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?"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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)."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."