that seek to seize or transform the state, this is a moral reform movement whose orthodox practices are commonly viewed as inconsequential to Egypt's political landscape. Saba Mahmood's compelling exposition of these practices challenges this assumption by showing how the ethical and the political are indelibly linked within the context of such movements.

Not only is this book a sensitive ethnography of a critical but largely ignored dimension of the Islamic revival, it is also an unflinching critique of the secular-liberal principles by which some people hold such movements to account. The book addresses three central questions: How do movements of moral reform help us rethink the normative liberal account of politics? How does the adherence of women to the patriarchal norms at the core of such movements parochialize key assumptions within feminist theory about freedom, agency, authority, and the human subject? How does a consideration of debates about embodied religious rituals among Islamists and their secular critics help us understand the conceptual relationship between bodily form and political imaginaries? Politics of Piety is essential reading for anyone interested in issues at the nexus of ethics and politics, embodiment and gender, and liberalism and postcolonialism.

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169. How Jane Won: 55 Successful Women Share How They Grew from Ordinary Girls to Extraordinary Women
by Sylvia Rimm, Sara Rimm-Kaufman
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See Jane Win was propelled to the bestseller list by girls and parents seeking advice on how modern women can achieve success and happiness. How Jane Won, its companion, tells the stories of some 50 women who have been successful both at work and at home. Ranging in age from 30 to 80--some famous, some not--these women speak in their own voices about how their girlhoods sowed the seeds for their success, and how they coped with society's prejudices, triumphed despite discouragement, and found inspiration. They are lawmakers and judges, shatterers of glass ceilings, healers and discoverers, teachers and community leaders, artists and musicians, and communicators. And their stories are full of good counsel and inspiration.

Christine Whitman, the first woman governor of New Jersey, recounts how she was "more of a problem than a leader" as a kid, but succeeded anyway due to the self-confidence imbued in her by her parents. Sandra Day O'Connor tells of gaining early independence on a cattle ranch and being sent off to school in a distant city with no phone to communicate with her family. Connie Matsui, the daughter of servants, describes how she became the vice president of a pharmaceutical company and the president of the Girl Scouts of America while raising two children. Eileen Collins, NASA astronaut and space shuttle commander, was a shy child who worked her way through college to put more women into space. Aftera copy of Booker T. Washington's autobiography literally fell on her head, plant physiologist Camellia Okpodu renewed her commitment to finish college despite the racism she confronted there. Mary GrandPré shares how becoming more confident improved her art, which in turn led to her being selected as the illustrator for the Harry Potter books, and news anchor Jane Pauley shares why not making varsity cheerleader in tenth grade was the luckiest thing that ever happened to her. These stories remind us of the qualities that make for success in any life's path, of the unseen gifts in the seeming tragedies, and of the real potential for creating a fulfilling life as a woman with a career and a family. How Jane Won is a terrific gift for the young woman in your life. --Lesley Reed ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Stories of Successful Women
In "See Jane Win", Dr. Sylvia Rimm and Dr. Sara Rimm-Kaufman studied and reported on 1,100 successful women. The women, who had indicated that they were happy with both their home and career lives, filled out survies about their lives. The results, which included such findings as biggest role models, birth orders, schools attended and activities participated in while young, served parents with information on possible ways to raise daughters. The short anecdotes about several survey participants served girls and young women with inspirational mini-biographies about women who had become what they themselves define as successful.

"How Jane Won", subtitled "55 Successful Women Share How They Grew from Ordinary Girls to Extraordinary Women" includes more autobiographies by such women. The book is divided into six sections of careers: the Lawmakers and Adjudicators, the Shatterers of Glass Ceilings, the Healers and Discoverers, the Nurturers, the Artists and Musicians, and the Communicators. Women telling their life stories range from astranauts to homemakers, and include Christina Whitman (Governor of New Jersey), Nydia M. Velazquez (US Congresswoman), Sandra Day O'Connor, Cathleen Black (President of Hearst Magazines), Eileen COllins (NASA Astrnaut and Space Shuttle Commander), Alexa Canady, M.D. (Pediatric Nerosurgeon), Martha Aarons (Flutist with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra), Jane Pauley (Anchor, NBC News and Dateline), Florence Henderson (Brady Bunch actress), and Jacqauleyn Mitchard (bestselling author).

Although one would fear this book would turn into a Chicken Soup for the Feminist Soul, most of the stories do an amazing job of staying on the practical and real side instead of the corny and romantic one. Most of the stories are insprirational yet helpful. Many girls would be inspired by reading about the lives of these successful women, and many women who wish to advance in their own education or career would also find these stories interesting.

One important thing many women in the book point out is how hard it was for them in the beginning of their career, before women had won many of the rights and status we too often take for granted. Cathleen Black, President of Hearst Magazines, writes "When I talk to teenage girls, it's hard for them to imagine that these opportunities didn't always exist. I dont' know that it's real for them. They're skeptical when I tell them they couldn't have gotten a loan or gone to Harvard in my era." Likewise, Katherine Hudson, President and CEO of Brady Corportation, writes, "When I wrote my resume, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. None of the companies were interested in my doing financial work, despite my gruaduatin first in the class. The salary offers were for about half of what the guys in class were being offered. This was in 1968, before affirmative action."

A positive point about "How Jane Won" is that it advoids the materialism found in "See Jane Win". The biggest critique of that book is that women were defined as successful almost exclusively when they held jobs women were previously unable to or when they made a great amount of money. In "How Jane Won", however, the women who share their stories may or not be financially successful, but they are successful because they are happy. Women who hold "traditional" jobs like teachers, nurses, and homemakers are not excluded like they are in most of "See Jane Win", and this sends the important message that girls can and should do whatever makes them happiest, whether that is becoming a nuclear physicist or a street musician.

One critique that can be made of "How Jane Won", however, is its exclusion of "untraditional" family women: women who do not marry at all or who are lesbians. There is one lesbian whose story is included, as well as a few women who never had children, but besides for this the emphasis seems to be that women are only successful when they are not only happy with their work but when they also have a "typical, all-American" family system. It would be nice to see greater diversity in the See Jane Win series, if there are to be any more in the future.

Instead of being overloaded with cheesiness as one might expect, most of "How Jane Won" is full of practical advice and inspiration. Both girls and parents alike will find themselves liking and rereading certain stories they find most relevant to their lives, and this will positively influence many readers. ...

4-0 out of 5 stars The Whole Story
I enjoyed reading this book because it wasn't some tedious self help guide that just went on and on with the author's personal philosophy. This book presented the material it did and got across the message it did by using real peoples' experiences. That not only made for a more interesting read but simaltaneously proved it's philosophy to be applicable to everyday life. There is no better way to instill a motivation, in this case the belief that it is entirely possible for women to succeed, than to use examples. By reading these stories and following the women from childhood on, the route they took to their accomplishments becomes very comprehensive and seems manageable. In a small way this book showed me that if one takes the right steps, it is possible to achieve great things.

4-0 out of 5 stars You Can Always Manage
Her novel was well written, Itshows that there is always time for evrything. Women also have the ability to do what their role models teach them, which can give them theability to do anything.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shoul Read!!!
I had to read this book for my Econ class. I attend Santa Monica High School. I very much like this book. It was very overwhelming. I would recommend this book to all the people who has less expecting on women.

5-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
This was an extraordinary book, very insightful. It let me know things are still possible and that dreams come true. This book tells you about other people that are very similar to yourself. The great thing about this book is that it displays all aspects of life. This book is definitely on my bookshelf. ... Read more

170. Women Who Run With the Wolves
by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
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New enhanced edition of the original underground classic by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., features rare interview excerpts with this internationally acclaimed Jungian analyst and cantadora (keeper of the old stories). First released three years before the print edition of Women Who Run With the Wolves (Ballantine books, 1997) made publishing history (more than 2 million copies sold worldwide), this landmark audio probes the instinctual nature of women through world myths, folktales, and commentary. Through an exploration into the nature of the wild woman archetype, Dr. Estés helps listeners discover and reclaim their passion, creativity, and power. ... Read more

171. The Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit
by Patricia Monaghan
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Prayers, poems, and songs to the Goddess from around the world and across the ages have been collected and adapted for the modern devotee in The Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit. Author Patricia Monaghan offers a disparate meditation for each day of the year, including February 29--April 5 is a Lithuanian folksong; August 6 a quotation from Proverbs; October 17 a Korean shaman's chant. After each prayer there is a two-paragraph "thought for the day" in which Monaghan offers the reader philosophical observations or helpful advice designed to assist living and growing in the spirit of the feminine. The very pretty purple and gold-embossed cover makes it an excellent nightstand adornment, and the gentle meditations are a stress-reducing way to begin or end your day by honoring Her and Her spirit in yourself. --P. Randall Cohan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is one of the mose beautiful books I have read. I love the verses and teh paraghraph that puts them in modern day terms of just explains teh meaning they had for the ancient people of that culture. A must for any one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Start your day the Goddess way...
This book provides a perfect way to give yourself a nice morning ritual or meditation. It provides a daily poem or song on a variety of female dieties, along with a short reflection on how it is applied to daily life. I like that Monaghan includes Goddesses from a variety of cultures from all over the world. Her love of the feminine spirit definitely shines through. Another special feature is that you can use the index in a variety of ways. It has listings sorted by diety, or by subject matter, also by country, that way, you can find what you need when you have a specific purpose in mind. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't be without this lovely book.
I have gone almost a full year (the complete book) with this book providing me with comfort, inspiration, and food for thought each day. I have another book which claims to offer Goddess inspirations in the same day by day format, but it doesn't touch this one, which obviously comes from a learned, thoughtful, spiritual, experienced writer. I read quotes from each book each day, but I save this one for last, because it is by far the best. The quote from a folk song or classical work followed by an insightful elaboration on the theme is always just enough - not too long, not too short. Thank you, Ms. Monaghan, for enriching my life each day.

5-0 out of 5 stars This beautiful book touches the spaces my life touches.
Now here is a goddess meditation book with some depth! The daily poems and songs from ancient texts are rich in beauty, pointedly as diverse as the goddess herself. They are a wonderful source for personal and communal ritual. What I love the most is Monaghan's own reflections. It is so rare to have a poet scholar with the emotional depth, wisdom and incisive mind that strips away illusion to find both the succulent fruit and the flesh stripped bone. Life is beautiful and hard. For me, a meditation book needs to touch where my life touches. This one does. I cheat. I prowl around this book, not being obedient to the prescribed day. February 26 is one of my favorites. "I have eaten from her drum./ I have drunk from her cymbal./ I have carried her sacred objects./ I have prayed in her secret chamber." ( Greek initiate prayer). Monaghan writes, " The silence of the centuries tells us as much as a written script might about the mystery of life and death. The goddess reigns over them both. She is both our speech and our silence." Many have written using Monaghan's works as their source. In this book we have the real voice. I recommend The Goddess Companion very highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars A True Companion
This fine book stays by my altar and I cherish the time I spend reading it each day. I'm very grateful for the incredible research Patricia Monaghan put into the book and also for her personal wisdom that brings such rich understanding of the meaning of the Divine Feminine in everyday life. To have these powerful meditations with which to begin my day is a great gift. The meditations about Brigid were especially precious to me when I was in Ireland in February. This book is an awesome collection of Goddess lore and wisdom from all around the world that feeds my spiritual needs and brings me great joy. ... Read more

172. Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983
by Barbara Kingsolver
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Catlog: Book (1996-11-01)
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Novelist Barbara Kingsolver began her writing career with Holding the Line. It is the story of how women's lives were transformed by an eighteen-month strike against the Phelps-Dodge Copper Corporation. Set in the small mining towns of Arizona, the story is partly oral history and partly social criticism, exploring the process of empowerment which occurs when people work together as a community. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Women on the picket line and its impact on their lives
Barbara Kingsolver was a young reporter in Arizona when she was assigned to write a story about this strike. Little did she know then that the strike would last for eighteen months, and that this book would be a natural outgrowth of her interest. The book is filled with facts and figures as well as the stories of people who bravely "held the line" each day, picketing against the "scab" workers that were brought in by the Phelps Dodge Copper Corporation. It's also the story of a town, where the only work was in the mine. And it's also about the generations of Mexican American citizens of that town who had to fight prejudice as well as the everyday dangers inherent in mining.

Most of all though, it is the story of the women and how this strike broadened their understanding of the world beyond their families, and let them develop new strengths. For it was mostly the women who stood on that picket line - the wives, sisters and mothers of the men who would have been arrested. Families were threatened with eviction. There was even a catastrophic flood during this time, which brought its own kind of devastation. And some of the women were arrested too. But despite intimidation, tear gas and harassment, the community stood firm.

I was particularly interested in the stories of the handful of women who actually worked in the mine. One of them had 11 children but needed the work to be able to help her husband support the family. Eight dollars an hour doesn't seem like much, but it was considered a good wage compared with $3.00 an hour for being a secretary. Several of them described the actual work, including the heavy lifting all day long and sometimes working as many as 28 days in a row. Their male co-workers verbally harassed them. And there was no special restroom for women. Eventually though, they won respect.

But when the corporation wanted to cut wages and eliminate even a cost-of-living increase, the strike started. It went on and on. Ms. Kingsolver goes into all the details. It was fascinating. It was if I was just picked up from my New York City apartment and plunked down on the picket line of a little town that had less people than one apartment building on my block.

The eventual result wasn't very good for anybody though. Not in the usual sense. But by the time the author gives her own spin on the situation, including her feminist politics, I was left with a positive feeling, as was her intention. I learned things from this book. I learned about a copper mine in Arizona, the actual jobs and the people who worked there. I learned about the large and imperfect system of unions in this country. And, most of all, I learned about the strength and courage of a few special women.

1-0 out of 5 stars Please
If you expect anything even approaching an objective and truthful retelling or analysis of the Phelps Dodge strike, you'll be sadly disappointed. Kingsolver picks a series of unsubstantiated and self-interested stories of the strikers and completely ignores the horrible violence committed by the unions.


5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing writing about a horrific event
Barbara Kingsolver is one of the, if not the, greatest writers ever produced by America, maybe, the world. With care and compassion, she writes a thorough account of the mine strike of 1983 in Southern Arizona. During the height of the Cold War, while Reagan was calling the Soviet Union and Communism, the "evil empire," things which Americans thought went on "only over there" were happening in Southern Arizona. Hard-working people who did no more than stand up for there rights, were denied their right to assemble, to speak, to pursue life, liberty and happiness. Judges, Governor Bruce Babbitt, Department of Public Safety, the National Guard, and the local authorities, all in the pocket and payroll of Phelps Dodge Copper Corporation who was trying to break up the Unions, so they could re-institute racist, sexist, classist, policies.

They all failed. The Morenci Mine Women's Auxiliary led the way to community solidarity against all odds. More than any strike victory, they gained, life, confidence, and a purpose in life. Read this book, it's told in the form of interviews and narrative. You'll get to know and have affection for Anna O'Leary, Flossie Navarro, Berta Chavez, and many other women of Clifton, Arizona. You'll root for them, be inspired by them, and, be moved by them. What a wake up call! Working people of the world, UNITE!

5-0 out of 5 stars Frightening
I will never view law enforcement or the judicial system the same way again. A real eye-opener for those with no experience with unions. The story of heros persuing the American dream...

3-0 out of 5 stars This is one book that I had few regrets about
This book details the struggles of the women miners of Arizona. Their hardships were projected beautifuly by Barbara Kingsolver's use of descriptive words. Her often wild style threw me off a couple of times and her other work kind of worried me about the content of this book. I was pleasently surprised by "Holding the Line : Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983". ... Read more

173. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (Perspectives on Gender (New York, N.Y.).)
by Patricia Hill Collins
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In Black Feminist Thought, Patricia Hill Collins explores the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals as well as those African-American women outside academe. She not only provides an interpretive framework for the work of such prominent Black feminist thinkers as Angela Davis, Alice Walker, and Audre Lorde, but she shows the importance of self-defined knowledge for group empowerment. In the tenth anniversary edition of this award-winning work, Patricia Hill Collins expands the basic arguments of the first edition by adding several important new themes.A new discussion of heterosexism as a system of power, an expanded treatment of images of Black womanhood, U.S. Black feminism's connections to Black Diasporic feminisms, and more attention to the importance of social class and nationalism all appear in the new edition. In addition, the new edition includes recent developments in black cultural studies, especially black popular culture, as well as recent events and trends such as the Anita Hill hearings and the backlash against affirmative action. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for All People
I'm a gay white male and I loved this book! Collins does an amazing job presenting her compelling thesis, and I continue to thank Sociology in general for being the most daring, critical-thinking academic discipline ever. It's no surprise sociologists like Collins dare to speak out on gay rights issues (see her section on homophobia/heterosexism) - sociology is the only area of thought that consistently questions the status quo. In a day in age where so many (though by no means all!) African-American (heterosexuals) are horribly anti-gay and increasingly pro-greed/pro-capitalism, Collins stands out as a heroine for all peoples. I am still waiting for an openly gay hip-hop artist!! How cool would that be? I recommend this book to absolutely anyone. Five stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking and Painful to read
about how society conspire to restrain black women from realizing their potential as citizens in America. The racially skewed beauty standards is one. The relentless stereotyping of black women is another. Both tried to keep down the spirits of a group of women Americans trained to despise. I hope Ms. Collins comes out with another book about us.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspired
Patricia Hill Collins exemplifies a practitioner's and theorist's point of view on black feminism as it relates to Africa American and our African sisters. She references critical and inspiring data and quotes from a varied repetoire of authors, historians, and philosophers. The author explains the context and format of her subject upon initial reading. This book also draws commonalities among the issues and concerns among African American women and our international sisterhood (i.e., African, Carribean, etc.,) It illustrates the social and cultural values among all groups, the commonalities among the values while focusing on the African American feminist aspect. This is a must read for any person, be it woman or not, African American or other. It brings about a social and cultural understanding that is pertinent to the "holonomy" of understanding and appreciating varied cultural, social and historical values and experiences while commencing to the building of community. Please add this title to your collection of literature. You won't be disappointed; if for nothing more than to open your world to receive another perspective.

5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful
Collins'analysis of black feminism is an enlightening piece of literature that forces its readers to chanllenge main stream assumptions and discover the underlying mechanisms of racism and sexism in America. To create this effect, she uses a range of feminist perspectives form the calm subtleties of Angela Davis to the slightly boisterous philosopy of Bell Hooks. Nevertheless, by displaying these perspectives equally Collins shows that the struggle for equally is not an individual struggle but one that requires collectively. This book is intensely thought provoking and it is guaranteed to give its readers profound insight into black feminism. ... Read more

174. Women at Work
by Dayle M. Smith
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Focusing on equality in the workplace, this informative and empowering study offers a candid examination of women and the barriers they face as they enter the 21st century workforce environment, highlighting the challenges organizations and their employees face as well as offer new directions women can look to in managing their success.Offers valuable insight and expertise from a wide range of contributing authors, providing readers with a foundation for exploring the “glass ceiling”, analyzing women's experiences in the workplace, and identifying strategies for managing successful career. Addresses many pertinent issues, including gender and communication; the experience of women of color; dysempowerment in organizations; the legal system and discrimination laws; career path obstacles; the trend of international women managers; what women entrepreneurs must know; professional women as changing agents, and much more. Begins each section with interviews from some of today's most powerful and inspiring women leaders who share how they “broke through” and found success.For professionals in management and business. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fifteen Experts Share Their Knowledge on a Fascinating Topic
Extremely thoughtful and extensive research on women's reality in today's business environment. The book covers a broad range of perspectives. Very informative and useful. Truly worth it! ... Read more

175. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
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In Wild Swans Jung Chang recounts the evocative, unsettling, andinsistently gripping story of how three generations of women in her family fared in thepolitical maelstrom of China during the 20th century. Chang's grandmother was awarlord's concubine. Her gently raised mother struggled with hardships in the early daysof Mao's revolution and rose, like her husband, to a prominent position in the CommunistParty before being denounced during the Cultural Revolution. Chang herself marched,worked, and breathed for Mao until doubt crept in over the excesses of his policies andpurges. Born just a few decades apart, their lives overlap with the end of the warlords'regime and overthrow of the Japanese occupation, violent struggles between theKuomintang and the Communists to carve up China, and, most poignant for the author,the vicious cycle of purges orchestrated by Chairman Mao that discredited and crushedmillions of people, including her parents. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and educational account of Communist China
Wild Swans is a riveting story of the lives of three women in 20th century China. It delineates the lives of a concubine grandmother, a communist spy mother, and a student daughter. This was an extremely comprehensive book containing not only the life stories of three generations of a family, but also the stories of their relatives, relations, and of historical occurrences. It gives an extraordinary first hand account of China's history spanning from imperialist China to the rise of communism, and through the Cultural Revolution.

Jung Chang does a very good job of describing and explaining the history of China and the changes that occurred, including details down to what kinds of foods people ate during certain time periods. She gives descriptive images of shocking oppression and violence, which had been everyday occurrences in China. Although these descriptions initially prevented me from putting the book down, near the end, the violence does become somewhat repetitive and tiresome (yet you can't blame the author because constant violence was part of China's history).

Overall, I think this was a very fascinating book. The author successfully gives a detailed description of the history, recounting tales of the various things different families went through, while also telling the dramatic stories of her relatives. She does a good job of describing what people went through during the changes in Communist China and after reading this book, I have gained a very clear understanding of what happened during the time and why it happened. This was a very entertaining book which I also learned a great deal from.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Complete Yet Engaging Historical Account
I was given Wild Swans to read prior to a summer trip to Beijing. Being a high school student, I was not only daunted by the heft of the book, but by the extensive historical chronology and family tree in the introduction as well. I was also unsure as to whether the story would be a Chinese-generation plot along the lines of Amy Tan or whether it would be more of a strict historical recount of China in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Despite my apprehensions, I decided to go ahead and read it, and I have been thoroughly delighted with the results of my endeavor.
Wild Swans is what I would term a "human-interest history," meaning that the dry historical aspect of the book is tempered by the human emotion surrounding the individual events. Jung Chang uses the female leaders of each generation to provide a thoughtful outlook on the traditions and culture of China. For me, the best way to gain a true feel for the attitudes of a specific time period is to hear a personal account. This is the book's most salient quality. Chang makes the most of the little details that encompass the environment of the characters and uses the thoughts and feelings of her family to convey key concepts pertaining to Chinese morals and behaviors.
The concise language of the book also helps to promote these historical images and gives the book a quick tempo. Each anecdote is told in the same, somewhat removed manner, even Chang's own experiences. While some might find this an impersonal tactic, I felt that it allowed the tragedies of the story to shine by basing them purely on their own facets. Any extraneous writing would have clouded the sheer pain involved in a number of the events, and Chang's distance allows the reader to recreate the scene and absorb the historical depth behind it. Chang's own academic experience provides a particularly striking cultural contrast to typical Western thought processes and teachings.
Of course, there are some minor flaws in the book. Chang tends to gloss over her father's upbringing and adolescence and lingers on her grandmother's trials during her youth and during the Communist takeover, resulting in some unbalanced character depictions. Chang's privileged lifestyle prior to and then under the Communists also provides a lopsided view as to the true reign of Mao and the general state of China during the early Communist years. However, bias is to be expected whenever dealing with a personal account, and these deficiencies become lost in the greater framework of the book.
I have learned more from this book about Chinese history than I could have ever hoped to acquire from a guidebook or textbook. I highly recommend this book to anyone planning to travel to China in the near future or for anyone who is looking for an informative, yet entertaining, story of a family in China over the years.

5-0 out of 5 stars a classic
this is a beautiful book. maybe even my favorite of many classics.

it is the story of three women, strong and united with a determination that will get them through the hardships of China from the early nineteen hundrens to the present. optimism and love for each other and their family, as well as tears and sadness, get them through their lives as well as the tyrannical reign of Mao, a powerful dictator of China.

i am partly struck with wanting to share this book with you, and invite you to read it, (though it is certainly not children's fiction, but mature, adult fact) or to keep it like the treasure it is to me and i'm sure many others. if you do read it, covet it. is a bargain for what you get in return.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical account
This book does something that most people don't get around to doing when they say this or that about China: Provide historical detail. Specifically of interest:

1. The reason that the Kuomintang was not successful in China was constant corruption. Some people have suggested that Chinese people love tyrants (Jasper Becker, "The Chinese") and this is the explanation of why they rejected what would have been a democratic government for an authoritarian government. This is partially true, but the Kuomintang blew any chance that it had at legitimacy with its rampant corruption.

2. That the Communist Party became popular because they promised to not be like the corrupt and crooked Kuomintang. Her father is an example of one of the wide-eyed idealists that really believed in his cause at the beginning and was left a broken man when he saw what actually became of this grand vision. People at Western universities are always attacking the West and praising the Communist ideology/ governent allocation of resources, and they haven't a faintest idea of the actual RESULTS of the intended programs. Nor do they understand the incentive structures that led to those results.

3. Historical accounts of the great famine. I can't believe that this very afternoon, there are still people trying to talk away this historical event in China and say that it was just a statistical illusion. This is the second author that I've read that gives historical accounts of people eating their children.

4. Demonstrating how the cult of Mao was created and maintained, as well as what were his motives in the various campaigns (Cultural Revolution/ The Great Leap Forward) that swept the country during his reign. Another author (Anhua Gao) has also noted that Mao generated a lot of morass in the country because the weaker the country, the easier it was to control. But her detail is not comparable to the author of this book. She showed the self-denunciation meetings and the stages of his campaigns to keep the country divided and fighting against itself. It may be another 200 years before China shakes off the residual results of his rule (such as overpopulation and then the resulting sex imbalance that has come about because of population control), but here in this is an example of WHAT happened, and HOW it happened.

5. Showing the highly ritualized behavior of Chinese people in things such as foot binding, etc. A lot of people may come to China and wonder where people here get their ideas from and why they are prisoner of them. This author demonstrates that it's been that way for a *long* time. And it may never change.

It's hard to recommend this book enough times for someone who wants *actual results* of what happens in the context of a Communist Revolution, as opposed to the vague ramblings of something like the Communist Manifesto or state-sheltered academics in Western universities.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outsanding
(Aug 2003 release) Being interested in Chinese culture for sometime, I finally found a book that has given me something other than state sponsored history facts. I came across this book by accident. I began reading at the bookstore on Saturday evening and wasn't able to put it down until going to work on Monday morning. This book made me laugh, cry and scared the **** out of me in some places. It has definitely given me a wider perspective on the Chinese people and its culture. I'm looking forward to the release of Jung Chang's next book on Mao due out this year. ... Read more

176. The Baby Boon : How Family-Friendly America Cheats the Childless
by Elinor Burkett
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Tax credits, childcare benefits, school vouchers, flextime for parents, parental leaves--all have spawned what journalist Elinor Burkett calls a "culture of parental privilege." The Baby Boon charts the backlash against this movement and asks for a reevaluation of social policy. Burkett's cause isn't served by her sarcasm, which leads so easily to exaggeration and strained humor. She proposes, for example, that there exists an unwritten but widely understood "Ten Commandments of workplace etiquette in family-friendly America," which includes items such as "Thou shalt volunteer to work late so that mothers can leave at 2:00 p.m. to watch their sons play soccer" and "Thou shalt never ask for a long leave to write a book, travel, or fulfill thy heart's desire because no desire other than children could possibly be worth thy company's inconvenience." Burkett is more convincing when citing real-life examples, such as a legal secretary who applied for flextime and was told that benefit was available only to parents, or the case of Sarah, a childless travel agent in Seattle who invented a fake daughter, put her picture on her desk at work, and proceeded to take long lunches ("trips to the pediatrician") and leave work early for "family emergencies." Ironically, as Burkett describes, it was the search for equity that inspired the various pro-parent benefits of the "family-friendly workplace." A new attention to childless workers does seem to be in order--permitting them to substitute some benefits for others, for instance, or to receive bonuses instead, and to work in environments that support their choices not to have children. --Regina Marler ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Island of Sanity
Burkett is thorough and eloquent in her detailing the illogical social trend of rewarding those who add to the number of people using our finite resources and punishing those who abstain from such behavior. If our pronatalist society continues to marginalize the childfree and treat them as second class citizens, those citizens will surely fight back. Let Burkett's book serve as a warning to the powers that be that one segmant of the population cannot be abused for the benefit of another segment. Most important points: 1. "Woman" and "mother" and not synonomous, and mother-friendly policies are not necessarily woman-friendly policies. 2. There is nothing *wrong* with people who choose not to produce offspring. 3. Tax benefits and other charitible motions should be focused on the poor, not the parents. There are poor both with and without children, as well as wealthy folk with and without children. Instead of giving advantages to everyone with children, the advantages should be given to everyone who is poor. That is, childed status does not determine need - income level does. That's the nutshell version anyhow. An excellent reminder to us all that all people deserve fair treatment regardless of their reproductive activities.

5-0 out of 5 stars The child-burdened just don't get it...
Ms. Burkett's central thesis is not: "I don't want you to have any perks!" *whine whine*. It's: "The perks given are a bone thrown to keep parents complacent." Things like unpaid medical leave and tax breaks are viable benefits only for the middle and upper-middle classes. These benefits do little to actually offset the costs of childrearing. Thus, people think they're getting something for their "sacrifice", but it's ephemeral. The poor, who really need help feeding their children, much less buying them the latest toys, have nothing, especially with the current Welfare "reform". Tax breaks mean nothing to someone living below the poverty line, and the poor can't afford to take unpaid leave.

According to her research, "family-friendly" policies aren't keeping workers around and happy, either, which seems to indicate that my taxes aren't just subsidizing others' choices, but that it's a wasted subsidy.

I also find it interesting that my co-workers who pop a sprog are given weeks of leave for their contribution to society, and have a guaranteed job when they return. If I chose to head up North to one of the Reservations and help build a better medical clinic or school, I would not have a job guaranteed to me upon my return, even though I had just made a huge contribution to society.

Despite the anger of her book, which many threatened parents cannot see past, her point is clear: these benefits are not doing anything, just fostering senses of entitlement and resentment. I think new parents _should_ be able to take leave, but then so should I. I think parents _should_ be able to leave when their kids get sick, but then I should receive higher pay and faster promotions for taking up any slack. And we should stop feeling pressured to work 60 hours a week, no matter what our parenting status. The resentment myself and other childless/childfree workers feel is a symptom of a BIG problem, and Ms. Burkett's book is an important step towards finding the cure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Parents deserve equal treatment, not priviledged treatment
Burkett did an excellent job of exposing the truth that family- friendly policies have little to do with helping children and more to do with cooing the votes of the baby boomers, the majority of which happen to have them. I believe that people should be able to pursue careers and be parents, but they have to figure out a way to make it work on their own. Parenting requires sacrifices that are the responsibility of those who choose to have the children. The decision to become a parent is a lifestyle choice. Everybody has to take responsibility for their choices. I believe in family policies that help the poor and low income families- if I knew my tax dollars were helping poor parents feed, clothe, and educate their children, I would have no complaints. But I detest the fact that I will continue to pay more in taxes than those who have exactly the same income as I do simply because they have children and I don't. I , like the author, am a feminist who believes in equal pay for equal work. All employees should get equal benefits which they have the ability to take advantage of whether they have children or not.

4-0 out of 5 stars A feminist whines...
What a delightfully fiendish little book. On completing "The Baby Boon", I just had to run out and read the comments on Amazon. It never even dawned on me that people would even be allowed to think such politically incorrect thoughts about the spawners (I mean parents).

The book is vague enough, that different groups can take away whatever they want from the book. There is enough whining in the book, that the people who love all the special perks will be able to label it as feminist whining. The childless can find self validation, etc..

The book has many hidden gems. I was especially intrigued with the way that Bill Clinton sold out the traditional support base of the Democratic Party and bought the Baby Boom vote with the promise of special treatment for Baby Booming parents.

It is also interesting to see how quick Republican, who had been arguing for lower taxes and fiscal constraint, were willing to sell out when handed bags of special little perks.

If you are wondering. I happen to be childless. I was born at the end of the Baby Boom. My particular whine is that Reagan cancelled the scholarship program I needed to finish college. The government slashed spending on college education right after the boomers.

I borrowed heavily into my senior year. The loans gave out before my last quarter's tuition. My life is a simple equation of massive student loans and no degree. Consequently, the people I care about the most are students.

If the book really wanted to make an impact. It would have mentioned the great burden put on the youth of this nation by all the perks dished out today. Today's students are coming out of College in to a dreadful labor market with record setting college loans and credit card debt. The US is setting record deficits, and there is an expectation that our children will somehow make enough in their lives to pay the generous Social Security benefits that the Baby Boomers will demand while pay back the six trillion dollar deficit that the boomers ran up.

Responsible students put off children until they have their finances in order. So the tax breaks work against people hoping to start families. Many students today come out of college with $100,000 plus in credit card debt and loans. The perks hurt the responsible young students who work off their debt. As such, responsible graduates will put off children even longer.

The baby boomers tax grants aren't simply a transfer of wealth from the single to the married. It is a massive transfer of wealth and potential from young couple trying to get a toehold in the world to the established middle class. Ultimately, it is a tax that penalizes those who are responsible in planning for a family to those that drop kids without thinking.

I think "Baby Boon" is an important read because it shows us how the dialogue in American politics gets turned, spun and twisted until it is impossible to say which way is left or right. The only real conclusion is that mass transfers of wealth by the government has losers as well as winners. (We will always have whiners) Personally, I have no faith in the government's ability to decide which groups should be the winners and losers. The law of unintended consequences usually catch up with all government mandated wealth transfers.

5-0 out of 5 stars More eloquent and persuasive than I ever could have hoped...
I've made a lot of the arguments in this book in casual conversation dozens of times. There is no right to have children, there is no right to have your personal choices subsidized by the state, government shouldn't favor some citizens over others, companies are being unfair when the give workers with kids more pay for the same work, etc. But never have I seen so many salient objections to the "child-friendly culture" put together with such excellent examples and research. Hopefully, with what I learned from reading this book, I'll actually have a shot at winning some of these arguments in the future. But I won't hold my breath, because as Burkett observes, people are unwilling to admit that they're wrong when they'd have to give up so many priveleges to do so. ... Read more

177. The Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth
by Kim Toevs, Stephanie Brill
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The first book of its kind, The Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth is a step-by-step guide to the physical and emotional aspects of conception through delivery, providing easy-to-understand charts and illustrations, checklists, groundbreaking fertility information, and personal exercises geared specifically toward lesbians. Reflecting the unique experience of lesbian mothers, this is a comprehensive and indispensable book, practical and inspirational, and will serve as a literary midwife to the growing number of lesbian mothers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Holistic
This is by far the most comprehensive book I've found on lesbian conception and pre-parenting issues. It goes far beyond the medical and physical issues to cover communication between possible donors and coparents, tools to facilitate conversations between partners, and lots of passages that incite that, "wow I have never thought about that" feeling. As a labor and delivery nurse myself, I find the advice of these well-educated midwives to be right on. The information and advice in this resource is invaluable! I highly recommend this book to any lesbian or bisexual woman thinking seriously about starting a family.

1-0 out of 5 stars Some helpful pregnancy advice but too alternative
Unfortunately the politics of this book are a turn off, the author has little regard for the conventional family model of two biological parents being bonded to child

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!
This was the best resource out there for me and my partner. It was an excellent reference book, with the most useful information being about the process of conceiving, tracking your cycles, and issues like how to time insemination if you're using frozen sperm vs. fresh sperm, etc.

Although there's info out there on artificial insemination, pregancy using sperm from a male partner, etc. this book puts all the information female couples need into one resource. Other books on these topics are for heterosexual couples and either don't address the decisions or don't address the various medical implications of those decisions for lesbian couples.

And, overall, it was just nice to have a book that was written for me and my honey. There was a place for her and a place for us written into those pages that meant we didn't have to translate all of the time into our own needs and experience.

(BTW- I didn't read anything that seemed negative in the book, so I was surprised to see that in other reviews. It's more that the authors take the approach of describing how to be healthily involved in getting the info you need to give birth to a healthy little one.)

Hope this is helpful. Good luck to you!

1-0 out of 5 stars Outdated viewpoints with little substance backing them
I would have given this book zero stars if I could. I recommend *against* reading this book.

The authors express a mistrust for modern medicine that throws the baby out with the bath water. While I agree with them that many aspects of the standard hospotal birth are based on (male) doctors' convenience, these authors do not acknowledge any positives coming out of that knowledge base. The authors also paint the vast majority of sperm banks as homophobic, which I simply don't think is the case.

Additionally, I find it disturbing that the authors promote a variety of alternative parenting arrangements (co-parenting with 3 or 4 adults involved, for instance) without discussing the many different ways it affects the child. If they were going to tackle such complex child-rearing topics, I would prefer that they had a child or family therapist consult with them on the book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Now I am Depressed!
A year ago, my partner and I started the process of getting pregnant- we bought all the books we could find, did tons of research and, miraculously, we are due in three weeks. This book did nothing but scare us into believing that hospitals hate you, your sex life is over for good, and that lesbian parenting is frought with more drama than we could handle. And while there was oodles of information on the conception side of things, (however vauge), there was little of substance on pregnancy, labor, and birth.
... I am sad for all of you who have to rely on this book to get the facts on pregnancy. ... Read more

178. Women A Feminist Perspective
by JoFreeman
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Nearly twenty years since the first edition appeared, Women:A Feminist Perspective remains one of the most well-known and respected women’s studies books available. Original essays from a diverse group of authors provide accurate, up-to-date information along with critical analysis of important issues in women’s studies. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Definately a book for all WOMEN!
I first bought this book freshman year in college, five years later; I still reference it for not only papers, but also thoughts.Each article is well written, compassionate, and definitely dedicated to it's chosen topic.There are a large diverse section of topics within this book."Women: aFeminist Perspective" should be a mandated book within all colleges.Thereis a topic of interest for not only every woman, but man as well. ... Read more

179. Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia
by Emily Toth
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5-0 out of 5 stars Required reading! Do not miss!
As a beginning grad student who has been away from academia for several years, I found this book not only a kick to read but full of refreshingly straightforward information. I plan to follow Ms. Mentor's advice to the letter. But this isn't just a guidebook for academia. Any woman (or man!) who wants succeed -- and survive -- as a professional should read this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars This is one of those "I wish I had known that" books
I came across this book while looking for something else and picked it up because it looked interesting. It is not only interesting but very readable. It is full of excellent insight into topics from Graduate School and the job hunt to "Slouching toward Tenure," etc. As a graduate student in a technical area I was totally clueless about the politics of academia. I wish I had run across this book then. As I read through it, I had many "aha!" moments: "Aha! so _that_ is what was going on in such-and-such a situation!" Even men in academia could profit from much of the insight in this book, which is funny and well-written. Much of the advice about finding one's way through the tenure maze, for example, applies to anyone in that situation. The book contains some left-wing politics and some fairly extreme feminism. Those who enjoy that sort of thing will find it here. Those who don't will not find enough to obviate the other excellent features of this book. If you are in that political jungle called academia, and particularly if you're just starting out in it, you will find it worthwhile to read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars You are what you read?
This book is a fantastic collection of scenarios and questions from the world of academia. The writer does an excellent job of bringing humor and advice to some "true to life" and some "not so true to life" stories. For those that take the book too seriously... I don't think it was intended to be the fourth source in your dissertation, but rather an extremely entertaining book to read to relieve some stress between chapters (smile)... I highly reccomend this book to anyone that works in academia.

2-0 out of 5 stars Ouch-total dissapointment
As I read this book, the mental star rating I had pictured went lower and lower. As a PhD student, this book is not useful. Mostly, because, for me...I know the difference between sexual harrasment and normal male and female interaction and do not need to read 400 letters addressing what to do if someone makes me star at their crotch or drops olives down my shirt at a holiday party. Another problem with this book is that the author flat out insults midwesterners AND people in the dept of there you go....pretty hard for a gal from Chicago studying chemistry education to respect her opinions very much. According to Ms. Mentor I am boring and stupid. Thanks. I think Ms. Mentor needs to climb out of her ivory tower for 1 second and realize that the gen xers currently making their way out of grad school and academia are NOT introverted former NHS nerds who are interested in male-bashing she seems to be writing for. She presents a narrow sliver of academic life that may have been relevant in the 1970's but comes across as totally alien today.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not Impeccable
Along with a group of tenured female colleagues, I take issue with MOST of the advice in this book--it's embedded with all manner of weird prejudice (fat people are better than thin people; men are always dangerous; Emily Toth is God). The book espouses feminism but violates the basic precepts of feminism--taking risks, being humane, celebrating self and others. Why does she so rarely answer questions constructively? A bunch of us suspect that she makes up the letters herself, by the way--which makes the answers even more ludicrous.

All in all, this book is a curiously defensive, gutless approach to surviving academic life--not creative or provocative or even useful in terms of practical advice. ... Read more

180. American Heroines : The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country
by Kay Bailey Hutchison
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As long as there has been an America, the indomitable spirit of American women has shaped both the country’s history and society. Regardless of the time and place these women were born each excelled in her respective field, making it easier for the next generation. This is what makes them heroines.

In American Heroines, Kay Bailey Hutchison presents female pioneers in fields as varied as government, business, education and healthcare, who overcame the resistance and prejudice of their times and accomplished things that no woman—and sometimes no man -- had done before. Hutchison, a pioneer in her own right, became the first woman elected to the United States Senate from the State of Texas.

Interspersed with the stories of America's historic female leaders are stories of today’s women whose successes are clearly linked to those predecessors. Would Sally Ride have been given the chance to orbit the earth had Amelia Earhart not flown solo across the Atlantic Ocean fifty years before? Had Clara Barton not nursed wounded soldiers on Civil War battlefields, aid may not have reached the millions it did while the Red Cross was in the hands of women like Elizabeth Dole and Bernadine Healy. Had Oveta Culp Hobby not been appointed the first Secretary of the Department of Health and Education by President Eisenhower, the country may have been deprived of such leaders as Secretary of State Madeline Albright and National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice.

As a young girl, Senator Hutchison dreamed of an America where the qualifier "the first woman" had become obsolete. The profiles contained in American Heroines, illustrate how her dream is coming true, one courageous step at a time. ... Read more

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