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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 55291 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Ill edition (October 22, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFHFO72
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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or Hippies (that really shouldn't be a pejorative term), and it's pretty sad to see a book like this falling for those outdated stereotypes.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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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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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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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 an actual encyclopedia. It's by no means complete, but it's a fun addition to any library and an intriguing and often very, very funny read.
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This got some good reviews on a TV show. I gave it as gifts to girl friends and got one for myself. Nice coffee table book and fun to pick up and peruse on a down day or w a glass of wine in the evening...fun and funny!
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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 hopefully of interest to men who appreciate those kinds of women as well.My wife enjoyed it, but maybe I enjoyed it more than she did. More funny than angry, though definitely barbed humor. But when you are talking about people like Donald Trump or Rush Limbaugh, a little anger, feminist or other, seems appropriate.

One somewhat annoying weakness is the author apparent tin ear for music. Perhaps that is why she conflates having musical talent, selling a lot of records, and coping an attitude..A musical composer and arranger as influential and creative as Emmy Lou Harris, for example, is dissed as being mainly a "duet partner" in a brief smurky writeup, while way too many punk rock figures are treated as musical geniuses. And Joni Mitchell's pop hits such as "Free Man in Paris" are classified as "folk music" by a "folksinger. So in other words, this is fun sociology, but not always an accurate guide to which women made major contributions to creative fields,at least for the field of music.

But that is a minor fault. Overall, this book does a good job in capturing the cultural context of past and present political and literary figures of merit,And the deadly serious definition of "postfeminist" is something to savor. We both liked this book, though we both thought the author would likely be able to do a better job with historical contexts when she gets a little older and has more history of her own. But right now this is very entertaining, never boring, often incite-full and maybe important counterbalance to conventional and academic history's "big man" fetish.
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This is a great book if you have a friend who's a hardcore feminist or just enjoys talking about the ridiculousness of the world around her. The photos are good quality, the captions are funny, and it'll be a fun coffee table book to flip through.
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By SS on April 24, 2014
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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. I didn't enjoy reading in this format. Try again, Jezebel! Please!
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