In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world.
Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, In Praise of Difficult Women is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Best-selling author Karen Karbo spotlights the spirited rule breakers who charted their way with little regard for expectations: Amelia Earhart, Helen Gurley Brown, Edie Sedgwick, Hillary Clinton, Amy Poehler, and Shonda Rhimes, among others. Their lives - imperfect, elegant, messy, glorious - provide inspiration and instruction for the new age of feminism we have entered. Karbo distills these lessons with wit and humor, examining the universal themes that connect us to each of these mesmerizing personalities today: success and style, love and authenticity, daring and courage. Being "difficult," Karbo reveals, might not make life easier, but it can make it more fulfilling-whatever that means for you.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 17 minutes|
|Author||Karen Karbo, Cheryl Strayed - foreword|
|Audible.ca Release Date||November 27 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #85,618 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#663 in Gender Studies (Audible Books & Originals)
#975 in Women Biographies
#1,910 in Entertainment & Celebrity Biographies
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But one learns little more about this selection of women than can be gleaned from the internet or a few well chosen reference books. A bibliography for each is provided at the end of the book.
The life stories are basically interesting, because they are all of women who are high achievers in their field, often against male and establishment resistance and opposition. But they are written in a style and tone that you will regularly find in magazine and Sunday newspaper features on celebrities. Chatty, informal, with a wide use of slang language, in some cases poorly researched, and achingly superficial. An example – It seems that either Jane Goodall attended secretarial college at the age of 11 and studied for seven years – or World War Two ‘raged’ for a further seven years after it is normally considered it to have ended.
The author seems to specialise in throw away remarks that are often dismissive of her subject, sometimes snide, and at others downright rude. Examples of this can be found in the sections on Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Merkel and Billy Jean King among others.
The book is clearly written for the USA market and therefore makes many cultural assumptions about the reader’s knowledge and perspective. Oh – and it’s not ‘exquisitely illustrated’ as on the sleeve; the depictions of the subjects are ghastly two colour line drawings such as we used to have in cheaper children’s books in the 1960s.
I bought this first for my own interest and second with a thought that I might pass it on to my granddaughters. The examples set by the women featured in this collection are inspiring – resilience, determination, cleverness, creativity……but the example set by the author seems to me very poor.
Made me want to know more about these women
An easy enjoyable read !