Double Bind

Women on Ambition
Author: Robin Romm
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781631494185
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 320
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"A work of courage and ferocious honesty" (Diana Abu-Jaber), Double Bind could not come at a more urgent time. Even as major figures from Gloria Steinem to Beyoncé embrace the word "feminism," the word "ambition" remains loaded with ambivalence. Many women see it as synonymous with strident or aggressive, yet most feel compelled to strive and achieve--the seeming contradiction leaving them in a perpetual double bind. Ayana Mathis, Molly Ringwald, Roxane Gay, and a constellation of "nimble thinkers . . . dismantle this maddening paradox" (O, The Oprah Magazine) with candor, wit, and rage. Women who have made landmark achievements in fields as diverse as law, dog sledding, and butchery weigh in, breaking the last feminist taboo once and for all. "Both intimate and scalable" (, Double Bind finally seizes "ambition" from the roster of dirty words.

Beyond the Double Bind

Women and Leadership
Author: Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195089400
Category: Political Science
Page: 283
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Examining the social constraints and "Catch-22s" that block the success of women no matter what roles they play, the author offers guidelines for dealing with the obstacles set up by society and condemns the victim feminism of many current writers. 35,000 first printing. UP.

The Mercy Papers

A Memoir of Three Weeks
Author: Robin Romm
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416567992
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
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When Robin Romm's The Mother Garden was published, The New York Times Book Review called her "a close-up magician," saying, "hers is the oldest kind [of magic] we know: the ordinary incantation of words and stories to help us navigate the darkness and finally to hold the end at bay." In her searing memoir The Mercy Papers, Romm uses this magic to expand the weeks before her mother's death into a story about a daughter in the moments before and after loss. With a striking mix of humor and honesty, Romm ushers us into a world where an obstinate hospice nurse tries to heal through pamphlets and a yelping grandfather squirrels away money in a shoe-shine kit. Untrained dogs scamper about as strangers and friends rally around death, offering sympathy as they clamor for attention. The pillbox turns quickly into a metaphor for order; questions about medication turn to musings about God. The mundane and spiritual melt together as Romm reveals the sharp truths that lurk around every corner and captures, with great passion, the awe, fear, and fury of a daughter losing her mother. The Mercy Papers was started in the midst of heartbreak, and not originally intended for an audience. The result is a raw, unsentimental book that reverberates with humanity. Robin Romm has created a tribute to family and an indelible portrait that will speak to anyone who has ever loved and lost.

Free Fire Zone

A Playwright's Adventures on the Creative Battlefields of Film, TV, and Theater
Author: Theresa Rebeck
Publisher: Smith & Kraus Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9781575253640
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 212
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Theresa Rebeck's career has hopscotched between the Off-Broadway successes of plays such as Spike Heels, The Family of Mann, and View of the Dome, to award– winning work writing and producing network television such as NYPD Blue, to writing screenplays for independent and studio features. This writer's guide is both a discussion of the writer's craft and a no-holds-barred discussion of the politics in the movie, television, and theater worlds. Rebeck writes, “Someone once asked me, 'What advice would you give to young writers who wanted to go into show business?' And I answered, almost without thinking, 'Tell all of them to go back and reread Machiavelli.' “ In a series of hilarious and provocative discussions covering all aspects of dramatic writing, Rebeck attempts to address what she considers both of a writer's primary concerns — how to tell a story with truth and vision and how to maneuver as a dramatic writer in a dangerous world.

The Double Bind

Author: Chris Bohjalian
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307389411
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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When Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont’s back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography, spending all her free time at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he won’t let anyone see. When Bobbie dies, Laurel discovers a deeply hidden secret–a story that leads her far from her old life, and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her. In a tale that travels between the Roaring Twenties and the twenty-first century, between Jay Gatsby’s Long Island and rural New England, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian has written his most extraordinary novel yet. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Double Burden: Black Women and Everyday Racism

Black Women and Everyday Racism
Author: Yanick St Jean,Joe R Feagin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317472829
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
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Studies of contemporary black women are rare and scattered, and are often extensions of a legacy beginning in the 19th century that characterized black women as domineering matriarchs, prostitutes, or welfare queens, negative characterizations that are perpetuated by both white and non-white social scientists. Based on over 200 interviews, this book departs from these conventions in significant ways, and, using a "collective memory" conceptual framework, shows how black women cope with and interpret lives often limited by racial barriers not of their making.

The Hidden Brain

How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives
Author: Shankar Vedantam
Publisher: Random House LLC
ISBN: 0385525214
Category: Psychology
Page: 270
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Draws on recent findings to explain how the unconscious mind evolved as a survival mechanism, how it affects the outcomes of world events, and why it is responsible for many of the actions that people take in spite of their actual beliefs.

What You Carry

A Novel
Author: Sandra Austin Mello
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780999733004
Category: Fiction
Page: 306
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Set along the Florida Space Coast in the summer of 1976, WHAT YOU CARRY finds the Thompson family at its breaking point as Lyle Thompson's barely managed Schizophrenia expresses full bore. Determined to fulfill his destiny as the Son of God, Lyle dissociates from his family, leaving them to deal with their earthly struggles -- as well as his illness -- on their own. Steeped in pop culture and rooted in a time and place both familiar and exotic, WHAT YOU CARRY explores how our inheritance -- from blue eyes and strong teeth to depression and delusion -- shapes our lives. The Thompsons' insistence on survival, as individuals and as a family, is the heart of this taut and deeply human story. We follow Lyle, his wife Tammy and their three children -- Theresa, Robert and Kitty -- as they try to shed the family burden, each using the means at hand, be it holy salvation or Valium, music or sex, embracing the Florida wilds or getting in the nearest car and hitching a ride.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Author: Ayana Mathis
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448134390
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'I can’t remember when I read anything that moved me quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison.’ Oprah Winfrey 'Mathis traces the fates of Hattie’s 12 children and grandchildren over the course of the 20th century . . . [it] is remarkable.' Sunday Times 'Ms. Mathis has a gift for imbuing her characters’ stories with an epic dimension that recalls Toni Morrison’s writing.' New York Times Fifteen years old and blazing with the hope of a better life, Hattie Shepherd fled the horror of the American South on a dawn train bound for Philadelphia. Hattie’s is a tale of strength, of resilience and heartbreak that spans six decades. Her American dream is shattered time and again: a husband who lies and cheats and nine children raised in a cramped little house that was only ever supposed to be temporary. She keeps the children alive with sheer will and not an ounce of the affection they crave. She knows they don’t think her a kind woman — but how could they understand that all the love she had was used up in feeding them and clothing them. How do you prepare your children for a world you know is cruel? The lives of this unforgettable family form a searing portrait of twentieth century America. From the revivalist tents of Alabama to Vietnam, to the black middle-class enclave in the heart of the city, to a filthy bar in the ghetto, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is an extraordinary, distinctive novel about the guilt, sacrifice, responsibility and heartbreak that are an intrinsic part of ferocious love.

Closing the Leadership Gap

Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World
Author: Marie C. Wilson
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: 9780143034780
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 205
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Provides a passionate call to action for the increased presence of women in vital leadership roles in America, arguing that we need to take advantage of the unique and valuable contributions that women can make in solving some of the problems that affect our world. Reprint.

My Turn

Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency
Author: Doug Henwood
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
ISBN: 160980757X
Category: Political Science
Page: 208
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Hillary Clinton is running for the presidency with a message of hope and change. But, as Doug Henwood makes clear in this concise, devastating indictment, little trust can be placed in her campaign promises. Rigorously reviewing her record, Henwood shows how Clinton's positions on key issues have always blown with the breeze of expediency, though generally around an axis of moralism and hawkishness. Without a meaningful program other than a broad fealty to the status quo, Henwood suggests, "the case for Hillary boils down to this: she has experience, she's a woman, and it's her turn." From the Trade Paperback edition.

Necessary Dreams

Ambition in Women's Changing Lives
Author: Anna Fels
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307834131
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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In this groundbreaking book about how women perceive, are prepared for, and cope with ambition and achievement, psychiatrist Anna Fels examines ambition at the deepest psychological level. Cutting to the core of what ambition can provide—the essential elements of a fulfilling life—Fels describes why, for women but not for men, ambition still remains fraught with often painful conflict. Fels draws on case studies, research, interviews, and autobiographies of accomplished and celebrated women past and present—writers, artists, architects, politicians, actors—to explore the ways in which women are brought up to avoid recognition and visibility in favor of traditional feminine values and why they often choose to nurture and defer to rather than compete with men. She poses invaluable questions: What is the nature of ambition and how important is it in a woman’s life? What are the forces that promote or impede its development? To what extent does ambition go against a woman’s very nature? And she challenges currently held theories about the state of mind and the needs of men. Incisive and highly readable, Necessary Dreams is a unique exploration of the options and obstacles women face in the pursuit of their goals. It is a book that every woman will want—and need—to read.

Blind Ambition

The White House Years
Author: John W. Dean
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504041003
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 504
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A six-month New York Times bestseller: “Not only the best Watergate book, but a very good book indeed” (The Sunday Times). As White House counsel to Richard Nixon, a young John W. Dean was one of the primary players in the Watergate scandal—and ultimately became the government’s key witness in the investigations that ended the Nixon presidency. After the scandal subsided, Dean rebuilt his career, first in business and then as a bestselling author and lecturer. But while the events were still fresh in his mind, he wrote this remarkable memoir about the operations of the Nixon White House and the crisis that led to the president’s resignation. Called “fascinating” by Commentary, which noted that “there can be little doubt of [Dean's] memory or his candor,” Blind Ambition offers an insider’s view of the deceptions and machinations that brought down an administration and changed the American people’s view of politics and power. It also contains Dean’s own unsparing reflections on the personal demons that drove him to participate in the sordid affair. Upon its original publication, Kirkus Reviews hailed it “the flip side of All the President’s Men—a document, a minefield, and prime entertainment.” Today, Dean is a respected and outspoken advocate for transparency and ethics in government, and the bestselling author of such books as The Nixon Defense, Worse Than Watergate, and Conservatives Without Conscience. Here, in Blind Ambition, he “paints a candid picture of the sickening moral bankruptcy which permeated the White House and to which he contributed. His memory of who said what and to whom is astounding” (Foreign Affairs).

The Myth of Manliness in Irish National Culture, 1880-1922

Author: Joseph Valente
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252090325
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 328
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This study aims to supply the first contextually precise account of the male gender anxieties and ambivalences haunting the culture of Irish nationalism in the period between the Act of Union and the founding of the Irish Free State. To this end, Joseph Valente focuses upon the Victorian ethos of manliness or manhood, the specific moral and political logic of which proved crucial to both the translation of British rule into British hegemony and the expression of Irish rebellion as Irish psychomachia. The influential operation of this ideological construct is traced through a wide variety of contexts, including the career of Ireland's dominant Parliamentary leader, Charles Stewart Parnell; the institutions of Irish Revivalism--cultural, educational, journalistic, and literary; the writings of both canonical authors (Yeats, Synge, Gregory, and Joyce) and subcanonical authors (James Stephens, Patrick Pearse, Lennox Robinson); and major political movements of the time, including suffragism, Sinn Fein, Na Fianna E Éireann, and the Volunteers. The construct of manliness remains very much alive today, underpinning the neo-imperialist marriage of ruthless aggression and the sanctities of duty, honor, and sacrifice. Mapping its earlier colonial and postcolonial formations can help us to understand its continuing geopolitical appeal and danger.

Before You Know Kindness

Author: Chris Bohjalian
Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing
ISBN: 9780375434181
Category: Fiction
Page: 642
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After a decade of spending the delightful summer week at their country house in New Hampshire, the members of the extended Seton family are confronted by a terrible accident when a partially loaded hunting rifle in the wrong hands leads to tragedy, testing the values, convictions, and relationships that hold the family together. (General Fiction)

Women against feminism

the social bases of women's opposition to change in women's rights and roles
Author: Jeanne Jaskiewicz Fleming
Publisher: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 470
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Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
Author: Jonathan Allen,Amie Parnes
Publisher: Crown Books
ISBN: 0553447084
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 464
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An analysis of the bitter 2016 presidential election, told from the viewpoints of Hilary Clinton campaign insiders, reconstructs key decisions and missed opportunities cited as the cause of the election upset.


Gregory Bateson, the Double Bind, and the Rise of Ecological Consciousness
Author: Anthony Chaney
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469631741
Category: Nature
Page: 320
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The anthropologist Gregory Bateson has been called a lost giant of twentieth-century thought. In the years following World War II, Bateson was among the group of mathematicians, engineers, and social scientists who laid the theoretical foundations of the information age. In Palo Alto in 1956, he introduced the double-bind theory of schizophrenia. By the sixties, he was in Hawaii studying dolphin communication. Bateson's discipline hopping made established experts wary, but he found an audience open to his ideas in a generation of rebellious youth. To a gathering of counterculturalists and revolutionaries in 1967 London, Bateson was the first to warn of a "greenhouse effect" that could lead to runaway climate change. Blending intellectual biography with an ambitious reappraisal of the 1960s, Anthony Chaney uses Bateson's life and work to explore the idea that a postmodern ecological consciousness is the true legacy of the decade. Surrounded by voices calling for liberation of all kinds, Bateson spoke of limitation and dependence. But he also offered an affirming new picture of human beings and their place in the world—as ecologies knit together in a fabric of meaning that, said Bateson, "we might as well call Mind."

Equality for Women = Prosperity for All

The Disastrous Global Crisis of Gender Inequality
Author: Augusto Lopez-Claros,Bahiyyih Nakhjavani
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466852046
Category: Social Science
Page: 304
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A groundbreaking book about the direct relationship between a woman's rights and freedoms and the economic prosperity of her country. "The authors speak to hearts as well as minds." —Maud de Boer Buquicchio, UN Special Rapporteur “Not only timely but profoundly important—a must-read." Jackie Jones, Professor of Feminist Legal studies The economics of gender inequality is often reduced to equal pay for equal work. But there is much more to it than that. Can a woman, whether married or single, register a business in the same way as a man? Can she sign a contract? Do men and women have equal ownership rights to property? Does she have the right to confer citizenship on her children? Are there criminal sanctions for sexual harassment? Gender inequality in the fields of education, law, employment and wages lead to incalculable social and political disparities. These disparities in turn give rise to endemic poverty and violence, to individual frustration, social instability and cultural disaffection. When women are deprived of their rights, economies are eroded, democracies weakened, and the fabric of societies radically undermined. This pioneering book shows, once and for all, the direct correlation between the freedoms given to women and the prosperity enjoyed by all.