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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Polka Dot Press (April 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598691724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598691726
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lisa Steadman, known as The Relationship Journalist(tm), studies breakups, dating, and relationships for a living. Her writing has appeared on iVillage.com, TangoMag.com, and MSN. true-life tales of how breaking up with the wrong person is the right thing to do. Lisa has also been featured on numerous radio and television shows espousing the positive side of breaking up. Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, whom she met after successfully surviving her Big Breakup, using the tips and techniques she shares in this book.

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Internationally acclaimed TV and radio personality. Sought after speaker. Multiple best selling author. Breakup expert. Change agent for women.

Lisa Steadman has been called many things. But by far, her most proud title is Work In Progress. Irreverent, refreshingly real, and oh so engaging, Lisa's Dream + Do approach to living a life on fire and on purpose allows her to authentically vibe with her tribe - on social media as well as on stage, on screen, or on the page.

Lisa's innate talents as a writer, brand connoisseur, and voice for women ready to live on fire and on purpose make her a highly sought after talent in the entertainment industry, on stages and screens around the world, and among the entrepreneurial set.

Lisa's regularly tapped to work on reality TV concepts and shows, lend her relationship expertise to scripted shows and romantic comedies, and she even has a stable of her own original content that's currently in development.

A frequent media contributor, Lisa has appeared on The Today Show, The Tyra Banks Show, KTLA Morning News, iVillage Live, The Fran Drescher Show, Playboy Radio, and New Zealand's Good Morning. She regularly contributes content to popular websites including The Huffington Post, MSN, Yahoo Shine, EHarmony, and YourTango.

For more on Lisa, visit http://lisasteadman.com

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Read this book and follow the author's advice.
Christina Rowe
You'll find guidance for the phases of breakup, from "Woe is Me" to "Kicking the Habit"... "Movin' On", and then learning to live and LOVE your life.
Dana Hall
If you read this book I reassure you that you will not need anything else but THIS BOOK!
Diane

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diane on July 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
I can go on & on & on about this book! I am still recommending this book from two years ago when it felt like MY BIG BREAKUP!! Was dating someone for almost a year. My instincts where SO right on TARGET! I considered this guy my best friend and GREATEST lover of my life! He wasn't getting divorce, and was caring a relationship with his co-worker who also happened to worked down the plaza from him and i believe theres more females.I wanted to crawl into a hole and die!! Make a long story short, Im a stronger person today and "she" is still dating him! I could not put this book down! I didnt have the "booho friends" to surround myself with but this book alone was the only thing that gave me a good night sleep, empowered, build my confidence, gave me hope that I was going to get though it!!It was basically pasted to me because I didn't have the strength to deal with this hurt myself!I had to read this book on my lunch break because I was crying in my car b/c that was the ONLy time I could show any emotion regarding this due to working and having to put a fake smile on my face!You know what I mean! If you read this book I reassure you that you will not need anything else but THIS BOOK! As a matter of fact, when the jerk still tries to contact me,..i have referred back to this book as my crutch and to remind myself that I am a diamond and I SO didnt deserve what i got in return! This book has humor in it but right on target and too the point and it doesn't beat around the bush!!Lisa personality,caring, wisdom just shines though her book! And for the cherry on this cake, Lisa is just as genuine and loving as her book! I had the GREAT opportunity to personally say thank you to her. Its SO refreshing to know that your getting a great book BUT also a GREAT person/author BEHIND this book! Buy it and read it,..it will change your life & you will feel empowered!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By maryannboca@hotmail.com on May 11, 2013
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I bought several books to help me deal with a break up. The most important thing I came away with from this book is the "No Contact Rule." It makes perfect sense but it's so hard to do when you don't have closure. So make your own closure without contact. The way I look at it is like this. If you have a cut, you don't keep peeling off the scab to see how it's healing. You already know that nature is going to take care of it without your intrusion. So have a little trust and faith in the power of nature and time. The author says the only way over a breakup is to get through it and move on. You need a "Boo-Hoo Crew" to be there for you. And girls, never forget these true friends once you are over the break up. This book is funny and I find that humor heals.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on December 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you tend to endure a breakup holed up in your room in comfy PJs, then getAbstract recommends that you place this survival guide next to your chick flick DVDs, high-priced chocolates and box of tissues. This girl-power book by Lisa Steadman, nicknamed "The Relationship Journalist," reads like a long "You go, girl!" exclamation. Steadman explains that you can use the "big breakup" experience to become more fabulous than before you met Mr. Wrong. All it takes is a little fortitude and a lot of self-focused behavior. If you want to indulge in a cryfest, a new pair of boots or a bit of spoiling by mom, Steadman says, "Do it!" The goal, however, is to emerge from your breakup with a better understanding of what you need and want and how to make it happen. Use your breakup as a vehicle to learn about yourself and embrace your single status as an opportunity to make valuable changes. One gentle caution: Steadman's basic intent is to offer a good laugh, some female bonding and a warm hug, not a serious, therapeutic method of overcoming a trauma.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katie Schaeffer on September 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a great girl-power type book for anyone struggling with a breakup. This was definitely not "the big one" for me, but I had a few lessons I needed to learn; a few patterns I need to break, and I think this helped.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Mackenzie on August 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
Recently, I had the really big big one---the break up that tore my heart apart. Stocked full of deception, betrayal and more drama that a mini series, I was at my darkest moment when I came upon Lisa's book. From the very first page saying 'Congratulations!' on my breakup, I was hooked. I never really thought of my horrible experience as an opportunity to turn my life around, but it really is! Lisa's charming and funny narrative and working points truly helped heal my soul. I'm having my Movin' On Party' soon and look forward to a happy, healthy heart--ready for a good man to enter next time!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Regular guy on September 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up at a secondhand book store while looking for a self-help/relationship resource.

I was really, really put off by the sexist, narrow, male bashing tone of this book right from the start. I'm not sure what this author's qualifications are, but she seems to have a poor understanding of half the population (Men.) The author's bio on the back says that she is a "Relationship Journalist"TM. WTF is that? What does that even mean?

I wouldn't have bothered to even write a review but this book is plain irresponsible and the advice is terrible. Rather than taking a balanced approach that pulls both sides into the equation and tries to help PEOPLE (not just women or men) make sense of a failed or failing relationship, this book tells readers (female) that men are basically chumps and to eat a bunch of cookie dough for a few weeks and hang out with your "Sisters" (girlfriends.)

What a waste of a tree.
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