From Publishers Weekly
"Type A good girls" are the intended audience for this energetic but disjointed rumination on the transformative power of time off. Once a CEO of an advertising agency, Quinlan took a life-changing five-week break and then promptly started her own consulting company. Encouraging women not to bury personal happiness under career success, she offers anecdotes from 37 women who had similar time-off epiphanies, worksheets designed to spur readers to action (e.g., "Working Too Hard? Feeling the Burn?") and her own bubbly advice. For readers unable to quit or take long breaks, she suggests angling for flexible hours at work. She also recommends that her readers "develop a financial plan with an advisor and update it every year." Quinlan's cheerleading tone would work brilliantly in an auditorium, and the examples she draws from her own life are enlightening. But a cutesy tone (the term "good girl" appears on nearly every page) and a tendency to gloss over the nitty-gritty of life changes (just how did
Isa quit her job to found her own fire dancing studio?) makes this more an inspirational text than a guide.
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Quinlan (Just Ask a Woman
, 2003) is all about work burnout among women, yet statistic after statistic (for instance, in 2003, employers recorded $21 billion in unused vacation days) moves her thesis to higher levels. She sticks to her guns, though, by profiling 37 women who have quit, taken a sabbatical, or transitioned into new jobs and new lives, plus she generously hands readers the tools (e.g., end-of-chapter questionnaires) to do the same. Much of her book is psycho-prescriptive, targeting the so-called type A "good girls" who take care of others but not themselves. Profiling complete, she adds diagnosis and remedies with specific steps to be taken with employees and selves. But will anyone truly listen? Barbara JacobsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved