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143. Women
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141. Free Stuff for Busy Moms!
by Matthew Lesko, Mary Ann Martello
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Asin: 1878346490
Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
Publisher: Information USA
Sales Rank: 404390
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Uncle Sam Celebrates Busy Moms! Over 2,000 Government Programs for Moms and Women...Rich, Poor, Young, or Old! Get Free Money, Services, Gifts, Help and Information for your Home, Health, Career, Kids, Business, and Your Pocketbook! ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment
Although I fit the catagory of being a "busy mom", I had a very hard time finding anything in this book that I could benefit from. Much of the book is filled with opportunities for those in a low-income bracket meeting the criteria for government subsidies. For people in that situation, this book would be a wonderful resource - and is well researched. Between the asssistance for low-income families, senior citizens, those seeking lovers and cheap abortions I found little I could apply to my life. The book also could be organized better. An enormous amount of information is given without any way to sift through it and find the opportunities that one would qualify for.

2-0 out of 5 stars Almost worth it...
I purchased this book as well as FREE college and training money for women. Both books provide TONS of resources but you will need time to sift through them to determine your eligbility. However the books are HUGE let downs in that they have duplicate information, not only on the pages of each book itself, but both of them carry identical programs or information. They simply changed the print and layout of the books. My best advice is to buy whichever of Mr. Lesko's books you beleive is best suited to your own situation, and save your money, don't purchase any others. You will only get repeat information.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book a Mom Must have!
This is an awesome book. We get $10 off on our phone bill a MONTH!! From a program that the phone company never tells you about. Got $2,000 in weatherizing our home. I have also helped our friends purchase a home they never thought they would get with the programs in this book. And other little things just to save money to many to list. This book is loaded with tons of programs from the government! Its an awesome book and I already got my money back from it and much more. I am very happy with this book and I am going to buy another!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a big book in every sense of the word.
This is a big book in every sense of the word. Loads of pages,loads of facts,loads of lists of free stuff, etc. It never lets down even for a moment, though. From the first page to the last it's lively, entertaining and highly informative. Most of all, it's great fun. My mother and her sister took turns asking each other questions from this book as we drove across country last week. Over 2,500 miles and we almost hated for the trip to end. But it made it easy for us to look forward to the long drive back. Moms are Really Busy but not for this great book...

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly fabulous!
This book is great. I sent it to my mom for her to use in her classroom, and she found great things for her grandchildren. Excellent resource for activities, money for private schools, you name it. Definatley worth the money! ... Read more

142. Standing Alone in Mecca : An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam
by Asra Nomani
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As President Bush is preparing to invade Iraq, Wall Street Journal correspondent Asra Nomani embarks on a dangerous journey from Middle America to the Middle East to join more than two million fellow Muslims on the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca required of all Muslims once in their lifetime. Mecca is Islam's most sacred city and strictly off limits to non-Muslims. On a journey perilous enough for any American reporter, Nomani is determined to take along her infant son, Shibli -- living proof that she, an unmarried Muslim woman, is guilty of zina, or "illegal sex." If she is found out, the puritanical Islamic law of the Wahabbis in Saudi Arabia may mete out terrifying punishment. But Nomani discovers she is not alone. She is following in the four-thousand-year-old footsteps of another single mother, Hajar (known in the West as Hagar), the original pilgrim to Mecca and mother of the Islamic nation.

Each day of her hajj evokes for Nomani the history of a different Muslim matriarch: Eve, from whom she learns about sin and redemption; Hajar, the single mother abandoned in the desert who teaches her about courage; Khadijah, the first benefactor of Islam and trailblazer for a Muslim woman's right to self-determination; and Aisha, the favorite wife of the Prophet Muhammad and Islam's first female theologian. Inspired by these heroic Muslim women, Nomani returns to America to confront the sexism and intolerance in her local mosque and to fight for the rights of modern Muslim women who are tired of standing alone against the repressive rules and regulations imposed by reactionary fundamentalists.

Nomani shows how many of the freedoms enjoyed centuries ago have been erased by the conservative brand of Islam practiced today, giving the West a false image of Muslim women as veiled and isolated from the world. Standing Alone in Mecca is a personal narrative, relating the modern-day lives of the author and other Muslim women to the lives of those who came before, bringing the changing face of women in Islam into focus through the unique lens of the hajj. Interweaving reportage, political analysis, cultural history, and spiritual travelogue, this is a modern woman's jihad, offering for Westerners a never-before-seen look inside the heart of Islam and the emerging role of Muslim women. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Brave
Asra is a courages lady fighting for women rights in masjid. Very few muslim women has the courage to speak against the elderly Imams of masjid, whom we assume have the right knowledge.
But its important for her to realize that gender segregation in Masjid does not mean gender inequality. A modern women like her may not feel uncomfortable praying among men but what about shy women who prefer praying by the side of women. Especially during prostration or doing sajda. Men in the mosque of virginia failed to communicate with her politely and explain her the reason behind gender segregation during prayers.
Also her views on premarital sexs are against Islam. I did not read anywhere in here book where she repented for her casual dating or premarital sex .Its important to remember as a muslim dating is forbidden for safety and also to discourage premature pregnancies . Asra has to change her views about premarital sex before calling herself a muslim.
Asra in her book gives a very good picture about the double standards of saudis and there discrimination against women. Her description about the pilgrimage(Hajj) was also very capturing.

One must read this book only to get the picture of the Hajj and to learn the sad state of some of the masjids in US which do not give equal rights for women to participate in activities of a Masjid.

2-0 out of 5 stars Self-Respect Comes First
Sorry, I'm not going to sound PC here, but I find it galling that Miss Nomani demands such respect from her religious community that she has neglected to give herself first.

While we may not find EXPLICIT prohibition against premarital sex in the Koran, surely Miss Nomani would be able to recogonize thenumber of implicit indicators against it. Religion aside, where are her morals, character and standards?

That said, and even if we are willing to overlook her morally lax behavior, can Miss Nomani tell me where in the Koran, or any relgion for that matter-- does it condon having children out of wedlock?To blame her lover for failing to recognize their "relationship" as she blames her mosque for failing to give her the respect she demandsis absurd, and flaunting the sanctity of her religion.Sorry, I can't see this woman as a role model, nor do I buy her attempt to be Hajar, or justify her choices and behavior by comparing it to Hajar.

Is this the behavior that "Nomani gently instructs readers about modern Islam and her role as a woman within it"?She seems to want to embrace only the parts of Islam that are most convenient, easily dismissing the highest standards of hayaa when she wants a lover and a baby.

Miss Nomani does not do Islam any favors in her attempt to "confront the sexism and intolerance in her local mosque and to fight for the rights of modern Muslim women" when she herself lacks the depth and understanding and self-respect and even the lowest standards of hayaa.

1-0 out of 5 stars Women's Inferiority Hardwired Into Islam
This author clearly means well but her task is hopeless.Section 4:34 of the Koran clearly states that men are superior to women and they should rule over them.The same section gives men the right to beat women.The Koran allows men four wives and the right to sexual access to any slave girl in his household.Inheritance rights are half those of men and women's testimony is given half the weight of men.This is all in the Koran and cannot be changed. In the Hadith Mohammed clearly stated that women's testimony was given less weight than that of men because "women are deficient in intellect." Visit any Muslim majority country and everyone there will be very familiar with these texts and interpretations.

The Ugandan government recently proposed a law which would make equality between the sexes mandatory and which would outlaw polygamy.Ugandan Muslims marched against it stating that the Koran clearly states that women are inferior to men and under their power. Any woman claiming to be a devout Muslim would have to accept a second, third and fourth wife and would have to grant that her husband had the Koranic right to beat her. Mohammed taught that if a woman or a dog walks in front of a man while he is praying that the value of the prayer is cancelled.Mohammed also taught that the majority of people in Hell are women.

It makes no sense to claim that misogynistic practices are cultural than than Islamic. Islam claims to be a complete system of government and a complete guide for all aspects of life.Islam is a culture.Where would these so-called cultural misogynies come from other than Islam?Its amazing that people think 1400 years of misogyny was a misunderstanding. As they say at Microsoft "its not bug, its a feature."

1-0 out of 5 stars This book is only one person's opinion....
and should not in any way be taken as an authority on Islam or Islamic teachings. Many problems faced are culteral and tribalistic in nature and should be recognised as just that, not that of pure Islam. The Quran is the Word of God, unchanged (till now) from its revelation sent through Angel Gabriel to our Prophet Mohmamad (PBUH). These words (as told in the Quran) will be protected until the Day of Judgement by God Himself.

It is not a "forward thinker" that attempts to change God's word...but a mere lost and arrogant person..trying to excuse their own misgivings through changing what is not theirs to change.

I am proud to be an American Muslim Convert for over two decades and I have never felt inferior or supressed as a woman in Islam. Modesty is an attribute for both Islamic "men" and woman to adhere to for the protection of the society at large.

5-0 out of 5 stars Courage
Asra came as a guest speaker to our human sexuality course at West Virginia University. It was very interesting and inspiring to hear her talk about her struggles. My family went through a very similiar situation in Charleston WV that she is currently fighting in Morgantown WV. It is nice to know that she is not just being pushed away, but is in fact fighting back. Although I have not yet read her book, she is a great speaker and an inspiring person. I am sure her book will be just as impressive. ... Read more

143. Women
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Asin: 0375500200
Catlog: Book (1999-10-19)
Publisher: Random House
Sales Rank: 35925
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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Each of the extraordinary portraits made by photographer Annie Leibovitz for her book Women stands on its own. Looked at together, these "photographs of people with nothing more in common than that they are women (and living in America at the end of the twentieth century), all--well almost all--fully clothed," writes Susan Sontag in the book's preface, form "an anthology of destinies and disabilities and new possibilities." Leibovitz, who in her years working for Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Vanity Fair magazines has photographed hundreds of celebrities, turns her lens on a wide range of ordinary and extraordinary female subjects: coal miners, socialites, first ladies, artists, domestic-violence victims, an astronaut, a surgeon, a maid. What she creates is a reflection of contemporary American womanhood that mirrors both women's accomplishments and the challenges they still face individually and as a group.

Leibovitz demonstrates her own range as a photographer in this body of work, shooting in the studio and natural settings and working in both black-and-white and color film. She depicts model Jerry Hall wearing a little black dress, a fur coat, and high heels, staring frankly at the viewer from a velvet chair in a plush red parlor while her naked infant son nurses from her exposed right breast. Schoolteacher Lamis Srour's eyes--the only part of her face visible behind her heavy black veil--illuminate a dark black-and-white portrait. Leibovitz frames actress Elizabeth Taylor and her dog Sugar by their shocks of snow-white hair. She captures four Kilgore College Rangerettes, a drill team, at the apex of their kicks--white-booted legs pointing up, obscuring their faces and revealing the red underpants beneath their blue miniskirts. There are many more wonderful and unexpected images here, over 200 in all. The delight in discovering them awaits readers. --Jordana Moskowitz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I'm not Thomas, I'm his daughter, he used my computer to ord
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So much for a title.

Annie Leibovitz's book requires no words. Sorry, Susan, I didn't read your text. The best way to enjoy Annie's photos is to set aside your search for a defining message about women. There isn't one. Women are varied creatures just like the rest of humanity and nature.

Don't you just love looking at them? Don't wish you could get a closer look? Don't you wish the interesting one's would stand in just the right light so you could get a better look? Didn't you always think Hillary C. was beautiful, but you didn't know why?

Thank you Annie Leibovitz for taking the interesting women and standing them in a beautiful light and binding them in a huge book so we can stand and stare as long as we want.

Enough said.

4-0 out of 5 stars Image as Everywoman
Fiction is my preference when writing book reviews, because I love the complexity of words, stories, and the vagaries of human nature with its endless permutations. But when I received Leibovitz's astonishing compilation of photographs as a gift, I thought I might attempt an impression of page after page of females, as seen through the professional eye of one of the most important photographers of our generation.

Who has not gazed in awe at Leibovitz's unusual perspective, the beautiful made even more so? But I want real women with wrinkles and dirt under their fingernails, the kind of women overlooked in the rush to worship human perfection. I want to see if there is a balance, not just the too thin, too gorgeous, too self-indulgent. In that regard, I believe Women contains a preponderance of well-groomed elegance, albeit impressive, for instance a breathtaking portrait of Gwyneth Paltrow and her mother, Blythe Danner. This particular image contrasts a young woman in the blush of her feminine power with the graceful progression of years that adds to a woman's complex attraction. To be sure, there are folios of celebrities, socialites, all those who live in the rarified strata of entitlement.

While not as numerous, the presentation of real women like me, those who inhabit my world, are so powerful as to diminish the bland compositions of society's darlings. The studies of abused women jump off the pages, eyes glazed, the immediacy of domestic violence tattooing their faces, staring into a future devoid of hope; a remarkably insightful photograph of Ellen DeGeneris, virtually unrecognizable under a layer of cracked white greasepaint; two pre-adolescent girls in the back of a pickup truck, displaying a row of leggy blonde Barbie's, with Ken in a faux high school letter jacket, his plastic Prom Queen sporting a crown atop hair that cascades down the length of her body; three young Latino women glare accusingly at the lens, displaying gang colors with pride, ambiguously dangerous; the lines of age score lived-in faces, eyes shadowed by years of struggle, etched finally by the exhaustion of daily survival. For me, these pictures contain the essence of womanhood, untainted by ubiquitous vanities.

In all, Leibovitz "sees" these women, their strengths, frailties and vulnerabilities. This series of images is a walk through the multi-hued, textured world of women, esoteric, generous, often brutally honest and unflinching. Luan Gaines/2004.

5-0 out of 5 stars A moving and exceptional book
This is definately my favorite book, and one I enjoy giving to special women friends. Annie Leibowitz has managed to capture the full spectrum of women, from the subdued and simple to the succesful and sophisticated. It is a moving book and a celebration to women's individuality and uniqueness. I warmly recommend it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Just a name
Although the idea of this book is worthwhile, I am amazed to find so many of the images out of focus. She is supposed to be a fine photographer, but maybe it is this title that has allowed her to feel okay with displaying such poor examples of portraits. It seems she rushed through the work just to get the book published as I don't sense that she put too much heart into the work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Enlightening
I loved the book "Women," this book not only gave information on what all these amazing women do for a living, but it showed the pictures of them at work. A lovely tribute to WOMEN all over the world! ... Read more

144. Frida : A Biography of Frida Kahlo
by Hayden Herrera
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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Hailed by readers and critics across the country, this engrossing biography of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo reveals a woman of extreme magnetism and originality, an artist whose sensual vibrancy came straight from her own experiences: her childhood near Mexico City during the Mexican Revolution; a devastating accident at age eighteen that left her crippled and unable to bear children; her tempestuous marriage to muralist Diego Rivera and intermittent love affairs with men as diverse as Isamu Noguchi and Leon Trotsky; her association with the Communist Party; her absorption in Mexican folklore and culture; and her dramatic love of spectacle.

Here is the tumultuous life of an extraordinary twentieth-century woman -- with illustrations as rich and haunting as her legend.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on Frida Kahlo
One cannot live in the modern world without regularly encountering self-portrait images of the beautiful and tragic Frida Kahlo. Whether on coffee mugs, t-shirts, posters, or Mexican artifacts, Frida's exquisite face with its darkly joined eyebrows and beribboned hair is immediately familiar to most observers, even if they do not know who she was. Yet Frida Kahlo's popularity in the twentieth century can be wholly attributed to her brilliance. Unlike the work of most modern artists, almost all of her 200 paintings depict realist, surrealist, and primitive self-portraits symbolizing the concerns and agonies of her life. Hayden Herrera's fine biography is still, seventeen years after its publication, the champion text on one of the most important, original, and phenomenal painters of our time.

Frida was born in 1910 (the year the Mexican Revolution began)to a Mexican mother and German father in the same cobalt blue house in Coyoacan, a suburb of Mexico City, where she later worked and shared her life with the great muralist Diego Rivera. Ironically, it is the house where her life also ended. Today it is a museum, open to the public and still festooned with her beautiful collections of retablos, pottery, and Mexican folk art. Frida's life was consumed by pain as a result of suffering polio at age 6 and a bus/trolley collision as a teenager when, thrown from the bus, she was gored by a steel rail. Frida spent most years of her life bedridden and in body casts (which she also painted)after some 30 surgeries meant to alleviate her suffering. Throughout her life,and even while prone in a bed with a mirrored canopy, she painted herself because of the focus created by chronic pain and said, "I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone." Her self-portraits suggest deep meanings as her face is always encircled with images derived from her physical and psychological life. The paintings are vibrant and, typical of many of her women contemporaries' works, tiny.

Hayden Herrera's book presents a comprehensive life study of the great artist, incorporating photographs, diaries, letters, painting reproductions, eye witness accounts, and local history and politics in the most readable, enjoyable, intelligent work available. An art historian, Ms. Herrera is thoroughly knowledgeable and writes beautifully, as well. One will be as engrossed by this book as by any great novel. Her work convincingly recreates the scenes from Frida's life and populates them with important contemporaries Frida knew and loved, including Andre Breton, Leon Trotsky, Tina Modotti, Pablo Picasso, and, of course, her own Diego Rivera who called her the greatest painter of our time.

There isn't a more engaging biography available about Frida Kahlo (in second place is Herrera's other text, Frida Kahlo:The Paintings), and one need not be an art student to be enthralled by this work. Ms. Herrera's compassionate, energetic account will capture anyone who wonders just what Frida Kahlo was like--her inspirations, occupations, and truly vivacious approach to her one very painful and amazingly productive life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thanks to this book, I discovered Frida!
It was thanks to this wonderful book that I discovered Frida Kahlo, who is now my heroine. I have read many books about her, but this is absolutely the best one. It made me laugh - and weep, too, because I could really feel Frida`s pain in my own body...
Today I am probably Sweden`s biggest Frida - fan, and I drive everybody crazy talking about her all the time! Thanks to her, I have started to paint and draw a lot, I dare to wear crazy clothes - and I dare to be my self.
Thank you, Hayden Herrera, for writing such a great book...

5-0 out of 5 stars Complete and Complex Like Frida
Hayden Herrera has written an excellent portrait of the great artist Frida Kahlo, complete in thought and tender in describing a woman well lived.

Frida Kahlo is the ultimate survivor and represents women for their strength, tenderness, fierceness and suffering compassion. She lived during a time when women had few rights, especially Mexican women, she faced the dreadfulness of the Mexican Revolution in her early years, a bout with polio, a horrible bus accident that attempted to cripple her for life, an often unfaithful husband, criticism of her dreams, activism, accused Communism and many exciting adventures in life. She lived a true artistic life and her paintings represent the complicated nature of her inner soul. She loved hard and fought often, for her rights, her dreams and her man. While bed-ridden and suffering in the severest of agony she taught herself to paint, her body encased in a huge white cast, she painted to survive and reached the other end with a unique perspective on art. Her life and home were surrounded with color, a rainbow that never needed the promise of something golden at the end. She danced her own rhythm and never stopped walking her own path. This is a woman to be admired!

Herrera does an excellent job as the biographer of this phenomenally complicated woman. Her research is thorough and her suggestions entirely believable. You will be transported back in time into the life of a controversial woman who deserves every ounce of recognition that Herrera has given us.

4-0 out of 5 stars A thorough rendering of an artist's life
This biography is a complete, engaging 440-page effort of sheer reportage. Herrera, an art historian and curator, has also written a book on Kahlo's art, and books on Mary Frank and Matisse, and you can see evidence of her thoroughness on every page. The book traces Kahlo's life by setting up the lives of her parents (her father was an Austrian immigrant to Mexico) all the way to her death and funeral with great detail. As Herrera follows the path of Kahlo's life, she includes letters to and from Kahlo, Kahlo's journal excerpts (illustrations, words and poems) and explicates Kahlo's art as it becomes relevant to the storyline of her life, either because paintings were done around the time of narrative points or because they illustrate incidents or themes in Kahlo's life. There are two color-plate sections and two black-and-white photo/painting sections to which the reader may refer.

Frida's life is certainly compelling, and Herrera doesn't need to resort to emotional language or hyperbole to make her interesting -- and, thankfully, she doesn't. The narrative is quite matter-of-fact, and illustrated with the subjects' own words, one feels that one can get to know Frida, and her husband, Diego Rivera, pretty well, for being somewhat removed from them (at least I feel that way living in the twenty-first century in Arkansas). The book incorporates the commonly known facts of Frida's life -- her devastating tram accident as a high-schooler in which she was impaled on a shaft of metal handrail, her turbulent and deep connection with and TWO subsequent marriages to Diego Rivera, her Mexicanista loyalties and sensibilities, her affair with Trotsky, her personal flamboyance and her great talent -- with the over-arching idea of Frida's alegría -- or happiness, joy -- in the face of her many hardships. As one of her friends said, Frida was a woman who "lived dying." Her many health problems and her problematic and sometimes painful relationship with Rivera were great obstacles to her, but her flamboyant alegría appears throughout her life as a constant, a will to enjoy, to overcome.

I think what the book offers most is Frida's personality, explicated as carefully and well as the paintings, and the effort helps inform the viewer's assessment and response to her work. Using Kahlo's own words often, Herrera allows Frida to tell us herself her reactions to incidents, events, her successes, her health problems.

She writes to her dear friend and medical adviser, Dr. Eloesser, in the United States when she is struggling with the decision to amputate her increasingly problematic foot: "My dearest Doctorcito: [The doctors] are driving me crazy and making me desperate. What should I do? It is as if I am being turned into an idiot and I am very tired of this f---ing foot and I would like to be painting and not worrying about so many problems. But, it can't be helped, I have to be miserable until the situation is resolved..."

This passage is emblematic of Kahlo, mixing her crass language with her charming endearments to her friends, her concern for her health and her resignation to the situation, "it can't be helped..." She often curses, refers to her reader as "kid" and to money as "dough," in English.

Herrera points out points at which Kahlo is not completely forthcoming with truthful details, for instance her age, the length of time she spent hospitalized at various stages, and her changing view on whether she was a Surrealist painter or not. She also illustrates Kahlo's changes in terms of the political situation of the international Communist party, her views about Trotsky, and her public vs. private comments on Diego's never-ending philandering.

In a book on Kahlo, these life details are relevant to her art because her art is confessional and personal. She's a "Sylvia Plath" of painting and mines her life and emotions for subjects until the end. Not long before she died, she had resolved her priorities, telling a friend, "I only want three things in life: to live with Diego, to continue painting, and to belong to the Communist party."

The people around her were deeply important to Frida Kahlo, and to the end of her life, she adored her friends, wrote winning and charming, caring notes to them, and wanted them around her at the end. Her love of others plays itself out in her political beliefs; she toured the world as an artist, but she drew her subjects and methods from Mexicanista traditions, and popular as well as pre-Columbian culture. Her personal illustrations are appealing because of that understanding of others, and Herrera's sound biography renders Kahlo's work and life even more poignant and remarkable. It's a good book. I recommend it.

(I do wish that this book had Frida Kahlo's own art or a photo of her on the cover, rather than a photo of Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Frida Kahlo is Alive and Well
The greatest compliment one could offer a biographer is that she has brought to life her subject with honesty and insight. Well, I offer this compliment to Hayden Herrera. It is supreme understatement for me to observe that the Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, was a complex person filled with great contradictions. Yet, through liberal use of Frida's letters coupled with Herrera's own insightful analysis of her painting, "Frida" brings this great artist to life for us to bask in her brilliance, energy and strength. "Frida" is one of the most remarkable, illuminating and fulfilling biographies I have ever read. I highly recommend this magnificent book. ... Read more

145. Seven Secrets of Successful Women: Success Strategies of the Women Who Have Made It-And How You Can Follow Their Lead
by DonnaBrooks, LynnBrooks
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Catlog: Book (1999-03-31)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 42797
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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What skills and strategies do women really need to be successful? Donna and Lynn Brooks profiled hundreds of professional women like Pat Schroeder, Jane Pauley, Toni Morrison and others less well known, but no less successful, to discover the key to their success. What they discovered is that a good education and hard work are simply not enough. They found that behind every working woman's success, whether she realizes it or not, is a common strategy essential skills that run up again and again--that lead to personal and professional fulfillment. This inspirational, thought-provoking and practical book provides women with an action plan for learning the 7 essential skills, as well as strategies for incorporating them into their daily lives. Easy-to-learn, when utilized together, these skills can propel any woman, in any type of job, at any level in the workplace, to career success. For every woman who wants to get ahead, The 7 Secrets of Successful Women is their roadmap to a successful future! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A useful book for all working women
The first point that is interesting about this book is the acceptance of the differences between the attitudes of men and women regarding their obligations at home and at work. Realising how we have been brought up, in a way that makes networking, taking risks or finding mentors much easier for men, is an important step towards changing our own attitudes that stand on our way to achieving our goals. One more point of interest is that the book addresses women not only in the corporate sector, but its concepts can be easily applied to all areas of emloyment. The book is highly readable, with many examples and success stories. For those of us using vision aids, note that the book's lettering is well thought of, not large print but comfortable, which makes reading less complicated than the usual overcrowded format used in business books. ... Read more

146. The Meaning of Wife
by Anne Kingston
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Asin: 0374205108
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sales Rank: 48885
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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"One part The Beauty Myth . . . and one part Backlash"*--a provocative exploration of who and what a wife really is.

There is a wife crisis in North America, a brewing storm of conflicting forces swirling around what it means to be a wife at the beginning of the 21st Century. The word is so fraught with ambiguity that it has become a litmus test, eliciting from women emotions ranging from longing to antipathy, anxiety to derision. This crisis is at the heart of Anne Kingston's The Meaning of Wife.

Delving into the complex, troubling, and sometimes humorous contradictions, illusions, and realities of contemporary wifehood, Kingston takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the wedding industrial complex, which elevates the bride to a potent consumer icon; through the recent romanticization of domesticity; and across the conflicted terrain of wifely sexuality. She looks at "wife backlash," and the new wave of neo-traditionalism that urges women to marry before their "best-before" dates expire; explores the apotheosis of abused wives and the strange celebration of wives who kill; and muses on the fact that Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart, two of the world's wealthiest and most influential women, are both non-wives whose success has hinged on thier understanding of wives. The result is an entertaining mix of social, sexual, historical, and economic commentary that is bound to stir debate even as it reframes our view of both women and marriage.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for all women.
I picked up this book mainly because of its cover not knowing that is was a non-fiction book. I almost didn't read it; I'm so glad I did.This book is not a man-bashing book but an uplifting book for women--or more or less a cautionairy tale.

I thought at first that I'm not really a wife. I'm in a long-time (15 years) relationship--engaged but not really looking to get married. However, after reading this book, I realize I am a wife and do fall into the trap of some of the same wifely aspects.

I already recommened this book to a colleague who is several years younger and would recommend it to all young women and men.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book, a not so great institution
Like many career-minded young women my age, I have no immediate plans to marry, and I would certainly read thuis book a second time if I were ever going to. We can yap all we want about the importance of committment and love in modern day marriage, but the fact remains that Marriage, as an institution, can be a degrading, wasteful, and downright evil thing.

I think a lot of women get married nowadays because it is quite simply the thing to do. A book like this would enable them to make a rational decision in that regard!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
I don't want to get married. I thought this book would be an explanation into how I feel. It turned out to be so much more, it does not bash marriage as I originally thought it would. The book is a great read right until the end, so rare in non-fiction. It has many historical facts that are fascinating! Great book, I will read it again and again. ... Read more

147. Be Your Own Mentor: Strategies from Top Women on the Secrets of Success
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Asin: 037550060X
Catlog: Book (2001-02-27)
Publisher: Random House
Sales Rank: 56938
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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All of us, from birth onward, learn by emulating others. Yet when it comes to our professional lives, we often forget that what we see, we imitate, and what we imitate, we become. This is obviously a positive thing for those who have found successful, encouraging mentors in their fields, but finding those mentors is still much easier for men than for women. In Be Your Own Mentor, Sheila Wellington seeks to provide women not only with advice on locating appropriate mentors, but with the tools to mentor themselves and the opinions, advice, and encouragement of women leaders worth emulating.

Wellington speaks from a broad range of experience. Having spent 20 years working in public health and one term as the first female Secretary of Yale University, she now serves as the president of Catalyst, a nonprofit research organization that works to advance women in business. Catalyst has conducted numerous interviews, surveys, and focus groups on the subject of women succeeding and excelling in their professional lives, and the results of much of that research is included here. CEOs from industry and the nonprofit world, law-firm partners, university presidents, and senior consultants all add their two cents' worth (or more like six figures' worth) to Wellington's observations on everything from planning your career and avoiding being boxed in to learning how to network efficiently and successfully integrate your work life with your home life.

Be Your Own Mentor is jam-packed with informative statistics, useful suggestions, and encouraging reminders--almost to the point of overload. With so many "voices" and so many topics covered, it's easy to feel a little overwhelmed. Despite this organizational drawback, however, this book is a useful tool for women, especially those just starting out. And for the avid emulator, who better to learn from than the likes of Zoe Baird, respected lawyer and president of the Markle Foundation; Betty Beene, president and CEO of United Way of America; Ellen Hancock, chairman and CEO of Exodus Communications; and Anne Mulcahy, president and COO of Xerox Corporation? On that note, the appendix, which provides career-path profiles of each of the pioneers quoted, is one of the most interesting sections of the book. --S. Ketchum ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Quality Resource
Advance Mentoring also has a Mentoring operation that allows people to find Mentors or be Mentors. This book joined with that site will definitely help peple meet their career goals. Good luck.

5-0 out of 5 stars Advice Helpful to Women at All Stages of Career
I bought the book "Be Your Own Mentor" during a transitional time in my career. The advice offered has provided me with many great ideas on advancing my career. I thought the get ahead basics were especially helpful. As I was looking for a new position, the job search advice helped me to form opinions on how this new position could be a stepping stone to my future. It urged me to take a look at my career as a progression of jobs on my resume. Additionally, Sheila Wllington offered advice that I had not read in traditional job search books. I think this book is helpful to women at all stages of their career whether just starting out or ready for a mid-career change. If you think you need some advice from successful women and need some ideas on how to further your career I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for women in business
I wish this book had been around when I was just starting out in business. I would be a lot better off today if I had gotten the great advice it gives out. Much of the writing is based on research done at Catalyst, so is fact-based. Shelia Wellington uses her vast experience and connections to give a road map for success for women in the business world. Many nuggets of advice from women who have reached the highest levels in their careers. A must read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Put "personal publicity" on your mentoring agenda!
Being your own mentor is a critical concept and certainly includes mastering the art of networking. But a good self-mentoring plan must also include achieving corporate and community visibility. To really take charge of your career there is no substitute for creating a strategic 'personal' publicity plan. Your boss won't do it, and neither will your mentor. It is up to YOU. People have to know who you are, what you stand for, and why they should hire you, promote you, or do business with you. That's really taking charge of your career.

5-0 out of 5 stars How To Get To The Top!
I wish I'd had Be Your Own Mentor years ago. It's chock-full of what to do when you're trying to get ahead at work, with do's and don'ts I've not heard anywhere else. It explains the kinds of jobs that will take you to the top and tells you which won't. And something else it does that you can't get elsewhere: women at the top (like Carly Fiorina of Hewlett Packard) tell you what to do when specific problems arise at work -- like how to land an assignment you want, or what to do when you meet bias, or how to get people who can help you on your side. Includes useful tips on building credibility and taking charge of how you're perceived, or for getting out of a dead end situation with a difficult boss, plus sensible advice about dealing with guilt as you're balancing personal life and work. You gain access to many wise women -- the older sisters everyone needs, who genuinely want to help you reach your goals. My son says most of the career tips will work for him, too, but women especially can use this practical, smart advice book by Spence and Wellington all through their careers. ... Read more

148. Having Your Baby
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Asin: 0345394038
Catlog: Book (1997-03-25)
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
Sales Rank: 453557
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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African-American women face unique challenges during pregnancy. Here is a they can turn to for medical information, health advice, and emotional support during this exhilarating, and sometimes anxious, time. Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, an esteemed Ob-Gyn, explains all the bodily changes, feelings, and medical procedures you may encounter when pregnant. From planning a pregnancy to caring for your newborn, Dr. Hutcherson provides comforting wisdom from her years of experience as a doctor and mother of four. Most important, she addresses such potential risks as fibroid, diabetes, lupus, high blood pressure, and skin conditions.

This extraordinary resource offers medically sound and reassuring advice on choosing a care provider ... caring for yourself successfully in each trimester ... the signs and symptoms that necessitate a call to a health care practitioner...minimizing the chances of birth defects... breastfeeding basics ... and much more.

The first childbirth encyclopedia written for African-American mothers-to-be, Having Your Baby addresses all the issues, concerns, and questions you may have about pregnancy and childbirth.
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5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
For first time mothers, this book gave me what I needed. You will find everything you need in this book. I really enjoyed reading every page, and it has been passed along to other sisters out there who are having a baby. ONCE AGAIN EXCELLENT.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for 1st Pregnancy
This book was given to me by a good friend, and it is the best thing she could have given to me. I found the book to be very informative and answered ALL questions I could ever ask about being pregnant. I even found myself referring back to the book with my second child, pregnant again about a year and a half later. I am here today writing this review, because I want to email this page to my cousin who is now pregnant. I promised her I would find it online and told her to make sure she purchase and read this book....Excellent

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent white or black
I really liked the book. It was informative where the others where not. I just don't understand why it is focused on black women. Everything I read applies to any expected mother. ... Read more

149. Defying Gravity: A Celebration of Late-Blooming Women
by Prill Boyle
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: Emmis Books
Sales Rank: 124865
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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For some women, marriage and children mean putting their dreams on hold. For others, stifled confidence, lack of opportunity, or simple uncertainty cause them to abandon their life goals.Author Prill Boyle didn’t graduate from college until she was 38, and only took up writing full-time at age 47.But after finally finding herself, Prill was intent on finding others who shared her vision; so she went in search of women who made the same brave leap into the future.The result, DEFYING GRAVITY: A Celebration of Late-Blooming Women recounts the stories of 12 inspiring women from all walks of life who changed paths and achieved the kind of career success and personal fulfillment that at a younger age, none of them thought possible.

Included alongside these profiles is the journal Prill kept of her own journey and thoughts while writing DEFYING GRAVITY.In these entries, she shares her feelings not only about these amazing kindred spirits she has met, but also her insecurities about writing, her thoughts on aging, the bittersweet ache of watching her children grow and pursue their own lives, and more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Prill's book captures this for me: that we are all the star of our own show.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and enjoyable.
Defying Gravity is an honest and charming account of twelve (actually thirteen) women's belief in themselves at a time in one's life when many of us merely settle. The book is truly inspirational, empowering and a delightful read. Reminds us all of the wonderful and unique opportunities ahead if we're just willing to look... and put in a little effort.

5-0 out of 5 stars loved it!
I loved Defying Gravity because it had all the elements of a terrific book. It was a great read. I was moved to cry and laugh and most of all it inspired me! Prill's journal entries intertwined between the first person accounts of women's lives and accomplishments tied the whole thing together for me. Prill's honest account of her own life experiences is courageous and touching. Her ability to capture the sprit of these 12 women and share their stories is amazing. It's a beautiful book that I can't wait to share with my Mom, my sisters, and my cousins, friends and colleagues. ... Read more

150. It's Her Wedding But I'll Cry If I Want To : A Survival Guide for the Mother of the Bride
by Leslie Milk
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Asin: 1594860017
Catlog: Book (2005-02-05)
Publisher: Rodale Books
Sales Rank: 109100
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Just what every mother of the bride needs to help her deal with the emotional, logistical, and financial challenges of her daughter's big day!

What premarital advice should a mother give the daughter who knows more about sex and stock portfolios than she does? Can the groom's step-grandparents march down the aisle as part of the wedding procession? How can a cousin get ordained on the Internet to perform the ceremony? This witty, brass-tacks survival manual for the 21st-century mother of the bride provides sharp, sensible answers to these and myriad other questions.

Hilarious anecdotes and practical advice abound as the lifestyle editor for The Washingtonian shares wise counsel and helpful hints from a mom who's been there as well as chronicles some ill-fated nuptials (as a primer for what not to do). From deciphering the mysteries of wedding food to learning to understand florist-speak, from picking a suitable mother-of-the-bride outfit-without looking like a Red Hot Mama or, worse, your grandmother in lavender and lace-to keeping a sense of humor when some of what can go wrong does, this down-to-earth guide makes a perfect gift for every mother determined to give her daughter the wedding of her dreams.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Take a sentimental journey and share a few laughs
This book is for any mother of a bride, past, present or future. Somewhere, in this diary of sorts, you will find a similar connection with author Leslie Milk's own experience with her daughter's wedding from engagement to reception party. She also writes other mother-of- the bride stories along with tips and suggestions to switch to plan B when Plan A doesn't seem to be working. The reality checks at the end of each short chapter could have been omitted as they just didn't tickle this reviewers funny bone. Makes a nice gift for any mother or surrogate mother of the bride.

4-0 out of 5 stars Author interview on Diane Rehm show, 2/2/2005
The Author was interviewed on the Diane Rehm show, 2/2/2005.
Sounds very practical and with good ideas.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for every bride and her mother!
This book is full of wonderful advice and humor (to lighten this potentially stressful time).Leslie Milk has excellent guidelines along with real life stories to help brides and their mothers (and anyone who has to live with them) survive their wedding (and may be even with a smile!).Every bride should buy this book for herself and her mother! ... Read more

151. Female Domination
by Elise Sutton
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Asin: 1411603257
Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc.
Sales Rank: 10416
Average Customer Review: 4.94 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Educational and Erotic! The best book I've read about D&S
For those of us interested in Female Dominance and male submission within caring and loving relationships, this is the book we've been waiting for. There have been lots of books written about BDSM, D&S and FemDom but this is by far the best. Psychologist Elise Sutton interviews real couples who practice this alternative sexual lifestyle and shares their experiences. This is not a fantasy book but a true exploration of the Female Domination lifestyle as it is practiced in reality.

Ms Sutton has an incredible gift in being able to explain why men desire to be dominated and how a man's fetish and sexual desires reflect what is happening within our society as women are becoming more independent and liberated. Ms Sutton also is able to explain to the female reader how her male partner's desire to be dominated can empower her and be beneficial to her.

She takes a look at such FemDom practices as spankings, discipline, forced feminization, strap-on play, cuckolding, female body worship, male chastity and leather sex. This book is very educational and as she shares the real experiences of real couples, the book also becomes quite sexy and erotic.

Ms Sutton's knowledge about these subjects is incredible. She gets into the minds of those who desire FemDom and explains why so many men want to be sexually dominated by a woman. She approaches if from the psychological as well as the social. She draws the clear conclusion that society is evolving toward female dominance and female authority. Her research to support her thesis is based on mainstream research that is hard to deny.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to a misunderstood topic
This is an important book that delves into the fascinating and misunderstood world of Female Domination. Written by a practising psychologist, this work provides crucial insights into the mentality and attitudes that drive this alternative lifestyle. The author arrives at several key conclusions of the origins, development and long-term practice of why and how significant numbers of men yearn then continue to worship a dominant woman, as well as what goes on within these special women themselves. She cites little known truths of Christianity whereby Female Domination is quite compatible with scripture, as well as identifying contemporary trigger points for men who wake up to their own deep stirrings of wanting to submit to a woman.

Her literary references to back up her opinion of women as the superior sex are ample and solid. But this is not a feminist diatribe. Elise Sutton is clearly influenced by a deep love for men and a desire to see them at their best. Indeed the sub-title of the book is `An exploration of the male desire for Loving Female Authority'. She makes it clear that a submissive male must not see himself as a wimp. The male has every right, duty even, to be strong in his affairs and strong for his Lady. The author eloquently and, yes, romantically states: `The man should be his Queen's friend, partner, lover, servant and slave. A woman needs all of this in a man'.

The author uses some 40 case studies to back up her work. Every major strand of the lifestyle is examined including role reversal, leather sex, cuckcolding, feminization, disciplining versus punishment, strap-on play, humiliation play, age regression, male chastity, and fetishes. The author emphasizes that Female Domination is a big tent: There are many practices that find a home here but there is no obligation to undertake all of them. This is a well thought out piece of work that will offer reassurance and direction to those who need help to work out their inner most thoughts and feelings. It will hopefully go on to be a gound breaking philosophy for revitalizing relationships between men and women, and offer a sound foundation for the rejuvenation of family life.

5-0 out of 5 stars I never wanted this book to end...
This is a great book. You will not waste your money here. If you want to learn about female domination, this is the book you want to buy. I wish Ms Sutton would write a follow up to this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a book I could give to my wife
How I've waited for someone to write an intelligent book about FemDom which would explain the submissive sexual desires of a man to the novice female, without freaking her out. This is the book I've been waiting for my entire adult life.

My only complaint is that the cover placed my wife in a defensive posture but once she began to thumb through the pages, she was hooked. She was fascinated by this book and it opened the door for us to have a wonderful conversation about my formerly hidden longing to be dominated by a woman.

The subtitle says it all. This book is an exploration into the male desire for loving female authority and that is what I've been seeking my whole life. Thanks to this book, my wife and I are beginning our journey together.

5-0 out of 5 stars A lifestyle for the woman of the twenty-first century
The author educates the reader about a rising alternative lifestyle. She explains that the term "female domination" originated within the consciousness of the male gender. It is a sexual categorization rather than a social classification. Consequently, the appeal of this alternative lifestyle to the male reader is predictable.

Be that as it may, as a female reader who is a complete novice to this subject, I found this book to be most illuminating and absolutely stimulating. It is an education into an alternative lifestyle which may possibly be of interest to the woman of the twenty-first century. A female dominated relationship makes perfect sense and the author does a wonderful job in explaining how such a lifestyle best utilizes the strengths and weaknesses of both genders.

I was a little hesitant to read this book because I thought it might be another book written to appeal to male sexual fantasies. I was wonderfully surprised. This book communicated romance, love and devotion between committed people. Yes, it is intense in spots and shocking at times. Nevertheless, it is tastefully written. It is spicy but not salacious. Both men and women will enjoy this book. ... Read more

152. Feathers from My Nest: A Mother's Reflections
by Beth Moore
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Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Facing the metaphorical empty nest, Beth Moore writes, "The first morning I awakened to a house with no children, my home was quiet, but to my surprise it wasn't empty. Suddenly it felt full. Full of memories. Full of anticipation. Full of love that can somehow go with them to college and beyond, yet stay back home with us. A love that has a name. Jesus." From here, Moore reflects upon all those memories, or feathers, from her nest, showing readers how a smattering of humor and a heavy dose of faith in Jesus helped to shape and guide her mothering. At times the mood is jovial, as she recalls the divine patience it takes to negotiate who rides in the front seat during the after-school carpool. At other times, her tone is tearjerking, as in the time she discovers a wadded tissue in her daughter's bed weeks after she'd left for college. "I had no idea how long it had been there, but I knew instinctively what it meant," writes Moore. "She had been crying ...I held the Kleenex in my hand and wondered what had broken her tender heart." Written as a series of heartfelt vignettes, this sentimental and highly personal book speaks to the lasting gifts of motherhood and why it helps to raise a family within the context of Christian faith.--Gail Hudson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for any woman!
I read Beth Moore's book after experiencing two miscarriages and trying to get pregnant for the third time. Her Godly approach to motherhood made me realize that God gives us children as gifts and blessings - regardless if it is for a few months in utero or for decades on earth! She gives a personalized insight on how to try to raise children to love Christ - in a world that often makes that difficult! I would highly recommend this book to any woman - moms, daughters, moms-to-be, or as I was when I read it, a mom wanna-be!

5-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and warm feeling
This wonderful little book about Beth and her husband going thru empty-nest made me feel a wide range of emotions. She is a brilliant writer and always amazes me how she can be a faithfull follower of Jesus but still have so much FUN!! What a refreshing christian woman..Buy the book.. you won't be disapointed.. Beth allows you a 'peek' into her private life. If you have taken a bible study that she wrote you will get snapshots of her life.. this book fills in the holes a bit..Great reading!

This is another winner from Beth Moore but very different from her other Bible study writings. This is a more personal look into her own family life and is an absolute must read for any mom. It is written from an empty-nester's point of view, but as a young mom of a two and four year old, I found it so comforting, inspiring and uplifting. I know their time with my husband and me is short, but this book helped me have some perspective. When you have young children close in age, sometimes the days are long and tiring, but this book has helped me see things in a new light. I want to have many feathers to reflect upon when my precious ones leave this nest. Well, blessings to all who read this; I hope it has been helpful, and please do read this sweet book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Calling all moms! You need to read this book!
As my nest is emptying (our youngest went off to college this fall), I look at those "empty nest" books with a combination of hesitancy, desire to know someone else's experience, and disbelief that I am really at this stage. It seems we just brought our first baby girl home from the hospital (it was only 22 years ago, which often seems more like 22 months!).

I'm thankful to the Lord for my children and for my dear husband - that after all these years, we still have things to talk about, experiences to share, and plenty of love left for each other.

So I opened this book, not real eagerly, I must confess - after all, this was about a book that I really wasn't ready for! The 4-page introduction "Feathers from My Nest" alone is worth the price of this book! Talk about telling it like it is! Mr. Sparrow is talking to Mrs. Sparrow as she's trying to gather feathers from her nest - memories to take with her on their new journey together.

I have to thank Amazon for making it possible to get a better look inside the books we buy from them - the pages you will see are part of the first chapter of the book AFTER the intro I just mentioned. You'll get an idea of Beth Moore's writing style.

Each chapter talks about a certain "feather" that's been left behind in Beth's nest when her two daughters flew away. One chapter is "The Crumpled Kleenex". Mom spends some time in her daughter's bed after the daughter leaves home and she finds this kleenex and she wonders what the tears were about. "The Binders" talks about one of her daughter's method of proclaiming that she was making a new start with her schoolwork - this chapter has lessons for us all on the grace of God. "The Magazines" chapter discusses the family's struggle with how our society values skinny women and how it impacted one of their daughters and their fight to pull her from the clutches of an eating disorder. And "The Green Cap and Gown" is about graduation, of course.

The last chapter is entitled "One Slightly Gray, Well-Seasoned Man" and is about her husband Keith. A perfect ending for this story of feathers left in their nest. Beth is looking forward to the rest of her life with this wonderful man who was there at the beginning - before there were little chicks to leave feathers behind!

This book is a fabulous book for moms of all ages. Don't think that it's just an "Empty Nest" book. If you have children getting ready to try out their wings, this is a must-read.

I haven't read Beth Moore's other books (most notably "Breaking Free" and "Praying God's Word"), but I would like to.

If you have a child in high school or college, you simply must read this book. My other very-favorite book on parenting older kids is "Give Them Wings" by Carol Kuykendall, which covers parenting from driver's license to leaving home. Excellent book!

You might want to check out my reviews of other Christian books and music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Feathers Are A Good Thing
The book is a great pick me up to remind all moms what will be left behind if we are careful to keep the little things intact. It will make you laugh a little and also cry. Beth Moore is a great individual for letting us in on some of her very own secrets from family endeavors. It makes the author seem more real and up close to us as individuals. I enjoyed it because as a woman and mom, I can see myself inside her circle of heart beats and feel the warmth. She is a blessing. Another book I must tell all Beth Moore lovers to quickly grab at the very first chance is another Christian mom, parenting columnist and author, "Mommy-CEO," by Jodie Lynn. Not only are they strong in comparison towards mother feelings, life and children challenges, but also in sharing their own mistakes and claiming to let go and let God direct our spirits. ... Read more

153. Unraveled : The True Story of a Woman Who Dared to Become a Different Kind of Mother
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Asin: 1400054168
Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
Publisher: Harmony
Sales Rank: 80840
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful and Brilliant Book
I read this book in one sitting, at least one sitting as allowed by three young children, and the words moved me more than any book I've read in recent history.The questions she deals with face every woman and mother.To follow her journey is to follow your own heart as her words resonate so deeply into the spaces we don't have time for or don't pay enough attention to.I would imagine that the first reaction to the book is one of eyebrows raised; a leap to immediate judgement about a mother who would give up primary custoday.That is the magic of this book - because when you read the beauty, love and committment of this mother and woman, it simply can't be taken away from her and her children.I learned a great deal about myself because this push and pull between judgement and recognition was palpable. We all have to challenge our assumptions and expectations of what a family or a mother is supposed to be - should be - or is expected to look like.Whether or not one believes in the "ideal" family unit or the "perfect" mother, that is simply not the truth or reality for the majority of us.Here is a woman and author who has the courage to face that, live with it, and be true to herself and her family.One may not agree with her choices and I suppose that is the point of the book.We don't have to agree or disagree with her choices, but should examine and make our own with the same kind of courage and insight.It is inspiring to see her determination, faith and love in every choice she makes.Whether or not her children are ultimatley the better and happier as a result of her choices is, of course, unknown - but that is the universal truth of being a mother.There is hope here, and I think that is the key. ... Read more

154. Goddess Within : A Guide to the Eternal Myths that Shape Women's Lives
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Asin: 0449902870
Catlog: Book (1989-10-07)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Sales Rank: 243855
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Gestalt and Jungian psychologists Jennifer and Roger Woolger have written a fascinating guide to the goddess qualities that live within us all. Learn how to navigate the turning points in your life by understanding which goddess type is coming to the fore. Wonderfully affirming, profound in its implications, THE GODDESS WITHIN helps restore the feminine to its rightful place in the modern consciousness and offers every woman the unique opportunity to learn more about her own power to transform herself.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting approach
This was a new spin on looking inside for me. It uses the Greek goddess architypes to look at our preferences/tendencies - recognizing that we're probably a mix of the different goddess atributes. There's a chapter each on the following godesses: Athena, Artemis, Aphrodite, Hera, Persephone, Demeter - lots of legends, stories, some poetry. Then there is a quiz you can take to see what mix of godesses you are then it goes into discussing the various mixes that you fall into. Its interesting - not a quick read by any means - but quite interesting. Hadn't seen another book quite like it. Did come across the quiz on the internet before reading the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book really gave me new insights
A wonderfully well-written, amazingly informative book on women's psyches. I recommend it to everyone - man and woman. You will be glad you read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lyrically written, perceptive & worthwhile read
I think this book contains a wonderful mix of legends and folklore, along with articles, poetry and of course, a Jungian analysis that is multi-dimensional. If you're interested in mythology and analyzing the characteristics or relationships of the Roman/Greek goddesses, this is the book to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Introduction to the Aspects of The Goddess
This book was recommended by my niece, a psychologist, about eight years ago. I devoured it and re-read many sections. It was a learning experience and a growing experience for me. It assisted in opening my heart and my mind to the strengths present in myself. I have begun the wonderful journey of paganism within the last year. Because of this book, I was familiar with many secular concepts of the mythology of the Goddess and quite accepting of the Divine within my heart. It cleared up many misconception that have been erroneously perpetuated throughout history regarding the journey of the pagan. Yet it also is relevent to ALL women of all faiths. It brings our strengths to the surface and makes us proud of who and what we are.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to goddess archetypes
This book is a fine guide to studying the goddesses from a psychological angle. The authors include a test that the reader can take in order to have some idea of which goddesses have the most influence and which ones are more in the background. I found it to be most intriguing and informative. It made me think about why I value certain things, like intellectual pursuits, and scorn other things, like wearing makeup. ... Read more

155. The Body and Society
by Peter Brown
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In his monumental book Peter Brown addresses the practice of permanent sexual renunciation--continence, celibacy, and life-long virginity--that developed in Christian circles from the first to the fifth centuries A.D.Brown vividly describes the early Christians and their strange, disturbing preoccupations. He follows in detail the reflection and controversy these notions generated among Christian writers. Among the topics covered are marriage and sexuality in the Roman world, Judaism and the early church, Origen and the tradition of spiritual guidance, sexuality in the desert fathers and Augustine and a significant study on sexuality and the family in the ancient world by a renowned scholar. Besides being of great interest to readers in ancient history and early church history, and to classicists and medievalists, it will engage readers concerned with women's studies and the history of sexuality. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Quite Obsolete
In the late 70ies Protestant and Jewish scholars started to reexamine the carnal world of the early Christians. Since then daring new views have come up showing that Catholic Christianity as it developed since the 2nd century is not the same as New Testament Christianity which was deeply rooted in Judaism and its attitudes towards the body. Scholars like Jane Schaberg (1987), Raymond J. Lawrence (1989) and more recently Philo Thelos (2003) have shown that early Christian women and men treated each other in a very revolutionary manner experimenting with freedom and, compared to their pagan background, were all but chaste. It was the Catholic church that later took over Roman and pagan attitudes about family, marriage, virginity and chastity. Peter Brown's treatment of Jewísh attitudes towards the body emphasizes hellenistic Judaism and only slightly discusses much more body-oriented orthodox Judaism. His views on the apostle Paul are simply outdated and reflect traditional atheist views. Mr. Brown, however, correctly observes a trend towards asceticism among late antique Christians. This trend, however, did not originate in allegedly stern attitudes of the new Christian religion but in the failure of many early Christians to, the long run, embrace, keep up and enjoy the freedom offered to them. It was the young Martin Luther who reexplored the bodily freedom offered by the Gospel. The Calvinists and modern Bourgeois middle class Christians again lost that freedom. Interestingly enough, today it is Atheists who challenge Christians and their heritage of carnal freedom.

1-0 out of 5 stars Theme not very carefully defined
The title of Mr. Brown's book is deceiving. He asserts to write about sexual renunciation in early Christianity. Instead he basicly writes about sexual renunciation in among the Gnostics. There is a good reason why devoted Christians of all denominations view Gnosticism as a heresy. Gnosticism is very much rooted in pagan, i.e. Indian and Persian religious esoteric beliefs. As scholars like A. Vööbus ("History of Asceticism in the Syrian Orient") have shown, sexual asceticism is not anything originally Jewish or Christian, but has been taken over by certain groups of Christians from Eastern religions. Of course, these groups have heavily influenced church Christianity and made Christians and non-Christians alike believe that celibacy is a truly christian virtue. However, church christianity has never been exactly the same kind of Christianity as the one depicted in the New Testament.

5-0 out of 5 stars an excellent, scholarly study
Brown's book is the finest study available on sexuality and the body in the early Church. This book sheds great light on the classical, Jewish , and Christian conceptions of the body and how important those conceptions were in early Christianity, especially for early Christian asceticism. This is a must read for anyone interested in gaining a serious appreciation of the early Church. Many histories focus primarily on the Development of Christian Doctrine and Ecclesial structures. An understanding of early Christian spirituality and asceticism illuminates early Christian doctrine and church structure even more.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent History of Early Christianity
This is a marvelous book and Peter Brown is a master of his field. _The Body and Society_ provides one of the best histories available of the human body and its relationship to Christianity in late antiquity. Brown traces early Christian ideas on the body and sexulity to their roots in the Classical world and Roman views of gender and sexual practice. Then, the Christian idea of sexual renunciation is explored through the ideas of major Christian theologians, dealing especially well with the complex views of Augustine of Hippo. This is a beautifully written masterpiece of historical research and is likely to be a modern classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very well written history book, it makes history pleasant.
This book is an introduction for those who are just approaching the ancient world of early christianity, and a guide full of insight for those who already have had a look of it. It is as important to philosophers as to historians, and to all those who are interested in the <> of Christianity and all the trouble it had before becoming one of the most expanded religions and cultures on our world. Moreover it makes an important step in linking the history of religion and of thought to the history of the human body. Mr. Brown wrote an excellent history book where any person seriuosly interested in the ancient world can find important information. Information, though, is not the only important thing in History, and in this book we can find much more: useful anecdotes are beautifully depicted in the very right place in order to make the thinking and the more practical need of our ancestors more undersandable to our western technological eyes. Also let me add, that this book is the result of some thirty years of reserch and extensive, but deep reeding of the writings and deed of the Fathers of Christianity. This book is, for us, an exceptional chance to read not only the translations of a very experienced translator of ancient literature but also his comments and crossed inquiries. ... Read more

156. La frontera / Borderlands
by Gloria Anzaldua, Gloria Anzald¿A
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Cultural Writing. Chicana Studies. Women's Studies. "The actual physical borderland that I'm dealing with in this book is the Texas-U.S., Southwest/ Mexican border. The psychological borderlands, the sexual borderlands, and spiritual borderlands are not particular to the Southwest. In fact the Borderlands are physically present wherever two or more cultures edge each other, where people of different races occupy the same territory, where under, lower, middle and upper classes touch, where the space between two individuals shrinks with intimacy"--Gloria Anazaldua.Second Edition, with a new introduction by Sonia Saldivar-Hull, author of Feminism on the Border, and an in-depth interview with Gloria Anzaldua. An essential book. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Politics and Poetry
The US- Mexican border es una herida abierta where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds. And before a scab forms it hemorrhages again, the lifeblood of two worlds merging to form a third country, a border culture.

This is a superb book. It approaches the themes relating to Chicano identity, and does so through poetry that extends from the included poems to the cultural-socioeconomic exploration that the body of the text undergoes.
In response to negative reviews posted: yes, Borderlands does confront emotional and cultural issues brought up in other Chicano/ border-culture texts. So what. Not enough books have been written about this, especially in this format that reacts to Chicano/ border-related issues in both an intellectual and emotional/ artistic mannor. The book does this with a beautiful poeticism that carries the essence of the hispanic literary tradition, bringing the culture of the written Spanish world into a primarily English-language book.
The Spanglish included is intended for an English-speaking audience, and is not in my opinion of the true transient nature which is inextricable from spoken Spanglish. So at times the language of the writing does feel a tad contrived; using Spanish as a highlighter for key words of certain themes as opposed to allowing it even-handed participation in the exploration of the author's thesis.
While somewhat obnoxious, this choice points to Anzaldua's desire to make this work accesible to people with little or no knowledge of Spanish. This can be seen as a beacon to draw in people who do not as yet see themselves as connected to the Chicano / Hispanic world.

If you like this book, check out the other collections put out by Aunt Lute (the book's original publisher), as well as writings by author/ playwright / peformer Cherrie Morraga, playwright Magdalia Cruz, poet/ artist Ivan Silen.

4-0 out of 5 stars Novel approach to policy sciences
While this book has been classified under the social sciences, the world's increasing complexity makes this an indispensible resource for the non-profit sector.

Instead of requiring (either intentionally or implied) individuals to choose between and rank various facets of themselves, Anzaldua makes the simple but bold proposition truw social change accepts all of an individual for whom they actually are. Only, then will all societies be able to move forward in pursuit of the oft-mythologized 'perfect world'. That the book (and author in some circles) is attacked for being 'spacey' or rambling says more about the reader's own internalized fear of 'difference' because this book was so inspiring.

Working in progressive movements, I know coalition building is critical to my policy objectives, but the prose helped me understand how emotionally positive the process was. Most 'conventional' public administration textbooks do a wonderful job talking about technology and finances, but rarely factor in the human dimension so profoundly as she does.

Anzaldua may wish to include translations from Spanish in future editions of the book because this would help residents of many other "borderlands" comprehend her own experiences and perspectives more easily than currently possible.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not comfortable, but home!
Anzaldua's Borderlands really inspired me much. My Spanish may not be very good, that I can still catch the feelings she had in her mind, intertwined with Spanish, English y otros dialectos Chicanos. While in thinking or writing, the standard language of one society often represents its high position with logic, rationality, and academic neutrality; yet dialects of different ethnic groups then thought to be personal, informal, or sentimental. Therefore, in most of the academic conferences, we rarely see scholars doing their lectures or theoretical debates in dialects, and then ¡K.hmm¡K.our ¡§mother/grandmother/gran-granmother tongues¡¨ died in academia.

Anzaldua's multilingual texts did show us/US the new ways for revivification and liberation of ethnic minority languages both in academia y nosotras/os corazones. I expect to read more multilingual literature in the future, and I hope everybody can try to respect languages from different cultures or even from different perspectives. Don't just say that they are not worthy of reading since you don't really understand what they are trying to tell you! Reading about Anzaldua and her people's struggles may not be very comfortable, but to me the situation is quite familiar just like being home!

1-0 out of 5 stars Worse Than Being Run Over By 2,000 Horses
I had to read this book for a Women's Studies class. There are about 45 women in the class and 1 man and only about 10 people liked this book.

Unfortunately, I had to do a presentation on this horrible book and presented something that would "make the masses happy".

This was one of the worst books I have read. All I have to say to Anzaldua is: I too am a border woman. Get over it. Move on. WHO CARES?

5-0 out of 5 stars A complex tapestry exploring the many facets of "mestiza."
Anzaldua weaves a richly complex tapestry which explores many facets of "mestiza" -- of being "caught between" a variety of binary oppositions. Of course, the complicated cultural issues of mestiza are thoroughly addressed in this brilliant, spell-binding book. Also, issues of language (as she weaves a variety of languages and linguistic modes of expression in her text), sexual identity (as a lesbian woman), shamanic consciousness (which she describes as her "waking dream" or the Coatlicue state," and later as the "shamanic state"), and more. The political implications of the book are powerful and engagingly complex. Yet at the same time, the personal and spiritual dimensions of the book are intensly satisfying. I find this book opening up doors of consciousness for me in my own spiritual and creative life. I strongly recommend reading this book at night before going to sleep. It is the kind of literature that expands in the dreaming consciousness. ... Read more

157. The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds
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5-0 out of 5 stars Real Life Populism and Honesty
You've got to read this book. I live in Chicago and first heard about Tammy Bruce during the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles. I'm not a feminist but I really appreciated her zeal about making sure domestic violence wasn't overshadowed by Simpson's "dream team" talk of racism. With this book I have found out why I liked her in the first place--she cuts through all the nonsense about social issues put out by the left, like multiculturalism and hate crimes. And, as a Dr. Laura fan, I was thrilled to see a chapter devoted to the true story behind the gay groups attacks on her. I've been waiting for someone to stand up for Dr. Laura. Bruce does a great job exposing the gay groups real agenda.
In general, that's what makes this book so good--Bruce comes from the inside and has some pretty surprising stories about what the Left "establishment" as she terms it, is really like. But be prepared--this book is not just a political attack--I reads more like a manifesto about true progressive politics and radical individualism, their importance and how we can improve our lives by trusting ourselves and our intentions as Americans. At the same time, it was fun, had great humor, real life stories and all the while educated me politically. What a dream.
I also particularly liked her chapter about what it was really like in NOW, and their double-standards. Probably the most surprising thing she reveals is that NOW took money from the Clinton administration during the Jones and Lewinsky scandals (which finally made clear to me why they were so hypocritical about sexual harassment when it came to Bubba).
You might not agree with everything she writes, but after reading this book I'm looking at everything just a little bit differently, even with more personal confidence and optimism.
This is a great read, I learned stuff, enjoyed it and rediscovered someone who is sorely needed in the political world. This book should put Tammy Bruce back on the political map. I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute "MUST READ" book!!
Wow. Rarely have I read a book that so thoroughly destroys a facade like this book does. What adds to its potency is the undeniable fact that the author self professes in the beginning of the book to be a gay, liberal, pro-choice, former President of NOW. This she claims gives her "insider" status on what she writes about. While I may disagree with some of her views, I respect and admire the honesty with which she systematically exposes the hypocritical and destructive tactics of the "activists" on the Left. Tammy Bruce is an excellent author, and an expert on the subject.

The chapter describing the attacks on Dr. Laura by GLAAD are detailed and exposed for what they were, as she contends they were cowardly and shameful acts of hypocrisy. Despite her insider status, she was treated as an outcast within her own organization for even questioning such tactics. In looking at such supposedly benign issues such as hate-crimes legislation and those on the Left who support it, she demonstrates the logical absurdity of this legislation. By simply looking at the legislation we realize that it by definition implies that blacks, Jews, and gays must be much more neurotic and weak than others because we are led to believe that crime affects them much more than it does everyone else. Do the parents of a murdered straight child grieve less that those of a gay child? Is the pain or damage any less? (See page 40 for this discussion). She outlines the damage caused by "groupthink" and how much like cults some of these Left organizations have become. The irony of trying to silence people who disagree with the liberal left worldview for being intolerant isn't lost on her as it is with most everyone else on the Left.

The disturbing trend of mind control being practiced on our college campuses these days prompts her to say that when a woman giving a speech about individual empowerment has to flee for her safety there is something twisted going on. She also indicates in the chapter that the power the Thought Police wield at universities and schools is indeed disturbing. However, the good thing is that at least it gives us a clear view of what exactly the Left wants. In an environment under their ideological control, the Thought Police have free reign to silence opinions, squelch debate, and punish dissent (see page 222 for the exact quotes).

The exposure of minority leaders such as Jesse Jackson and others that actually deliberately attempt to perpetuate victimhood and create racial tension for their own benefit, where none actually exists, prompts her to describe them as "Misery Merchants". In devoting a chapter to these sad phenomena she implies that what started as a struggle for equal rights and a color-blind society has turned into a major profit industry - the victim industry. The details and evidence for this is truly disturbing in how disingenuous it all really is.

This is a powerful book. The arguments are so airtight, and due to her status as an "insider" to this movement, the result is a chilling look at just how far this group will go to create a "Stalin-like" state where any viewpoints except their own are severely punished. I experience this Thought Police approach in Corporate America and in the local media. This book will likely stir emotions on both sides of the fence. It states in the most compelling and undeniable way yet the dangers of the Thought Police and the agenda of the liberal left. Agree or disagree with her personal views, the evidence is beyond dispute.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on the sad state of America
Tammy Bruce's book is a wonderful comentary on the damage being done by politically correct thought. Bruce, who is a liberal, exposes what she sees as inherent contradictions in the liberal ideology, as well as takes vehement opposition with the tactics employed by liberal politically correct scholars. Bruce argues that the liberal agenda is rooted in censorship of alternative points of view, with the systematic destruction of anyone who opposes the liberal voice.

If the book had been written by a conservative, it would easily be billed as propaganda. The fact that it was written by a liberal (former President of the LA chapter of NOW), gives the book formidable credentials and a unique voice. Bravo to Tammy Bruce for this insightful book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent discussion of issues from a new perspective
I highly recommend this book. Just read the first line and see if you can put it down. This is a woman who was the head of Los Angeles' NOW chapter. Just her discussion of the total takeover of the NOW agenda is worth the price.

If you are interested in current issues, please try this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars One Brave Woman
Tammy Bruce, an openly gay, liberal feminist, and former president of NOW LA Chapter, has written one of the bravest books I've read in a long, long time. In The New Thought Police, Tammy Bruce reveals the hidden agenda of the extreme left, which she says isn't equality and understanding, but rather control of the very THOUGHTS of everyone in our nation.

Topics covered are: the ridiculousness of hate-crimes legislation, the unfair treatment of Dr. Laura (known for disagreeing with homosexuality, but also for demanding they be treated with dignity and respect), the exploitation by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson of African-Americans and how they are destroying the progress made by the civil rights movement, the selling-out of NOW and the feminist establishment by refusing to come out against OJ Simpson as a wife batterer, how multicultural apologists have actually made things worse for immigrants, the danger to the career of Hollywood stars if they should 'come-out' as having right-wing or pro-life tendancies, and perhaps worst of all, the mind-control of the academic establishment on America's college campuses.

Bruce sounds a wake-up call for all women, gays, minorities, and true liberals that trying to police what people think and say not only doesn't make the world a better place, but pushes dissenting opinions underground where they tend to fester and breed resentment, giving fuel to the truly dangerous types, like the KKK. Rather than trying to silence all opinions that we disagree with, Bruce suggests, we need to work to balanced viewpoints in media, and true dialogue. When the vitriole is turned off, she says, we actually find the the left and the right agree more than disagree, and can at least work together on issues that are common to all people (as she demonstrated happened when conservatives wrote donation checks to NOW in support of a project to help the plight of battered women). On the other hand, Bruce shows, if we don't stop the thought police, we will soon be living in the society of George Orwell's 1984, and we will no longer even be able to pretend that we live in a society where we can have the free exchange of thoughts and ideas. ... Read more

158. Midlife Crisis at 30 : How the Stakes Have Changed for a New Generation--And What to Do about It
by Lia Macko, Kerry Rubin
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At 30 ...

Former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was a stay-at-home mother. Founder and CEO of Oxygen Media Geraldine Laybourne was working at a public interest think tank for teachers. Political strategist Mary Matalin was a first-year law student-- and about to drop out. And months prior to her thirtieth birthday, financial strategist and best-selling author Suze Orman was working as a waitress, making $400 a month.

Decades later, these Boomer women and many others have reached the pinnacles of their professions. So why do Gen-X/Y women feel such pressure to have the perfect career, body, husband, and kids by the time they are at or around 30? Why has 30 become such a make-or-break moment?

As the generation that came of age after the most visible glass ceilings had been broken, Gen-X/Y women were raised to believe in futures without limitations. Yet, as journalists Lia Macko and Kerry Rubin reveal in their fascinating investigation, many women have distorted the well-intentioned empowerment messages of their youth and are quietly blaming themselves when they fail to overcome the very real obstacles that still exist in our society. Though many Gen-X/Y women are hitting the same roadblocks at the same time, instead of questioning what's wrong with the system-- as Boomer women did in their twenties-- they're questioning their own "choices."

Searching for solutions, Macko and Rubin have enlisted the aid of the New Girls' Club, a group of successful, satisfied women who've lived through their own crossroads moments, earned their battle scars, and now share their stories and strategies. While today's young women may indeed be a generation in the middle of a Midlife Crisis at 30, they now have a dream team of mentors to help guide them through it.
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4-0 out of 5 stars It was a good read
As someone in her early 30s who is juggling motherhood and an extrmely challenging career, I have not had time to read Glamour or Cosmo so did not realize this topic has been thoroughly discussed as the other reviewers have stated.

However, I did enjoy the book. It was a quick and easy read which I could do in small bites, which is all that my schedule allows for these days.

In many cases, I felt like the authors were speaking directly to me or about me.

I really enjoyed the stories about the ground breaking women of the previous generation...I wish there were more!

5-0 out of 5 stars Speaks to 30-year oldsof both genders
I thought this was not only the best women's-issues book I have read in a long time but a book that spoke to me as a man very effectively too. The authors do an extremely impressive and insightful analysis of the issues touching 30 year olds (I am 30) today. They capture many different dimensions and never take an easy or partisan way out. Their conclusions and recommendations for actions will appeal to a very broad range of people in a wide swath of their lives. If nothing else, this book will be worth it for the drop in your blood pressure as you realize how many of your deepest worries are both pandemic and manageable.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but.....
When I first started reading this book, I raved about it and told all my friends that they would have to read it. I'm having my own midlife crisis at 33 because I'm facing gender discrimination in my career, which is blocking me from achieving what I want and know I can do. I was agonizing over making a drastic career change, when my incredibly supportive husband bought this book for me. He thought it would help to know I wasn't alone in my unhappiness.

And it did help. We Gen-X women were brought up to believe that equality had been achieved and if only we work hard enough we could do whatever we want. And when we don't accomplish all of our dreams, we tend to blame ourselves, instead of the system. At the same time, our entire generation is agonizing about spending too much time at work and missing out on a life.

But somewhere in the middle, it became tedious. It took me forever to finish, because I grew tired of reading yet another story about an ultra-successful woman with baby fever. As a woman who loves children but doesn't want any of her own, the book lost me. A few things actually bothered me, like the "Baby Envy" section and a general sense that the only women faced with work/life crises were mothers. There are plenty of women that struggle to find a balance between career and family, even if that family is a husband, siblings, or close friends.

I wish the authors had more analysis of what's causing the pervasive work/life imbalances and how we should stick together to make a change for all of us. When I read the chapter on men's perspectives, I kept thinking, "We shouldn't be concerned about bosses discriminating against parents because they leave work before 6:30, we should be concerned that bosses are expecting any of their employees to work that long in the first place!

There were many insightful observations and perspectives that I hadn't considered before, and for that I'm glad I read the book. I found the first and last two chapters to be the most influential on me. I'm not as enthusiastic as many other reviewers, but I do recommend this book to everyone in Generation X/Y, and to even a few boomers that want to understand why their children are so troubled when they seem to "have it all."

5-0 out of 5 stars Hit the mark for me
This book's style seems to put some people off-personally-it didn't bother me. I found it very readable. More importantly-I found that it hit exactly the points that I'm struggling with in my life at the moment ("around 30). This was the first time I had even looked at the issues in my life (about being a mother vs reaching my career potential post grad school) as a larger phenomenon with many women. A friend loaned me this book, and although we are in different positions in life we both found that it resonated with us because we have the same things on our mind. Perhaps "crisis" isn't the best name for the book since I would not define the amazing birth of my son at the same time as a promotion at a great job as a crisis-but it does demand hard choices. I think they make mention several times to basically being very fortunate in general. I don't know any of my friends who couldn't relate to a large portion of this book in some way shape or form whether you are wondering about how you would ever fit children in your life or how you will keep your career on track if you want to spend time with your kids. And of course-finances are the practical base of these choices as well.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's the same old song
The only saving grace of this book are the interviews of women from all walks of life -- including actress Susan Sarandon, comedian Ali Wentworth, financial expert Suze Orman, and writer Judy Blume --- about what they were doing at age 30 and what they are doing today, as proof that it is not a bad thing that you don't have everything tied up in a neat package by age 30.

However, the statement the authors make that "30 is the new 50" is wrong (they are more accuarate when they state that 30 is to a woman what 50 is to a man). The adage "Don't trust anyone over 30" has been around since the 1960s, and they in fact mention a photo of one of their mothers wearing a T-shirt with that on it when she was in her 20s!

I dislike that the authors bring themselves into it so much, like they are our best friends and we looked up to them and --- surprise! -- they had so much doubt about themselves at age 30. Their stories are not all that interesting.

And WHY, when they bring in an original interview about another late 20s/early 30s woman, they preface it with how she looks? Particularly annoying was when they described a woman as having "green eyes behind sexy librarian-style glasses". What does THAT have to do with anything? If anything, they overlook the fact that fashion magazines ignore women after age 30 (which frankly made me happy whren I turned 30 -- no more pressure, however subtle, to adhere to those "Thirty Things to do Before Age 30.")

It's all right, but if you read Cosmo, Glamour and the other mags at all over the last 5 years, you've read this book. Because once a year, each of those mags write on this topic. Ho hum. ... Read more

159. Women, Politics, and American Society (4th Edition)
by Nancy E. McGlen, Karen O'Connor, Laura Van Assendelft, Wendy Gunther-Canada
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A must-read for anyone wishing to understand the history and present-day political reality of women, this fascinating book explores the efforts, achievements, as well as the setbacks involved in the movements toward equality for American women.Women's Movements in America; The Struggle for Political Rights; Women's Political Participation; The Struggle for Employment and Educational Rights; Women's Economic and Educational Status; The Struggle for Familial and Reproductive Rights; Women's Place in the Family; The Future of the Movement. Anyone interested in women and politics. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent, Updated Survey of the Women's Movement
This just-updated history of the women's movement is an excellent introduction to the field.The book surveys the 150-year history of the movement and provides lots of good-looking graphs and tables of the current situation.

I use this book in my 2000-level course on race, gender and politics and find it very readable for my mostly 1st- and 2nd-year students.The students like the book as well.

If you want a well-organized, readable, and current survey of the movement and the current status of women in America, I wholly recommend this book. ... Read more

160. Life Lessons for My Sisters : How to Make Wise Choices and Live a Life You Love!
by Natasha Munson
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Asin: 1401308058
Catlog: Book (2005-05-06)
Publisher: Hyperion
Sales Rank: 66167
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Warm encouragement and straightforward guidance to help women lead a life they love.

Searching for a life blessed with peace and happiness? Longing to move past old expectations and learn to live in the moment? Life Lessons for My Sisters is an inspirational guidebook and valuable resource for women who want to live a more meaningful life. Based on Natasha Munson's own personal experiences, the book was written to help young black women avoid many of the pitfalls she herself encountered on her road to adulthood. Written in pithy, inspirational chapters, each concluding with a wise observation about life, the book offers simple advice that women of all ages and backgrounds will appreciate and respond to. ... Read more

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best book that i have read
I love this book I was in the book store just looking for something to read i and pick this book up i read in in 30 mins it really helped me with all that was going on in my life and i was thinking to myself how can i met this lady she is great i need to talk to her and the next week i walked into the book store and there she was i could not believe that she was sitting there read and talking about this book i was so happy that i almost cryed. she is a great lady and i just want to thank you for writing this book it has changed my life it the best book in the world. it's like she knew me when she was writing or as women we all have the same kind of problems in life and she knows that. I think every girl women needs to read this book, this book need to be givin out in schools. Natasha just doesn't understand how much she has done for me. I have a business everybody on my team has to read this book i give them a book list and this is on top with Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill. Buy 5 copies of this book. Thank you Nataha

Dawn Burnside

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for all women
Natasha Munson is onto something wonderful, uplifting and inspiring and she's sharing it with women everywhere in her book, LIFE LESSONS FOR MY BLACK GIRLS.This book should be used as a resource for those who are looking to define, discover, or simply to love themselves.Munson uses a list of 138 items broken up into various sections to guide and encourage women on the journey of life.She shares things such as loving yourself first, not giving up on yourself, sticking to your values, choosing battles wisely, knowing your past, and a host of other lessons.What I really love about the book is not only does she tell the lesson, she expands on it, and then recaps it in an easy to read, straight-forward manner that anyone can understand and appreciate.

LIFE LESSONS FOR MY BLACK GIRLS comes highly recommended for any woman or even for teenagers ready to take the step towards being adults.It succinctly and soundly shows that success and happiness are truly in our own hands.

Reviewed by Tee C. Royal
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5-0 out of 5 stars The best guide for young girls and ladies
I originally bought this book so I can give it to my daughters, yet I find myself reading through the book for my own perusal. I find the book refreshing, down to earth, honest, and overall a great guide. I only wish it were out a couple of years ago myself. I recommend this to mothers with young daughters on the road to becoming teenagers.

5-0 out of 5 stars A breath of Fresh Air
From the beginning to end this book makes you re-evaluate your life.It offers help in just about every situation in your life.I felt and still feel empowered after reading the this book.I recommend it to every female who is a little confused, or unsure sometimes.Read this book and it will make Life's choices a little easier to deal with.. Tawana in Texas

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
It is simple as the day is long.It is spoken in the language of a very endearing individual.I hope that mothers all around the world read this book to their little girls at bedtime.Instead of Cinderella or any ofthose confusing, books on life.Thank you Natasha...Great. ... Read more

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