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Boston, Inspirational Women Hardcover – September 11, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Editions (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: 098194308X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,795,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Brett has been taking pictures for The Boston Globe for over forty years. His first book, Boston, All One Family, was Commonwealth Editions' best-selling book in 2005. He followed that with Boston, An Extended Family and Boston: A Year in the Life. He lives in Hingham, Massachusetts.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claire Bogen on October 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Inspirational Women" was in my room at the Boston Harbor Hotel along with the local magazines. I started reading it because I love the "Sisters" photo essay book and I was interested to see if this was similar in any way. I have to say, this is the silliest book ever. The list of inspirational women seems random and mostly includes people who can get the book some publicity. For example, there are three entertainment or media reporters included in the book and no particular reason why they are inspirational. Perhaps it takes bravery for the "full time arts and entertainment reporter" to sit through "Battleship" but I doubt it. The photos range from okay to good. There is no visual string to tie them together. Some are posed studio shots and some are candid shots. The writing is fine. It consists of a long paragraph on each woman and offered no particular insight. But, let's face it, it's a picture book.

Finally, I can't understand the cover shot. It looks like an 80's headshot where you see the false eyelashes and lots of hairspray. When I tried to figure out the reason for this particular photo, I realized that the cover model doesn't even appear in the book. That's just odd.

The whole thing looks like a self-indulgent, cynically conceived project. I am glad I read this in my hotel room and didn't have to pay for it. I would recommend skipping this waste of paper.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on November 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This 176-page collection of beautifully done black and white portraits of many of Boston's most beautiful, talented and successful women was done by Bill and Kerry Brett, a father-daughter team of photographers. Bill Brett's long-time book collaborator (this is the fourth book they've done together about Boston) Carol Beggy wrote the text. There was a brief foreword by Karen Kaplan. The large format (12.25 by 9.25 inch) book collection of separate images was beautifully printed and bound in Guangzhou, China by Everbest Printing Company Limited.
It's impossible to tell which photographs were done by Bill or Kerry, with out referring to the Index of the approximately 125 photos. The accomplished subjects include "prominent doctors; accomplished actors and writers; the first female iron-worker to `top off' a Boston high-rise (she was the third generation of her family to be an iron-worker); respected business leaders; a woman who ran the Boston Marathon blindfolded; succedssful politicians; dedicated moms; and some of the most important philanthropists in the country."
U.S. Senator Scott Brown's daughter Arianna Brown is the face looking out from the book's front cover. Iron worker Shannon Cook placing the American Flag and final iron support on the top of a highrise is shown on the volume's back cover. The interior of the book is brimming with arresting portraits of fascinating and accomplished women of all ages.
Each subject in the book has a single or double-page spread with their portrait and a brief biographical sketch. Carol Beggy managed to compose the text without the end results sounding like a listing in "Who's Who In American Women.
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By Kimbo on November 20, 2013
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Just a beautiful book! Purchased it for my daughter who lives in Boston and I want this book to be an inspiration for her!
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Photography is excellant and the choices of women in the Boston area was well thought out. The write up of each individual was brief enough that you would read them and detailed enough to peak your interest in learning more about the women. All three of the women that I gave the book to as a gift had only good comments. They all lived in the Boston area and were from age 43-73. Another women who was with us for the holidays was impressed and plans on buying a copy.
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