In praise of difficult women : life lessons from 29 heroines who dared to break the rules / Karen Karbo ; foreword by Cheryl Strayed ; illustrations by Kimberly Glyder.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Presents information on female rule-breakers, including Josephine Baker, Jane Goodall, Margaret Cho, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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      Summary: Karbo presents brief information on iconic female rule-breakers. She shows how these women charted their paths with little regard for social or cultural expectations, living lives that both illuminate and inspire.
    • Content Notes:
      J.K. Rowling -- Elizabeth Taylor -- Gloria Steinem -- Amy Poehler -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- Josephine Baker -- Rachel Maddow -- Coco Chanel -- Martha Gellhorn -- Shonda Rhimes -- Eva Perón -- Helen Gurley Brown -- Edie Sedgwick -- Angela Merkel -- Billie Jean King -- Jane Goodall -- Vita Sackville-West -- Elizabeth Warren -- Margaret Cho -- Amelia Earhart -- Frida Kahlo -- Nora Ephron -- Diana Vreeland -- Kay Thompson -- Laverne Cox -- Hillary Rodham Clinton -- Janis Joplin -- Lena Dunham -- Carrie Fisher.
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      Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-342).
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Booklist Reviews 2018 January #1

Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel (2009), compiles this epic collection of mini biographies. The selection of subjects ranges from painters to politicians; from Josephine Baker to Margaret Cho to Amelia Earhart to Laverne Cox. All 29 women profiled fit Karbo's definition of a "difficult woman": unapologetic, uncompromising, and undeterred by the obstacles of living in a sexist society. Each of the essays highlights the trickiest moments of its subject's life and how she blasted through whatever glass ceiling was in her way—all told with Karbo's conversational warmth and sharp wit. Countless memorable stories about familiar figures can be found within: the time Frida Kahlo was commissioned to paint a portrait in memory of a friend and in turn presented a gruesome image of the friend's suicide; how Angela Merkel celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall by not missing her weekly scheduled sauna; and endless Carrie Fisher comebacks. Overall, the book is a wonderfully readable introduction to today's and history's heroines who refused to follow the rules. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 February #2

Karbo (The Gospel According to Coco Chanel) has created a compilation of intelligent, independent, and notable women in her latest work. The author excels at bringing interesting stories and facts from well-known women to life, while also shining a spotlight on lesser-known figures who have dedicated their lives to progress. From Martha Gellhorn's daring reporting on the front lines during World War II to the rags-to-riches journey of author and Cosmopolitan editor in chief Helen Gurley Brown, this collection will delight and entertain a variety of readers. The foreword, written by Cheryl Strayed (Wild), helps set a tone that is both thoughtful and fun. Karbo delves into hardships faced and overcome, in part by the women's difficult nature; a word she uses as a compliment throughout. The 29 women featured include J.K. Rowling, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Amelia Earhart, Laverne Cox, Josephine Baker, and Hillary Clinton. VERDICT A lively and informative work that would be a valuable addition to all library collections. The variety of women and careers featured here will also appeal to YA readers.—Mattie Cook, Lake Odessa Comm. Lib., MI

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.