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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (September 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400168007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400168002
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,807,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Traister does a fine job in showing that progress does not proceed in straight lines, and, sometimes, it's the unlikeliest of individuals who initiate real change." ---Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Rebecca Traister, a staff writer for Salon.com, has written for a range of national publications, including Elle, the New York Times, Vogue, and the Nation.

Kirsten Potter has won AudioFile Earphones Awards for her reading of The Snowball by Alice Schroeder and her performance as Barbara in George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara. Her reading of Madapple by Christina Meldrum was a Booklist Editors' Choice for Best Audiobook 2008.

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This book is such a good read--smart, snappy, well researched.
Lesa Ferguson
One may not agree with Ms Traister's take on it but will marvel at her wit and unique insight, especially when speaking of the immense pressure felt uniquely by woman.
Lucy Stone
Traister also dissects the coverage of Sarah Palin, as well as that of Michelle Obama.
takingadayoff

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Stone on September 14, 2010
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For those of us who were actively involved in the 2008 election, this book is a must read. One may not agree with Ms Traister's take on it but will marvel at her wit and unique insight, especially when speaking of the immense pressure felt uniquely by woman. As someone who is still fairly "bitter" about what happened to the first extraordinarily qualified woman to run for President, I laughed, cried and fumed as I turned the page. From "You're nice enough" to a "thrill running up my leg" comments and the inept Clinton campaign management, my personal memories were jarred and reawakened reminding me that perhaps we haven't come that long a way baby.
As one who was forever changed by the election, I look forward to the discussion which should be started by this book. Unfortunately, as a woman, this book by Rebecca Traister might not receive the same hoopla by the media that accompanied "Game Change" as I fear- we really haven't come that long a way-hope I'm wrong on this one.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By takingadayoff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2010
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Presidential campaigns have always been one part spectator sport and one part democracy in action. Participate if you want, but don't expect anything to change. But 2008 took more out of us than previous campaigns. It was exhausting on a whole new level. Even the stoics among us were in such a weakened condition by election day that we were all crying, with joy that America had elected a black president, with frustration that so many things had been said and done that could never be taken back, with relief that the marathon was over.

Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment, but I have already read a couple of the behind-the-scenes accounts of the election (Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, Renegade: The Making of a President), which were interesting, but ultimately forgettable. Reading Big Girls Don't Cry brought back the most infuriating moments of the year leading up to the election. This isn't the just story of the candidates, it's the story of how the 2008 campaign brought out the still-raw feelings of the women's movement. It's about how on one hand, women are more influential and powerful than we have ever been, but on the other hand, women hold only about 17% of the seats in the House and Senate.

Rebecca Traister recounts that many of her thirty-ish friends who assumed their lefty boyfriends were progressive, found them to be about as traditional as their grandfathers when it came to women's issues. It was a bit unsettling to read that Obama has a habit of calling women reporters "sweetie.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jaylia3 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 18, 2010
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A riveting recap of the full-of-surprises 2008 election, including the inexplicably harsh treatment Hillary Clinton received from even the liberal media, especially the boys at MSNBC.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stacey on December 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just finished listening to the audible.com edition of Big Girls Don't Cry by Rebecca Traister on a cross country road trip. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Traister, a writer for Salon.com, lays out an insightful and thorough examination of the 2008 election campaign and what it meant for feminism, sexism, and women in this country. As a 40 year old woman who sits somewhere between the Gloria Steinem/2nd Wave feminist generation and the 20-something blogosphere feminism, I found that Traister's observations as well as the those of the many influential women she interviewed echoed many of my own. There were times when I felt like I was re-living the anger and disappointment raised by the Clinton and Palin campaigns. Even more enraging was the media treatment of both women which is carefully and chronologically documented in the book through excerpts, quotes, and historical context.

My political involvement during the 2008 election was limited to listening to NPR and watching Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. So, I was fairly insulated from the worst of the media sexism and stupidity. This book reminded me that I still need to be paying attention. When we pay attention, we speak out, and that is one thing which wasn't happening enough in 2008.

If there is one thing that I didn't love about this book - it was Traister's occasionally long-winded observations of her own emotional state during the campaign. While I appreciate that sexism, racism and politics are emotional as well as intellectual, and I often felt the same way she did, I enjoyed the concrete examples and historical context much more. Not really a criticism... but an acknowledgement that this book is about a woman's own personal political journey as well as a nation's.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda Robinson on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There is a wide-eyed, enthusiastic engagement here that would be appealing if it wasn't combined with an inclination toward comparing "the year that changed everything for American women" with the long and winding road of feminism and the fight for gender equality powered with a background white noise that smacks of the new girls critiquing the old broads. Maybe it's my greybeard status that has me feeling discomfited, and maybe I'm taking this tome personally, when it's just commentary. And maybe I'm just flat out wrong. Traister's enthusiasm for the subject is evident and engaging, but there are too many snipes from the author, and reportage of the same from others. The 2008 Presidential race was enthralling and historic on so many levels, there can be hundreds of books analyzing what happened from a myriad of angles. I was eager for a younger woman's opinion from a close-to perspective. What I did not expect was more rehashing of the divisiveness of "second wave feminism" from 40 years ago to be included in the analysis. I'd hoped we'd outgrown that. We all want a brighter future. And we work for it seeing in our rearview mirror the remarkable and courageous work of the women who came before.
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