Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in A Dumbed Down World

Book - 2011
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Explains how women can break free from the dumbed-down culture of reality TV and celebrity obsession and instead learn to think for themselves and live an intellectual life.
Publisher: New York : Vanguard Press, 2011
ISBN: 9781593156596
Branch Call Number: 158.1082 B6233T 2011
Characteristics: vii, 277 p. ; 25 cm


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Nov 06, 2017

I don't understand what all the hoopla is about this book. I felt like I was reading a book on politics, history, and a bio more so than a book on how to think.

Chapter 1 was interesting. Chapters 2 and 3: politics and history and I just skimmed these chapters (bla, bla, bla, bla). Chapter 4, and ironically the last chapter, was more related to the title of the book.

In my opinion, not worth it.

Aug 29, 2015

I'm not usually one for self-help type books, but this is one every woman should read. In fact, I can even think of a number of men who'd benefit from reading this book. I particularly enjoyed her chapter on how much more time we'd have if we STOPPED CLEANING, as well as her argument that life's too short (and there are too many great books) to waste time forcing ourselves to finish bad books. Thanks Lisa for the pep talk, I've passed it along to many others.

Oct 27, 2011

Garbage in =Garbage out. It's a simple idea. Women spend some much time worry about how much junk food they eat but not junk news or junk books. Lisa Bloom challenges you to read more and better material. She also talks about creating time for yourself, which everyone can use in their life.

debwalker Aug 31, 2011

How can women achieve balance in their lives when the media and so-called culture celebrate the shallow and the self-absorbed? Bloom combines big ideas and down-to-earth suggestions for how we can take back control and find more time to think, suggesting, for example "that we stop reading tabloids and “read, read constantly, read the good stuff, read promiscuously … then read some more.” She provides a recommended reading list and urges us to “cross-read.” That is, pick up books that challenge our points of view."
Joanne Guidoccio
Globe and Mail
August 30 2011


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