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Simply Irresistible: Unleash Your Inner Siren and Mesmerize Any Man, with Help from the Most Famous--and Infamous--Women in History Paperback – December 25, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (December 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076242673X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762426737
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...an irresistible read. Highly recommended for all libraries in preparation for Valentine's Day 2008." -- Library Journal, November 15, 2007

"Ellen T. White's ravishing recap of the world's heartbreakers, provides portraits of women who knew how to work it (and a few who are still at it)... Dashing, fun and informative, the book is an spirit-lifting tonic for any woman with a case of the gravity blahs." -- New York Times Sunday Styles, December 30, 2007

"The allure of various world-class femme fatales -- Cleopatra, Jackie O, Camilla Parker Bowles, Angelina Jolie -- is dissected in this delectable book." -- USA Today, 1/31/2008

About the Author

Ellen T. White discovered her siren power at age 17 when two men fought each other for the chance to take her home. She works as the managing editor of the New York Public Library and has also worked as theater critic for The New Haven Register, as a cultural writer and editor for numerous publications, and as founder of her own underground comic newsletter for “the ironic and unattached.” She lives in New York City. She is a Companion Siren with Competitor overtones.

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I had so much fun reading this book.
Lis
Through reading this book you will feel that you are unique and a special person completely capable of finding and holding that special person in your life.
Stephanie Manley
Ellen T. White, writing in a lively and invigorating style, divided the book into two sections: Finding Your Inner Siren and Personalizing Your Appeal.
Gene Berger

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By nodice on March 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
After reading this book I feel my siren skills needs some much brushing up. This is was a fun and enjoyable read. I tore into it and finished it within 2 days. All the women selected were fasinating case studies and there is definitely something to be said about becoming an unique or an irresistable woman. One thing that has often been repeated to me by my male friends that it is often a woman's attitude and or confidence that capture their attention and I think much of that is reflected in this book. Highly, highly recommended.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Lana on January 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is beautiful and so much fun to read. I found it enchanting, sophisticated, and very savvy when talking about these fabulous women. Unlike all those wordy thesis' about men are from Mars, etc., the author makes all her big, important points without psychoanalytic pretentions and gets to the heart of the matter much more quickly and succinctly. It's the first book that made me want to play the "game".
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67 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Orchidamrita212 on April 29, 2008
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If you would like a more accurate and in depth look at "sirens" in history, I recommend Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love Past that, I have a problem with female self-help writers who offer the questionable examples of Wallis Simpson, Pamela Harriman and Mata Hari as paragons to be learned from. Wallis never did anything with her talents or gifts and was basically a gilded nursemaid and nanny to a royal wimp-(by the way, they were both Nazi sympathizers), Pamela-who described herself as a "backroom girl" who "didn't even particularly enjoy going to bed with men" was, more often than not, on the receiving end of much emotional abuse from the difficult men she played submissive geisha to- who also either returned to their wives or/and were unfaithful to her, and Mata Hari, according to Prioleau: "slept with faceless soldiers for peanuts, and concocted her secret agent yarn to get attention and improve business...(she)fooled nobody and cooperated fully in the national witch-hunt for women who renounced domestic responsibilities. During the war(WW1),with the combined threat of women in the workplace and the need for maternal succor and sacrifice, antidomestic sirens involved in politics were targeted as spies and demonized. Hence the myth of the double agent ball breaker in black satin." "She was eaten alive by every man in her path...her true love jilted her...")She was caught in the knots of her own clumsy lies and "hired a lawyer with no experience and blundered her way into a death sentence.Read more ›
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Archer on January 5, 2008
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From the get-go this book made me laugh and was full of surprising, even startling, insights that chipped away at my (I suppose) hardened perspectives. The historical examples are entertaining, educational -- some even shocking -- but we also get the author's funny personal examples, which I especially loved. The author gives pointers like a wise and successful girlfriend who cares and can see things you don't. I gave a copy to a friend at work (it's a gorgeous gift) who reported back: "It's like a Bible."
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mockingbird on December 22, 2010
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I enjoyed the book from a writer's standpoint--it does provide some good archetypal insights for authors working on the portrayal of courtesans or femme fatales in general. These are not necessarily 'good' characters to be admired--but they are to be interesting, sexy, and dimensional. So, given that I got this book primarily for inspiration on that front, it fulfilled its purpose.
However, I did hope that there might be some insights into romance on a personal level--nice ideas of things to do, etc. Some depth, perhaps. There was a lack of that in this book. And, in its defense, it doesn't pretend otherwise--it simply is what it is. If you are willing to act, to play games, to stylize your persona in order to seduce someone, then the advice would be useful. Otherwise, I don't think there's much you can take away from it and still be authentic. It calls for you to put on a visage, a mask of some 'divine feminine' icon. But one thing that all of these women had in common was that they all were adulterous, (and my take on it is along the lines of 'waste not, want not'--why do you want more than you need? Especially where men are concerned) and that seemed to be the ideal, the standard, that the book was setting up as what the ideal seductress might aspire to.
I guess that's probably a given to some people. I just had it in mind to seduce my one main squeeze, to do it authentically, being myself--not subscribing to some other temptress' methods of game-playing.
Note, however, that the overall timbre of this book seems to me rather whimsical and flippant--it is nicely put together with inspirational quotes about love here and there, and the overall layout of the book is well thought-out.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lee Mellott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Ellen T. White has scored with her lovely book "Simply Irresistible". The 264 page book is both a pleasure to look at and read. White begins by helping the reader identify their inner siren. The classic sirens are: Goddess, Companion, Sex Kitten, Competitor, and Mother. She uses a famous women in history as a case study to illustrate each. Marilyn Monroe, for example, is a classic Sex Kitten. White describes the behavior, clothes, attitude etc. Marilyn used to captivate her male audience that are typical of the "Sex Kitten" siren.

After you have identified your style, White suggests you personalize your style and make it your own. She gives more case studies of women who have magnetized with their unique traits. Tips on putting your best foot forward, building your power base, making yourself so unforgettable....

The allure of many well known and lesser known women throughout history is covered. Jackie Kennedy Onasis, Coco Chanel, Cleopatra, Clare Booth Luce, Zelda Fitzgerald, Camilla Bowles and many others.

Interspersed throughout the book are beautiful photos and illustrations. An index and resource section are included at the back.

Lovely read!

~ Lee Mellott
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