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  • Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Rebecca Traister
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
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    In the last two years, the United States - its history, assumptions, prejudices, and vocabulary - have all cracked open. A woman won a state presidential primary contest (quite a few of them, actually) for the first time in this country's history. Less than a year later, a vice-presidential candidate concluded her appearance in a national debate and immediately reached for her newborn baby. A few months after that, an African American woman moved into the White House - not as an employee but as the First Lady.

    Stacey says: "Perfect refresher course in feminism and the media"
    "Good analysis of women's experiences in 2008 elec."
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    It's a great book for women interested in politics, women in business and anyone who wants a modern day case study of women with power and influence and how the media reacts to that. I thought the author did a reasonable job with the research between interviews and storytelling. I'd highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and others
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
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    "Crucial" conversations are interpersonal exchanges at work or at home that we dread having but know we cannot avoid. How do you say what needs to be said while avoiding an argument with a boss, child, or relationship partner? Crucial Conversations offers readers a proven seven-point strategy for achieving their goals in all those emotionally, psychologically, or legally charged situations that can arise in their professional and personal lives.

    F. Webster says: "Great communication tools!"
    "Good suggestions, just not sticky enough"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, overall I would. I like the concepts in the book, but in the intensity of crucial conversations, it will take a lot of practice and focus to apply the techniques they suggest. I suggest reading the book once, then focus on changing your conversation habits in small steps by revisiting chapter by chapter. I think the suggestions are sound, but the ideas are not revolutionary. Speak from the heart, focus on win-win vs. zero sum, pay attention to your emotions, and be a good listener. So easier said than done.


    Was Crucial Conversations worth the listening time?

    yes. In fact, because I listen during my commute, my mind sometimes wanders. I replayed the book three times to keep picking up where there were gaps in my attention. So, yes, it's definately worth reading/listening to.


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