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The most recent Sunday strip for Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead, But Gutsy Girls Do has me very tempted to pick that book up.

Anyone read it and have an opinion on it?

I will say I've NEVER had a desire to read Between a Rock and a Hard Place. I've gone hiking up in the area where that hiker got hurt, and the book hits just a bit too close to home for me.
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prcelainophelia
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Time:2006-08-31 09:25 pm (UTC)
I'll admit I haven't read Good Girls, but reading the synopsis and first chapter available on Amazon, I find it pretty insulting. I mean, why is it necessary to either be a people pleaser or not be a people pleaser? Why can't one be both? Sometimes it takes just as many "guts" to be a good, caring, nice person as it does to not. Honestly, White's definition of a "gutsy" girl is simply a, pardon, selfish, self-centered bitch.
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kikishua
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Time:2006-09-01 09:15 pm (UTC)
Haven't read that but because of the Unshelved bookclub I read Scott Westerfeld (first "Uglies" then everything else my library has). And "Stoner and Spaz" by Ron Koertge. And "Tales of Desperaux" by Kate DiCamillo.
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choriamb
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Time:2006-09-02 03:25 pm (UTC)
The author, Kate White (editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine) came to speak at the New Haven Public Library, and a friend picked it up there to give as sort of a joke-gift to another friend. We both ended up reading it, however, and I've recommended it to others since, once esp. to a young co-worker who doesn't know much about feminism and sometimes needs pep-talks about standing up for herself. I can see it being handy for people w/similar character traits as the librarian it was recommended to in the strip.

The book is empowering in the way that many self-help articles in women's magazine's are...an easy read, mainly gives common-sense don't-be-a-doormat sort of advice. I've paraphrased parts of it to girlfriends who feel guilty/reluctant about looking for new jobs, (feeling like the bosses at their old jobs will be insulted,) for example. That sort of tendency is considered classic "good girl" behavior.

I found the book esp. interesting because before going to library school I considered going into publishing, (like the book's author,) but realized that one strike against me there is that I'm prob. too much of a "good girl" to compete happily in the cut-throat environment of magazines. Although people who work at libraries are not usually as competitive as people who work in publishing, (possibly because we're filled with "good girls"?) I still found the book helpful--in a women's magazine advice column sort of way. It's not a deep book, but it's worth a look-through. It might also be interesting for people who are intrigued by the publishing world and "The Devil Wears Prada" to check out, as the Prada book and movie are illustrative of good girl vs. gutsy girl behavior. -T.
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merhawk
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Time:2006-09-13 08:43 pm (UTC)
Hmm.. interesting. I really don't need it as a self-help book, but maybe I'll pick it up anyway.

Thanks!
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