For the Modern Renaissance Woman

A Listmania! list by Geri S. Hoekzema "Flights of Fancy" (Vancouver, WA USA)
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The list author says: "I've long been fascinated by women of the Renaissance, whether famous or not. In addition to being wives, mothers and household managers, many were also smart and accomplished businesswomen, community leaders, scholars, poets, musicians, financiers and travelers. Their lives were often as diverse as ours. If Isabella d'Este were living today, what would she be reading?"
Uppity Women of the Renaissance
1.  Uppity Women of the Renaissance by Vicki Leon
The list author says:
  "Dispels the idea that 500 years ago, all women did was keep house and have kids. Informative and at times funny."
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Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me: A Guide to Living with Impeccable Grace and Style
2.  Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me: A Guide to Living with Impeccable Grace and Style by Lucia van der Post
The list author says:
  "Even if you're not an affluent socialite, this handbook has useful tips on things like business protocol, finessing social situations, managing a house and developing personal style. Simply adjust the ideas to fit your budget."
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The Grown-Up Girl's Guide to Style: A Maintenance Bible for Fashion, Beauty, and More . . .
3.  The Grown-Up Girl's Guide to Style: A Maintenance Bible for Fashion, Beauty, and More . . . by Christine Schwab
The list author says:
  "Although I don't agree with some of Schwab's shoulds (never wear sleeveless tops again?), she has a wealth of ideas on how to strike the balance between Matronly and Trying-to-Look-20. A good basic for 40+ women."
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The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure
4.  The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure by Catherine Blyth
The list author says:
  "Blyth covers almost every possible angle and situation you'd encounter. Conversation seems to be a lost art but if you want to help revive it, start here."
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The Art of the Personal Letter: A Guide to Connecting Through the Written Word
5.  The Art of the Personal Letter: A Guide to Connecting Through the Written Word by Margaret Shepherd
The list author says:
  "I used to love writing real letters, from selecting paper and ink to composing the perfect sentence to choosing stamps. This book convinced me to start writing letters again. After all, many women of the Renaissance are known to us through their correspondence."
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Manners
6.  Manners by Kate Spade
The list author says:
  "I was impressed by the fact that designer Kate Spade didn't acquire a mobile phone until she had a child, and she still uses it sparingly. This guide covers situations that Renaissance women never dreamed of (appropriate public use of gadgetry), and some that are timeless (thanking someone)."
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Simple Abundance: A Daybook of  Comfort and Joy
7.  Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach
The list author says:
  "A day-by-day guide to re-discovering what the author calls "your authentic self." Includes practical self-discovery exercises designed to awaken memories of who you once wanted to be."
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Romancing the Ordinary
8.  Romancing the Ordinary by Sarah Ban Breathnach
The list author says:
  "A seasonally-organized book full of meditations, ideas, recipes and suggestions for living a sensual (exercising all your senses) life whether you're part of a couple or not."
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It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized (Compass)
9.  It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized (Compass) by Marilyn Paul
The list author says:
  "And it's hard to carry off Renaissance Woman panache if you can't find matching socks, remember dates or return phone calls because you lost the message. This is by far the most valuable book on personal organizing that I've worked through, and I've read a lot of organizing books."
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Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World: Seven Building Blocks for Developing Capable Young People
10.  Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World: Seven Building Blocks for Developing Capable Young People by H. Stephen Glenn
The list author says:
  "If you're a parent and a Renaissance woman, you'll need this book. The ideas are counter to the current "helicopter" parenting style, but they produce competent kids and leave you with some time to yourself."
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Teaching Your Children Life Skills
11.  Teaching Your Children Life Skills by Deborah Drezon Carroll
The list author says:
  "This book will help parents who believe that an important part of parenting involves preparing kids to be responsible, caring and capable adults. Many practical activities that blend adult tasks like grocery shopping with teaching moments for kids."
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Body-for-LIFE for Women: A Woman's Plan for Physical and Mental Transformation
12.  Body-for-LIFE for Women: A Woman's Plan for Physical and Mental Transformation by Pamela Peeke
The list author says:
  "You can't go places if your body won't take you there. This is a solid primer on basic health and fitness at the level you'd need to be a multifaceted Renaissance woman."
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A Beautiful New You: Inspiration and Practical Advice to Transform Your Looks and Your Life-- A Total Makeover Without Cosmetic Surgery
13.  A Beautiful New You: Inspiration and Practical Advice to Transform Your Looks and Your Life-- A Total Makeover Without Cosmetic Surgery by Laura DuPriest
The list author says:
  "The most valuable part of the book may be the first two sections, which focus on spiritual and emotional "makeovers" such as tackling poor self-esteem. If you've let your appearance slide and want to make a comeback, this is a good place to start."
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The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark
14.  The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark by Sera Beak
The list author says:
  "For women who are longing to find their own spirituality but aren't drawn to traditional groups. Beak writes for a young audience but I first read this at 45 and found it relevant."
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Living a Beautiful Life: 500 Ways to Add Elegance, Order, Beauty and Joy to Every Day of Your Life
15.  Living a Beautiful Life: 500 Ways to Add Elegance, Order, Beauty and Joy to Every Day of Your Life by Alexandra Stoddard
The list author says:
  "Actually, this is just one of Stoddard's many books, and every one of them has something to offer the modern Renaissance woman. If you enjoy this one, try "Grace Notes" as well."
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