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Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 14, 2010
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“Superb.... Big Girls Don’t Cry is much more than an assemblage of these type of ‘boys on the bus’ campaign anecdotes. As anyone who’s followed Traister’s sharp and lively essays in Salon knows, her particular ‘beat’ is gender. What she does here is tease out the cultural narratives that came to wield so much power during the [2008 presidential] campaign and, finally, in the voting booth.... There’s so much…to be learned and argued over in Big Girls Don’t Cry…. Girls, these days, can not only run for president; they can also brilliantly analyze presidential campaigns, too.”—Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air
“I ended up admiring Traister and loving her book. In its best parts, it is a raw and brave memoir of a journalist who discovered that all is not well for women in America, and a description of how she and other young women are laying claim to their rightful place in the fight. . . . Such a youthful embrace of the women’s work yet to be done is exhilarating—for her generation and for mine.”—Connie Schultz, The Washington Post
“Traister's book masterfully reminds us that we have just lived through a historic moment when a woman, no matter how flawed she was, ‘came within spitting distance,’ of a nomination for president.” —Slate.com
“Rebecca Traister is the most brilliant voice on feminism in this country. I was totally caught up in Big Girls Don’t Cry from the first page, and couldn't believe how much Ms. Traister captured and illuminated a story with which I had thought I was so well versed: the 2008 election. She told it as if for the first time.” —Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird
“Traister is a clear-eyed, whip-smart observer of the political scene, alert to the resurgence of identity politics as well as the recrudescence of feminism that marked the most recent presidential campaign. She has fashioned a remarkably engrossing page-turner of a cultural narrative, one which features outsize characters and unpredictable plot twists. Big Girls Don't Cry is a report on the 2008 election but more importantly it is a report on the way we think now. If you want to understand where we are going as an electoral entity—why Sarah Palin is the folk heroine du jour and why Michelle Obama has domesticated her free-thinking persona—read this book.” —Daphne Merkin, novelist and critic
“The startling intelligence and graceful prose of Rebecca Traister’s coverage of American cultural politics has been one of journalism’s best kept secrets during the past decade. With Big Girls Don’t Cry, she claims her place as heir to the tradition of Mary McCarthy and Joan Didion as she excavates the tectonic changes that lurked below the surface of most election reporting and illuminates events in a manner that will surprise political junkies and casual observers alike.” —Eric Alterman, author of Why We’re Liberals
“In this riveting account of the 2008 election, Rebecca Traister negotiates the shoals of race and gender with exceptional grace and skill and establishes herself as one of the major younger journalists working today.” —Katha Pollitt, poet, essayist, and columnist for The Nation
“Rebecca Traister’s lively, insightful narrative discloses an under-reported layer of the 2008 presidential campaign—and in so doing makes the subject fresh and vital again. An important and disquieting book, but also a pleasure to read.” —Robert Draper, author of Dead Certain
“I didn't know what I didn't know about the 2008 election until reading Rebecca Traister’s smart, entertaining take on it. Well-researched, well-written, provocative, and insightful, BGDC is a high-spirited salute to feminism in its many forms.” —Curtis Sittenfeld, author of American Wife
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As one who was forever changed by the election, I look forward to the discussion which should be started by this book. Unfortunately, as a woman, this book by Rebecca Traister might not receive the same hoopla by the media that accompanied "Game Change" as I fear- we really haven't come that long a way-hope I'm wrong on this one.
Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment, but I have already read a couple of the behind-the-scenes accounts of the election (Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, Renegade: The Making of a President), which were interesting, but ultimately forgettable. Reading Big Girls Don't Cry brought back the most infuriating moments of the year leading up to the election. This isn't the just story of the candidates, it's the story of how the 2008 campaign brought out the still-raw feelings of the women's movement. It's about how on one hand, women are more influential and powerful than we have ever been, but on the other hand, women hold only about 17% of the seats in the House and Senate.
Rebecca Traister recounts that many of her thirty-ish friends who assumed their lefty boyfriends were progressive, found them to be about as traditional as their grandfathers when it came to women's issues. It was a bit unsettling to read that Obama has a habit of calling women reporters "sweetie.Read more ›
My political involvement during the 2008 election was limited to listening to NPR and watching Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. So, I was fairly insulated from the worst of the media sexism and stupidity. This book reminded me that I still need to be paying attention. When we pay attention, we speak out, and that is one thing which wasn't happening enough in 2008.
If there is one thing that I didn't love about this book - it was Traister's occasionally long-winded observations of her own emotional state during the campaign. While I appreciate that sexism, racism and politics are emotional as well as intellectual, and I often felt the same way she did, I enjoyed the concrete examples and historical context much more. Not really a criticism... but an acknowledgement that this book is about a woman's own personal political journey as well as a nation's.Read more ›
And there's enough to make all Americans both sad and angry at those who control our elections and nation. Rebecca Traister's journalist cred is beyond reproach and her writing is not just heavily researched and accurate to a T but written in plain English that does not equivocate or make you work to scrape away excess to get to the meat of the issues. Having finished Big Girls Don't Cry, I've moved on to her newest, All the Single Ladies, which is just as compelling a read.
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Very well researched, so informative, and so relevant for this election even though it's looking at 2008.Published 28 days ago by BB
Written about the 2008 U.S. elections, this book offers a feminist perspective along with keen political commentary. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbara Searles
This is my 2nd Traister book. She is a brilliant researcher / writer who is balanced, appropriately humerous and articulate in expressing her perspectives and opinions.Published 3 months ago by Patricia Sumers
I thought her research was extensive and her writing compelling. Insightful, but sad. Here we go again. Mandatory reading for women.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Will the next election bring us the first woman president? Time will tell, but sexism and women discrimination are still very dominant today. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karen
Explained the trend of decreasing support of American women to modern feminism! Great book!Published 5 months ago by Nina
Yes, that is the Rebecca Traister, the same person who wrote this long essay about bernie bros, talking about sexist “Obama Boys. Read morePublished 6 months ago by d
Easy reading for a nonfiction book. Haven't finished it yet but am enjoying reading her views and experiences.Published 11 months ago by Enid Leshay