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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Ill edition (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455502804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455502806
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anna Holmes is an award-winning NYC-based editor, writer and the creator of Jezebel.com. 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.

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 Jezebel.com, 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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This is a Great and fun book!
Jessica Darsey
The fresh and sometimes funny definitions in this encyclopedia make it interesting enough that I'm reading it straight through!
Virginia DeBolt
If you rely on this to fill in the gaps you'll be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MLE on 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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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Isi Modeste on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karalynn on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RynReader on February 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noelle on November 15, 2013
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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 By Ruth Ann Harnisch on 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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50 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Marie Drewing on October 22, 2013
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Which is why the halfwits hate it. I expect to see a lot of reviews that boil down to, "Womenz cain't be smarter than us white christuhn males!"

Buy the book and metaphorically kick a misogynist in his baby maker. It's so worth it!
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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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