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The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things [Kindle Edition]

Anna Holmes , Kate Harding , Amanda Hess
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From, the popular website for women, comes a must-read encyclopedic guide to pop culture, feminism, fashion, sex, and much more.

Within months of Jezebel's May 2007 appearance on the new media scene, fans of the blog began referring to themselves as "Jezzies" in comment threads and organizing reader meet-ups in cities all over the world. By 2008, the devotion of the self-appointed Jezzies reached such a fever pitch that the New York Times ran a feature story about them and parody blogs and copycat websites began popping up right and left.

With contributions from the writers and creatives who give the site its distinctive tone and broad influence, THE BOOK OF JEZEBEL is an encyclopedia of everything important to the modern woman. Running the gamut from Abzug, Bella and Baby-sitters Club, The to Xena, Yogurt, and Zits, and filled with entertaining sidebars and arresting images, this is a must-read for the modern woman.

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About the Author

Anna Holmes is an award-winning NYC-based editor, writer and the creator of She has contributed to numerous publications including the Washington Post, Glamour, Entertainment Weekly, Salon, the New Yorker online, and the New York Times, where she is currently a columnist for the Sunday Book Review. Her first book, Hell Hath No Fury: Women's Letters From the End of the Affair, was published in 2002 and she has appeared on such media outlets as NPR's "All Things Considered" and "The Takeaway," NBC's "The Today Show" and CNN's "Reliable Sources." Her Twitter feed (@AnnaHolmes) was named one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013 by Time Magazine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 33025 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Ill edition (October 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFHFO72
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart, funny, and thought provoking November 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book as an ARC through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Fun, funny, and informative. I found myself really interested in finding out more about the men, and women I had never heard of, and seeing different perspectives on people I thought I knew. I liked how unflinching some of the articles on some of the different people were, and they didn't avoid looking at the more negative attitudes, and judgments of many of them. Pretty sad how many older feminist leaders seem to be deeply transphobic. I did like the breadth of women and men included. They seemed to do a good job including important, and less well known figures from all groups without having anyone feel included just to be included.

They tried very hard to keep an open mind, but there were places that I felt were a bit disappointing. I didn't like some of the dismissive, and almost patronizing attitude they seemed to have towards Pagans and Wiccans. They are not all flaky Goddess worshippers or Hippies (that really shouldn't be a pejorative term), and it's pretty sad to see a book like this falling for those outdated stereotypes. I also didn't like the generalizations of "white women". Making blanket statements about any race should be unacceptable, and white women are no more a homogeneous group than any other race of women. I wouldn't make such a statement about another race of women, and it would be nice to receive the same courtesy in return. I did like the refusal to fat shame, and the respect shown to women of all sexualities, and gender expressions, and the attention focused on racism (except for that one small issues), and classism.

Overall a well researched, interesting book on a diverse range of people, and ideas. Both funny, and thought provoking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE... THIS... BOOK... November 1, 2013
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I heard a review with the author on NPR and knew it would be the perfect present for my wife. Little did I know I would get quite a kick out of it as well. Like any encyclopedia it gives brief explanations of everything. Unlike most encyclopedias, it is hilarious!

The book is great for coffee tables, although may not be appropriate when kids are present, (read: it's awesome!)
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff October 25, 2013
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Smart and sassy. I bought this for myself and within a few minutes of flipping pages I decided to buy at least another as a gift for a lady friend and her little girl. I hope they update this book periodically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars <3 You, Jeze November 15, 2013
By Noelle
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<3 Jezebel and everything it stands for. I plan to read from the book of Jezebel at my next two holiday meals :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Leave Home Without It November 14, 2013
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I bought the gorgeous hard copy and the Kindle version so I can have it at hand.
Yes, it's that good.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More "mean girls" than "girl power" February 7, 2014
I sometimes find sardonic humor amusing,but I quickly grew tired of the negativity in this book.

Nearly every reference to motherhood had a glib and mean-spirited "definition". References to feminism are basically rants on stereotypes and what "other" people define it as.

There were a lot of opportunities to write smart, positive, insightful views on women here. Instead, this book is so glib and negative that it just came off as crap written by angry girls inexperienced in life. Too bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very funny & entertaining! July 4, 2014
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extremely entertaining, even for men! give one to your sister or wife.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jezebel is swell April 9, 2014
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Really, I can't believe how reasonably priced this informative and witty book is. I would expect to pay a lot more for it. Very fun book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Should be a 4, maybe a 5, but for 2 reasons it gets a one.
This is actually an interesting book, and I really should award it four stars, possibly even five. However, it falls short in two areas, small yet so significant areas that it gets... Read more
Published 2 months ago by demarion
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
What were the Jezebel writers thinking? This book was just strange. Maybe I would have liked it better if I knew it actually read like an encyclopedia and not a real book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SS
4.0 out of 5 stars Another husband who bought it for wife and liked it too.
This is an informative, reasonably well researched take on a voluminous number of people and historic trends of interest and import to feminists and other liberated women, and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Art B in Nor Cal
5.0 out of 5 stars What a hoot!
An excellent choice for all the girls in your life, or women, or womyn! This is a fun "dip in and dip out" book that you don't have to read all in one setting--almost like... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Catherine S. Vodrey
1.0 out of 5 stars Faux-sardonic crap...
A LITTLE learning is a dangerous thing. If you rely on this to fill in the gaps you'll be disappointed. Is it possible that a book can actually make you dumber?! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sigrid Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great book, gave as a gift as well. Will keep an eye out for future Jezebel publications to buy and add to the collection.
Published 7 months ago by Joshua Ortiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fast service and a great price!
Birthday gift for my daughter looks interesting. Heard the interview with the author -can't wait to read this book. Thanks
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Shopper
1.0 out of 5 stars Misandrists
Feminism has ruined women. Do yourself a favor ladies: take this book and burn it. It will do none of you any good.
Published 8 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady things
Certainly not a deep read but fun and entertaining. Short stories about all kinds of lady things, good and some a little naughty
Published 8 months ago by barcelona
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book on all things female
This got some good reviews on a TV show. I gave it as gifts to girl friends and got one for myself. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Hester
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More About the Author

Anna Holmes is a NYC-based writer and editor whose work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, NY Magazine, Glamour, Sports Illustrated and Entertainment Weekly. Her first book, Hell Hath No Fury: Women's Letters from the End of the Affair, was published in 2002. In 2007 she founded the very popular women's website, which she oversaw until July 2010. Her second book, The Book of Jezebel, will be published by Grand Central Publishing on October 22, 2013. When not reading or writing (or stressing about not reading or writing), she indulges her interests in baseball, politics, animals, food, the outdoors, yoga, film, and sleep.


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