Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female

Becoming Myself Reflections on Growing Up Female The women in this collection were asked simply to recall a significant memory of growing up female They responded generously with intimate stories of their lives Instead of the superficial prepacka

  • Title: Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female
  • Author: Willa Shalit Maya Angelou Lisa Bernhard Sylvia Boorstein Carol Channing Gloria Feldt Jyl Lynn Felman Sally Fisher
  • ISBN: 9781401308957
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • The women in this collection were asked, simply, to recall a significant memory of growing up female They responded generously, with intimate stories of their lives Instead of the superficial prepackaged blurbs of TV sound bites and press releases, they told stories from their hearts they told secrets never spoken before They revealed themselves through stories of per The women in this collection were asked, simply, to recall a significant memory of growing up female They responded generously, with intimate stories of their lives Instead of the superficial prepackaged blurbs of TV sound bites and press releases, they told stories from their hearts they told secrets never spoken before They revealed themselves through stories of personal confusion and discovery, pain and overcoming, rejection and celebration From Willa Shalit s IntroductionThe stories shared by these sixty seven remarkable women writers, actors, musicians, journalists, activists include Kate Winslet on the media s eagerness to distort women s images Zane on her belief in a woman s right to satisfaction Lillian Vernon on being a trailblazing entrepreneur J.K Rowling on the transformation wrought by giving birth.Filled with sparkling insights and powerful reflections, Becoming Myself is a gift for every woman.Contributors Taina Bien AimeMaya AngelouLisa BernhardSylvia BoorsteinCarol Moseley BraunCarol ChanningGloria FeldtJyl Lynn FelmanSally FisherAnne GlauberCarole L GlickfeldLynn GoldsmithLisa Gay HamiltonKitty Carlisle HartEsther HautzigEva HoffmanHelen HuntJanis IanRegina KingPatti LaBelleSuzanne MalveauxMargaret Hilary MarshallMarlee MatlinRue McClanahanMartha McPheeEnrique MercadoKate MichelmanLesl a NewmanJoyce Carol OatesTawni O DellTatum O NealSuze OrmanJ.K RowlingRuth Knafo SettonBrooke ShieldsJamie Lynn SiglerBeverly SillsEsta SolerSuzanne SomersKate SpadeSusan StambergJulia StilesLuisah TeishLily TomlinNina TotenbergLillian VernonCora WeissVanessa WilliamsKate WinsletJudy WoodruffJudy Martin Zane

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    1. This review, although it may not be the most eloquent, it shall be the most beautiful and touching you have read in years. (just like the womans full figure). But it shall be in poem format, so PREPARE YOURSELF.Growing up female, hard may it beIs an experience that may never come freeWe may struggle to live in a world of "perfection"But in fact this perfection in nothing more than deception.Every day people fake who they arePretend they are smart, better by far.But everyone knows that this is ju [...]

    2. Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female is an interesting read. It is entertaining and uplifting with stories from famous and infamous women. These women talk of everything from first period to domestic violence. I disagree with some of the analysis these women give. Growing up female means something different and manifests in different ways. Recently, several of my friends and I were discussing when we figured out we were feminists. I always knew; I always knew that I was equal with b [...]

    3. The variety of essays that make up this book makes it a difficult book to review. Some are better than others, but of course which ones are "better" will likely change drastically from reader to reader.I think of this book as being aimed at maybe the 16-20 age group, and I think my reaction would have been more positive overall if I had read it when I was younger. I did, however, find it interesting to read the essays and respond to them as I do now but also think about how I would have responde [...]

    4. This is one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. As an 18 year old, I was unsure that the 'reflections' in the book would be useful for the period of my life I am currently at, but it is very well written and all of the reflections were touching, motivational and inspiring.All too often men and even women put everything down to gender: I'm a female; I'll cook, I'm a male; I'll work. It shouldn't be like that. I definitely recommend this book to those seeking inspiration and advice.

    5. there are a few decent bits of female wisdom in there, but there are more about simply growing up. we all know that everyone has different experiences throughout life, and this book highlights some from these various women. it is interesting overall, but it is limited as the stories are trying to be really profound and end up covering too much ground and going all over the place if you are seeking pure feminine wisdom i think there are better sources.

    6. A collection of essays, some with very little words, none of any real length, which lightly touch individual experiences of growing up female. The majority are American women and I'm glad I had my tablet to look up detailed biographies.All women have a fairly high profile and I'm not sure how they were selected. Many were in the media so likely that the editor Willa Shalit had easy access to these women.Overall I did not feel that there was very much insight to be gleaned. I didn't really feel l [...]

    7. This is a great travel companion sort of book because it's easy to dip into and out of the short essays on being female. I especially appreciated the wide range of people's stories--famous women and more 'normal' everyday women. This was another Washington, DC Airbnb bookshelf read. My favorite aspect of staying at random Airbnbs is getting to dig into their 'leftover' books.

    8. The book collects written pieces by different famous women who have had the courage to embark on a self-accepting & feminine-embracing journey. Women like Maya Angelou, Meryl Steep have insightful words & wise teachings that I can still recall years after reading the book. Again, it looks at womanhood or becoming yourself from a Western/American perspective.

    9. With such a variety of women and experiences, the passages range from just okay to excellent. I would recommend it to any woman because there are passages for everyone. I probably read this over a year total just reading a couple essays/statements at a time and is served its purpose of reminding me of female strength throughout.

    10. A great read. As a man I find that the more I listen to women's descriptions of their life's experiences ,the more I give myself space to perceive my own experiences with a greater sense of grace,patience and compassion-which ultimately gives me more depth and character and integrity as a man#timewellspent

    11. I picked this up at a used book store seeing as I'm always searching for that perfect feminist book :) I enjoyed this one. The collection of writings is provided by a wide variety of women from all walks of life, giving you a small glimpse into a variety of experiences and worlds.

    12. am loving this so far. brooke shields, maya angelou and many other celeb females write 3-4 page essays on their thoughts on growing up female. written by gene shallit's daughter, named willa after author willa cather.

    13. This book is a little too "chic-lit" for me, but oddly enough, I enjoyed it. It kind of gave me a sense of pride for being female, I suppose you could say.

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