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Bibliotherapy: The Girl's Guide to Books for Every Phase of Our Lives Paperback – March 6, 2001
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From the Inside Flap
Every woman knows ... books are more than a way to kill time on the bus -- they're therapy that fits in our bag. Whether we're wallowing in a sullen perennial adolescence or our biological clock is ringing and we can't find the snooze button, books are the dog-eared friends that help us deal with our baggage as we navigate life's journey.
Now Bibliotherapy prescribes the best of classic and contemporary Chick Lit that women turn to again and again -- for inspiration (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) ... for escape (Ladder of Years) ... for revenge against the patriarchy (Our Blood) ... and for bonding with our girlfriends (Waiting to Exhale).
Upper-thigh spread sparking a midlife crisis? Read A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains and remember that it's not over until the fat lady yodels. Did your pot of gold turn out to be fourteen-karat tin? Open your eyes with Awakening to the Sacred and learn to savor your rainbow. Wondering what all the fuss is about? Climb into bed with Lady Chatterley's Lover and explore your pleasure potential.
With provocative points to ponder as you read ("What is the metaphorical significance of a codpiece?"), fun quotes, and a list of books that must not be read but, in Dorothy Parker's words, "thrown with great force," Bibliotherapy ensures you'll always find the right literary prescription -- no matter what phase of life you're teetering on the brink of!
Plus: Doomed but Inspired Heroes ... Books to Read When You're Sick of Your Career and Are Seriously Considering Taking Up Alpaca Ranching in Peru ... Bad Girls We'd Like to Have Over for Girls' Night ... Books That Are the Equivalent ofCitronella for Men ... and much more!
Top Customer Reviews
I quickly ripped through the different lists of books (divided by themes such as bad girl books and books about sex) and discovered that the few I've read, I agree are pretty fantastic. In fact, now I want to go back and reread a few of them. Quite a few of the books listed I already have on my wishlist because I keep hearing about how terrific they are. Some I've never heard about and those will be the recommendations I treasure the most, I think.
Another great little feature were the few books the authors mentioned to avoid. I hate reading a book only to find its message is sexist or boring or both, so I'm glad to hear someone voice a negative opinion once in awhile when I read these sorts of lists.
I particularly enjoyed reading about the authors' past experiences with certain books and their histories and feelings towards those books. I love to know *why* a person enjoys a book or why they hate it, not merely how they felt about it.
What I wasn't thrilled by were the quotes. They seemed included just to take up space when I would have preferred another book suggestion in each chapter instead.
Overall, this was a terrific book and if you're a female who loves books and who looks good book recommendations, then please pick up this book. It really was a great find. I plan to go home tonight and reread a few of the books they mentioned that I own and to order a few of the books that I don't own.
Peske and West believe that reading is more than 'killing time on the bus.' They view reading as a means of informing and healing. This is an awesome book for both, the women who are just starting their reading journeys, and for the seasoned reader.
Bibliotherapy, has provided much enjoyment and information about books that must be read! Through their suggestions the reader will be able to take their reading to a higher level.
One's unsurprising complaint with a book like this: I want more. There are only 6 or 7 recommendations in each chapter. It's clear these authors are well read, so I would have liked more actual book and author recommendations, particularly ones I'd never heard of.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book to have around. It has some interesting selections. There are a few things in the book that are factually incorrect. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Gina
I checked out this book from the public library. I was hoping for some really cool book suggestions, along the lines of "Book Lust" and "Book Crush" (both of which I recommend),... Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by LibraryGirl2014
If you are a person who loves to read but you sometimes find books that don't live up to their hype, you need this book! Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Susan
I fortunately checked out this book from the library so I can't complain too much about the price. I read constantly so I thought this book might give me some ideas on some new... Read morePublished on January 23, 2002
After looking over the reviews and excerpts of this book, I was really looking forward to reading it over my vacation. For the first 20 pages or so, this pleasure was realized. Read morePublished on January 3, 2002 by Courtney L. Lewis
I liked this book alot, it was very different and it gave me alot of ideas of books to read based on what "mood" I am in. Read morePublished on December 2, 2001 by Ellen
From the title ("Girl's Guide"), the killer cover art, and the super concept, I had high hopes for this book. Read morePublished on October 19, 2001 by Rebecca Yoder
I was quite disapointed in this book, though it does have a terrific premise. The problem is that this book does not deliver on its promise. Read morePublished on September 20, 2001
The authors know their literature. They are witty and opinionated, but kind and amazingly well informed. The book is equal to quite a few visits to a good therapist. Read morePublished on September 9, 2001