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Roar Softly and Carry a Great Lipstick: 28 Women Writers on Life, Sex, and Survival [Paperback]

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The title of this anthology riffs on Teddy Roosevelt's phallocentric motto, "Speak softly, and carry a big stick." Few American women today are interested in cultivating a Teddyesque machismo --- but in Roar Softly, women writers recount witty and poignant tales of modern-day survival, from finding love (and sex) as a single mom to overcoming anorexia to adopting a child. Not only do their stories offer reassurance that no woman is alone in her struggles, but they also suggest better battle strategies --- more womanly battle strategies, if you will --- for those who shrink from the "muscle your way through" approach. As each essay demonstrates, women can overcome the challenges of their lives not only with strength, but also with grace. Contributors include Anne Lamott, Edwidge Danticat, Mary Roach, Elizabeth Fishel, Laura Fraser, and Anneli Rufus.

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 12, 2004
Publisher   New World Library
ISBN  1930722389  
ISBN13  9781930722385  

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Autumn Stephens currently resides in Berkeley, in the state of California. Autumn Stephens was born in 1956.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Essays > General
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > General
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Womens Studies > General

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I can't recommend it enough  Nov 12, 2005
It's a very good book! The quality of writing was really good, and the essays themselves were inspiring in more ways than one. It was a great feeling reading what other women had to say on subjects I myself have confronted. Some of them even sounded the way I did! It is a really good book for women to read, because of all we have in common.
I have recommended it to some men at work, too, and at least one is started to read it. I told him to throw away all his relationship books and start learning the way women perceive and feel. I'm glad to say he's taken me up on it and is also enjoying the book.
Great book!  Aug 29, 2005
These are great short essays. Perfect for a mom to read, since most moms don't have much extra time and it's hard to read a long book. It's hard to put it down.
I'm Not Cheating  Dec 11, 2004
Confession: I'm one of the contributors to this book. But it's still literarily acceptable for me to review it because no one was more surprised than I at the quality of the writing (I speak not of my own here), the diversity of the topics and perspectives, the laughs, the tears. I don't usually read anthologies (although I'd better start, because I'm editing one as we speak) but this one is, how you say, GOOD.
Like a locomotive.  Dec 2, 2004
This book is not an ice cream sandwich.
This book is not a pair of jeans.
This book is not the last ten minutes of your commute to work.

This book is your mother crying when her mother died.
This book is that day with your best friend 22 years ago that still makes you smile and breath hard when you think of it.
This book is that time you laughed so hard your knees buckled.
This book is that time you were nearly killed.

And it takes you there like three feet from a thundering locomotive.
MEOW  Nov 4, 2004
This book is sizzzzlin!!! The title of this book should be Purrrr, Meow, Howl, and Roar Softly because the essays will have you doing just that.

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