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Product Details

  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Specialty Press/A.D.D. Warehouse (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886941599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886941595
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A treasure trove for every woman with AD/HD....a labor of love...I highly recommend it. -- ADDitude Magazine, February 2005, Reviewed by Christine Adamec, Author of Moms with ADD

About the Author

Terry Matlen, M.S.W., has been an advocate for those with AD/HD for more than a dozen years. She is the leader of AD/HD support groups, the editor of the web site on AD/HD, www.ADDconsults.com, an author of articles on AD/HD, a sought-after speaker at conferences, and former member of the board of directors of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association. She lives in Birmingham, Michigan.

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Customer Reviews

The tips each have a little heading that say what they are.
E. Kerby
At the back of the book, Terry also includes many resources, in print and on the web, and I am finding many of them to be very useful.
KCM
I really like that this book is full of tips that people have TRIED and found to work for them.
J.Tanne

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

491 of 538 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Addict on November 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was disappointed when I received this book from amazon.com. Judging by the mostly glowing reviews, I had high expectations. However, I found the format to be a big distraction. Basically, the entire book is a composition of 1-paragraph tips from other women (not the author) on a particular subject. It's like reading a whole book of Hints from Heloise, one after the other with no connective matter.

Furthermore, many of the tips were just downright silly or unrealistic. For example, under "Meal Planning" tip #17 reads: "Buy large quantities of a side dish you like and make that the main dish. Instead of one box of mac and cheese, buy four. Add a salad or cut veggies and you're set." Tip #18: "Have an appetizer dinner: buy cocktail hotdogs in a crust (in the freezer department), Tater Tots, and if you're really feeling adventurous, slice some fruit and thread it onto skewers." I mean, really, does the author expect us to feed our families this way? My husband would divorce me (and rightfully so). Tip #19: "Cook large meals and freeze leftovers in one-servng containers." Gee, never heard that one before!

Last but not least, the photo of the book cover led me to believe that I was getting a spiral-bound softcover book with color-coded divider tabs. Not so. Turns out that it's just a regular paperback book with a cover art design that looks like spirals and tabs. The real thing is nothing of the sort, but it would be a big improvement to the overall organization of the book.

I will be returning this one. It's too scattered and choppy to be useful for me. A better reference I found is "Organizing from the Right Side of the Brain" by Lee Silber.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Purple Recluse on January 28, 2007
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Like a few of the reviewers have already mentioned, I thought that the book would be spiral bound with tabs. It's not - it's just a paperback book.

1. The author wrote very little and mostly compiled suggestions from women with ADD.

2. There are too many chapters to keep track of.

3. The suggestions are vaguely grouped, but not particularly well. There are a number of repeat suggestions. I had to take notes outside the book or I'd never be able to find the useful hints.

Like most of the women-oriented ADD books, the "women" oriented material is really "mother" or "home-maker" material. This is particularly complicated by the fact that the quotes aren't organized at all, so I get suggestions about how many hours a day I should spend cleaning the various locations in my house when I only have 8 hours available outside of work. Plenty of women are mothers but plenty of women aren't.

Read "ADD-Friendly ways to Organize your Life" instead. It's *packed* with useful suggestions, and it's in a very ADD-friendly format. After that, you could try this book.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By clonsheefior on July 5, 2008
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I bet you think from the subtitle that this book is new and different, not just more of the same.

Well, that would be wrong. It is more of the same, so much more, and so much of it useless.

This is very important: the picture of the cover is deceptive. The book is NOT spiral bound, and there are NO tabs. It is a plain old paperback. Very disappointing, and in this case you really can tell a book by it's cover: the contents are at least as disappointing. You'd have to slog through pages of irrelevance to find something useful.

And the tips border on the hilarious: Use rice in water to clean out a baby bottle. This is helpful? Come on, this tip isn't even remotely relevant to an ADDer, in fact it adds to the confusion: by the time you get the box of Uncle Ben's out, you'll be thinking of fried rice and a great Chinese takeout place you know; you'll order in bean curd Hunan style, wolf it down, and when you're cleaning up, hours later, you'll find the baby bottle in the sink, unwashed, and next to the dish drainer will be your unopened box of rice.

And oh, in case you're wondering what to have for dinner next Halloween, did you know you can hand sculpt mashed potatoes into Halloween ghosts? You think I'm kidding, huh? Oh no, it's right there on page 277. And, they suggest, "You can serve it with bat shaped meatloaf (using a cookie cutter)." But only if you can remember why you're going through your cookie cutters in the middle of making dinner while the trick or treaters are banging on your front door.

I suggest you keep it simple. Step 1, do not buy this book. Read the alternative suggestions in the reviews. Browse carefully, very carefully.

PS Note that the top favorable review is written by a woman the author refers to as "my dear friend. . . ." in the acknowledgements, so do take that review with about a lb. of salt.
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful By LottieDa on November 3, 2005
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This is the kind of book most of us with ADD enjoy because it doesn't require us to read through but allows us to jump to the sections that apply to the moment. For that, and the fact there are some great ADD-able recipes, I give it 3 stars. But for anyone looking for a system, or a perspective, or a big-picture, to help their lives flow more easily, this book falls short. This book should be purchased from the bargain-clearance shelf after it's been marked down to under $4.00 or on eBay were others who paid full price are trying to unload them! Only then will you be getting your money's worth.
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