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review 2018-11-05 20:14
Funny & Sad at the Same Time
How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings - Sarah Cooper

I ended up buying this on Thursday and was happy when it arrived Saturday. After a long road trip back from the southern part of VA, I was happy to be back in my house and reading something funny.

 

I had seen a post about this book on Ask A Manager, and loved the images that were shown.

 

Later on a friend and I going into work looked it up and were dying about some of the the things that Cooper gets into, but then of course we also got mad and then sad, because though this is humor, it still stings.

 

Yes, women are often talked down to by colleagues, ignored for saying something, but kudos are given out when a male colleague repeats the same comment ten minutes later. We are often told to not get wound up when someone is doing something shitty to us, and called a bitch behind our backs when we refuse to let someone walk all over us. Yes, it is 2018 and the more things change, the more they stay the same. 

This book reminds me of Yes Please by Amy Poehler, both are bright books which include places for the owner of the book to write, scribble, doodle, etc. 

 

There are 12 chapters in this book (FYI they are very short due to the illustrations, so don't worry about getting bored) with a funny introduction and conclusion.

 

Chapter 2: Communication-How to Talk Like A Man but Still be Seen as a Woman is the one chapter that ticked me off the most though (I still laughed). Probably because every scenario in there has happened to me. Oh you said something that got totally ignored and a male colleague is praised for saying it 15 minutes later. Do you worry about talking too loud and forceful though when your male colleague does it, somehow he's considering charismatic and a leader of the future? 


Chapter 4: Authenticity-How to Bring Your True Self to Work and Then Hide it Completely made me giggle the most though. I remember being new to the government and being told I needed to bring in pictures (I was not married and didn't have kids--still don't) to make me more approachable. A manager said this to me. I remember thinking who cares what is going on at home, it's not like you will ever meet these people!

Chapter 7: Negotiation-Gaslighting for Beginners and Chapter 8: Harassment-How to be Harassed Without Hurting his Career were also had some funny side by sides. 

 

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The side by sides showing how to do things incorrectly and the right way to do things in this book should be pull outs that you can stick on a fridge or in your cube somewhere. 

 

This book is obviously humor, so please don't follow the advice in the book. 

 

Festivus (December 23): Read any comedy, parody, or satire.

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text 2018-11-05 18:52
Reading progress update: I've read 216 out of 216 pages.
How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings - Sarah Cooper

Laughed so hard I hurt myself. I bought this one in paperback because I heard the illustrations that came with it are awesome. The voice one made me sigh and want to punch someone though. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festivus (December 23): Read any comedy, parody, or satire.

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review 2015-07-13 00:00
Dating Sarah Cooper
Dating Sarah Cooper - Siera Maley I was without a book which is a situation I don't care for a bit, so I began looking at author's I liked in the past to see if I had missed anything and this came up. I was not in the mood for a YA, but this was an enjoyable read. The big talk with Katie's parents was humorous and original. Siera Maley has a nice writing style. Her books flow well and I like her characters.

Edit: Reading this a year later I noticed another aspect of this book, like it is almost entirely joyless
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review 2014-06-21 00:00
Belly Dancing Basics
Belly Dancing Basics - Laura A. Cooper,Sarah Skinner Interesting introduction to bellydancing, with a focus on steps and veil work (separate, detailed chapter). The book also contains a chapter on props - candles (on a tray), scimitar, Isis wings, and zills. I enjoyed this chapter, since it really gives a sense of what it is like to work with each prop, and gives many practical tips (how to make the candle tray stay put; how to work and PLAY the zills). I also appreciate the fact that the book offers variations for nearly all (if not all) exercises, and possible combinations for many, as well as tips on creating your own, 6-part routine. I really like the fact that this book gives beginners a sense of where their skills may realistically take them. The only thing I was not happy with is that sometimes the models presenting dance movement are photographed in harem pants that obscure, to me at least, some of their leg movements.
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review 2012-03-10 00:00
Tell No One - Sarah Cooper Tell No One - Sarah Cooper What a powerful somewhat short read. This book is the story of survival of a little girl being taken out of a loving home, returned to her abusive mother before orchestrating her escape. Visceral reactions, from deep anger to happiness, all around to the dynamic read!
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