Badass Affirmations

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A funny, inspirational banquet of delicious bon mots, quips, and unforgettable one-liners from movie stars, musicians, politicians, and women writers. Sometimes shocking, always entertaining, everyone from Rihanna to Rosie to Dr. Ruth to Margaret Atwood weighs in on the meaning of life with badass women wit and timeless wisdom.

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Bad at Adulting, Good at Feminism

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Relationships ─ expectations vs. reality

Planet Prudence comics: A top online illustrator, Prudence ""Planet Prudence"" Geerts, presents her take on the struggles of adulting and finding your own voice.

Funny comics: Bad at Adulting, Good at Feminism is the debut collection from Prudence Geerts. Brand new, never before seen strips bundled with all the best Planet Prudence comics. This book will make you laugh at the awkward moments we all go through as we learn to be functioning adults in society, in an effort to make the world a better place.

Feminism, single life, and relationships: We all think: “Am I the only one who acts like this? Am I the only one who goes through this moment in life?” Bad at Adulting, Good at Feminism shows you that you’re not. It laughs with you at the struggles we’re going through as we fight for equal pay, respect and realistic role models.

Filled with love, laughter and food, Bad at Adulting, Good at Feminism helps us realize that we’re all not so different afterall."

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Embracing the Awkward

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From First Day of School to First Dance

Who are you? Young adults struggle with lots of issues; finishing up school, finding a career, finding a partner to be with and most importantly figuring out who they are. But who are you? That can often be an overwhelming question to ask, especially when you feel like the people all around you have it figured out and you’re just falling behind them. In fact, you may even have questions that you would NEVER feel comfortable talking to other people about for fear of being judged or even rejected by them. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to navigate life alone, in fact there’s so much untapped potential in you that the world has yet to see.

Realize your potential: It can be hard to see the potential we have to do really wonderful things in this world. Figuring out how to make friends, develop relationships and to be confident is a step-by-step process. Now help is available in Embracing the Awkward, written by the popular teen-advice-YouTuber, The Josh Speaks. This down-to-earth guide will help you feel comfortable taking small steps towards being somebody great. In this book Josh walks through the step-by-step process for sorting out the confusion around teen questions. This isn’t another dry instructional book written by a boring adult who is disconnected from the millennial reality, it’s a guide, a workbook, an empowering step towards trying things out, discovering who you are and truly becoming your best self.

Embracing the Awkward gives teens materials for developing their own unique style of speaking and engaging with others.The book contains workbook elements for each chapter that offer a step-by-step checklist of activities to follow, along with examples of things to say, topics to talk about and ways to lead into situations. Also, it contains infographics that show how to:

  • approach people
  • determine when you’ve hit the point of highest attraction
  • lead into conversations with groups of people

    The book covers topics like making strong friendships in school, approaching your crushes and asking them out, dealing with failure and rejection, and maintaining your family relationships. This book will help you build upon the skills you have deep inside of you so you can structure your life and shake the world around you by truly being somebody great.

    Chapter topics include:

     

  • Feeling comfortable in your school environment
  • Updating your style and look so you feel confident
  • Deciding on a person who’s worth getting to know
  • Having a conversation with someone you like
  • Avoiding getting friend zoned
  • How to deal with rejection
  • Techniques for becoming popular and gaining respect
  • Handling your parents getting involved in your dating life
  • The different methods of asking someone out
  • Figuring out what you can do on a first date and beyond
  • Maintaining a long distance relationship
  • What it takes to be a good partner in a relationship
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Guerrilla Kindness and Other Acts of Creative Resistance

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#1 Amazon New Release ─ Resistance Crafts

Craftivism can be your voice of resistance: Craftivism is a non-threatening form of activism that gives people a voice when they feel voiceless and power where they feel powerless. It is an international movement for our time and noted Craftivism expert Sayraphim Lothian has put together the first-ever tutorial book on craftivism.

In Guerilla Kindness: artist, scholar, activist, and YouTube art teacher Sayraphim Lothian gives you an introduction to the art of craftivism, and provides a brief history of creative resistance. This master craftivist shows you how to make and use various crafts for political and protest purposes including:

  • Embroidery
  • Cross stitch
  • Knitting
  • Stenciling
  • Decoupage
  • Stamping
  • and much more

Join us in the Craftivism movement: Craftivism is a growing worldwide movement in which handcrafted works are being used to highlight political issues, creatively engage in activism, and encourage change in the world. Craftivists employ their works to open a space for people to be introduced to issues and to broaden the discussion surrounding them. While it might seem that this most colorful movement began recently, creative resistance has been with us for centuries around the globe, and craftivism and makers stating their mind through the medium of art is here to stay.

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Anime Impact

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#1 Amazon New Release — The life-changing power of anime

Iconic movies and TV shows from Japan: Japanese animation—or anime—holds a special place in the hearts of countless fans around the globe. Since the early days of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy to Makoto Shinkai’s astounding success with Your Name, anime has left an undeniable impact on our culture.

Insights from filmmakers, authors, and YouTube stars: Anime Impact explores the impression the medium has left on various fans with detailed discussions on television shows and movies from the 1960s all the way to the present. You’ll hear from YouTube film critic Chris Stuckmann and many others like Ready Player One author Ernest Cline and YouTube stars “Nostalgia Critic” Doug Walker, Robert Walker, Bennett “BennettTheSage” White, Tristan "Arkada" Gallant of Glass Reflection and manga artist Mark Crilley. Learn how anime has impacted culture from authors, artists, critics, anime enthusiasts, and super fans such as John Rodriguez, Alicia Malone, Emma Fyffe, and many more.

Each writer has detailed their personal experiences of discovery and how anime has changed their life. Many discuss the implications that some anime shows and movies have on our society. Readers will learn about the impact of:

  • anime classics such as GundamAkiraSailor MoonSpirited Away and other Studio Ghibli films
  • the biggest names in anime like One PieceDragon Ball ZPokémonNaruto, and Attack on Titan
  • movies and shows both legendary and niche alike
  • truly unique hidden gems rarely seen outside of Japan
  • and much more

Anime from the heart: While many books on anime simply offer a list of “essential titles” and recommendations, Anime Impact goes deeper by showcasing the many voices of anime’s biggest fans. You’ll find many distinct stories that only each specific writer could tell, all painting a fun and surprisingly touching portrait of the true impact of anime over multiple generations.

Anime Impact explores the effects and lasting appeal of anime across all genres and across five decades!

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Building A Winning Culture In Government

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Building Successful Government

Government Culture — Our government organizations face political fallout, media scrutiny, reduced funding, and the many challenges involved in motivating large, multi-layered and highly regulated organizations. It’s no surprise that many government organizations report that their employees are less engaged than ever and that leaders feel helpless to change the situation. In many cases, employees and government leaders are caught in a vicious cycle. Performance declines, scrutiny increases, and employee paralysis ensues.

How do you break this cycle and begin building successful government? You change the mindset from “leaders are a select few in the organization” to “everyone can and should be a leader.” This simple shift is key to building successful government organizations in the 21st century. If every member of the organization is a leader, it enables government organizations to leverage the power of five highly effective and proven FranklinCovey practices that have made private sector organizations successful and are now bringing about positive change in public sector organizations.

Five highly effective practices that you will learn in Building a Winning Culture in Government: These five practices will transform your government organization into one that is more responsive to the public interest and provide a more rewarding, less stressful, and overall better life for your employees:

  • Practice 1: Lead with purpose and find your organization's mission, mantra, or manifesto: An engaging mission must appeal to people’s passionate interests, leverage their distinctive talents, satisfy the conscience, and meet a compelling market need. You will learn how to find the voice of the organization and connect and align accordingly.
  • Practice 2: Make the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People your organization's operating system: Move the 7 Habits to the next level by learning how to execute your strategy with excellence and precision using the "4 Disciplines of Execution". Learn the significance of "wildly important goals", "lead measures", creating a "compelling scoreboard" and a "cadence of accountability".
  • Practice 3: Unleash and engage people to do infinitely more than you imagined they could: You will learn the process for building successful government and reducing stress within your team by applying a system that enables you to "Act on the Important, Don’t React to the Urgent".
  • Practice 4: Inspire trust and be the most trusted organization possible: Trust is the great accelerator. Where trust is high, everything is faster and less complicated, and where trust is low, everything is slower, costlier, and encumbered with suspicion.
  • Practice 5: Create intense loyalty with all stakeholders: Loyal workers and loyal customers are worth gold. Mission Essential: Building a Winning Culture in Government will help government leaders create lasting change in their organizations ─ build a culture of passion and excellence, serve the public interest, provide satisfaction to team members, and create a better life for everyone involved.
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Creating Business Magic

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This book takes everything these three remarkable authors—a corporate strategist, the former acting director of the CIA, and a world-renowned magician—have learned about magic and packs it into a unique framework that captures the best of this art form and relates it directly to key lessons applicable to a wide variety of business enterprises. The authors’ objective is not to create a new generation of magicians, but to adapt nine strategies of the world’s greatest magicians and inspire boundless imagination, bolster innovation, energize leadership, and spark success in any business.

At the core of Creating Business Magic is the belief that imagination can make magicians of us all. Each chapter opens with a scenario depicting a pivotal historic moment in magic—from Harry Houdini to Doug Henning to Penn and Teller to David Copperfield—and uses it as a starting point to explore how the magical technique employed can create a fertile environment for industry disruptive innovation and propel a company light years ahead of the competition. The nine disruptive strategies presented by the authors demonstrate how to:

  • anticipate the next trends out of thin air;
  • create remarkable new products that wow customers;
  • launch marketing and advertising campaigns that will mesmerize “aspirationals”;
  • make dazzling sales presentations;
  • resolve seemingly unsolvable business dilemmas;
  • and inspire teams with resilient change leadership in which the “status quo” is never acceptable and each year the organization incorporates new “tricks” into its act.

 

Specifically designed for companies seeking to achieve the transformative, innovative results of the authors’ illustrious corporate and political clientele—GE, Apple, Coca-Cola, Disney, Microsoft, Google, NBC, five Nobel Prize winners, and even President Barack Obama—Creating Business Magic is both an authoritative business management book and a spectacular, entertaining read.

From the Forward

"A political and corporate strategist who has advised winning global presidential campaigns and Fortune 100 CEOs, the former Acting Director of the CIA, and one of magic’s true legends combine their perspectives to illuminate how the power of magic can ignite your own imagination, power through barriers, and get way ahead of any competition."

                      -- David Copperfield

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The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos

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The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos—Natural Lighting & Composition recipes for improving your photography, right now!

Picture perfect secrets: There’s a common misconception that composition and lighting are mysterious and that only certain people have that natural gift for the techniques involved. The truth is that both involve a set of skills that you can master. Just as you can use cookbook recipes to make your favorite meal—you don’t have to be a famous French chef—you also can make picture perfect photos just by following a recipe!

Easy-to-follow photography lighting and composition recipes: Marc Silber has spent years studying the works of masters and interviewing some of the biggest names in photography. Now he can provide you with simple and easy-to-follow recipes for creating photographs that you and others will love! The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos: 83 Composition Tools from the Master puts at your fingertips ideas for improving your skills by giving you easy-to-follow “recipes” that will improve your photography right now!

Take your photography to the next level: Composition and use of natural light are the two biggest keys to creating photos that others will love. No matter what kind of camera or smartphone you’re using, you can take your photography to the next level and beyond by learning lighting and composition tools and secrets known to the masters of the art.

Carry The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos in your camera bag: The book is compact in size and easy to carry with you, so you can flip to the look you want and follow the recipe for creating an image that inspires you. Use it when you’re out photographing to get new ideas and inspiration. You’ll be able to rapidly up your photography game by learning the skills in the book.

Key benefits of owning The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos include:

  • Taking better photographs today by learning the keys to composition and lighting
  • Having quick and easy to follow “recipes” for composition and lighting at your fingertips
  • Learning the secrets of composition and lighting from the masters
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Eating Across America

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Eating Across America is the perfect book for the travel foodie in all of us.

Eating Across America is a taste bud party of the countrys best food trucks, street foods and cheap eats. Sometimes messy, but always made with love, eating out at local trucks and hole in the walls has become a movement. Daymon Patterson, better known as Daymn Drops on YouTube and as the food correspondent on the award-winning Rachel Ray Show, details the definitive road map to truly tasting Americana. Daymon initially gained popularity on YouTube for his video review of a Five Guys takeout meal, which spawned into a viral sensation. Since then, Patterson's taste for quick and delicious meals has continued to grow, resulting in the mega successful digital series: pickup truck food reviews. Prior to joining Rachel Ray, he hosted Best Daym Fast Takeout, on the Travel Channel, detailing the best spots for quick bite. With recent works featured on The Jimmy Fallon show, Daymon’s culinary journey continues to grow. 

"Having become friends with Daym Drops -- after he hilariously, and quite candidly, reviewed my families Wahlburgers restaurant -- I quickly realized that behind the outrageous comedy of his uniquely outrageous internet food reviews, is an incredibly unique man. A man with a giant heart, matched only by his giant frame and equally giant appetite. But, whether you know him personally or not, one thing is clear to anyone whose laughed their asses off to his culinary critiques - Daym Drops knows food! As a food critic, and as a friend, I give him five stars -- and you better believe the screen is shaking too, foodie fam!"

           -Donnie Wahlberg, co-owner of Wahlburgers

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Real Life Mindfulness

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Real Life Mindfulness is a series of reflections that can illuminate every aspect of life. Authors Becca Anderson offers readers guidance on using the opportune moments between everything else for spiritual self-care. In the same way, we lovingly tend a garden, so does our soul requires nourishment and attention. Your happiness quotient will soar with the practices and meditations in Real Life Mindfulness. By following the suggestions in this gentle guide, you’ll be able to focus on becoming more fully awake to who you really are.

In her own words, Elise Marie Collins adds, “People are overbooked, overcommitted and often feel lost and filled with anxiety. I went through this myself and found my way to back to myself through the practice of mindfulness. You can, too.”

In just a few minutes a day, Real Life Mindfulness will bring you the calmness and clarity that an over-demanding schedule steals from you. A welcome respite for anyone whose gear shift is perpetually in overdrive, Real Life Mindfulness is an invitation to rest, find peace, awaken, and remember. It offers deceptively simple wisdom to help readers sharpen their senses and make room for life.

What you'll learn inside this book:

  • How daily mindfulness calms the mind and reduces stress
  • Why meditating is one of the healthiest things you can do
  • How to live in the moment, a place full of peace and happiness
  • How to get started meditating regularly, whether you are a beginner or just living a busy life
  • What it feels like when meditation focuses your brain and makes you smarter
  • How mindful objectivity and observation bring wisdom
  • How to see the beauty present in everything all around you
  • Nine different ways to meditate
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The Starter Garden Handbook

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Here in one pretty package is everything you need to know to have your garden and eat it, too! Here is marvelous advice to reduce your food budget, eat organic, and keep your home eco-friendly. Inside, you'll find tips for greening up all areas of your garden. Learn surprising facts about your impact on the environment and change your habits with these do-it-yourself ideas. Start with small changes, like growing basic herbs, and work your way up to raising bees, every kind of vegetable and fruit as well as tips composting weeds, clippings and leftovers so you have nutrient-rich soil. Whether you aspire to green rookie level, eco-master or full-on gardening guru , you can lean to grow your own food and help the planet every week of the year with The Starter Garden Handbook.

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Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters

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The best news on the planet is that your mother doesn’t have to change in order for you to be happy. In fact, author Karen C.L. Anderson will take it a step further and say, your mother doesn’t have to change in order for you to be free, peaceful, contented, and joyful.

Inspired by her own journey, Anderson’s Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters: A Guide For Inspiration & Liberation shows women how to emotionally separate from their mothers without guilt and anxiety so they can finally create a life based on their own values, desires, needs, and preferences. Not to mention being able to like and respect themselves during the process. This is what Anderson calls “Alpha Mare” status. 

Through personal stories and experiences, practical tools that can used right away to feel better, and journal prompts, Anderson compassionately leads women who struggle in their relationships with their mothers through a process of self-awareness and understanding. Anderson's work with hundreds of women and her own personal work have resulted in profound growth and transformation. Anderson knows the results are nothing short of miraculous.

This book is about Anderson discovering and accepting the whole of who she is (separate from her mother), and making her discoveries accessible to women struggling to redefine their challenging relationships with their mothers. Her writing is relatable, real, funny, and compassionate.

What You'll Learn Inside This Book:

Why mothers and daughters tend to have difficult relationships.
How to heal and transform your mother "wounds" from sources of pain into sources of creativity and wisdom
How to tell your stories in a way that empowers you, rather than making you powerless.
How to handle the uncomfortable emotions that seem inevitable when it comes to your relationship with your mother
The art of creating, articulating, and maintaining impeccable boundaries.
How to stop "shoulding" when it comes to yourself and your mother.
How to "re-mother" yourself and acknowledge, honor, and meet your own preferences and needs.
And much, much more.

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Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers

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A preeminent retirement and aging expert offers a revolutionary guide to second and even third acts for aging generations that are single, divorced, childless or who live a long distance from family.

What You'll Learn From This Book:

  • A life-planning checklist for Solo Agers
  • Stories of other Solo Agers successfully meeting retirement and aging challenges
  • Guidelines for developing a strong social network and avoiding isolation and loneliness
  • Specific ways to achieve financial security, including making an income in later life
  • Tips for maintaining good health and physical well-being throughout life
  • A formula for deciding where to live in retirement and later life
  • A tool for evaluating housing options
  • Obstacles to aging-in-place and checklist for home modifications
  • A comprehensive guide for advance planning – legal, financial, and personal
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Women Who Launch

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Dorothy Parker observed, “It’s a man’s world;” the ladies profiled in Women Who Launch would beg to differ. Unlike the matrons of the 1950s-the women who lunched-these kick-ass females left their DNA in the annals of time. Julia Ward-Howe showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America. Sara Joseph Hale-authoress of Mary had a Little Lamb- convinced Lincoln to launch a national day of thanks while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussy-cat ears. These women who launched prove-in the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!”

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Getting My Bounce Back

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Healthy woman: You don’t have to run a marathon to be fit and healthy or suffer through a triathlon that includes a half-mile swim in the ocean. But you do need an exercise habit. Especially as we age, exercise is not optional. Yet unless we had been athletes as kids or young adults, and few of us were, we do not know how to find our edge. Learning how to carve out time to meet our fitness needs or to push ourselves physically and mentally is one of the greatest challenges to aging well.


Confident woman: Inspired by her highly popular blog “Be the Dog”, Carolee Belkin Walker's This Is My Brain on Endorphins is a relatable story of what it’s like to be a successful professional woman encountering all things fitness for the first time. Even if readers have never put on a pair of running shoes or tried again and again to get a fitness habit they’ll relate to the highs and lows of Walker’s journey to the back of the pack ultimately stumbling on a path to resilience and well-being.


Happy woman: You could fit two of Walker inside what her body looked like in February 2014. But it is the powerful sense of confidence and resilience that’s had the greatest impact on Walker and inspires others. This book is about Walker digging in, discovering who she is, and seeing how far she can push herself to be strong, fit, healthy, and most important, resilient. Her writing is full of humorous situations as Walker decides to be an active participant in life and not take the setbacks, or herself, too seriously.


Chapters cover:

  • Exploring nutrition
  • Aging
  • Musical motivation
  • Training
  • Body image
  • Self-confidence
  • Sexual health
  • Travel
  • Parenting
  • Running
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The Healthy Teen Cookbook

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Easy Healthy Recipes Cookbook
A Chopped kid chef and entrepreneur is on a mission to bring healthy food options and easy-to-cook scrumptious recipes to a busy and heavily scheduled generation of teens.

Healthy cooking for kids: Remmi Smith is a 16-year-old chef, who hosts two cooking shows and serves as a national Student Ambassador for a leading food services company, has written a cookbook encouraging children to take up healthy cooking as a new pastime. She also has appeared on Chopped, The Harry Connick Show, and the Food Network.

Easy healthy recipes: Chef Remmi Smith's creation is not your typical children’s cookbook: It’s written “for kids by a kid,” explains the author, and is filled with tried-and-true recipes with budding cooks in mind, using limited ingredients and steps. Remmi is the national Student Ambassador for Sodexo, a global leader in food services and facilities management which provides education solutions to nearly 500 school districts.

Healthy eating habits and teen health: Through the colorful, easy-to-read, 220-page book, Remmi sets out to inspire children to adopt healthy eating habits by introducing them to the glorious pastime of cooking. The book takes the reader on a culinary journey across the seven continents, highlighting a country and its top food items in each one. Each section features a map, a full menu (from appetizer to dessert), fun facts, brain teasers, personal tips and a place to record notes about the recipe – making it a geography lesson, a cooking journal and a social studies class all in one.

Healthy cooking cookbook designed for kids: What’s most evident is Remmi’s passion for cooking and what’s most appealing is her genuine writing style and ability to relate to other children. In the section about Lebanon, Remmi includes a recipe for Rice Pilaf and comments: “This dish is heavenly. It has both rice and pasta in it – two of my favorites.” Remmi’s recipes include a lot of vegetables and she uses fruits to add natural sweetness while going light on spices to make the dishes more appealing to children.

Cooking healthy recipes and having fun too: “I want to inspire teens to get in the kitchen and have some fun, cook healthy and enjoy life and the love of food,” Remmi said. “You can explore the world through food. Writing this book was a really big adventure for me and I hope it will be an adventure for everyone else.”

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Badass Women Give the Best Advice

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Women are, far and away, the Oral Sex.

Women’s Studies scholar Becca Anderson has gathered the wisdom from a chorus of fabulous femmes for this one-of-a-kind advice book. From housewives to Hollywood starlets, from standup comedians to startup entrepreneurs, to feminists and Facebook queens, these badass women offer unvarnished and unabashed opinions about love, life, word, men, and sex and share their very frank and forthright thinking on the wild world of relationships. This delightfully dishy gathering of gal pals is like having a heart-to-heart with 200 of your closest friends. Garrulous girls and loquacious ladies of from every walk of life unleash their wicked wit in this humorous and enlightening compilation and tell it like it is.

Topics include What the World Needs Now, Love Hurts, Lost Love, and Are Men Really Necessary and cover sex, personal ads, blind dates, break ups, weddings, and the prerequisites for the perfect kiss. Sidebars include quizzes, love and sex bucket lists and topics like “Size Really Does Matter,” and “Cry Me a River, The Weepiest Romantic Movies Ever.” Wait, there's more--true tales about wild women of yore that entertain as much as they enlighten. From Anais Nin to Lily Tomlin, from Amy Bloom to Dorothy Allison, from Drew Barrymore to Chrissy Teigan and beyond, there's no shortage of sass, sarcasm, or sizzle and a few shocks along the way!

These bold bon mots are a solid roadmap for living a full love. I, for one, will be taking heart all the advice from these very wise and wild women- silver screen queens, comediennes and brilliants writers. You actually can get what you want, provided you listen very closely.”
             -Nina Lesowitz, author of The Party Girl Cookbook

“Ah, love, luv, l’amour! Buy this for your honey and read it in bed together. That’s amore!”
             -Trina Robbins, author of The Complete Wimmen’s Comix

“Meet your 200 new bff’s and listen up. Everything you need to know is in this book.”
                -Reeda Josephs, author of Girlriends Forever

 

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