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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; 1st American edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802120180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802120182
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stunningly funny."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“'Live as well as you dare' is the marvelous motto of the compendium, The Book for Dangerous Women, an effervescent A-Z filled with wise words and witty anecdotes.”—Easy Living (UK)

“A feisty new guide to getting the most out of life . . . Essential feminine wit and wisdom.” —S Magazine/Sunday Express (UK)

"Celebrates the art of being fabulous and female at fifteen, fifty, and far beyond." —Daily Telegraph (UK)

"A feisty, must-have reference book . . . "—The Record

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CapHill on July 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Here's what my very smart, overly educated, down to earth and rather particular friend said about this book that I picked out for her 50th birthday present:

"I love the book for dangerous women that you gave me. One of my favorite entries is entitled "Down the Rabbit Hole" and goes like this: Sometimes in our overcontrolled and overplanned lives we need to just let things happen to us and the more chaotic, abstract and hallucinatory the better. If, like Alice, you find yourself falling down a rabbit hole, i.e. every intention and expectation you had about your life is being tested and everything you face is about to be transformed, succumb -- in retrospect, the experience will be life-changing.

A bit flip, perhaps, but I love the sense of adventure...."

Just needed to balance out the other review! I picked this book out from a reliable independent book store, The Brewster Bookstore, where I can always count on the buyers/owners to select good stuff. It was in the humor section and that is how I read the parts that caused me to buy it: elements of truth set with tongue & cheek observations.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Betty Who on July 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am over half way through The Book For Dangerous Women and the most immediate thought that comes to mind is that the three women who wrote this book have been scorned, are bitter and completely don't give a rat's hiney if people like them or not. Normally this resonates with me however I find their encouragement of infidelity and downright disregard for parents and children disturbing. Will be the first book in a while I can say I both love and loathe these lyrical lions. There are few redeeming entries, but they do exist.

I mean, I am on page 190, I've given this a good go even after reading their guide to affairs on the fourth page. It's that they keep returning to that topic even when the book has moved on. It's set up alphabetically with perceived witty anecdotes about life for a woman, many of the entries return to this topic.

Maybe this is a British thing, but something tells me even British women respect the fidelity of their relationships.

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, least of all my girls.

To Elizabeth, Sarah-Jane, and Clare - I hope you find some integrity among your little black books.
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