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May 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
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Breaking through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work. By Andrea S. Kramer and Alton B. Harris. 2016. Bibliomotion, $27.95 (9781629561042).
Central to the authors’ thesis is the expectation that women behave in a manner that is communal, seeking consensus and acceptance, while men behave in a manner that is agentic, seeking success and promotion. But when a woman behaves in this assumed male way, she’s derided as self-serving or aggressive. To achieve professional success, the authors argue, women must find a way to exhibit the agentic traits that people expect from a leader, balanced with the communal traits that people expect from a woman.
Grow Your Value: Living and Working to Your Full Potential. By Mika Brzezinski. 2015. Weinstein, $26 (9781602862685).
Is the notion of “having it all” a myth, or can women truly balance career and relationships? The lessons Brzezinski imparted in her first book, Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Knowing What You’re Worth (2011), also have applications in the home, she explains here, yet learning how to make the switch from team captain to team player is often easier said than done.
Here’s the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career during Pregnancy and Parenthood. By Allyson Downey. 2016. Seal, $16 (9781580056182).
In compiling the advice included in this “practical, tactical guide,” Downey, a successful business owner pushed out of her job on Wall Street during her first pregnancy, extensively interviewed 50 mothers about their experiences and received feedback from many more. The book contains advice on how to create a paper trail of one’s accomplishments in case of pregnancy discrimination, a worksheet on how to split child-rearing responsibilities with a partner, and tips for paying it forward as an employee or employer to help create a more parent-friendly workplace.
I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time. By Laura Vanderkam. 2015. Portfolio, $27.95 (9781591847328).
Journalist Vanderkam asked women of a certain pay range (more than $100,000 per year) to keep time logs and compiled the more than 1,000 submissions into something called the Mosaic Project. In this volume, Vanderkam summarizes and interprets the often fascinating data, effectively synthesizing the material into strategies for working women climbing the ladder of success.
Learn, Work, Lead: Things Your Mentor Won’t Tell You. By Terri Tierney Clark. 2014. Petersons, $17.95 (9780768938937).
Clark, a veteran of more than 20 years in the investment-banking business, offers solid advice for women about the unwritten rules of the business world. Increasing flexibility and mobility in the workplace, she asserts, will help women carve out careers that suit their skills and ambitions, but they will still need to make informed choices.
Million Dollar Women: Raise Capital and Take Your Business Further, Faster. By Julia Pimsleur. 2015. Simon & Schuster, $28 (9781476790299).
Pimsleur, CEO of a multimillion-dollar company, shares her inspiring story, recounting her realization that she needed to change her mind-set, acquire new skills, and learn how to raise capital if she hoped to achieve her goals.
Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. By Brigid Schulte. 2014. Farrar/Sarah Crichton, $26 (9780374228446).
Journalist Schulte manages to take a fairly pedestrian topic, the value of leisure in modern American society, and turn it into a compelling narrative on work, play, and personal achievement. This artful blend of memoir and cultural exploration asks hard questions about how to forge a well-lived life.
Picture Your Prosperity: Smart Money Moves to Turn Your Vision into Reality. By Ellen Rogin and Lisa Kueng. 2015. Portfolio, $27.95 (9781591847397).
Drawing on research in psychology and neuroscience, Rogin and Kueng encourage readers to use visualization techniques to clearly define what they want out of life. They offer an array of stories about women who achieved their own ideals of prosperity by starting with a clear picture in mind of what they wanted. Gratitude and giving are also large parts of the success stories they relate.
The Power Playbook: Rules for Independence, Money, Success. By La La Anthony. 2015. Penguin/Celebra, $24.95 (9780451473462).
When the word power is combined with playbook in a book’s title, some might assume that the contents would offer tips on succeeding in business without really trying. Far from it, Anthony makes clear in this commonsensical guide to living an exception life by loving yourself first and then tackling a career with passion, purpose, and gratitude.
Think and Grow Rich for Women: Using Your Power to Create Success and Significance. By Sharon Lechter. 2014. Tarcher, $25.95 (9780399170829).
Lechter, coauthor of the best-selling Rich Dad, Poor Dad (2007), revisits Napoleon Hill’s 1937 classic Think and Grow Rich from the perspective of modern women. Mindful that advice on wealth accumulation can be much the same for men and women, Lechter argues that the difference in women’s values calls for a somewhat different approach. But she takes issue with the notion that women need to seek a balance between home life and career, instead counseling women to replace guilt with power to make choices.
Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over. By Caroline Fredrickson. 2015. New Press, $25.95 (9781620970102).
Fredrickson reports that most references to women and their struggle to combine work and family are implicitly limited to professional women. But, in truth, most women juggle their need to earn money with costly child care, noting that the law does not protect certain groups of workers, including domestic-service and minimum-wage earners. Fredrickson recommends “leaning together” and urges modernizing the definition of employee so the law applies to any designation—temp, independent contractor, or part-timer.
Venture Mom: From Idea to Income in Just 12 Weeks. By Holly Hurd. 2015. AMACOM, $17.95 (9780814436387).
Mom power is what entrepreneur Hurd extols, and to that end, she shows how moms can be self-employed in three months. No MBA is needed; no business plan is required. Instead, Hurd parcels out a dozen weeks of progressively more difficult homework, starting with establishing your first venture and moving to getting your first sale.
What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know. By Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey. 2014. NYU, $24.95 (9781479835454).
Law professor Williams teams up with her daughter to pen an insightful guide for women who want to break through the glass ceiling. It starts by identifying the four behavioral patterns of working women. Culled from 127 in-depth interviews, the four behavioral patterns are described in detail and buttressed by anecdotes and examples as well as action plans that are pragmatic and frequently laced with humor.
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