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Bearded Lady (Kindle Single)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2012
Mara brought to surface something many females struggle with and spend a great deal of time and money mitigating, with unabashed humor and candor. Hair, and this particular aspect of hair, is one of a litany of issues we deal with such as weight and skin, but Bearded Lady made me wonder why we never had a conversation about this sooner. I thoroughly enjoyed the honesty Mara poured into the telling of her story and like some of the reviewers mentioned, definitely saw a reflection of myself in her journey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2012
I fell in love with this book. It was everything a good book should be and more. Funny, charming, sweet. I loved that Mara was as insecure about hair as I am. I felt like ss talking just to me! Everdy should read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2012
Altman is funny and brave. To her male readers she gives valuable insights to aspects of women's lives we rarely witness. She also shows us how to have an honest conversation about the private in this everything-is-public world. I loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2012
Following on from "Sparkle", this is another terrific read from Mara Altman. She has the unique ability to make common life occurrences jump off the page and into the brain. Witty and personal. Can't wait for her next piece!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2012
Mara did it again, she turned our most secret places into a place for laughter
and even healing, without really trying. The shared experience is a miraculous thing.

I've spent my life behind closed doors secretly grooming away the inevitable.
It's a necessary evil, I accept that and I'm not about to bring my tweezers out in public,
but that feeling of shame doesn't feel so sharp. Bringing it into the light
makes it easier to bear.

Mara has the ability to address some of our deepest fears (as women) with compassion,
but more importantly, her very own brand of humor. Reading her piece is like having a
sleepover with your best friend, sharing the scar on your knee where you fell down and
felt ashamed, and hearing her say "me too" ... Not the "bearded" part, but you follow me.

Thank you Mara
You're one of the most beautiful women, I've ever read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2012
This kindle single was so funny I actually cried laughing twice. It gave me the kind of catharsis that comedy is supposed to - I feel differently about my "errant hairs". This is a subject that almost all women I know are (secretly or not) uptight about and this author (may awesomeness follow her all the days of her life) was ballsey enough to look at and write about. And instead of being a dry academic third person thing or a rage-y political manifesto, Ms. Altman does the most radical thing and tells the story of her beautifully human neurotic relationship with hair. This short piece of literature made it easier for me to be a woman in the 21st century and I laughed off a month of stress. Best 2 bucks I've spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2012
This piece is wonderful. If you are a human with hair you MUST read this!! Altman is hysterical and brave in her hairy revelations. I loved it. Yes!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2012
Terrific. Funny, insightful, sees the world from a slightly different angle, but that's true of all of Mara's writing. With each piece, she just gets better. The timing and pace are perfect. It's killer funny without trying because it touches all of us where we live; in a world of insecurities and fears and feelings of being not quite good enough. Mara reminds us that we're not alone and gently prods us not to take ourselves quite so seriously. Read it. You'll be happy you did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2014
This book was really great. I suffer from PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and one of the symptoms are excessive hair growth (mainly facial hair) because the body produces more testosterone than it should. Going through puberty, I got teased for having side burns, hair on my upper lip, hairy legs, you name it. Mara Altman had a humorous take on being a hairy female. It made me feel less self conscious about my hair. I probably won't stop shaving anytime soon, but I learned a valuable lesson -- don't sweat it, it's just hair.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2014
This book is short
Funny and real.
Its light reading.
If you have read her other books itd vrry nuch the same style.
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