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161. Goddesses in Everywoman : Powerful Archetypes in Women's Lives
by Jean Shinoda Bolen
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Asin: 0060572841
Catlog: Book (2004-03)
Publisher: Perennial
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Discover the Goddess Within You

Myths are fascinating stories that become even more intriguing when we realize that they can reveal intimate truths about ourselves and others. Esteemed Jungian analyst Jean Shinoda Bolen brings the Greek pantheon to life as our inner archetypes and applies the power of myth to our personal lives. Once we understand the natural progression from myth to archetype to personal psychology, and realize that positive gifts and negative tendencies are qualities associated with a particular goddess within, we gain powerful insights.

Depending on which goddess is more active within, one woman might be more committed to achieving professional success, while another more fulfilled as a wife and mother. Twenty years after its first publication, Goddesses in Everywoman continues to be deeply relevant, and with this twentieth-anniversary edition, this classic volume will continue to be celebrated.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The originator of all Goddess Power books
Now that the Goddess power has gotten mainstream ... it's time to honor the first writer to use it as a psychological archetype for all people. Dr. Bolen presents a brilliant piece of work. Find your inner Athena today!

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful insights for women & men
Dr. Bolen is one of my favorite modern authors.She is a Jungian who teaches in SF. This is a book written by an intelligent and empowered woman, in an attempt to give other women insight on their own strengths & inner gifts.She weaves the stories of 7 goddess of classical Greece (Athena, Artemis, Hestia, Hera, Demeter, Persephone, and Aphrodite) with observations of emotional & behavioral patterns culled from her years of clinical work.The result are truly compelling portraits --- almost every women will find at least one "aha!" of recognition in this book, and all of us can find some kind of "aha!" for the women dear to us in our lives.By casting these behavioral patterns as *goddesses*, Dr. Bolen is ennobling the internal & external struggles of women and underscoring their inherent strength & wisdom.It is a book of tremendous optimism, courage, and hope.This is a book I have often given as a gift to women, especially young women.

4-0 out of 5 stars Clear and Insightfull....
To begin, I must praise Ms. Bolen, for writing in such a way as to have laypersons (such as myself) never feel as we are being talked down to. Many psychology books use technical terms for everything, as if tring to prove they have their degrees, bringing to mind the student who uses a thesaurus to write the term paper to impress the professor. However, this book explains any necessary technical terms quickly and concisely, and then continues on to the rest of the topic.

I found this book quite insightful, both with myself and my relationships with other women. I now understand why my closest friend is always trying to get me involved with political protests and 'acting for the Cause.' I also understand why my relationship with my boyfriend is so effected by my relationship/friendship with my mother. Our's being a definitive Persephone/Demeter relationship.

The uses of the seven Goddess archetypes (Artemis/Athena/Hestia, Hera/Demeter/Persephone, and Aphrodite) as a mode to understanding why a woman acts in a particular way. This book will definately help women to define themselves, and why they seem attracted to a specific type of lover/mate.

I definately recommend this book to all, women and men.

5-0 out of 5 stars Discover You're a Goddess!
What an amazing book! Jean Shimoda Bolen is remarkable for putting together a set of archetypes for women to study and gain self-comprehension. The use of Greek goddesses- Artemis, Athena, Hestia, Hera, Demeter, Persephone, and Aphrodite- help women readily identify who they naturally are and whom they were conditioned to be. In addition, the archetypes enable women to look into activating whom they would like to be. I too noticed the presence of different goddesses in my life, in particular Artemis, Aphrodite, and Persephone. I was completely taken by these 3 archetypes, and plan to research them further. Truly an insightful read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book for Women
This book is very uplifting and an enlightening read no matter what type of woman you are.One of the best qualities is the author's ability to present the strengths of each archetype and not build a hierarchy of goddesses.This approach allows the reader to understand different women, as well as conflicting emotions within herself, and see the positive qualities.I found myself completely taken by her discussion of the Hestia archetype.In fact, I did some further research on this archetype and now have a collection of notes to pull from.If a book inspires further investigation, it is definitely worth the read. ... Read more

162. Things I Want My Daughters to Know : A Small Book About the Big Issues in Life
by Alexandra Stoddard
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
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This small book illuminates a big idea, sharing simple, profound truths for joyful living. Alexandra Stoddard, a mother, grandmother, and noted lifestyle philosopher, helps readers cut to the heart of what's important in these brief, wise essays on essential principles worth living by. By turns profound ("Give anonymously"), controversial ("Unplug technology with no apologies"), affirming ("Tell yourself you have done nothing wrong"), and humorous ("Learn to style your own hair"), her succinct expressions offer new ways to nurture ourselves as we celebrate life's joys and grow through its challenges. Touching on the many textures of existence, accessible and timely, these are insights from a woman who has truly lived and learned -- and found happiness along the way.

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163. The Girlfriends' Guide to Getting Your Groove Back: Loving Your Family Without Losing Your Mind (Girlfriends' Guides)
by Vicki Iovine, Vivki Iovine
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Fresh from the battles of baby- and toddler-hood, Vicki Iovine shows moms how to navigate the twists and turns of perpetual parenthood-and find time for their kids, their spouses, their homes, their work, and themselves.

Moms will find humorous and helpful advice on:

• How to focus at work when things at home are in chaos (and vice versa)

• Rediscovering the boyfriends living in the bodies of their husbands
• Homework help-the transformation into human flashcards
• The dinnertime crush and how to relieve frozen pizza fatigue
• Making time for yourself without feeling guilty
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Girlfriend's Guide to Getting Your Groove Back
Vicki Iovine has become my girlfriend! My friend and I each bought this book and used it as our "bible" for becoming not just better mothers and wives but actual WOMEN again. I can't tell you enough how fabulous it feels to read a book that offers sensible advice in terms that real moms can relate to. Vicki (we now refer to her on a first-name basis) is a girlfriend any woman with children should have. She'll teach you how to bring back that certain something we all had before everyone started piece-by-piece taking it all away.
Thanks, Vicki!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Minds Think Alike!
"The Girlfriends Guide to Getting Your Groove Back..." was an excellent read for me. Vicki Iovine does a great job of expressing the funny and sometimes chaotic life of a mom trying to find herself.
After getting all of her kids into school, she found herself at a loss for what her purpose in life was, and that hits close to home for this mother of two.
The way Iovine writes is so much like my own girlfriends and I talk to each other, reading it is just like sitting down to lunch with one of my good friends. Iovine's unique way of describing her thoughts on what to do after your potty training days are over are, for me, very comical and enlightening. Her book is everything that I need to put my life, as I know it now, into perspective.
So many things that she touched on about getting your groove back were the same things that I am feeling at this point in my life. As a mother of two children in school I can fully relate to the loss a mommy feels when you are not needed as much by your kids. I am relieved to know that I am not the only one who feels like they have lost themselves in the quest for being Supermom!
I can see how some women would not find her writing style easy to follow. It may take a while for her to make her point but the journey is a very enjoyable one. I laughed out loud several times as I read about stretch marks and rediscovering our inner sex kitten.
I would recomend this book to all of my girlfriends! My cousin with four girls will be getting a copy for Christmas.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for every mom!
I purchased this book when my daughter was an infant, not sleeping through the night, etc. And it saved me from losing my mind. I recommend it to every new mom!

4-0 out of 5 stars Honest and funny
It's so nice to have the reality of new motherhood presented in a funny and honest way. New moms will love this book! Sheryl Gurrentz, author of "The Guilt-Free Guide to Your New Life as a Mom: Practical Ways to Take Care of Yourself, Your Life, and Your Baby--All at the same time"

1-0 out of 5 stars Good idea, horrendous writing
I loved the idea for this book, but Vicki Iovine drowns any useful information in a sea of boring personal anecdotes and terrible writing. Reading this book is like getting a phone call from that dear friend who just won't stop talking about herself. At 280 pages long, you'll learn much more than you ever wanted to know about Viki Iovine and not much about how to get your groove back. ... Read more

164. Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship With Food Through Myths, Metaphors & Storytelling
by Anita A. Johnston PhD.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Right to the heart of the matter
Johnston's book spirals deeply into the core issues that any woman coping with disordered eating would want to address, and she does it with a gentle, patient, and encouraging spirit. Her work uses myth, allegory and storytelling as a way of looking at the deep-seated issues of what it means to be a woman in today's culture and how that affects our relationships with food. This is definitely not a diet or how-to book. It is lyrical, poetic and spiritual, but remains eminently practical. Johnston transcends the standard medical view of disordered eating as a purely physical problem and incorporates woman's mind, body and spirit in her work. Johnston integrates feminine spirituality and feminism with basic healthy living practices and presents options that those of us who have struggled with food may not have considered before. As a recovered bulimic, I can vouch for the efficacy of her approach, and I fervently wish that everyone who has struggled with food and eating issues would read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Born a woman in the 20th century? Read this book!
There is not a woman in the western world today who hasn't been influenced by 5000 years of masculine thinking. Dr. Johnston's stories and interpretive lessons nourish a hunger for feminine guidance and wisdom, and help the reader tap into a sense of strength born from paying close attention to the information her she receives from her inner resources - dreams, feelings, intuition. Written for women with disordered eating, this book speaks to all women

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful for my recovery from compulsive eating disorder
My therapist first recommended this book to me, which has been very helpful to me in redefining my relationship with food. I see this as a gentle book, one that does not preach a particular way of thinking, a way of eating or a way of feeling about yourself.

It presents you with a number of folk stories and myths which assist in understanding the way we approach our relationships with food. While the author interprets them, she is not so "in your face" that you can't find meanging of your own in them -- there is room for musing about what the story means in relationship to your own life.

It is a book I keep on my nightstand and return to regularly since I pick up different nuances each time I read it. The layers of meaning are subtle and can take time to sift through as healing continues.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding !!!
Eating in the light of the moon, is one of the most sensitive outstanding wise books I recently read in connection with feminism, eating disorders and spirituality. With a clear and fluent language, filled with metaphors & folk tales, and deep understanding of how a women with food issues really feels, Dr. Johnston leads us step by step to our inner Women's Wisdom and to reconnecting with our feelings, needs and inner voice.
No Women's home library in complete with out this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Transforming the Female Experience for Everywoman
While Anita Johnson's book focusses on women's use of food as a way to cope with disconnection from our souls, I'm recommending it to everywoman I know! Her chapter "Moontime: Reclaiming the Body's Wisdom" contains a story she wrote for her daughters "to provide them with a new way of understanding the menstrual process". I believe this story has the potential to transform the next generation of emerging women. I want every mother, aunt, health education teacher, and adult woman I know to have have a copy for herself and to pass it on to every women she knows -- but especially our young women and daughters. Johnson's beautiful tale of a young woman's journey toward learning about "women's earth magic" is evocative, full of grace and wisdom, and transformative. My own experience of my female cycles will never be the same.

The life changing power of story graces all the chapters of this book. Women on the road to self-recovery of any sort will do well to spend some time soaking in the goodness Johnson offers on these pages. In her preface Johnson notes that women in recovery from disordered eating "follow a twisting, turning, winding path to their centers. It required them to leave behind old perceptions of themselves that they had adopted from others and to reclaim their own inner authorities. They had to listen to the voice from within to give them guidance and support as they searched from their true thoughts, feelings, and desires." While especially written for those of us working with recovery from eating disorders, this book is an understanding and soulful resource for any woman on the journey to the center of herself. Thank you Anita! ... Read more

165. Hello, My Name Is Mommy : The Dysfunctional Girl's Guide to Having, Loving (and Hopefully Not Screwing Up) a Baby
by Sheri Lynch
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-07)
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Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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Hilarious and true and inspirational, Hello, My Name is Mommy is for every pregnant woman and new mother who ever felt helpless and out of control instead of confident and aglow.

Sure, women know pregnancy is no bed of roses, but Lynch taps into her own dysfunctional childhood and fears about becoming a mom to label a much profounder worry many moms-to-be have: that their own pasts were so screwed up that they're doomed to repeat the cycle.Dr. Spock may tell moms to trust their instincts, but Lynch's Misfit Mommies want to do every last thing but that. They feel like frauds and imposters, and Lynch's real-girl's voice will be instantly recognizable to them.Lynch will walk and talk new moms through it all: from lamenting the hot dogs and second-hand smoke they were raised on (and, of course, "you turned out just fine") to the realization that kids are kind of germy and gross (but feeling that way doesn't make one a bad mother) to keeping it together at work with Cheerios in the old nursing bra.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great read for all mommies!
I've been a long time fan of the Bob & Sheri show, and bought the book because I've enjoyed Sheri's column on the show's website. I was not disappointed in the book! I think it's a must read for moms, moms-to-be, or anyone thinking about being a mom and maybe having doubts. I hope she does write another one about toddlers!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Stick With the Radio Show, Or Use the Library Instead
I'm not that impressed with this book. I, too, listen to Bob & Sheri in the morning, and I've always enjoyed Sheri's view and the way she gets her point across. So when I learned that she wrote a book, I checked my library (no luck - they're very slow getting new releases), and then bought it while on vacation for my long airplane ride.

The thing about Sheri's radio show is that she's funny, but a lot of it is in the delivery. Her book is exactly like her show (she writes the way she talks); only it doesn't come across very well in writing. And that's not good reading, either.

She touches on the basics of pregnancy and having a newborn, and I agree with a lot of what she says, and can relate to her stories. But I don't get who a "Misfit" is, exactly. First she describes a Misfit as a woman who had a horrible childhood, or bad role models growing up, or something awful. But within the meat of her chapters, it seems that a Misfit if Every Woman (news flash: not every woman had to visit her parents in jail growing up, but we still have the same worries about pregnancy and birth that MOST women have!).

If you're as much as a control freak as you say you are, Sheri, you're reading this review right now (hi!), so don't stop here. I'd love to read more about radio life. My favorite parts of your book were the true-life stories about how you were treated and the things you experienced (comments from callers, getting sick in the bathroom where your co-workers butt just sat, pumping milk through a two-song set). I urge you to write a book ABOUT your job and how you juggle a family... I've heard your newest baby on air before (in the background); tell us how you were able to get that kind of privilege. Help the rest of us have the same perks you enjoy. You are helping introduce that kind of lifestyle into the work world, so keep it up.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Like most of the other reviewers, I, too, enjoy hearing Sheri's acerbic wit on the air each morning. I wasn't sure if her writing was going to be as good as her on-air persona, but it almost is. I just had my first baby last year, so I was pregnant at the same time as Sheri, and I was so excited to see that she has done a book on Mommydom.

You want to connect to this book, and I almost did. I kept wondering, "Am I a Misfit?" I fortunatly had a great childhood, but I'm still neurotic. I saw myself in so many of her stories. But I sometimes wondered if this was meant for me. Often, Sheri refers to the Misfit as one whose childhood was quite traumatic, leaving an adult ready for any tragic situation and preparing for the worst. I just was never sure if Sheri's Misfit has to have a terrible childhood.

Everything else is great. She has lots of funny little stories about morning sickness, etc., and some sweet stories as well. I especially liked her story about how your baby has been with you forever (you have to read the book to get the full story!).

I was expecting a bit more about the actual role of the mommy post-birth, and this book does deal more with pregnancy. Is there a sequal in the works?

And Sheri, no, a child's toilet does not belong in the restaurant! I have to side with Bob on that one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Just OK
This book just rambles on and on about the same thing for pages. How many different ways can you say the same thing>

5-0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love It!
Sheri--Thank you so much for writing an honest guide to pregnancy and raising a little one. I have been married for a year and we are almost ready to start a family. Your book gave me the real story on the whole experience, and I still want to have a baby!! I could not put this book down, and it kept me laughing all the way through! Excellent Job! Please write more books! ... Read more

166. Stepmotherhood : How to Survive Without Feeling Frustrated, Left Out, or Wicked,Revised Edition
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-25)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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4-0 out of 5 stars Honest
Yes, this book may come across as negative, but it is realistic. Being a stepmom is tough and tougher still when you go into it with rose colored glasses and the belief that it will all be wonderful. It isn't. Cherie is honest in her assessment of the stepmom experience for most women who find themselves inheriting children who view them as the sole reason their parents aren't getting back together-- Even when their mother has been remarried for years and their parents were never happy. This book helped me focus on the positives of my life as a stepmom by working through the negative. While there were things I could not relate to (my skids were teens when I became their father's wife), the advice is clear, realistic and above all else honest.

5-0 out of 5 stars I am normal!
I read this 'self-help' book as something of a last resort. I am a stepmother of two young boys on an every other weekend basis and have been finding it unbelievably hard. The most helpful thing about this book is that it really is down to earth and honest - and refreshingly un-p.c. It explained a lot of the feelings I have been experiencing over the last year or so and by making me realise that I am not alone, and that my feelings, however negative or ugly, are 'normal' in that they are experienced by lots and lots of other women in my position, helped me immeasurably. A previous reviewer commented that it was too negative, but I think that it depends what stage you are at and how hard you are finding everything. I read another book straight afterwards which, while also helpful, was too upbeat for me, had too much emphasis on the children and on how I should be behaving, which only adds to the sense of guilt and failure that I have. 'Stepmotherhood' really uplifted me and made me feel a lot better about myself - now perhaps I can build on that and be ready for the do-gooders in a little while. I have persuaded my partner to read it too! Thankyou Cherie!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I found this book, together with The Stepmom's Guide for Simplifying Your Life, to be very helpful in shifting my focus from overbroad wants that are incapable of being satisfied (my stepchild should be more responsible, e.g.) to concrete behaviors that should be fixed (my stepchild is responsible for picking up his or her dirty dishes and taking out the trash on Monday). The stories can be depressing and repetitive, but they can also be useful. The upshot is (at least today) that I'm happier, and everyone else in the house is too.

2-0 out of 5 stars Stepmotherhood: How to Survive Without Feeling Frustrated, L
My live-in boyfriend's son was coming to stay with us for the summer so I ordered this book to help me prepare for his arrival. Bad idea!!! after reading this book I was so scared. This book has a very pessimistic view of how things will be. It goes over all the fears you may already have and makes you feel a lot worse. Luckily I have a very understanding man who helped me prepare myself and made it a smooth transition for all of us. I know there are many negative aspects with step families, but this book tells you all the bad and doesn't focus on the good, let alone help you deal with the problems. For your own sanity, with caution!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good to know...
As a woman who is in a serious relationship with a man with a 3-year-old child, this book was good for me to read. Though we're not married yet, this book still offered me helpful advice--just substitute the word "relationship" for "marriage", and "girlfriend/boyfriend/partner" for "wife/husband." It's relieving to know that I'm not the only woman who has the feelings I do about being involved with a man who has a child. The book offered many useful tips for dealing with the situation. One thing that I would have liked more of, though, was advice for women who have a true aversion to children (such as myself), so much so to the point of being extraordinarily uncomfortable when they are present. I would also have liked more advice on how to deal with the fact that your mate's children are the product of his union with another woman, as well as advice for women who do not plan to have children of their own. All in all, though, a helpful book that gave me good suggestions on strategies to deal with situations that arise in a relationship with a man with a child, and I feel better knowing that I'm not the only woman with the feelings I face--in fact, it's quite normal. ... Read more

167. A Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen
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Catlog: Book (1992-02-21)
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One of the best-known, most frequently performed of modern plays, displaying Ibsen’s genius for realistic prose drama. A classic expression of women’s rights, the play builds to a climax in which the central character, Nora, rejects a smothering marriage and life in "a doll’s house." Publisher’s Note. Contents. Dramatis Personae.
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4-0 out of 5 stars *smashing* play
Ibsen himself said that this play was about human rights, not womens rights, and i think that this is true. Nora was constantly belittled by Helmer and had never been given the chance to grow up. She had been treated like a doll in a dolls house, first by her father and then by her husband, who she had been passed on to. Although it seems trivial, even the mere fact that she was forbidden to eat macaroons is significant. People may well say that a womans first responsability is to her family, and children especially, i think that it is ultimately to herself. Nora closing the door at the end of the play is very significant - she is closing the door on that part of her life. Torvald realised what he had done in the end, but by that time it was far too late for anything to be changed. Although i studied this play in school, i really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who will listen. Nora managed to break out of the life she had been confined to, that many of the women of her time were confined to. (i studied this play for a-level and wrote, like 100 essays on it, can you tell?)

5-0 out of 5 stars The start of Realism
When Ibsen's "A Doll's House" came out, it would be a start of a new revolution in the theatre. Science and Society was changing so the theatre had to change too. Instead of seeing Kings and Historical figures on the stage, we would see the common person and their role in society and their environment. Everything(Dialouge, props, acting etc.) would be all Real and be as if the audience were looking through a keyhole in these peoples lives and the people unaware of the audience. Audiences now would see a "slice of life." Ibsen's "A Doll's House" along with Strindberg's "Miss Julie" would establish the Realism movement and inspire the future of playwrights such as Chekhov, Shaw, Wilde, O'Neill etc...

"A Doll's House" is a play about the role of women in Ibsen's time. Nora who struggles to bring happiness to her family. When her husband Torvald is sick, Nora borrows money from a co-worker(Krogstad) at her husband's bank to pay for a trip to heal her husband. The play takes place after this trip and we see that Torvald is restored to full health. Torvald treats Nora just like a doll and nothing more. We find out that Nora secretly is saving up to pay back the money she borrowed by buying cheaper clothes or not eating. An old friend named Mrs.Linde comes to Helmer's house in search for a job and Nora persuades her husband to let Mrs.Linde have a job at his bank. Meanwhile Krogstad comes to visit and hears this. He is very afraid that his position is at risk and thinks Torvald will fire him. He tells Nora that if she doesn't convince her husband to keep his job, he'll tell her husband of her borrowing money. This sets up the conflict and the way Nora deals with it, is not the traditional way a character like hers might in previous plays. If you have not read the play and don't want the ending spoiled don't read on.

After Torvald finds out, instead of Torvald being thankful for his wife for trying to save her husband for a dreadful illness, he is furious and says he will be humiliated and torn by Society when they find out what his wife did. We the audience/reader think that it is all over for Nora, that Torvald will leave her and she will be a cast out. Instead in Act 3, in a moment of epiphany Nora's whole life goes past her. She realizes that her whole life she has just been a doll in a doll house passed down from her father to Torvald. She tells Torvald how hard she has tried to be a good wife and build a family but it won't work. She decides to leave Torvald. This action went against all the traditional values at the time and sparked a revolution. Ibsen showed the world a reality, society didn't want to see. Nora leaving Torvald was unheard of at the time and that is why "A Doll's House" is so important.

Ibsen's "A Doll's House" aside from starting Realism, is just a well written piece. Anyone who loves literature or theater must read it. Ibsen from "A Doll's House" would question the role of people in Society and question authority like no other playwright before him had.

5-0 out of 5 stars What is happiness?
This book is hailed for giving females a voice. Although it does speak for women, it really speaks for society as a whole. Just what is happiness? Living in a comfortable house with not a care in the world? Or, defining who you truly are by working hard at whatever you're good at? The story will seem slow at first. There's just character development/background and an introduction to the "troubling" dilemna of Nora in the early parts of the story. The perfect pacing builds up so much until the big devastating end, where the characters make huge life changing revelations. I started questioning what happiness was after reading what the characters went through. Are people so caught up at trying to maintain the ideal image of the "good" life that they forget to find out what they truly want? Real good book, I read the whole thing in one sitting.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not needed, but still helpful.
"Spark Notes A Doll's House" was helpful in clearing up small, subtly plot facts, but the play is so straightforward, that "Spark Notes" is essentially unnecessary. I "sorta" recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Splendid!
"A Doll's House" is a book that should be read by all women, but should also be read by men. The story is so powerful, intriguing, heart wrenching, nail biting, ulcer giving, and just fantastic! For Henrik Ibsen to write this during his time must have sent wives into fantasies and men into worries. While I'm unsure about Nora's final decision, I was positively sure that Torvald was a pathetic husband and didn't deserve a wife. I recommend! ... Read more

168. Woman's View, A : How Hollywood Spoke to Women, 1930-1960
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A lively portrayal of Hollywood's contradictory message of conformity and riotous freedom in films about women's lives and loves. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Now I know why I enjoy this type of film so much.
This book articulates for me why I have always loved this genre of film. The author highlights the work of many fine actresses of the period whose work is overlooked in many film books. Although the ideas they espoused may be dated, the desire of women to see the concerns of their private lives played out on screen still exists. I believe that the next century may bring a resurgurce of this type of film.

5-0 out of 5 stars When Women Ruled the Screen
Jeanine Basinger is to be congratulated for shedding light on a too-little studied aspect of Hollywood history. She puts the movies and the stars she discusses in the context of how movie-going women perceived them at the time. In doing so, she concentrates not on the "greatest" stars, but rather on secondary figures like Kay Francis, Ann Dvorak, and Loretta Young, women who had (sometimes surprisingly) immense popular appeal while they were making movies but whose careers either faded, made the transition to character rather than leading-lady status, or moved to television. She reminds us that the "woman's picture" was far more than the drama of suffering and renunciation (like "Now, Voyager", "Back Street", or "Autumn Leaves") we most commonly think of today. She broadens her definition to include virtually any film that either focused on a woman as its central character or concerned itself with traditionally "women's" concerns.

What she makes clear is that, despite the pronounced limitations of the world view of the woman's picture, it represented a varied and vigorous film culture in which (as she writes) "on the screen ... the woman will decide. She is important. She matters. She is the Center of the Universe."

"A Woman's View" is that rare thing -- a scholarly examination of mostly obscure figures and works that is at the same time an excellent and entertaining read. ... Read more

169. The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image
by Leonard Shlain
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Is it sheer coincidence that the European witch hunts quickly followed the invention of the printing press? In his groundbreaking work The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, Leonard Shlain proposes that the invention of writing, particularly alphabetic writing, rewired the human brain, causing profound cultural changes in history, religion, and gender relations. While the advent of literacy brought innumerable benefits to society, the switch to left-brain thinking upset the balance between men and women. The rise of male dominance led to a corresponding decline in goddess veneration and the status of women. Ending on a positive note, Shlain notes that the return of an image-oriented culture - through the media of photography, film, television, and the Internet - has brought about a sharp rise in the feminine values denigrated during the 5,000-year reign of patriarchy and literacy. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Alphabet 1, Goddess 0
This book is impossible to take seriously as science but is a marvelously entertaining read. The thesis of the book is that the act of reading text that represents words phonetically alters the structure of the brain adversely.

Leonard Schlain, a vascular surgeon striving to be the Camille Paglia of cultural anthropology, has built a very detailed polemic from a series of post hoc fallacies. That is, he asks us to believe over and over again that an event happening after an earlier event was *caused by* the earlier event. In this case, he associates the rise of alphabetic literacy with not only with the rise of patriarchal monotheism but with violence and a decline in culture. Now, as much as I might like to believe Woman Good, Man Bad, this book just doesn't offer the empirical support to this position that it would like to.

Aside from the post hoc fallacies, the author makes false generalizations that I could discern in areas of history in which I am competent. For example, the statements that "Prior to the nineteenth century, there had never been a purely religious war fought on Russian soil" and that "[t]hose that involved religioun were more about territoral conquest than ideology" could only be made by one who has not looked deeply enough at what happened to the Old Believers.

Finally, it irked me that Shlain bases his views on assumptions about the right and left brain functions that even he acknowledges may not be true for left-handed people, or women, and even less so (I extrapolate) for left-handed women. As a left-handed woman, therefore, who loves alphabetic literacy, does that make me a gender traitor? An anomaly that does not fit into his elegant theory? In any event, what his theory cannot accomodate, it simply ignores. Ten percent of the population, however, is a pretty big chunk to ignore.

Shlain writes entertainingly and obviously has done research in many areas. In the final analysis, however, he has written a highbrow beach book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pseudoscience (Redux) in reply to Dr. Cohen
I am the "galling...anonymous fellow ophthalmologist" who has provoked Dr. Cohen's review. I believe his comments warrant replies:
1)"Rods and cones. How the facts are wrong is not stated (take my word for it is the tone) and how these facts detract from the thesis is not stated."
The human retina consists of an outer cell layer of rods and cones that communicate with the ganglion cells by way of the inner cell layer of interconnected horizontal, bipolar and amacrine neural cells. The ganglion cell layer forms the optic nerves of each eye, which, after intermixing at the optic chiasm, communicate with the occipital cortex of both right and left cerebral hemispheres. Dr. Shlain's contention that rod and cone information can be divided into right and left brain information is factually inaccurate . These cells communicate with each other through (at the very least) the amacrine cells in the retina itself. That is, discreet rod and cone signals are not sent out to the brain, but rather the information is already integrated before it leaves the eyes. And this information is further mixed at the chiasm.
2)" Allowing for poetic license and metaphor I do not find any gross errors in this regard to his thesis."
After reading Chapter 3 again and discussing it with several colleagues, I can find no other ophthalmologist that agrees with Dr. Cohen that there are no "errors in this ...thesis."
3)" Because the facts in chapter three regarding these retinal receptors (referring to all of three pages) are all wrong the whole book is suspect."
In science, once a hypothesis is stated, experiments are designed to disprove it. Any one experiment that disproves the hypothesis renders it invalid. Alternately, in nonscientific debates (such as a legal arguments), multiple positive examples of support are sought to bolster the hypothesis. It is the quest for the negative that is the hallmark of true scientific study.
4)" This book was stimulated by a puzzle that occurred to an inquiring mind; "Where have all the G-ddesses gone?" Asking the experts didn't bring any satisfactory answers."
This book represents itself as nonfiction and is located in the Women's Study section of many booksellers. The question it brings up is important and has stimulated many scholars such as Reanne Eisler ("The Chalice and the Blade'') to look for historical and scientific evidence on why the Ishtars and the Ises and the Artemisis of early history have been supplanted by male dominated theology. An understanding of this change in society may help us understand the origins of wife beating, satee, female infanticide and female genital mutilation. For those of us interested in this subject, we resent the inclusion of fiction in this category. Dr. Shlain is a talented writer, but one whose works belong in the fiction section.
Finally, I should address why all this matters to me. I am not a prolific reader, nor have I written other reviews. But being the father of an adult daughter who sees the misogyny of present day society, and believing that a physician's teachings must be of the highest standards, I find Dr. Shlain's anti intellectual book offensive. Whether my opinion is of any interest or even belongs on such a public forum as the Amazon Review pages is not for me, but for others to decide.
Stephen Prepas MD

5-0 out of 5 stars Regarding Expert Opinions
I don't normally write critiques of previous reviews; after all opinions are personal. But there have been a number of recent postings for this book that are disconcerting. The tone is "I am an expert in this field and Dr. Shlain has distorted the facts, therefore the book is worthless."

One that is really galling was written by an anonymous fellow ophthalmologist who is an expert on rods and cones. Because the facts in chapter three regarding these retinal receptors (referring to all of three pages) are all wrong the whole book is suspect. How the facts are wrong is not stated (take my word for it is the tone) and how these facts detract from the thesis is not stated. Allowing for poetic license and metaphor I do not find any gross errors in this regard to his thesis.

One must understand that although Dr. Shlain is broadly read and many of his sources are well documented this is not a TEXTBOOK and doesn't pretend to be. Dr. Shlain doesn't claim to be a linguist or an anthropologist; he is quite open in presenting his background as a vascular surgeon.

This book was stimulated by a puzzle that occurred to an inquiring mind; "Where have all the G-ddesses gone?" Asking the experts didn't bring any satisfactory answers. And so the idea for a thesis, which became this book was born.

Its purpose was to stimulate ideas and promote controversy. And by the majority of reviews it has done this well. It is by no means a dry textbook. And it may just stimulate someone to write another book challenging his thesis - which I'm sure Dr. Shain would love. He only asks that his book be read with an open mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seeking Balance
This book was written by someone who questions: asking and ansering a question for himself, and sharing that answer with others. Schlain's basic question was: what causes cultures and religious movements to go so out of balance that half their population becomes oppressed, degraded, and subjugated by the other. He notes that opposing lobes of the brain are stimlated by either images or alphabet, resulting in oppositional value systems whcih fuel actions. When the stimulation is sudden, it can cause an overreaction, upsetting the balance it might otherwise provide. In that case, one value is held in greater esteem, the opposing value becomes repressed, burdened with negative projections, resulting in the demise of balance.

As a right brained, introverted intuitive woman, my explorations into left brain areas have been a journey towards fullness. Along the way, I've always found lots of time for and interest in the things that foster my right brain preference. I continue to seek the inner balance that Dr. Shlain predicts for worldwide equilibrium. I understand from reading this book, the positive as well as negative contribution each individual as well as societies, and religious movemements make, and the tragedy that may await if not enough choose the path of balance.

This book is a great read. It will be understood best by those who like to question, to intuit, to see patterns; to look at the big picture. It reads like a novel. You won't want to put it down.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pseudoscience
Very disappointing. Expecting a book like Pinker's, discussing the relationship of language to thought, I found nothing of the sort. As an ophthalmologist, I found the discussion of rods and cones in Chapter 3 to be completely inaccurate. The author is a physician, but apparently ophthalmology was not in his curriculum. Once I found such blatant errors in a subject I do know, I lost faith in the accuracy of any claims. ... Read more

170. Women's Activism and Globalization: Linking Local Struggles and Transnational Politics
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Women's Activism and Globalization is a broad and comprehensive collection that shows how women activists across the globe are responding to the forces of the "new world order" in their communities. The first person accounts and regional case studies provide a truly global view of women working in their communities for change. The essays examine women in urban, rural, and suburban locations around the world to provide a rich understanding of the common themes as well as significant divergences among women activists in different parts of the world. ... Read more

171. A Woman's Self-Esteem: Struggles and Triumphs in the Search for Identity
by NathanielBranden
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"In a time when women are faced with many outside demands--career, family, community--this book will give them the tools and inspiration needed to remain grounded. A must read!"--Barbara McFarland, psychologist and author of My Mother Was Right

Based on the intimate stories of women who have struggled with issues of self-esteem, this invaluable book offers step-by-step guidance for women who want to transform themselves and create lives that are powerful, energized, and motivated.

A Woman's Self-Esteem is also a guide for helping women learn the impact they can make on their own lives and how their positive actions will result in a stronger sense of competence and self-worth. A pioneer in the field of self-esteem, psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden explains that the foundation of a healthy self-esteem rests on six key practices or virtues--living consciously, self-acceptance, self-responsibility, self-assertiveness, purposeful living, and personal integrity--and reveals how women can cultivate these essential virtues to reach their full potential. The author?s inspiring, real-life vignettes show how women have come to terms with these complex issues by breaking away from self-sabotaging patterns and taking the necessary steps to create more satisfying lives.

In A Woman's Self-Esteem, Branden debunks common myths and reminds us that self-esteem is not a gift given to us by others. Branden offers a revealing examination of the special issues that women grapple with including romantic love, jealousy, fear of selfishness, expressing anger, defensiveness, and success anxiety. Filled with creative exercises, A Woman's Self Esteem was developed to enhance personal development and fortify self-esteem. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars MY DAUGHTER LOVED IT!
I gave this book to my daughter who had been struggling with a relationship. Because she's only 18 years old I thought I was taking a long shot. Branden's books had completely changed my own life, but they've all been intellectually thrilling to read, and sometimes teenagers are superstitious about being intellectually thrilled. Not my daughter. To my surprise. She took to this book like a duck to water, and it changed her life. No one's books, that I know of, make bigger IMMEDIATE differences in a person's life than Nathaniel Branden's. He is a national treasure.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Intro to Self-Esteem Theory
Though smaller and less ambitious than most of Branden's other works (such as the brilliant Art of Living Consciously), two women I know have reacted very favorably to this book, which suggests to me that it could be a useful primer on Branden's approach.

The book's modest size (and attractive cover art, I should add) may be an advantage in this regard. While intellectual purists might still prefer a tome, many people prefer a small book with essentialized information. A Woman's Self-Esteem is a good example in this regard.

Most of the book's chapters are expanded versions of articles Branden published in New Woman magazine in the early 90s. While many of the book's themes will of course apply to men as well as women, Branden's primary focus is on the challenges facing women: How to embrace their own strengths when doing so may not be fashionable, how to be assertive in a job or in a relationship, how to keep appropriate boundaries.

As with his other books on self-esteem, Branden devotes the first several chapters to summarizing his overall theory, and I found these to be among his most elegant summaries ever. Although I personally enjoyed the book as a whole, one mild disappointment for me was the chapter on "Embracing Our Strengths." Here Branden addresses the difficulty some women experience in finding the will and inspiration to assert their own intelligence and individuality. He addresses a number of helpful issues in this regard, but fails to mention the powerful function of good art. Since he is well aware of the role of art in inspiring heroic behavior, I found this omission puzzling.

Ayn Rand admirers will find interesting the last chapter of the book, which is a reprint of Branden's essay "Was Ayn Rand a Feminist?" from the anthology Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand (co-edited by Chris Sciabarra and Mimi Gladstein). Branden concludes the essay: "Where did Ayn Rand stand with respect to feminism (a term she never liked)? A feminism that sees woman at her best as a heroic figure will find support and validation in Rand's writings. A feminism that defines woman as victim and man as her evil oppressor will see Rand as the enemy -- because Rand sees woman not as weak but as strong, and because Rand sees romantic love between man and woman as an expression and celebration of their esteem for each other as well as their esteem for themselves."

One major yardstick for judging a book such as this one is the extent to which is encourages people (and women in particular) who might never do so to think deeply and clearly about the role of self-esteem in their own life. It seems to me the book will be very useful in this regard. ... Read more

172. Best Friends : The Pleasures and Perils of Girls' and Women's Friendships
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Best Friends provides the missing link to understanding and recognizing the impact of some of the most important relationships in girls' and women's lives.

Every woman remembers the sting of betrayal of a girlfriend, and every parent of a daughter has seen her come home from school in tears because a girl she thought was her best friend suddenly and inexplicably became her enemy. While boys hash out differences with fists and kicks, girls' societies are marked by secrets and whispers and shifting affection. The lessons learned as an adolescent girl are often carried into adulthood, making women fear confrontation--especially with other women. But the intensity of the struggles reflects the support and healing to be found within these friendships. Girls find themselves in the mirror of other girls, hence the power each has to influence the other.

Ruthellen Josselson and Terri Apter's many years of working with hundreds of girls and women have given them insight into the emotionally important relationships that are integral to a girl's self-image. Best Friends explores the bonds of friendship between girls and between women and the sorrows and joys they experience together, from early adolescence and throughout their lives. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
Woman share there thoughts and heartache with the reader about the perils of friendship the good things and the bad. sort of depressing

5-0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
This book caught my attention from the very first page. I was surprised at its honesty at analyzing friendship among women of all ages. It contains in-depth detail about the ups and downs of friendships and explains why girls and women behave the way they do in their relationships with other women. I was able to relate to many of the incidents described and I was left with a better understanding of my past and current friendships. The book proved to be a companion in its own right as I was able to refer to it to strengthen my relationship with my best friend without sacrificing too much. The casual tone carried out throughout the book makes it suitable reading for all ages as well. Definitely recommended for anyone who values friendship.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful insight in understanding friendships
I found this book very insightful, not only as the father of four daughters, but for my own friendships as well. She has interviewed both young and adult women and has brought out many of the issues dealing with friendships -- the "real" friend, rejection, viewing ourselves in relationship to our friends (the "mirror"). We often do not understand that these friendship issues follow us throughout our entire lives. Many of the stories she tells are quite thought provoking and will "hit home". I highly recommend this book for anyone, man or woman.

4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT, and INCITEFUL!!!!
I couldn't put this book down, it should be read by all women, young and old. We all can feel and understand what these girls and women are talking about.

As a teenager, we all remember those petty quarrels that ended great friendships, and now 20 years later your still doing the same thing.

Friendships are sensitive matters, and that's what makes them great. Who can you tell everything about yourself except a friend. And yes, when that trust is betrayed it does hurt, but look at your self, you have probably betrayed someone else.

So when your daughter or other young girl mentions that she had a fight with a friend, don't play down her grief or unhappiness. This is a time to look back on your own life and lend a guiding hand. ... Read more

173. A Woman's Addiction Workbook: Your Guide to In-Depth Healing
by Lisa M. Najavits
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Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
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Women and girls are now becoming addicted at greater rates than ever before-and until very recently women in recovery relied on treatment models based solely on work with men. Harvard addiction and trauma expert Lisa M. Najavits, PhD offers a program to help women explore the often-overlooked problems associated with their alcohol and drug addictions-- such as body image, trauma and violence, relationships, stress, and thrill-seeking. She explores how women differ from men in their addiction and recovery, and conveys a supportive tone to help them embark on the journey to healing. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Great Help
My therapist first introduced this book to me, and I am so grateful!! It isn't just reading material, it has step-by-step instructions and exercises to follow. This book won't take the place of a therapist or counselor, but it can definitely be a BIG help when used at home. If you are serious about getting past your addiction(s), you should look into buying this book. It has truly, truly helped me!

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you for writing this
This is an incredible book--from the first page, I felt like I had found a kind, smart, loving friend who was there to help me with my problem. Whatever you need to know to help understand your addiction and begin to work through it, this book offers it. It has exercises, stories, facts, and lots of comfort and encouragement. What I like best is that it doesn't preach--you can skip around, read whatever you need at the time...I didn't feel like I was being judged. Thank you....

5-0 out of 5 stars truly inspiring
i read this after reading this author's other book; with each one, i felt incredibly moved and helped. i'd recommend this to anyone (female or male) with a substance abuse problem.

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
I have been struggling with various addictions, including relationships and love addiction, for many years. I found this book super-helpful. It took me down a new path, and gave me some ideas that really helped. I'd recommend it to anyone with an addiction problem.

5-0 out of 5 stars It worked for me
When I actually followed the steps it helped me a great deal. I have to wonder if the reviewers who disliked it really tried it out or not. I completely recommend this if you're serious about taking control of your addiction! ... Read more

174. The Girl's Guide to Starting Your Own Business : Candid Advice, Frank Talk, and True Stories for the Successful Entrepreneur
by Caitlin Friedman, Kimberly Yorio
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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PR pundits and business owners Friedman and Yorio tackle the fear factor of women who want to quit their day job and build a business. They ask, "Are you the girl to run the show?"They answer with a sassy list of pros and cons ("You will be able to get to your child's school play, but you will think about money all the time.") and with tough questions ("Could you negotiate a reasonable rent with an unreasonable landlord?)

Every chapter is packed with interviews, charts, quizzes and witty directives about self-employment. Among their greatest hits: what's in a name, choosing logos, ten inspiring business chick flicks, legal eagles, business speak and visibility in professional associations. Friedman and Yorio sweat the small stuff. They explain, for example, why you shouldn't eat spaghetti at a business lunch and how to ask revealing questions of a potential employee or computer consultant. The authors' premise, "let women be women" is most compelling when they explore the unique challenges women face--from finding female role models to being a boss "without being a bitch."

They are on shakier ground with the arguable assumption that all women share distinct gender styles and strengths. This type casting and the "girl friend" tone can sometimes belittle the book's smart and strategic ideas for becoming the boss. Still, it is hard to imagine a more readable, practical book about the challenges of being in charge. --Barbara Mackoff ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Starting Place
I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone (males too) who are considering opening a business. The book is developed in a way to give you sound advice and data of how to get started without sounding like a scientific textbook. There are going to be other supplementary materials that you will need to use to complete your business plan, but for the most part, THIS IS WHERE TO START!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love this book. This is aimed for women who want to start their own business. It's the only business book that I've read and its pretty easy to follow, the girls breakdown what you need to know, how to go about doing your own business, they're very inspiring and encouraging. They give you advice on how to deal with a lot of stuff when it comes to having your own business. Everything about having a plan to starting and keeping your business. Its so wonderful. There are lots of books out there about having your own business, and this is the one to buy if you're just starting out.

The book covers subjects like: if you're ready to own your own business, which business is right for you, legalities like licenses, permits, financials, funding, a business plan, promoting your business or product, what to do when you're the boss, acting like a professional, technology for your business, they also cover proposals, presentations and other business writing, at the end they give websites and other advice to finish off the book.

I'm glad that this book has been published, the advice in this book is very realistic. You can apply this advice in your life. These girls know what they're talking about.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Business Written for Women
Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio wrote "The Girl's Guide To Starting Your Own Business" for female entrepreneurs looking for advice and encouragement.

Several years ago, when working as publicists for a New York publishing company, Friedman and Yorio realized that they were essentially running a little PR company-supervising employees and managing budgets-within their larger organization. But, they didn't receive the financial rewards. So, they decided to start their own PR business.

Friedman and Yorio write: "...we visited bookstores and conduced on-line searches to find information that would help us navigate the terrifying waters of self-employment. What we found were books that ranged from the vaguely helpful to the downright unreadable. We found books on marketing and books on funding, books on partnerships and books on parachutes. We found a lot of books about how to sound like a man and think like a man. But who wants to do that? ... What we never found was the book that said, 'You can do it, girl. All you need is ____, ____, and ____!" This book will fill in the blanks. And there are a lot of blanks."

Friedman and Yorio do a good job filling in the blanks. They discuss the good things and the bad things about running your own company. Selecting an attorney and an accountant is covered. Hiring, firing, and managing employees are also discussed as is office technology. And, some down-home advice is given for home-based business entrepreneurs, such as don't lie down on the couch or you'll fall asleep. And, "The to-do list is your friend."

A short list of questions helps readers decide if they'd be good entrepreneurs. (Hint: the authors suggest: "If you are not a hard worker-don't even think about starting your own business." Even part-time entrepreneurs work hard. They just don't work as many hours.)

Friedman and Yorio also tell us that we'll need to learn about taxes. They write:
"Even if you hire an accountant and bookkeeper, you are ultimately responsible for knowing these laws. And for some people (us included) this is torture. Not knowing has gotten us in trouble, like the $1,000 bill we had to pay the state government for not knowing about the timing for paying payroll taxes. Rats!"

If you enjoy doing payroll taxes-W-2s, W-4s, 940s, 941s, and more-they say knock yourself out. But, for the rest of us, if we have two employees or more, Friedman and Yorio suggest using a payroll service company to do payroll. (If you operate as a sole proprietor or a one-person LLC, and you have no other employees, you don't need to worry about payroll taxes.)

Friedman and Yorio tell women entrepreneurs to find experienced business mentors. The authors write: "A great place to start is the Office of Women's Business Ownership, at (part of the Small Business Association). They manage the Women's Network For Entrepreneurial Training (WNET), which matches successful women business owners with new entrepreneurs. Or try a local chapter of a women's business organization, such as the National Association of Women Business Owners...They frequently offer workshops, lunches, and lectures, where you can interact with many potential mentors."

The book contains short question and answer blurbs ("Girl Talk") with successful women entrepreneurs who run a variety of companies, ranging from literary agencies and executive search firms to restaurants and freelance writing businesses.

Friedman and Yorio ask the manager at Springboard Center for Women and Enterprise ("...the largest venture capital forum that specifically focuses on women...") to provide "...the skinny on the big bucks."

The manager notes: "One of the keys to getting VC [Venture Capital] money is access and connections. Historically, VC money has gone to men. ... It's really all about connections and who you know. Men tend to have many more connections, through business school or industry, and can get their foot in the door easier."

Overall, female entrepreneurs or soon-to-be entrepreneurs will find easy-reading help and quality advice in "The Girl's Guide To Starting Your Own Business." You Go Girl!

Peter Hupalo, Author of "Thinking Like An Entrepreneur"

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice energy for the newbie business owner
I read this book with the question, "Would I have benefited from this book when I started my own business?"

The answer is, "In some ways, yes." The authors create an energetic spirit through their upbeat, easy-to-read style. You find yourself saying, "Sure -- I can do this!" And, although increasing numbers of women are opening their own businesses, many identify with gender-based guides.

The authors focus as much on product as service businesses, and they discuss businesses with employees as well as solo acts. As a result, they offer a broad base, recognizing that readers must go elsewhere to achieve depth on any one topic.

The usefulness of specific guidance varies a great deal. The authors are best when dealing with matters of spirit and attitude. For example: "Keep emotions at home," "employees are not friends," and "recite these ten mantras regularly."

However, the section on mentoring can be misleading to a newbie. As a former academic, I had to chuckle when I read (p. 227): "Maybe the dean of the business school is a generous and knowledgeable soul who likes nothing more than to give advice to female entrepreneurs." In my experience, deans give free advice only to those outsiders who are likely to become large-scale donors. And I haven't met too many business school deans who are "generous and knowledgeable souls." These days, you have to expect to pay for mentors unless you are very, very lucky.

So bottom line, I'd recommend reading this book for energy and a "let's get going" mentality. You can get the specific how-tos elsewhere.

4-0 out of 5 stars Just what i needed for 2004
at the beginning of each year, i always contemplate "my next big move". i just bought this book and though i'm only halfway through it, the advice has been really practical, sensible, and most importantly, achievable for the average woman, like me. and it's written with great style and personality. thank god someone has finally written this book! if i ever do start my own business, this book will be my Gospel. ... Read more

175. Your Madness, Not Mine: Stories of Cameroon (Monographs in International Studies, Africa Series, No 70)
by Makuchi, Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, tell your friends
I had to read this for an anthropology class prior to visiting Cameroon, little did I know how accurate it would be, I don't even think I grasped the whole story the first time because I had never been in that culture. This is an excellent work, fast reading and very informative. Good for anyone who wants to learn about Cameroonian culture or just another view of the world in general.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is multiple faces of postcolonial Camaroon.
Your Madness, Not Mine - A Review. "We're the matches that will light the gunpowder that has been lying cold like ash. If we don't take a step who will . . . ?" This definitive assertion and rhetorical question, posed by an enterprising Beba woman in Juliana Makuchi Nfah Abbenyi's collection of short stories,Your Madness, Not Mine,is evocative of the author's own project which in many ways is as potent and innovative as the above metaphor. To read Makuchi, a Cameroonian woman writer, and postcolonial intelligentsia in the West, is to land at once in a rich, complex and contradictory world, bubbling with tensions ensuing from gender conflicts, polyglossia and constant shiftings of center / periphery, self / other dichotomies. In a span of nine short stories, Makuchi guides us through the contours of her native African land which shares the patriarchal history with the rest of the world, while exposing its own unique gender quarrels, compromises, and victories. The first story, "The Healer", for instance, plays upon the myth of motherhood that is upheld as the major or sole criterion of womanhood in most cases. It shows how a society that sees barren women as a curse, can end up shoving them into the hands of wicked charlatans who cheat them ruthlessly and drive them insane. The title story also has a woman domesticated and deprived of individual freedom by her typically patriarchal husband despite being educated and capable of making financial contributions to the household. But if these are stories of women's biological pathology and gender vulnerability, then in "Election Fever" we have a story of women's manipulative and conniving powers. The grandmother in this story takes her entire family by surprise when she secretively joins many (opposition)political parties and accepts bribery in the shape of cash and Pakistani rice. She also instills a lesson on flippancy and exploitation that leaders and followers mutually play as part of the political game, in her young granddaughter who accompanies her to party meetings. "Bayam Sellam" however, is the story that presents the traditional strength and entrepreneurship of Camaroonian women in the shape of market women. Descendants of strong willed mothers and grandmothers, these market whizzes possess the solidarity and business acumen required to call up a strike and force the government into declaring a state of emergency. If the women in Makuchi's world are economically and politically aware and active, than her men are by no means lacking behind in this arena. They have their own share of pondering and debating over the postcolonial scramble that Camaroon has become since independence in 1960. Hailing from that part of central Africa which has been thrice colonized (Germans, Britishers and French, all had their share of plunder of this land) and is still struggling to wrench free from the clutches of the neocolonial beast gnawing in the shape of capitalist America, the men in these narratives are often concerned about the grim socio-economic fate that awaits them. "American Lottery" and "The Forest Will Claim You Too" are two such stories which delineate the myriad of home grown as well as imposed problems that jitter the heart of this country. Government corruption in particular, and elitist callousness in general, French aggression and racism, in addition to the economic exploitation by next door neighbors like Nigeria, deforestation or "environmental genocide" by both French and Asians, leading to other social hazards like "timber babies", and loss of ancient herbal medicinal provisions are some of the ailments that contribute towards breaking the backbone of Camaroonian economy, and falsifying its persistent efforts towards modernization. No wonder Makuchi blatantly points at the devaluation of the CFA (the Camaroonian currency) and the escalating inflation scenario to be the root cause behind the brain drain that America is enjoying today. The implicit question that lingers right under the narrative surface seems to be: If the "Third World" youth is often eager to have a way out of this labyrinthian hole and aspires for that alluring land of promises, who is to blame? Nonetheless, it is relieving to find that not all Camaroonian youth are attracted to the West. Peter and his friends in "American Lottery", for instance, are well aware of the dilemmas of identity loss, alienation and frustration that are quick to follow the fate of those who turn their face away from the poverty and confusion of motherland in the hope of totally adopting and assimilating a foreign culture. The same densely packed story depicts local riots, curfews and rebellions to be amongst other things that keep Camaroonians perpetually involved in their country's future. Like her themes, Makuchi's images and metaphors are often drawn from both indigenous and foreign sources. So we have palm and plantain, wrappa and nsaa, juxtaposed with the image of the Marlboro man with his will - o'- the - wisp pose and foreign embassies with their whining twining queue of locals. Her stories, with both rural and urban settings also often break into poetic strings of thought and are embellished with sprinklings of the Beba language, some pidgin, Anglophone as well as Francophone diction. Reading these superb pieces of fiction has definitely been a very enriching experience for me. If you are looking for thought provoking yet lucid, and passionately written fictionalized theory, or theorized fiction, then this is the text for you. ... Read more

176. The Second Sex
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5-0 out of 5 stars I wish more women had this intelligence and sensitivity
This book is a real masterpiece by a great writer who manages to create a lucid,
systematic, clear portrait of women's history and situation. It touches both the practical
side of women's condition and the more subtle sociological and psychological issues that
explain the whys and hows of their condition. It is not an "agry" book againts males, but a
very balanced analysis that puts the blame for discrimination both on the arrogance and hypocrisy
of the dominating male gender and on the passive acceptance that women often offer in exchange
for indulgence and "adoration". I wish I could say that this book is now old and outdated, but having lived
both isn the US and Italy, I must say that its content is very much actual and relevant today in
both countries. Don't think this book is hard to read. It will be hard only if you are one of those
persons wwo have lost the ability and habit of thinking (too much TV maybe?) This book WILL make
you think. Remember that this is no boring essay but some arid sociologist but the work
of a great artist and as such will touch on philosophy, and on a deep view of human character,
desires and aspirations. Another very strong point of this book is the beautiful writing style
of Simone, so if you have even a basic grasp of French try by all means to read in its original language.

2-0 out of 5 stars Seriously outdated.
This book is a very important book, historically. If you're looking to study the history of feminism, it's essential. Further, for someone who simply wishes to get a feel for just how far we've come in the last fifty years, it can be very informative to read this book, and see just what constituted "radical" feminist thought around 1950.

But if what you're interested in is cutting-edge, interesting, thought-provoking feminist theory, I'm afraid that this book no longer has what it takes. It was all of these things when it was written, and most of them as recently as the 1970s, but for a modern reader, most of de Beauvoir's concepts and arguments fall into one of three categories:

The first is the "Well, DUH!" category, in which she makes a large production out of an argument that has long since become generally accepted; only the most neanderthal sexist would still argue against the basic right of women to be treated on an equal basis with men in employment, or to be treated as, legally, an equal partner with their spouse in a marriage, for two of the most obvious examples. People may argue still about what exactly constitutes equal treatment, but almost no one would dispute the basic concept.

The second category, and even more unfortunate, is the category of arguments which have long since been discarded as themselves sexist; for all of her attempts to be radical, she was still a product of her time, and rather a lot of ideas got past her internal screen. The most obvious example of this category is her blind acceptance of the claim, then popular among most gynecologists (which of course, at the time, meant "most male gynecologists", since there were very few of any other kind) that almost all menstrual or pre-menstrual difficulties experienced by their patients had no physical cause, but were in fact caused by a psychological problem with accepting their femininity. De Beauvoir, of course, puts a more tolerant spin on this outdated claim, suggesting that it is only REASONABLE that women would have difficulties accepting the demands put upon them by society's reaction to their gender, but that doesn't change the fact that she accepts the basic premise itself, a premise that has long since been recognised (at least by feminists) as patent hooey. There are a great many physical causes of menstrual difficulties, and if there are occasional instances of neurotic triggers, that doesn't make the statement "I can't find a physical reason for your problem, therefore there isn't one," an acceptable diagnosis.

The third category of argument in this book, at least for the reader unschooled in existentialist psychobabble and/or marxist dialectic, is the "WHAT did she just say?" argument. In spite of claims to the contrary in the introduction, this book is rather heavy going for the reader not familiar with the catch-phrases and pet terms of those disciplines. Terms like "immanence", "transcendance", and such are liberally sprinkled throughout the text, and it is assumed that the reader is familiar with the usage. There is nothing inherently wrong with this, but it does make the book rather inaccessible to the average reader.

I do NOT recommend this book to the general public; for committed historians, particularly historians of the feminist movement, there is much to be learned from it. But for the general reader, it has long since lost the relevance that made it worth the effort to parse the 814 pages of impenetrable language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Should have earned De Beauvoir the Nobel Prize
Although I haven't read the flawed English translation by a hostile male, I have read Madame de Beauvoir and the complete uncensoured version of this brilliant piece of work in the original French language. (It's striking that some intellectually challenged reviewers refer to Simone de Beauvoir - one of the most prominent philosophers of the 20 century - as "Simone". In comparison, I can't imagine her lifepartner being addressed as "Jean-Paul", but, of course, referring to prominent women by their first name is a common means of belittling them and their achievements. Read more about it in "The Second Sex".)

Anyone who dismisses the endlessly acute relevance of this masterpiece on human rights as "outdated" - particularly Americans who in 2004 still suffer rampantly archaic sexist issues with women owning the right to their own bodies or the idea of switching the governmental gender balance from a cluster of regressive males to progressive women - only airs their own fundamental ignorance regarding existential conditions for women in a world run by the women-hating male gender.

"The Second Sex" makes for a painful read the intellectual content of which will not be outdated until the day we live in a post-patriarchal society - and that day wont arrive until we have reformed and modernised the male gender. The current destructive relic has long passed its expiry date.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most original work I've read.
Reading feminism books that were written after The Second Sex, it's clear that 95% of them get their basis from Simone. Originally she was going to write a book on defining herself, but when she looked into the mirror, the first thing she said is "I am a woman" she spent over two years researching the history of womyn, and her undeniable wit and intellegence is extremely present in this book. She knew what she was talking about and was not afraid

If you want to know why any individual is a feminist, read this book, it pertains to both sexes and it will present you with ideas that you never even thought about or even recognized. It moves beyond the surface of "radical feminism" and digs deep and helps you understand.

The only problem I found is that she didnt come up with an answer, but that was not her purpose, she was only explaining the problem and what she saw, she also repeats herself a lot, but I think she does that on purpose. Tt's outdated and I sincerely wish Simone' were still alive to expand her ideas and see what she thought of womyn today, I'd be the first to buy her "updated views."

5-0 out of 5 stars The Translation Ruins the Book
The Second Sex is an excellent philosophical work on woman; the English translation is not. Terms are translated poorly, such as "l'experience vecue" (the lived experience similar to Husserl's life-world) being translated as "Woman's Life Today" (a slam), "en-soi" and "pour-soi" being translated interchangeably as in-itself and for-itself (they cannot be used interchangeably-they are not synonyms), etc. In fact, while the original work was published in two volumes, the English translation fits into one...because the translator cut some three-hundred pages that he felt were "boring." The original French is lucid, direct, and quite beautiful. The reason that the book sounds so "dated" in English is because the man who translated it was. (He was a zoology emeritus with no background in philosophy). Thus, a lot is lost in the translation, and, since the publisher will not commence with a new translation for the sake of accuracy while the poor one sells so well (think dollar-signs), one could probably learn French and read the original writings first. "The Second Sex" (or rather "Le Deuxieme Sexe") is a good opening forum into what it is to be the Other, and the philosophical ramifications are just as relevant today as when the book was written. ... Read more

177. Women, Families, and Communities, Volume II, from 1865 : Readings in American History (Women, Families & Communities from 1865)
by Nancy A. Hewitt
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Readings providing womens' contexts to history
Hewitt's Women, Families and Communities provides an excellent survey showing important female contributions to American culture and history.Yes it has open ended questions.History is not merely names dates and issues. Any student of history who thinks that all answers are definitive misunderstands the historical dialogue.Hewitt provides questions which can guide the student in developing analytical skills in discussing the readings. I have used this text in several survey courses and female students who could not relate to the top down male dominated history frequently covered in primary texts, came to life in discussing these readings.This book of readings will not provide a comprehensive history, not even a comprehensive women's history.It does provide contextual resources which, when used with a primary text, provides insights into everyday life, family life and the significant role of women throughout America's history

1-0 out of 5 stars Women, Families, and Communities"A student review"
I have just finished reading this book for a Modern History class at Kent State University. I found the book to be very poorly written , it is not a book that I would reccomend.If you are an educator and are thinking of using this as a resource in your classroom, think again.The questions for study and review at the end of each chapter are very open ended and hard to answer precisely. My first reaction was to say that "The person who wrote questions, did not read the book!!".A quick poll of students in the class revealed that everyone has essentially the same opinion, including the instructor.I have read many similar text and this is by far the worst of the lot. ... ... Read more

178. A Place on the Team : The Triumph and Tragedy of Title IX
by Welch Suggs
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A Place on the Team is the inside story of how Title IX revolutionized American sports. The federal law guaranteeing women's rights in education, Title IX opened gymnasiums and playing fields to millions of young women previously locked out. Journalist Welch Suggs chronicles both the law's successes and failures-the exciting opportunities for women as well as the commercial and recruiting pressures of modern-day athletics.

Enlivened with tales from Suggs's reportage, the book clears up the muddle of interpretation and opinion surrounding Title IX. It provides not only a lucid description of how courts and colleges have read (and misread) the law, but also compelling portraits of the people who made women's sports a vibrant feature of American life.

What's more, the book provides the first history of the law's evolution since its passage in 1972. Suggs details thirty years of struggles for equal rights on the playing field. Schools dragged their feet, offering token efforts for women and girls, until the courts made it clear that women had to be treated on par with men. Those decisions set the stage for some of the most celebrated moments in sports, such as the Women's World Cup in soccer and the Women's Final Four in NCAA basketball.

Title IX is not without its critics. Wrestlers and other male athletes say colleges have cut their teams to comply with the law, and Suggs tells their stories as well.

With the chronicles of Pat Summitt, Anson Dorrance, and others who shaped women's sports, A Place on the Team is a must-read not only for sports buffs but also for parents of every young woman who enters the arena of competitive sports.

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179. Grassroots : A Field Guide for Feminist Activism
by Jennifer Baumgardner, Amy Richards
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From the authors of Manifesta, an activism handbook that illustrates how to truly make the personal political.

Grassroots is an activism handbook for social justice. Aimed at everyone from students to professionals, stay-at-home moms to artists, Grassroots answers the perennial question: What can I do? Whether you are concerned about the environment, human rights violations in Tibet, campus sexual assault policies, sweatshop labor, gay marriage, or the ongoing repercussions from 9-11, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards believe that we all have something to offer in the fight against injustice. Based on the authors' own experiences, and the stories of both the large number of activists they work with as well as the countless everyday people they have encountered over the years, Grassroots encourages people to move beyond the "generic three" (check writing, calling congresspeople, and volunteering) and make a difference with clear guidelines and models for activism. The authors draw heavily on individual stories as examples, inspiring readers to recognize the tools right in front of them--be it the office copier or the family living room--in order to make change. Activism is accessible to all, and Grassroots shows how anyone, no matter how much or little time they have to offer, can create a world that more clearly reflects their values.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Misleading and trite.Grassroots feminist activism it ain't
i felt that the publisher should recall all of these books, and re-release them under the name: "Grassroots: Some suggestions to feel-good, girl-power efforts for the slightly guilty trust fund sect who have resources and backing and networks in place to support their own passionate pursuits and random proclivities, and who are not impeded by or concerned with the little people who do not." As a subtitle, they can have: Hey there, Muffy! Don't give up your SUV; Make true change and get an IUD! ('cause birth control = grassroots feminist activism! lol!)

4-0 out of 5 stars inspirational yet practical advice and ideas
Grassroots succeeds in making activism accessible to everyone.Acknowledging that the "professionalization" of activism makes many of us feel it's hard to do anything as an individual to make change, the authors show how any individual can make a difference. The book is a pleasure to read and offers many moments of real connection to those in many stages of life looking to make the world a better place. It's a much needed how to manual for feminist and progressive action in all shapes and sizes. ... Read more

180. New Women's Dress for Success
by John T. Molloy
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4-0 out of 5 stars Look at successful women in business
There is a lot of negative reviews of this book. Apparently women don't want to accept the cold truth about business dressing. Business people make judgements on first impressions. Molloy has studied the habits of executives and tells us what they think. If you look around at women CEOs and and the like, they are dressed just like Molloy describes in this book. They played the game and got to the top. They didn't complain that they couldn't wear certain things--they just did it. In his book he tells you if you don't believe him test it yourself. Dress your way and make notes of how you are treated and the level of respect you receive. Then dress his way and compare the results. Try it--it could be an eye-opener. The only thing this book lacks is photos, otherwise it is a very informative guide.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Way to Dress Successfully in the Workforce
I thought the book New Women's Dress for Success was very interesting and helpful. This book has helped many women realize that the way they are dressing for work is not appropriate. Molloy explains the different fabrics, colors and accessories that will help women to dress for success. Some aspects of dress that seem obvious to some many not be as obvious to others. For example, wearing natural makeup, not dressing too sexy and wearing a jacket are overlooked by many women in the workforce. These dress codes will help women in interviews and to gain more respect and power at the workplace. I found this book very intriguing because I am interested in the business world and Molloy's suggests mostly likely will be very helpful to me in the future. As a high school senior applying to colleges, I can use Molloy's advice about dressing appropriately at college interviews. This book has given me a greater awareness of the importance of woman's dress today and I will be more aware of how my appearance reflects who I am.

5-0 out of 5 stars factual
For women who love serving the fashion machine, this book is useless. But for women who want to know how to dress to break into the "good old boys" network, who want to rise above their upbringing, or want to stop being treated like bimbos and trash, this book is priceless. Molloy's research into what sort of colors impress juries and potential buyers is incredibly useful. He even tells you how to dress to be a successful doctor. I find Molloy incredibly sympathetic to the needs of real women, including large-size women and particularly women of color.

This book is a gem if only due to the fact that Molloy tells the truth about modern women in the workplace. MANY WOMEN ARE JEALOUS OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, AND THEY WORK AGAINST THE CAREER ASPIRATIONS OF THOSE WOMEN THEY ARE ENVIOUS OF.

One need only listen to the numerous catty comments that women make about other women, and one can see that WOMEN are the ones actively working to keep other women from success. Therefore, very beautiful women are accused of having slept with the boss, using their looks to get ahead, or any number of nasty things that may not be at all true! Some women actively attempt to ruin careers and reputations just based on the good looks of the women they are insanely envious of. This is a very serious problem for professional women, and it is just ridiculous that men are always accused of creating a "hostile and offensive environment" most of the time, when women are much worse to each other.

I have been in some of the finest department stores only to have the wonderful, articulate, elegant salesperson given a rude, verbal backhand from a coworker, and this was done right in front of me! I was so furious at one woman that I promptly complained to management and then wrote a nice letter commending the poor girl who had been helping me with such professionalism and grace.

Kudos to Molloy for exposing what modern feminists hate to talk about, the dirty little secret of feminism...SNOW WHITE/CINDERELLA SYNDROME in the workplace (female envy of attractive women).

Don't hate them because they are beautiful. Most customers prefer a beauty to a jealous shrew. Corporate America should promote the pretty ones and get rid of the unattractive troublemakers.

Other books that may be of interest to readers of "New Women's Dress for Success" are "Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty" by Nancy Etcoff and "The Substance of Style" by Virginia Postrel. Both books play up the importance of good looks, be it regarding a person or a product.

The hideous, jealous, backstabbing shrews of this world should just slink off into the dreadful holes from which they climbed forth...or try learning to become more attractive, as Molloy helps one do in this wonderful book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sexist and offensive
In reading Molloy's book, one could conclude that a woman who thinks that earning a graduate degree, working hard and developing skills is what it takes to get ahead is all wrong. No, what she needs to do (according to Molloy) is to obsess about her looks, starve herself if genetics did not endow her with a thin build and in general market herself as if looks are all that matter. After decades of women working for equality in the workplace, there are still people who think like this?! I believe that women deserve better than this book. True, the advice he gives on appropriate workplace attire is basically sound, but there are many other books out there that give advice just as good, without the sexism and size prejudice. ... Read more

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