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61. Why I Love Black Women
by Michael Eric Dyson
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Asin: 0465017630
Catlog: Book (2003-01)
Publisher: Basic Civitas Books
Sales Rank: 82384
Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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An open love letter to black women from one of our most popular African American writers and critics.

Son and husband, soulmate and teacher, Michael Eric Dyson owes his success to the love and support of the black women in his life. Yet too often, he warns, African American women are the victims of negative stereotypes that dominate the larger culture and even many quarters of black America. It's time to stop viewing black women as scolding sapphires, welfare queens, professional prima donnas--and carping competitors with white women --and to start giving them the respect and the love they deserve.

Why I Love Black Women is an act of cultural restoration that rescues black women from vicious rhetoric and irresponsible generalizations. It is a catalogue of virtues, an unapologetically cheerful view of black women that rescues their strengths and beauties from callous denial or cruel indifference. Deeply personal and socially provocative, Dyson singles out the defining virtues of African American women. More than a colored knock-off of "vanilla" virtues, these qualities evoke praise and conjure awe in the face of black women's struggles. In an era marred by bigoted and baleful beliefs about black women--from hip-hop to the pulpit, from the streets to scholarly focus--Dyson offers a welcome reprieve from cultural madness. Why I Love Black Women explodes taboos while it celebrates the perseverance and the pride, the sensuality and the sophistication, of African American women everywhere.

Dyson's Celebration of Black Women:
I. Sampling the Riches
II. Deconstructing the Dogmas
III. Organizing the Front Line
IV. Working Their Worlds
V. Exploring the Jagged Grain
VI. The Anatomy of Black Beauty ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Still a positive book
I was really looking forward to this book, but was a bit disappointed. Dyson gives wonderful descriptions of high profile black women that DO serve as role models. However, I was very disappointed where only 2-3 chapters were devoted to the triumps and obsticles that black woman face today. Surely as a high profile professor, Dyson would have more interactions of black women that are not CEOs or actresses, but black women that you might see and meet in everyday life. None the less, it is a positive book and we still need this reinforcement.

1-0 out of 5 stars Inconclusive
This was more about Dyson and who he thinks is the Who's Who of Black Women. Who he knows, who he's met, who he's gone to church with, went to school with, etc. The fact that HIS picture was on the hardcover proves this. Someone else also thought Dyson's picture on the jacket strange, because they printed the softcover with pictures of, dare I say it, black women.

This was a hard read for me, because I was expecting something else entirely. It took awhile to finish and I was not impressed. There were not enough unsung heroines. Too much of HIS experiences that black women just happened to be part of.

I thought this author was going to wax poetic about black women, if you are expecting the same, save your money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This book was outstanding. Finally, a sensitive and thoughtful black man pays public tribute to the pain and beauty of black womanhood. In a society that is bent at all costs to defemenise and destroy black women and to see her as less then lovely and portrays her in a negative light, Dyson honors our pain and beauty. I wish that more people not just black men and women could understand the painful hole this society has dumped black women in. And, to the narrow small minded pinhead man, who wrote the no thanks review, (see above) he obviously hates black women and is insensitive to their pain and suffering. His comments deserve NO attention at all and perhaps he could use his time more wizely flipping through the cable channel and watching the O'Riley Factor. Please read this book, if you want to understand more black women.

1-0 out of 5 stars No thanks.
Much is made of dyson's intellectual prowess; this just goes to show you that all things are relative. There are organisms shuffling down the street to whom dyson's intellect would, one assumes, seem impressive. But that don't necessarily make it so. You may, at some point, have heard the term pinhead. The term signifies that the owner of such a head has a tiny little brain, a "peabrain" if you will. This, in a nutshell, is dyson. He meanders around offering weak commentary and observation that appeals chiefly to the MTV and BET crowd. This is to say, he offers nothing of value other than allowing Penn to make their quota. Do yourself a favor and avoid at all costs.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Ray of Sunshine Not to Be Trusted or Too Much Sugar
I loved this book and learned so much that made me proud of the accomplishments of black women. However, the author reminds me too much of one of my old boyfriends who couldn't settle for one dish and was amendable to sampling every black, brown, and cream dish in town -young and old. I can't wait for my book club to meet. Forget the book, we'll be discussing Michael!! ... Read more

62. Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding & Caring for Twins or More
by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada
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Asin: 0912500514
Catlog: Book (1999-07-01)
Publisher: La Leche League International
Sales Rank: 10743
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars great!
I just got a copy of "Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More" by Karen Kerkhoff Gomada published by La Leche League International. I haven't finished it yet, but I'd highly recommend it so far. While, it has a short section on pregnancy, it, as the title suggests, focuses more on after labor, so you might want another Twin pregnancy book as well. The great thing about this book for me was, as an "older" first time mom, I had already formed pretty strong ideas about the way I would have and take care of my baby if I ever got around to having one. My first reaction to twins was joy and excitement, then the worry set in. Would I be able to take care of two infants in the way I planned? (attachment parenting) The first evening this book was in my hands I was immediately calmed and reassured, now I can get back to that excitement!

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for mothers of twins or multiples
Buy this book today if you are serious about breastfeeding. Other books are either vague or offer only a short paragraph on breastfeeding. The book is so well written and easy to read. I just finished reading it and made sure to highlight important tips before my twins arrive in Feb. In addition, there are several other chapters besides breastfeeding that are a must read (i.e. labor, caring for newborns, twin or multiple toddlers). I won't even let anyone borrow this book as I refer to it so often!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best way to prepare for your twins!
I'm not a big fan of La Leche League (the publisher), but breastfeeding my twins has been a wonderful experience for me and I couldn't have done it without this book. The number one thing I took from it was that I needed to be prepared and learn all I could BEFORE the babies got here. Because of this book, I contacted my local lactation counselor and rented a breast pump a week before my boys arrived. Within 12 hours of delivery (by c-section), I was pumping in-between feedings. Before we left the hospital, I had tried tandem nursing a few times. Now my boys are 10 months old and are nursing champs. The first three months were the hardest, but this book was such a valuable resource and encouraged me to keep at it. I'm SO glad I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness there is a book out there for me!
I am in my third trimester with twins and with their impending arrival coming anytime, I thought I'd better brush up on breast-feeding techniques. And thankfully, someone from La Leche recommended this book to me! I even made my husband read it.

It is chock full of good suggestions and little things to keep one aware of what breast-feeding twins really consist of. It gives one an idea of the average time of breastfeeding ... how often, how to handle both of them at once, what to do when only feeding one of them at a time ... it just gives a good idea of what to expect. And it's extremely helpful for this first-time mother! It helps allay the panic that I've been feeling ever since the doctor said, well, they can come anytime, so be prepared!

I highly recommend this book to everyone ~~ even though my copy was dated from 1985 ~~ it is still sensible advice for new moms.


5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome resource!
Great book, I highly recommend reading it BEFORE the babies arrive, since you will not have time after! I breastfed for 3 weeks before switching to mainly pumping with breastfeeding when I was able to, since it is SO time consuming with twins. Good luck to everyone with breastfeeding, it is quite the experience, and my twins are only 5 weeks old! ... Read more

63. The Age of Conversation
by Benedetta Craveri, Teresa Waugh
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Asin: 1590171411
Catlog: Book (2005-05-10)
Publisher: New York Review Books Collections
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Here, in the first English edition of Benedetta Craveri's recent scholarly study, Civiltà della conversazione, he describes the world of women and French salons in the 17th and 18th centuries. Salons brought together not only intellectuals (Voltaire was a frequent and much sought-after guest) and socialites, but also members of the political and military worlds. The salons allowed differences between these various powerful sectors to be resolved through the art of conversation rather than through the art of war. This book describes in nonacademic writing the women and the salons, the guests, the conversations, and the political and social environments of the ancien régime. ... Read more

64. Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead... But Gutsy Girls Do : Nine Secrets Every Working Woman Must Know
by Kate White
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Asin: 0446672157
Catlog: Book (1996-07-01)
Publisher: Warner Books
Sales Rank: 28136
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The best practical business advice EVERY woman should read
I have worked 25 years in the workforce and now make a tremendous salary. I have 50+ books in my office on management, sales, business and marketing by the leading authors of our time. This is by far, the best book of its kind (targeted to women)on the market today. I wish I had read it 25 years ago! Many women, unfortunately, feel they have to play a "game" to get ahead in business. This book gives us insight to our inner selves and helps us realize we can be true to ourselves - and still WIN in the workplace. Fabulous book!!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Focus on Results rather than who's pleasing who
This book revolves around two premises: Good Girls please others, Gutsy Girls please themselves. Whatever happened to focusing on results and what needs to be done at work? An effective person, male or female, doesn't matter which, focuses on the tasks and strategies that advance the business' objectives instead of playing gamesmanship (or in this case, gameswomanship) with others. Ms. White makes it sound so droll to be a "good girl" and denigrates her to no end, when in reality she is portraying a doormat straw-woman so that she can contrast with her "gutsy girl" persona who doesn't give a hoot about anyone but how she can get ahead and elbow her way to the top. Modern business relies on teamwork and collaboration, and such a self-centered approach will not get the best long term results.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This book has changed the way I think about my career and inspired me to become more "gutsy" by taking smart risks. These are things that nobody teaches you in business school. Gutsy girls go after what they want!

3-0 out of 5 stars Where's the facts?
Kate White offers a lot of self-empowering advice here, but after just having read Good to Great, I see that her advice is ONLY based on experience, not on any hard evidence. Some of this advice may work for her, but according to the facts in Good to Great, the leaders who make companies successful don't have the charisma she's talking about. At any rate, she offers some great tips for someone who likes to keep the status quo. She simply uses the doormat vs. gutsy woman approach to prove her point. (And her experience still has merit - look where she is now.)

1-0 out of 5 stars Smart girls can be both good and gutsy!
Hated it! The piece on Julia Roberts was opportunistic and simply proved this woman may well be short on ethics and long on selling hype. Those who chose to overlook what is awful about this book are the very people the author is seeking.
Not my cup of tea! Hope my review was gutsy enough! ... Read more

65. What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should): Timeless Secrets to Get Everything You Want in Love, Life, and Work
by Ronda Rich
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Asin: 0399526277
Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
Publisher: Penguin Putnam
Sales Rank: 4769
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars That' What I Like About The South!
Ronda sure does live up to her name. Rich! This book is rich in wit, warmth and humor. Ronda opens up the door to her world, sits you down, makes you comfortable and then imparts some of life's best lessons in true Southern style. This is a great read. The stories she shares about relatives and friends are priceless. I want to sit on her front porch on a Sunday surrounded by each and every one of them. The one message that I truly agree with is that a woman's best asset is her femininity. In a day and age where neither men nor women know how to behave any longer, it is nice to be reminded that the basics for women include confidence, intelligence, charm and femininity. I feel validated by these insights and will continue on in my search for excellence. I highly recommend this book to anyone from the North, South, East or West. Go Ronda!

5-0 out of 5 stars Winks, smiles and charm, a well mannered joy to read.
The captivating bait of truth, cast upon the waters of my male ego, rippled a call for my attention. A master of fly-fishing choreographs gentle movements into no less than a timeless life art. Ronda Rich's expert castings of barb less well manicured, mascara words have hooked and reeled in my mildly wiggling mind. Ronda Rich winks, smiles, charms and disarms anyone willing to read and hear her fresh edifying voice. Colloquial, intelligent, spunky, it's just a plain fun book. A treat not just every woman should know but one every gentleman will enjoy. This book is respectable and worthy of the time that most of us don't allow ourselves for such pleasures.

5-0 out of 5 stars A true representation
This book is a true representation of Southern women of the past, present, and future. The lessons in this book are re-enforced through delightful as well as painful stories about life. I have always appreciated the positive AND strong spirit that Southern women are taught to have. This book is an explanation to all those who weren't born in the South of why Southerners hold fast to their roots and traditions. I felt that Ms. Rich was sincere and enlightening in her guidance on how and why Southern women are so captivating. I love the comparing of Southern women to the strong, thriving kudzu of the South. This book was not only entertaining but inspirational as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Perfect!!!
I signed on to buy a few more copies for gifts and just had to write a few words about the book that has become my absolute favorite. I know I have bought at least two dozen copies of What Southern Women Know as gifts for both my southern friends and four or five of my Yankee friends. They all think this book is absolutely adorable, funny and a warm invitation to a way of life that is gracious, thoughtful and kind. Readers with a harsh or bitter look at life will not like this book. Trust me. Don't even consider buying it, if you're cynical and always looking "for a gimmick." It's too uplifting, positive and funny (often in a tongue-in-cheek manner). My first copy is dog-earred and marked in highlighter with passages that have seen me through some rough times.

You don't have to be southern to adore this book but you do have to be a feminine, frilly kind of woman who loves family, nesting and/or creating a career. If you finish the book and have learned one piece of advice that puts a upswing on things, you're in good shape.

But if you're willing to learn and are open-minded, my guess is that you'll walk away with several wisdoms that will be unforgettable. I buy this book for young women graduating from college, setting out into the business world or getting married. It's the perfect catch-all book. I not only recommend it highly, I have put my money where my review is, having bought at least two dozen copies. I like to enclose a piece of lingerie, china or perfume along with the book.

Ronda Rich speaks the gospel in this book and I, for one, am a devotee of the words she writes.

2-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
As a dyed-in-the-wool Yankee, I've always been fascinated by Southern women, with their charm, conversational ability and (usually) great style sense, and wish I could learn some of their secrets. Yet at the same time, I don't entirely trust them to be sincere. Anyway, I thought for sure this book would be full of hints and tricks I could use, but it wasn't. A lot of what Ronda Rich says is plain ol' common sense that even we crude Yankee girls know (like, don't be a (...) to your co-workers -- duh) -- and the rest of it is all nauseating, honey-dripping insincerity. If there were a little more humor and self-deprecation in the book, it might be a fun read, but she comes across as SO smug and so "Our way is the ONLY way to do everything, and we have all the answers."
As some other reviewers said, I had no desire to keep this or to pass it on to anyone else! ... Read more

66. Becoming Attached: First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love
by Robert Karen Ph.D.
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Asin: 0195115015
Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 29895
Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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The struggle to understand the infant-parent bond ranks as one of the great quests of modern psychology, one that touches us deeply because it holds so many clues to how we become who we are.How are our personalities formed?How do our early struggles with our parents reappear in the way we relate to others as adults?Why do we repeat with our own children--seemingly against our will--the very behaviors we most disliked about our parents? In Becoming Attached, psychologist and noted journalist Robert Karen offers fresh insight into some of the most fundamental and fascinating questions of emotional life.

Karen begins by tracing the history of attachment theory through the controversial work of John Bowlby, a British psychoanalyst, and Mary Ainsworth, an American developmental psychologist, who together launched a revolution in child psychology. Karen tells about their personal and professional struggles, their groundbreaking discoveries, and the recent flowering of attachment theory research in universities all over the world, making it one of the century's most enduring ideas in developmental psychology.

In a world of working parents and makeshift day care, the need to assess the impact of parenting styles and the bond between child and caregiver is more urgent than ever.Karen addresses such issues as: What do children need to feel that the world is a positive place and that they have value?Is day care harmful for children under one year? What experiences in infancy will enable a person to develop healthy relationships as an adult?, and he demonstrates how different approaches to mothering are associated with specific infant behaviors, such as clinginess, avoidance, or secure exploration.He shows how these patterns become ingrained and how they reveal themselves at age two, in the preschool years, in middle childhood, and in adulthood. And, with thought-provoking insights, he gives us a new understanding of how negative patterns and insecure attachment can be changed and resolved throughout a person's life.

The infant is in many ways a great mystery to us.Every one of us has been one; many of us have lived with or raised them.Becoming Attached is not just a voyage of discovery in child emotional development and its pertinence to adult life but a voyage of personal discovery as well, for it is impossible to read this book without reflecting on one's own life as a child, a parent, and an intimate partner in love or marriage. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a great read for "psychologists" in all walks of life
I used this book for a paper I wrote in a psychology class and my husband practically had to wrestle it away from me so we could return it to the library! I ended up buying a copy.
Some of the psychoanalytic stuff at the beginning may seem a little far-fetched, but it's interesting anyway.
This is a great literature review, written in a style that is simple and interesting enough for people with no previous knowledge of attachment theory.
I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent history and explanation of attachment theory
Extremely well-written book in that it is easily understood by the lay person, yet gracefully expresses complex ideas and processes, and is such a complete overview of attachment theory as to be of as much use to the professional as the lay person.

Attachment theory addresses child development in terms of whether or not there is a loving attachment to a parental figure. Through following the history of the development of attachment theory the author explains the theory, the evidence supporting it, and the effects upon the individual.

While supportive of attachment theory, Karen is careful to explain the views of its critics, and to show how those criticisms often improved the theory.

I am not a psychologist, but someone with Borderline Personality Disorder trying to make sense of my life in order to improve it. Karen's work helped me enormously. His scientific orientation to provide good theory grounded in reseach and evidence is fused with his warm humanity and concern for individuals and society.

Therefore I recommend the book to professional psychologists, teachers, makers of public policy, and others who deal with children. But also I recommend it highly to those on the quest for self-understanding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why Man is not a One Size Fits All Concept
Because there are exceptional attachments of sons to mothers and visa verse, it's safe to suggest that just like there are different kinds of moms, there will be different kinds of sons. Although society does not necessarily appreciate that fact, and illustrate it well, women have long known that one size does not fit all with respect to manliness and that men should feel free to be the ideal persons they want to be, and appreciated for that decision. Finding a mate who is symbiotic enough to cultivate a relationship with such a man would provide the potential to have more long lasting relationships than currently exist in many cases. Since attitudes and phychological differences are likely to be as important as gender differences, compound insensitivity is necessarily a higher risk. With that knowledge, it's possible to return to the era of individual appraisal of individual qualities rather than to attempt to congregate and rate ideal qualities in each human being. It's also more fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars Transaction, loving, and work relationships - not equal
Attachment theory that fails to distinguish the fact that each relationship carries with it the potential to be good or bad from the perspective of the participants will always fail. Rarely are the number of interactions or expectations of those interactions classified into the full context of human relations that define futures as well as pasts, but recognition of the importance of the quality of attachments is becoming more common. As myths are dispelled, we may yet enter the simplistic world of the child or the animal to whom such theories are very simple, and who operate upon the wealth of information they comprehend that so many adults make difficult.

5-0 out of 5 stars Changed my Life
This book was one of the VERY best I have read in the area of attachment. It is very well written and fairly easy to read. Karen's writing seemed to be speaking directly to me and for the first time I really understood why I have developed the way that I have. I highly recommend it even if you are not particularly interested in attachment theory - it is applicable in nearly every arena of life. ... Read more

67. The Psychology of Women (with InfoTrac)
by Margaret W. Matlin
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-17)
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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This highly respected, best-selling text offers students an enjoyable, extraordinarily well-written introduction to the psychology of women. Appropriate for students from a wide variety of backgrounds, this comprehensive book captures women's own experiences through direct quotations and an emphasis on empirical research. Known for her balance of scholarship and readability, as well as for her inclusion of women from diverse backgrounds, Margaret Matlin continues to lead the way for the Psychology of Women course. Matlin has meticulously updated this edition to reflect the most current research, and continues to exhibit a genuine interest in and understanding of the students for whom the book is written. Her text includes a chapter on old age, and discussions of topics such as welfare issues, pregnancy and women's retirement, which are central in many women's lives, but not consistently covered in other texts. ... Read more

68. What's Next?: Women Redefining Their Dreams in the Prime of Life
by Rena Pederson, R. Lee Smith
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Asin: 0399526781
Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
Publisher: Perigee
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Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A real upper, and helpful too
I'm exactly the audience Pederson and Smith had in mind for this book: a woman in midlife who's reevaluating her current situation and her options for the future. Each chapter focuses on a single principle that can help in this search, e.g., "trust your intuition" or "get support"; then the authors give real-life examples of how that principle has worked in the lives of actual women, and conclude with questions that allow the reader to gain insight into how it applies to her own life. In general, I felt that the book was helpful to me, and offered good guidance to women (and, for that matter, men!) in just about any life circumstance. The examples were multicultural and spanned a wide range of income and education levels. And, although one chapter focuses on spouses, the authors didn't assume that every reader has one -- many of the women whose stories they told were single, divorced, or widowed. The book is well written, and the authors' enthusiasm and lively style make it a real "upper" to read. My only quibble is that the authors often seemed to equate "spiritual" with "mainstream religion," usually some form of Christianity. While I agree wholeheartedly about the importance of spirituality in guiding the way one lives, there are many other spiritual paths than joining a Bible study group or attending church regularly, and I wish the authors had made an effort to be more inclusive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Guidelines to Effective Living
Unlike another reviewer, I believe that Rena Pederson, in her book 'What's Next', has reached women of all ages and income brackets. Any woman (or man) who wishes to discover who she is and what her journey is to be would benefit from this book. The journey begins by looking inward. By asking the questions that Ms. Pederson suggests can lead one to find their true self, discover a passion in life, and gain the confidence to accomplish the goals they wish to obtain. For me, I was in a 'stuck' place, not knowing what I wanted in life. Reading 'What's Next?' and working the exercises which are provided, started me on a path I'd never dreamed I would be capable of pursuing. I feel that I truly can "Do It" now and thank Ms. Pederson for the imputus to get started.

2-0 out of 5 stars Misses the mark
As I started this book, I was pleased to see that the author complained to Bob Buford that all of his examples were of rich men, and that she was setting out to show how women who were not millionaires could change their lives. To my dismay, most of the women whose stories are recited here are wealthy, well-established, powerful, and at the top of their professions. How does a working woman with two kids, a mortgage, and a $30,000.00 a year job make mid-life changes? She won't find out in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking--Motivates to Action!
I bought the book on a Saturday afternoon and settled down with it that evening. Once started, I was compelled to continue reading and was finished on Sunday. By Wednesday, I had been through the book again, completing many of the exercises. If you are looking for a guide to help you design a life with meaning and purpose, this is the book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Redefinition and Affirmation of Life
Pederson had been thinking about writing a book for quite some time. As she explains in the Introduction, she read and later met the author of "a lovely little book", Halftime. During her conversation with Bob Buford, she observed that she had a difficult time identifying with the transformation process he examines in his book because "all the examples were rich guys. Most women aren't millionaires." She suggested that he write a sequel from a woman's perspective. "Why don't you write it?" To her surprise, she agreed. "And a journey of discovery began." In brief, that is the genesis of this book. Pederson made a commitment and thus an inevitably an arduous process began. Based on what she shares in this book, I am certain that her "journey of discovery" continues and I hope she will write several more books.

The material consists of 15 chapters which summarize Pederson's interaction with a number of women who have redefined their dreams in the prime of life. They include some familiar names (Mary Kay Ash, Julia Child, Elizabeth Dole, Linda Ellerbee, and Beverly Sills) but several other, less-familiar names of women no less remarkable. The book's final chapter, "Just Do It! They Did It!224 is especially effective both as an affirmation of key points and as a source of inspiration for men as well as for women, regardless of age and current circumstance. Pederson sought answers to questions such as these:

• How do you learn to listen to that little voice inside of you?

• How do you filter out voices of well-meaning people who say "don't"?

• How can you get away from the busy-ness and much-ness of life to find peace of mind?

• If you could add one accomplishment to your life, what would it be?

• How would you like to be remembered?

• How can you be sure of what you need to do?

Excellent questions. The women with whom Pederson interacted provide their own answers, of course, and along the way, Pederson and her reader formulate theirs. The titles of the book's individual chapters suggest (to me, at least) something of a consensus among respondents. For example, There Is Still Time, Take Care of Yourself, Get Good Advice, Build a Circle of Support, and Don't Be Afraid of Failure. (These titles remind of Lily Tomlin who once suggested that reality is a "collective hunch." She is not represented in this book, I hasten to add.) Lee Smith is also to be commended on the excellent self-help questions she devised for individual chapters. Pederson is a brilliant editor of material she accumulated. Her own distinctive voice blends so well with others' as she and they (as well as the reader) share the "journey of discovery" to which I referred earlier. I was also pleased that Pederson provides a "Recommended Reading" section and a "Bibliography" for those who may wish to extend that "journey" into other areas.

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69. Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby's First Year
by Mayo Clinic
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The 9 months preceding and the 12 months following child birth are exciting, trying, confusing times; they are the months of many questions. You wonder about your itchy palms, morning sickness, fetus development, home midwife or hospital doctor choices, what to eat, amniocentesis, miscarriages, labor painkillers, maintaining your physical and emotional health after childbirth, and, not least, how to care for your growing, developing baby. A live-in pediatrician would be nice; a 750-page comprehensive reference guide is the next best solution. It won't eliminate anxiety, but it's a reassuring presence, and a soothing source of answers and explanations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Heavy Reading
This is my favorite of all the popular pregnancy books because it is scientifically based. It is written by a panel of doctors, and that means a lot.
When you start cramping, aching or bleeding, you won't care about the sense of humor of some woman obsessed with her manicure and her hair color. You'll want the best medical information.
Highlights of this book:
- A table of dates shows you when you're due and when you'll reach the first, second and third-trimester milestones.
- Illustrations and photos show you what baby looks like at various points.
- A chapter on breastfeeding offers great tips and advice. Did you know, for example, that your breasts will be ready to make milk by the fifth or sixth month?
- Guidelines for when to call the doctor and when not to worry.
- Useful tips on coping with morning sickness, exercising, nutrition, etc.
My only advice to the publishers: Please make this in a soft-cover edition with lighter-weight paper. In hard cover, it easily weighs 5 pounds, and cannot realistically be read while you lie back and put your feet up. It won't even rest on your belly while you sit up. You'll need to sit at a desk to go through it, which is inconvenient.
A minor complaint.

2-0 out of 5 stars Has many good sections, sadly lacking in others.
I have very high expectations for a book that calls itself "complete" right in the title. In addition, on the front of the jacket, it says, "This unique and authoritative guide covers all aspects of pregnancy & baby care through age one . . . " So, I have a higher standard for this book than for other pregnancy/parenting books that address specific philosophies or issues.

This very large book has a lot of information about pregnancy, childcare, and parenting. Many of the common issues are addressed, in addition to some not found in many such books.

There is a section on the special needs of families who adopt, often skimmed over in many pregnancy books. There also are sections on families who experience miscarriage, stillbirth, and death of an infant or young child. While not topics that people enjoy reading, they certainly need to be addressed so that people who experience them don't feel alone and know there are resources to help them. They also include things NOT to say to people who experience the death of a child (like "You can always have more,") and things you can say and do that could actually help the family in the healing process.

There is quite a bit of information in this book that is out of date, however. Nothing is mentioned about the dangers of eating certain fish while pregnant/nursing. Homebirth is not even in the index, you need to look up "hospitals--back-up arrangements." This is despite that fact that studies endorsed by the Center for Disease Control (among others) find that homebirth is a viable choice for low-risk pregnancies when a skilled midwife is present. There is some information about alternatives to the "medical model" of pregnancy and childbirth, but not enough for the authors to call this book an "authoritative guide [that] covers all aspects of pregnancy."

I, personally, was disappointed in the section titled, "Returning to Work." Firstly, because there is no complementary section on stay-at-home moms/dads or even a section on deciding whether or not to return to work. For many families, the decision of whether or not one parent will stay home with the children is a big one. There are many factors to consider, resources available, and ways to make it financially possible. It bothers me that this book assumes that all mothers and fathers will return to work within the first year. While families who choose to have both parents work need support and resources, families who are undecided or who decide to have someone at home need support and resources also. The subsection "Handling Guilt Feelings" (about working outside the home) does not even mention that fact that you may want to consider whether working outside the home is right for your family. There certainly are parenting books out there specifically designed for "stay home" parents and others for "working" parents. In my opinion, a book that claims to be an "authoritative guide" should offer resources for both.

This book has good points. However, right on the jacket, it calls itself an "authoritative guide," as I referenced earlier. Since it is lacking information on many important issues, however, I cannot recommend it, (...) and supplement it with additional resources.

3-0 out of 5 stars Outdated but still useful.
Needs a new edition, but still good pictures and advice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great comprehensive book on pregnancy and childbirth
I bought this book along with several others and liked this one by far the best. I highly recommend this book as it is a well-researched, informative and all-around useful pregnancy source. I refer to this book often during my pregnancy for questions or concerns that come up. It's great to have an at-home reference guide to refer to as issues or questions come up during your pregnancy without having to call a doctor or search the internet for every question. The only down-side to this great book is that it is great, in size that is. It is not a light read and when up late at night in bed reading, I have found it can be a bit cumbersome. However, it is jam-packed with information, which makes up for its less-than-portable size.

3-0 out of 5 stars Needs major updating
Although I agree that this book provides a good overview of pregnancy, there are some glaring omissions, considering this book has not been updated for nearly a decade. Since then, new infertility advancements such as Clomid (not mentioned) have become mainstream. In addition, the book gives no warning as to the potential dangers of eating certain types of fish that contain high levels of mercury. Better to wait until the next edition comes out--whenever that may be! ... Read more

by Nancy Friday
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This book caused quite a ruckus when it was released 25 years ago because it directly quotes the sexual fantasies of dozens of women, ranging from the "very common" rape fantasy to lesbian affairs to unusually explicit scenarios that are unmentionable here. While author Nancy Friday maintains that My Secret Garden served to free millions of women from sexual oppression, there's still a need today to get rid of the guilt that millions more still feel when it comes to fantasizing, having orgasms, and making one's sexual wishes be known. "How could it be, you might ask," she writes, "that women today, at the turn of the century, would still think they were the only Bad Girls with erotic thoughts? What kind of prison is this that that women impose on themselves?"

My Secret Garden has the prurient appeal that made it one of the most passed-around books in high school study halls (it boasts chapters titled "Insatiability" and "The Thrill of the Forbidden"), but its premise, underneath the tales of lusty longings, is a serious one. Friday, also author of My Mother, My Self and Women on Top, is appalled at how parents, especially mothers, instill in their children a deep fear of sexual pleasure, and she advises how to do away with this stultifying force. While Friday can get a little histrionic at times ("Women's lust ... could bring down not only individuals, but society itself"), that doesn't make this book any less enthralling. --Erica Jorgensen ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Has a variety of memorable and exciting stories.

Ten years ago, this was the first book of erotica that I read.
I still remember many of the fantasies and stories vividly.
These range from the "standard" to the extremely daring.
The mixture of real events and fantasies is very stimulating.
The women recount near-incidents that became lifelong fantasies.
Many readers may enjoy having old encounters stirred back as such.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Secret Garden
I first read this book 25 years ago. It was the "Hottest" thing I had ever ever read. I was a mother of two young children. It was nice to know that other women had fantasies and that they were just plain fun and nothing to be ashamed of. I am 25 years past my shyness now but am glad to know the book is still in print.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nancy Friday's Pseudo-Psychopathology-of-Sex Book
This is so funny. Back in the bell-bottom days, Nancy Friday basically put out an add and got a bunch of women to send her their sex fantasies. Then she picked out the most deliciously perverted ones, left out the tame boring ones, and passed her book off as "research" into the "average" female's sexual imagination (haha).

This book has it ALL, even bestiality and incest. Read at your own risk.

David Rehak
author of "A Young Girl's Crimes"

5-0 out of 5 stars A Rare Find for the Sexually Intelllectual
I first read this book on the shelves of my public library when I was still a teenager, and I'll NEVER forget that first rush. WOW - someone else actually has these ideas going through their head?!

Mind you, that was 10 years ago. I've re-purchased the book many times over, because I keep on losing it or giving it away. This book is a fantastic combination of the psychology behind women's sexual fantasies and the actual fantasies themselves. I'll be honest - I haven't masturbated to these fantasies in years.. although I did constantly when I was still a teen.

This book opened my eyes up to the 'taboo' of sexual fantasy, and helped me understand at a crucial time in my life that fantasy is healthy and a necessary part of anyone's life. I no longer have ANY sexual taboos.. and it's mostly because of this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected...
When I first bought My Secret Garden, I was expecting to read some hot steamy erotica. And this is book is not exactly erotica. It's more of the lines of educational research, but in my opinion no longer relevant because this book was written in the 1970's and was a taboo shocker when it came out. I'm writing this review in 2004 and nearly 30 years later we've pretty much know everything by now and I certainally was not shocked when I read it.

But I think My Secret Garden is very sincere and honest. Nancy Friday is obviously a very intelligent person, though she tends to blab on and on and really doesn't get to the point, I lose interest in what she is saying. The women write about what turns them on or about past sexual experiences, but rarely get into explicit detail about their fantasies, which I was expecting.

My Secret Garden is a good book if you want to learn more about women and their different concepts of fantasies, but if you're looking forward to reading detailed erotica, I'd look elsewhere. ... Read more

71. Pitch Like a Girl : How a Woman Can Be Herself and Still Succeed
by Ronna Lichtenberg
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Shelves full of business books have told women that the only way to win at work is to be like a guy. The truth is that science shows that the brains of men and women work differently. Here are proven techniques to maximize the intrinsic and instinctive strengths of women for the workplace.

Despite steady advancement, part of the reason for women's continuing struggle for success is a very personal challenge: They feel uncomfortable doing anything that feels like self-promotion.

That's why Ronna Lichtenberg, corporate veteran turned highly sought-after management consultant, built a program for women that works with their unique advantages.
Starting with recent developments in brain sex research and moving through social stereotypes, Lichtenberg takes a fresh look at how women relate to work and shows them how to use their gifts to get what they want. The book includes easy-to-use tools, tips on managing communication styles, and exercises that have been honed in Lichtenberg's many workshops.

Whether giving women pragmatic advice on what to do about that infuriating boss, how to know how much money they should be making (and how to get it), or how to follow up without feeling like a beggar or a stalker, Lichtenberg is real, and really funny at the same time. Her advice ushers in a new world of possibilities for women who are ready for a success that feels right.
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72. Sexual Behavior in the Human Female: By the Staff of the Institute for Sex Research, Indiana University, Alfred C. Kinsey ... Et Al. ; With a New Introduction by John Bancroft
by Alfred C. Kinsey, Alfred Kinsey, Institute for Sex Research
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73. We're Just Like You, Only Prettier : Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle
by Celia Rivenbark
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4-0 out of 5 stars Southern Humor Rises Again
Florence King, Molly Ivins, Bailey White, Jill Conner Brown, and now Celia Rivenbark. The tradition of Southern Belle humorists lives on.

We're Just Like You, Only Prettier is similar to the Sweet Potato Queens books, but not as outrageous. Still, I found myself reading a good portion of this book out loud to anyone who would listen. Even if there is no one else around but the hound dog, you might enjoy reading this book aloud, with a (fake, if necessary) Carolina accent to get the full flavor of the humor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Celia Rivenbark RULES!
Ever since I read the "Sweet Potato Queens Book of Love," I have been hooked on literature for Southern women. When I saw the title of Celia Rivenbark's new book, "We're Just Like You, Only Prettier," I knew this is an author for me. Everything she writes about is humorous and timely, at least for me...having a child when you're a little "more mature," having long pretty nails, taking your precious child anywhere, family, etc. Celia is a hoot! Now I can't wait to read "Bless Your Heart, Tramp." I read "We're Just Like You, Only Prettier" in one sitting. This is a wonderful, entertaining book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Miss Celia is the secret love child of Louis Grizzard
Hilarious southern humor. If this doesn't make you bust a gut laughing, nothing will. She's got the nuances and the southern lingo down pat. She also makes a mean chicken pan pie when she isn't tossing fruit bars in the backseat of her car for her toddler to eat! Can't wait for her next book. Hurry, hurry, Celia, tempus is fugiting!

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh . . . My . . . Gawd!!!
This has to be one of the funniest books I've ever read! Rivenbark is a genius when it comes to observations and has so perfectly captured the South that it's scary. I've had the privelage to have lived there and up north, and let me tell you, it's a completely different country. Rivenbark's South is not the moonlight and magnolias of "Gone With the Wind." It's more like Reed's "Queen of the Turtle Derby" or McCrae's "The Bark of the Dogwood--A Tour of Southern Homes and Gardens," in its use of humor. I just can't recommend this book enough. Y'all go buy it now!

5-0 out of 5 stars Precious
Ms. Rivenbark has a delicious sense of humor, I am so glad I bought this and couldn't help finishing it in one day. ... Read more

74. Race, Gender, and Work: A Multicultural Economic History of Women in the United States
by Teresa L. Amott, Julie Matthaei, Teresa Amott
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75. Time Off for Good Behavior : How Hardworking Women Can Take a Break and Change Their Lives
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76. Amazing Grace for Mothers: 101 Stories of Faith, Hope, Inspiration & Humor
by Patti Maguire Armstrong , Emily Cavins, Jeff Cavins, Matthew Pinto
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Amazing Grace for Mothers will lift your heart and send your spirit soaring.You will laugh, you will cry, but most of all you will be refreshed by stories of love, inspiration, miracles, and God's amazing grace.This collection of 101 stories will bring you the warmth and support of other women, all dedicated to the same glorious role - motherhood. ... Read more

77. Discovering The Mind Of A Woman The Key To Becoming A Strong And Irresistable Husband Is...
by Ken Nair
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Catlog: Book (1995-09-26)
Publisher: Nelson Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.72 out of 5 stars
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In Discovering the Mind of Women husbands learn to understand their wives as Christ would. From this point they learn to respond to their wives in a consistent Christlike manner. A radically transformed and renewed marriage is the result.

Drawing from his own story and the stories of husbands whose marriages were dissolving, Ken Nair reveals major problems in life and marriage. After discussing the problems, he reveals relationship altering concepts which not only will revive a marriage, theywill radiate throughout couple's lives as well. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The real marriage battle--our flesh.
This is a tremendous book and I would go so far as to say that the Lord really speaks through Ken. He dives into what marriage is really about and how absolutely vital women are to men within that bond. Ken also brings to reality who the real enemy is within our marriages... and big surprise, it's not our wives!

This book is both a tremendous blessing and a hard teaching. It confronts you head-on and makes you reconsider what relationships and marriage are about. It's an easy read(difficulty-wise), but it may very well blow you away and make you angry. It will show you personally that you--in and of yourself--cannot have a marriage the way a marriage was meant to be... and here is where the challenge becomes manifest. This book, as the other reviewer said, will change the way you think about and see women.

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable!!
Whether you are thinking about getting married, currently happily married or going through marital hardship, you must read this book. I have read many a Christian marriage book in my day, but came away disappointed in the pop psychology cloaked in Biblical teaching that fills so much of the Christian bookstore shelves. Frankly, I had become highly cynical of the pat answers and spiritualized Christianese that I have endured far too many times. And along came this book during what is a very trying time in my own marital relationship. It is challenging me to the core to be a real man that acts the way Christ would to my wife.

This book will strike at the core of who you need to be in your marriage. It may tick you off because inside, you will know that what Nair is saying is right, but you have not been Christlike to your wife in various ways. Believe me, if you live by its advice (which is purely Biblical without being trite), your marriage will only benefit. You will have to gulp down your pride to learn what it is like to be a real husband, despite what our messed up culture is shouting at you daily.

If you want to do your wife and yourself a great favor, you will buy this book now. Don't think about it, don't waffle over it, just do it. You will be glad you did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! There is HOPE The Christian Community!
In a world where Christians are divorcing at the same rate as non Christians, this book brings hope!!! It saved our marriage and I feel like it's the only hope that is out there! THANK YOU Ken Nair!!!! To finally figure out to make things work! WOWOWOWO!

2-0 out of 5 stars Major Disappointment
See my review under "Discovering the Heart of a Man", which is actually a review of these two books when taken together.

In short, Because man is a sinner, The Man in The Marriage is The Sinner, and The Woman is God's Gift The Man to straighten him out. This is *not* the lesson of Scripture, for *all* have sinned.

The Christlike love that Ken says that the husband needs to show bears little resemblence to the real love that Christ demonstrates to the Church. His love is free to all, but is also costly and demanding of those who accept it.

It's like comparing skim milk to a full steak dinner.

1-0 out of 5 stars The five star reviews are stacked - this book is garbage
The author assumes that all men believe women are inferior and abuse their wives. The author says that woman do not have any sex drive and repeatedly states that husbands must be "Christ like" in their marriage. WTF? This book seems as though it was written in the 1800s by a religious fanatic. I bought this book to read on a trip but ended up throwing it the trash after skimming through it. There is nothing in this book worth reading. I trusted all the 5 star reviews thinking this would be a good book but it seems one person stacked the review by submitting multiple reviews. Someone with a sick sense of humor and I was fooled. I've never before attempted to read such a terrible book. ... Read more

78. The Vagina Monologues: The V-Day Edition
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A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. Hailed as the bible for a new generation of women, it has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses, and has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement--V-Day--to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning masterpiece gives voice to real women's deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads it will ever look at a woman's body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars REALLY GREAT BOOK
This book was given to me as a gift from a dear friend. She had already it and wanted me to read it. I did and I was really pleased with it.

Ensler explains that she is worried about the state of a world that cannot say VAGINA without blushing, but has hundreds of slang words for penis. This book is a collection of stories that were told to Ensler by hundreds of women from all walks of life who she interviewed. Some of the stories are verbatim what the women had to say about their vaginas, while Ensler takes more artistic licence with some.

There are stories about masturbation, sex, childbirth, rape, and many other things. Every way that our vaginas affect our lives, as women, are covered with a humorous or touching story. A great deal of this book is filled with humorous stories about nicknames for out vaginas and how women think about their own vaginas, but there is a disturbing rape scene in one of the stories. Although this story was incredibly disturbing, it is totally understandable why it was included: Rape, whether it is spoken of or not, is a tangible part of many women's vaginas. All in all, The Vagina Monologues is an excellent book for any woman or any man who loves vaginas. Vaginas are one of the most underappreciated entities in our lives. Vaginas provide pleasure for our mates, pleasure for ourselves, the means for conception, and most importantly-birth. Most of us came into this world through a vagina. While this isn't a self-help book and it won't help you deal with specific problems with your vagina, it can help you learn to see your vagina in a whole new light.

4-0 out of 5 stars Vagina! Vagina! Vagina!
If Eve Ensler's vagina got dressed, it would wear a sign shouting "I Have Empowered Women Around the World and Started a New Wave of Feminism!"
I couldn't put the VM down: There were several outstanding monologues in it, including a collection of women's stories about getting their period for the first time, and one with a grandmother who shyed away from her vagina most of her life. I also enjoyed reading Ensler's commentary on the pieces. To be sure, the book made me more conscious of my feminist side and I felt a sheer sense of pride in being a woman after reading it. However, the content wasn't top-notch. There were surprisingly few segments and not each of them was great. I thought Ensler definitely could have expanded on the pieces themselves and done a lot more with her subject matter.
If one wants to judge the book by its actual writing and content, I wouldn't recommend it in particular. But I think that Ensler's real goal was to get women to understand about their femininity, their sexual sides, and, above all, their vaginas. And if that was what Ensler was aiming to accomplish, I would readily say that she achieved it in me and many others.
(I would love to see it performed live, too, whether by Ensler or others.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Learn about the beauty between your legs!
This is a cry from women to find their spiritual, sexual, and beautiful power that is within them. There are stories that will make you laugh, stories that will make you think, stories that will make you open your eyes to the world. I have not had the privelige of seeing the performance on stage, which I imagine is fabulous and moving, but the book is good. I recommend it to women because it speaks of the taboo that women don't (or can't) want to talk about because they are afraid or embarrassed. It is witty and emotional. V-Day is a great idea. It promotes stopping violence against women. I recommend this book to women!

Words and thoughts once taboo are now mainstream due in large part to "The Vagina Monologues," a funny, moving exploration of women's thoughts, dreams, hopes and fears by the dynamic Eve Ensler. Released to coincide with February's V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, the audio version brings Ensler's words to wise and witty life once more.

Of course, no one is better suited to read these words than the author herself. Winner of the Obie Award for this play, Ensler is also the author of other plays including Lemonade, The Depot, and Necessary Targets, which has had benefit performances on Broadway, at the National Theatre in Sarajevo, and at the Kennedy Center.

Hailed throughout the world Ensler's uninhibited masterpiece has become a rallying cry for women.

Listen, laugh, and learn.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Eve's courage and strength shine through the stores of women she interviewed about their bodies, their thoughts and their lives. Many people have told me that the book/play would do much better if it had a different title. THAT'S THE POINT!! No one talks about vaginas and sometimes very little attention is paid to the women attached to them. Eve devotes such care and precision to telling the stories of all kinds of women that everyone should be able to relate to something. It is true that many of the monologues are quite "edgy" and some might even call them offensive, but the fact of the matter is that they are all true and real. Such a work, one that allows women to be true to themselves, and real in their wishes, desires and longings is so rare that this one is to be savored and treasured. ... Read more

79. Mother Daughter Revolution : From Good Girls to Great Women
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Mothers and Daughters
Mother/Daughter Revolution should be standard issue - given along with baby's birth certificate - to any woman in this country who gives birth to a female child. It is that good. Drawing on numerous studies and sources, Mother/Daughter Revolution details the sudden drop in self esteem which girls in our culture experience as they approach adolescence, and the myriad of ways in which this is expressed. It also examines the underlying societal flaws which allow this to occur and the societal situations in previous generations which led to the current state of events. Many books have done the same, including "Reviving Ophelia" by Mary Pipher and "Raising a Daughter" by Ellium and Ellium. Where Mother/Daughter Revolution departs from these books (which are also must-reads) is in it's hands on analysis of how mothers can de-code the messages they recieved at the hands of their cultural mileu and how they can then join their daughters in resisting the influences of the patriarchy that seeks to deprive them of their essential selves. It describes the Mother/Daughter conflict in a new way, a way that circumvents all the psycho-babble about identity and the necessity of a girl child divorcing herself from her mother - and presents a new paradigm for being a mother and a daughter in this culture. When Mothers and Daughters become aware of the influences which seek to tear them from their main source of support (each other) they can work to become empowered, so the bond between them can help the daughter grow to maturity with her mother beside her, instead of growing to what society teaches women to expect - an adolescence where the daughter and the mother are constantly at war, with neither one emerging unscathed.

4-0 out of 5 stars A must-read for anyone who cares about tomorrow!
Swell illustration of why so many teenage girls suffer losses in self-esteem as they get older. Shows that this can be prevented & is a "can-do" book, not a "girls as victims" books. Delves into the world of teenage girls & the challenges they face as they grow up & struggle to remain whole human beings. I do have to say, though, in the chapter about how beauty is used is women's false "power", using the Baby-Sitters' Club series as an example, especially the one about Mary Anne's haircut, was a poor example. Mary Anne gets the haircut & realizes that people react differently to her, BUT in the end of the book described in here, Mary Anne does come to realize that beauty is only a fleeting, superficial goal(especially since she's not very pretty, but is very bright) & comes back to earth quickly( especially when her boyfriend gets jealous & makes her cry!). The Baby-Sitters' Club series would be better used as an example of resistance to the status quo, as the girls in that book remain connected to each other & refuse to fall into the "chronic victim" mode despite peer pressure & haircuts & all. This book would have done better to praise the BSC, rather than criticize the series. If the authors wanted to use an example of negative images of girls, they should have gone after another series "The Fabulous Five" by Betsy Haynes. Now THERE was a series that used girls' appearances as "bartering" tools. Many of the girls in the "Fabulous Five" were not only appearance-obsessed, but too focused on what the boys wanted, & often were pitted against each other in competition for male approval. Otherwise, this book is very vivid & a strong guide for both mothers AND daughters. ... Read more

80. Sex with Kings : 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge
by Eleanor Herman
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Asin: 0060585439
Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: William Morrow
Sales Rank: 5074
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Throughout the centuries, royal mistresses have been worshiped, feared, envied, and reviled. They set the fashions, encouraged the arts, and, in some cases, ruled nations. Eleanor Herman's Sex with Kings takes us into the throne rooms and bedrooms of Europe's most powerful monarchs. Alive with flamboyant characters, outrageous humor, and stirring poignancy, this glittering tale of passion and politics chronicles five hundred years of scintillating women and the kings who loved them.

Curiously, the main function of a royal mistress was not to provide the king with sex but with companionship. Forced to marry repulsive foreign princesses, kings sought solace with women of their own choice. And what women they were! From Madame de Pompadour, the famous mistress of Louis XV, who kept her position for nineteen years despite her frigidity, to modern-day Camilla Parker-Bowles, who usurped none other than the glamorous Diana, Princess of Wales.

The successful royal mistress made herself irreplaceable. She was ready to converse gaily with him when she was tired, make love until all hours when she was ill, and cater to his every whim. Wearing a mask of beaming delight over any and all discomforts, she was never to be exhausted, complaining, or grief-stricken.

True, financial rewards for services rendered were of royal proportions -- some royal mistresses earned up to $200 million in titles, pensions, jewels, and palaces. Some kings allowed their mistresses to exercise unlimited political power. But for all its grandeur, a royal court was a scorpion's nest of insatiable greed, unquenchable lust, and vicious ambition. Hundreds of beautiful women vied to unseat the royal mistress. Many would suffer the slings and arrows of negative public opinion, some met with tragic ends and were pensioned off to make room for younger women. But the royal mistress often had the last laugh, as she lived well and richly off the fruits of her "sins."

From the dawn of time, power has been a mighty aphrodisiac. With diaries, personal letters, and diplomatic dispatches, Eleanor Herman's trailblazing research reveals the dynamics of sex and power, rivalry and revenge, at the most brilliant courts of Europe. Wickedly witty and endlessly entertaining, Sex with Kings is a chapter of women's history that has remained unwritten -- until now.

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5-0 out of 5 stars O my god
This book is amazing it has things that i never realized i mean it so funny,true,and very helpin in school it teaches you more about those time you guys should read it!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Page turning historical fun!
Who knew history could be so amusing! Eleanor Herman has intrically crafted a page turning saga of royal mistresses throughout time. This is a very funny, easy to read book with lavish illustrations and well documented research. Never dull, Ms. Herman entertains the reader with laugh out loud stories about hidden lovers, sumptiously decorated suites, set aside wives, ugly woman who captivated kings and great beauties who fought rivals to win the premier post at court. An eye-opening account of the power and intrigue in the daily life of some of history's most famous (and lesser known) women. A summer must read! ... Read more

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