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Get Yours!: How to Have Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More Hardcover – September 25, 2007

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According to journalist and editor Barnett, living out a success trifecta (motherhood, marriage, career) isn't as easy as it looks. Having faced her share of sadness-from death and divorce to dead-end jobs and cheating men-Barrett chronicles her turn from despair to dedication on the path to becoming the first African-American woman to run a major mainstream magazine (recently shuttered Teen People). Eager to share the precepts that govern her productive, gratifying life, Barnett fills this book with sisterly advice; "Realize your value and demand the best" is easily the most pivotal of these tips, which also cover friendship, family, career, style, financial security, personal space, men, creativity and spirituality. Concrete steps point readers toward self-confidence and success: face your fears and "embrace them as a chance for growth" by "composing a list of 10 things that scare you"; keep family close by sending out a newsletter, or devoting one full day a month to them. Unfortunately, clichés outnumber innovative ideas, though personal anecdotes and celebrity Q&As (including Gayle King, Kelly Rowland and Venus Williams) prove revealing and encouraging. A fun, knowing and star-studded guide to success, this self-help is suitable for readers at any stage of life.
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“Amy DuBois Barnett is the best-girlfriend you’ve always wanted in your life: smart, funny and PRACTICAL. Amy’s great advice will show you how you can ‘get yours’—make all the hard work pay off with success on the job and in your life!”
Soledad O’Brien, anchor and special correspondent for CNN: Special Investigations Unit

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; First Edition edition (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767925084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767925082
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Read Me on October 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read this book because my girlfriend was reading it (not usually the kind of book I would seek out, a self-help book for women), but once I started into it, i could not put it down. I secretly kept reading it without my girlfriend's knowledge, putting another book jacket over it, so when out in public people would not wonder why I was so intently reading this book! But now that I have finished it and been quite inspired by Ms. Barnett's story, experience and advice, I am no longer embarassed, rather, i am inspired enough to write a review. The very next day i noticed ways that the book had affected my outlook and some of the everyday choices one makes that affect the future.

thanks for sharing, Ms. Barnett...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Loves to Read on October 10, 2007
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This book is fabulous - fun and entertaining - filled with humour and celebrities...but the core of the book is the kind of solid advice that keeps you nodding your head while you read because you immediately recognize its truth. Right after I finished the last page I went out and bought copies for my friends, I had to share the inspiration!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Happy Reader on September 26, 2007
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So you aren't the type of person that normally buys "self-help" books? Get this one. And one for each of your girlfriends too. As a magazine editor (who has worked at such varied places as Essence, Honey, Teen People and Harper's Bazaar) Amy Barnett writes a book that is so much more than your typical self-help book. Part personal-anecdotes, part celebrity-interviews, part workbook-exercises and tips, and throughout a loving tribute to her late mother, Amy Barnett touches upon themes that all young women, especially women of color, must wrangle with as they search for their place in this world. This book not only guides focus on your life goals but inspires you to live your dreams. "Get Yours!" is a must-read for any woman who wants more from life, so go get YOURS today and be inspired!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glamour817 on June 13, 2012
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This is by far one of the best books I've ever read! Amy is such an enlightening author. Her advise is real and truly heartfelt. She is smart and knows what she is talking about. I was tremendously inspired and motivated after I read this book. I simply can't thank her enough for writing it! I truly recommend it to anyone who simply wants to stop the nonsense and finally start living life to its full potential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily Barnett on October 7, 2007
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Amy Barnett has written a wonderfully readable, smart book to help young women fulfill their potential. She offers fresh perspectives on real life situations and engages the reader with question and answer follow-ups as well as interviews with contemporary women of color who have become role models in their own right. This book is the real deal - written by someone who's been there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Barnett on October 7, 2007
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This book is perfect for young women who want to get what they desire and keep their personal balance. Amy Barnett has wrtten a book that builds on her own experience plus that of the well-known people she interviews. Combine that with clear guidelines for measuring and evaluating progress and this book should be required for women on their way up.
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By bktray on November 17, 2012
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Amy Dubois Barnett has written an amazing book that will inspire and motivate you to get the life that you want and deserve. This is the type of book that you would want to read at least one or twice each year to give you that spark that you need to stay focused on getting what you want out of life. In addition to the inspiring words of wisdom from Amy and a few of her celebrity friends, I loved the quizzes in each section. It was like reading a book and a magazine all at the same time. I would recommend this book to every and anyone. This book is simply wonderful. I think I just may give this book to all of my friends and female coworkers this Christmas. I hope you read it and get inspired like I did.
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By J. Rasbury on August 7, 2012
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This is by far the most inspiring, thoughtful, funny and entertaining book I have read in years! I typically read 8-10 books a year, and most of them are some degree of "self-help." This book was indeed a pleasant surprise; I picked this up at the Dollar Tree for $1 and was not anticipating it to be as good as it was. The book is marketed towards black women, which I didn't even realize until I started reading it; it definitely appeals to ALL women, regardless of their race. She is incredibly talented and the structure of the book was fluid and done in a very organized and sensible fashion. I would highly recommend.
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