Teaser Tuesday // In Praise of Difficult Women

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Its Tuesday! Time for…

First chapter, first paragraph intros, now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates’ Booknreviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.



My current read is In Praise of Difficult Women, Life Lessons from 29 heroine’s who dared to break the rules by Karen Karbo.


The book you hold in your hands is about woman who insisted on being difficult. A difficult woman, as I define her, is a person who believers her needs, passions, and goals are at least as important as those of everyone around her. In many cases, she doesn’t even believe they’re more important – many woman in this book were devoted, loving wives and mothers – but simply as important. A difficult woman is also a woman who doesn’t believe the expectations of the culture in which she lives are more important than what she knows to be true of herself. She is a woman who accepts that sometimes the cost of being fully human is upsetting people.


Ruth;s radicalism flies under the flag of 1950s-era good manners; it;s hard to believe a woman so genteel and soft-spoken is such a mighty litigator. Her mother-in-law once advised her that they key to a happy marriage was sometimes pretending to be a little deaf; Ruth has said the same applies to being a female Supreme Court justice. “When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best to tune it out,”she observed. “Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.”

This features 29 fearless females, some you may have heard of others you’ll want to learn more about.

What do you think, would you keep reading? 


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