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Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World Paperback – April 3, 2012
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First, some of the solutions were clever and very practical. "Cross-reading," that is, reading something you disagree with or is written from a viewpoint other than your own is terrific advice. I will try to pick up an occasional one of those. The book reads well, and I enjoyed her personal passages about her grandmother, mother and father. We'd all do well to think about the origins of our world view. Another major point we are in agreement over is that the media does not cover important issues adequately. The insipid and banal stories some mainstream news outlets serve up should make the editors blush.
The aspects I am not on board with follow: First, the breathless tone of some of the statements remind me of Wolf Blitzer jazzing you up with excitement with that piercing disaster-reporting tone. Usually after he has your ear, you realize he is talking about something quite mundane. Second, Bloom's statement about how only beautiful people get friends and get ahead in this society does not ring true to me. I just tossed the barely-used tube of lipstick I bought when I got married over thirty years ago. I don't wear makeup and am only dimly aware of current fashion. I have never lacked for friends or been passed over for a promotion. One should be clean and tidy, yes, but wear makeup and have plastic surgery? That is overstatement. Finally, I fail to see the harm in watching reality tv. It is not my cup of tea, but, like the weather, it gives afficionados something to discuss and therefore provides social lubrication.Read more ›
Then her solution -- READ -- which we do [I bought your book!]. And her solution if you don't have time to read: "don't do housework, cook simply, enforce bedtime..." Really!?! I spent $10 for this. I think the only person benefiting from this book is Ms. Bloom herself.
One of her rules is "if you find a book you don't like -- put it down!" That is exactly what I did. Also, I have never posted a review on Amazon and find myself doing so tonight to save all you other smart women and mothers from making the same mistake.
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This is just a bunch of nonsense--I think she must have written it to make money. I threw it out!Published 21 days ago by Shar Tom
This was very empowering and I basically forced my mother and sister to read this as well. Think actually makes you think, about everything that has to do with being a woman and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MegV
If you're interested in reading liberal rants and complaints with little or no solutions-- this is your book! I was completely disappointed and offended. Read morePublished 3 months ago by kmurr
I don't understand how this book has gotten a single poor review. It is so good! There is so much good information, and her way of writing is enjoyable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kailyn Sanders
Great book to get you to start questioning things. I would recommend for both men and womenPublished 7 months ago by Inaia R. Phoenix
Thank you Lisa Bloom! Great commentary on the dumbing down of today's women and girls and how to stay sharp.Published 8 months ago by n.beth