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Divided Lives: The Public and Private Struggles of Three American Women Paperback – July 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1st Anchor Books trade pbk. ed edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038548447X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385484473
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Washington Post reporter Elsa Walsh explores the lives of three successful women -- TV correspondent Meredith Vieira, conductor and first lady of West Virginia Rachel Worby, surgeon Dr. Alison Estabrook -- to answer the serious questions of how women in the 1990s balance career achievements with the demands of having a family. Walsh, who's won awards for her investigative reporting, spent two years talking to her subjects, and her insightful accounts of their decision-making is compelling reading. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Journalist Walsh presents in-depth profiles of the conflicts and compromises in the lives of three highly successful women.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Mary Thyfault
I think this book is a must read for young women who are trying to balance careers, family and friends without losing their own identity.
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I found this book to be inspiring and a must read for anyone struggling with these issues.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alahnna Britton on October 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm writing this review primarily to refute Milly's poor rating of this book. While I completely agree with her comments about Meredith and Rachel, I feel the author did an excellent job portraying all the women for who they truly are. It is a relief to see that people who seem to have it all really are like the rest of us and struggle with the same issues we do. It is also wonderful to see the different ways these women deal with their issues, whether they do so in a healthy manner or not.
This book helped me realize my life isn't so bad and that I do ok dealing with my own issues. Thus, I recommend this to all working women as you are bound to benefit from it in one way or another.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By cnelson@mailbag.com on February 16, 1999
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I thought this was an excellent book and really touched on the issue of balancing work and family. It was fascinating to read the stories of very succesful women who probably appear very self confident about their very successful careers, but who are really struggling. I found it motivating to hear their stories of how they balanced work and family, even though some of it was a bit hard to relate to (i.e. taking a $50,000/year pay cut when you're making $450,000/year!). I found this book to be inspiring and a must read for anyone struggling with these issues.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By np on August 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
I've read alot of magazines on women in the working world; but, none of them ever step thru the decision making process this well. These are people facing extremely tough challenges, usually alone (or with friends who are not actually in the same "trenches", but are looking at the challenge from afar.)
These are brave people, on their own - working thru challenges; How else will i learn about the challenges i have yet to face but through stories like this. I do not learn from tv or movies - nor from newspaper articles or magazines - i do not see these types of stories anywhere. There is room for them and there is a big need for them. Women with daughters should read this; women with a passion for their careers should also; women debating whether or not to have children at a later point in their life should read this.
It is written with tolerance for other opinions which so many stories and people today are lacking. It was really enjoyable...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mary Thyfault on June 5, 2001
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The struggles in this book touched my soul. Perhaps because I'm a journalist, I could totally relate to Meredith Vieira. And even though it has been four years since I've read it, I can still recall vividly the image of her crying at her kitchen table. Balancing work and the roles of wife and mother is a minute-by-minute-challenge for almost every working woman I know! If working women had more time on their hands, this would be a best seller! Buy, borrow, or steal this book....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William F. Kidd on September 22, 2010
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I learned of this book watching a "Booknotes" re-run on C-SPAN, and found Elsa Walsh's discussion intriguing enough to buy and read her book. While a longtime enthusiastic believer in the wisdom, strength and talents of women, but who also believes women and girls continue to be considered inferior or unworthy (in some cases by members of BOTH genders), I still found this book to be a fascinating study of how these women had to struggle to attain their full potential. I'm a man, but I know from my experience that countless women today are totally unaware of these kind of struggles by their sisters. I also have to wonder, based on periodic and recent observations, what women continue to experience today. I fear that things may not have improved all that much, and I'd like to see an updated version.
I bought copies for my daughters, all of whom were youngsters or not yet born when this book was written.
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