Thursday, March 1, 2018

TLC Book Tours: In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules by Karen Karbo

Title: In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules
Author: Karen Karbo
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: National Geographic
Publish Date: February 27, 2018
Source: TLC Book Tours

What's the Story?:

From "Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, this elegantly illustrated book is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Best-selling author Karen Karbo (The Gospel According to Coco Chanel) 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."

My Two Cents:

How fortuitous it is that I am reviewing this book for the first day of Women's History. There has been a slew of books for younger readers to introduce them to some really phenomenal women (and thank goodness for it!!!) but there seemingly not been a similar influx of books for adults. This book is a good fit for that deficit!

Each chapter focuses on a different woman and they range from politicians to judges to athletes to women who broke just about every barrier imaginable. And as the author constantly reminds us throughout the book: although they were great, because these women didn't fit the normal mold of what society tells us that women should be, every single one of them was considered difficult. It's totally unfair but such is our society.

This book is a total inspiration for those that want to shake things up a little bit and push boundaries further for women than they have ever been pushed before. Because each chapter deals with a different woman, it makes for a good book to read bit by bit. Or if you are like me and really like learning about amazing people, you read it in one fell swoop. All I can say is I now have a very long list of biographies and memoirs on and by the woman that appear in this book.

Tuesday, February 27th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, February 28th: Openly Bookish
Thursday, March 1st: A Bookish Affair
Monday, March 5th: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, March 6th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Wednesday, March 7th: Literary Quicksand
Tuesday, March 13th: Tina Says…
Wednesday, March 14th: Doing Dewey
Thursday, March 15th: Bibliotica
Friday, March 16th: bookchickdi
Monday, March 19th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World
Tuesday, March 20th: 5 Minutes For Books

1 comment:

  1. Books like this are hazardous to my TBR list, but for all the best reasons.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!


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