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The Book for Dangerous Women is a sly, elegant encyclopedia of practical wisdom by three women who know a bit about life and bring their myriad experiences to bear on topics such as marriage, infidelity, motherhood, sex, fashion, friendship, work, and self-discovery. More than 500 entries of sage advice show us how to get through life with a little grace and a lot of The Book for Dangerous Women is a sly, elegant encyclopedia of practical wisdom by three women who know a bit about life and bring their myriad experiences to bear on topics such as marriage, infidelity, motherhood, sex, fashion, friendship, work, and self-discovery. More than 500 entries of sage advice show us how to get through life with a little grace and a lot of fun. From how to accept compliments, to when to wear “cami-knickers,” to how to deal with ambivalence (toward lovers, friends or foes), and just why ample proportions and owning a cat and a fancy dress are more fulfilling than sex. Like a dictionary, topics are cross-referenced and many include insights from the famed and infamous: Oscar Wilde, Coco Chanel, Mae West, Kurt Vonnegut, Even Ensler, Camus, Anais Nin, and Shakespeare. A typical progression of entries is: Affairs, Age, Arrangements, Bananas, Beauty, and Beds, followed by Bereavement, Birthdays, BFs, Blueberries, and Bolt Holes. From those conversations and counseling sessions with your mother, sisters, daughters, and friends to those moments in modern life that only women can understand, The Book for Dangerous Women is the grown-up and contemporary reference book every woman needs.


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The Book for Dangerous Women is a sly, elegant encyclopedia of practical wisdom by three women who know a bit about life and bring their myriad experiences to bear on topics such as marriage, infidelity, motherhood, sex, fashion, friendship, work, and self-discovery. More than 500 entries of sage advice show us how to get through life with a little grace and a lot of The Book for Dangerous Women is a sly, elegant encyclopedia of practical wisdom by three women who know a bit about life and bring their myriad experiences to bear on topics such as marriage, infidelity, motherhood, sex, fashion, friendship, work, and self-discovery. More than 500 entries of sage advice show us how to get through life with a little grace and a lot of fun. From how to accept compliments, to when to wear “cami-knickers,” to how to deal with ambivalence (toward lovers, friends or foes), and just why ample proportions and owning a cat and a fancy dress are more fulfilling than sex. Like a dictionary, topics are cross-referenced and many include insights from the famed and infamous: Oscar Wilde, Coco Chanel, Mae West, Kurt Vonnegut, Even Ensler, Camus, Anais Nin, and Shakespeare. A typical progression of entries is: Affairs, Age, Arrangements, Bananas, Beauty, and Beds, followed by Bereavement, Birthdays, BFs, Blueberries, and Bolt Holes. From those conversations and counseling sessions with your mother, sisters, daughters, and friends to those moments in modern life that only women can understand, The Book for Dangerous Women is the grown-up and contemporary reference book every woman needs.

30 review for The Book for Dangerous Women: A Guide to Modern Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tara Roberts

    This is the best book I've ever read. Hands down. I now consider it a bible for me to refer to and live by. I will read it over again. Absolutely fantastic.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carla Ashcraft

    This was a fun read, written in dictionary format by three British career women "of a certain age" who share their sage advice for rolling with the punches of life. Sample entries include: "Wankers" (avoid them); "Handstands" (do them regularly!) and "Facial acupuncture" (try in lieu of a face lift), etc.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eliza Beth

    Loved it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Biggs

    witty humorous and informative. A worthwhile read

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A practical book of advice by 3 British women. Cleverly written and humorous. Really enjoyed it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    danah

    Nice & intersted book with easy steps to be followed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Cute book written by several cheeky British ladies so you get the idea. It is formatted in a style of an encyclopedia so if you are looking for a book to just 'read' you may hate this. Even if you don't agree with all of their witty advice most ladies should enjoy the romp through topics as diverse as post-natal depression, sex, love, imitating French actresses, control freaks, courtesy, and handwritten letters. Example excerpt taken from the section on letter "D" "Dilation Cute book written by several cheeky British ladies so you get the idea. It is formatted in a style of an encyclopedia so if you are looking for a book to just 'read' you may hate this. Even if you don't agree with all of their witty advice most ladies should enjoy the romp through topics as diverse as post-natal depression, sex, love, imitating French actresses, control freaks, courtesy, and handwritten letters. Example excerpt taken from the section on letter "D" "Dilation" (pupils) If your pupils are dilating it may be to do with shock or pain or fabulous sex or it may be that you have taken too many recreational drugs. If the latter, it's a telltale sign easily spotted by canny teenagers and inquisitive bosses. Expensive sunglasses are helpful in these circumstances or you could just ease up on the hallucinogenics. "Dishwashers" Many people spend more time loading and unloading the dishwasher than having sex. This is unwise.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becca Sloan

    I saw the title at the library and couldn't resist a book that was all flowery and pink, yet boasted that it was a guide for dangerous women. It didn't compute in my little brain. Anyway, the book was fairly good. It basically takes lots of topics and defines them for the modern woman, with most being on average a paragraph in length. That said, it was a good book to carry around for the five minutes here or there sitting in waiting rooms, because it is possible to make good progress without hav I saw the title at the library and couldn't resist a book that was all flowery and pink, yet boasted that it was a guide for dangerous women. It didn't compute in my little brain. Anyway, the book was fairly good. It basically takes lots of topics and defines them for the modern woman, with most being on average a paragraph in length. That said, it was a good book to carry around for the five minutes here or there sitting in waiting rooms, because it is possible to make good progress without having to remember a plot line or keep characters straight. But if you are looking for a high energy guide to dangerous living, you might want to pass over this title for something about zip lining in Belize or cliff diving in Mexico, because the most dangerous thing about this book was looking silly carrying around a pink flowery book and someone wanting to beat you up because they think you are a wimpy girl.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    This is a dictionary of thoughts and opinions by three women who share their myriad experiences to bear on topics such as marriage, infidelity, motherhood, sex, fashion, friendship, work, and self-discovery. Besides their own thoughts the authors share insights from famous and some infamous folks: Oscar Wilde, Coco Chanel, Mae West, Anais Nin and Shakespeare to name a few. Entries are alphabetical and cross-referenced by topic. I didn't agree with everything the ladies had to say, but This is a dictionary of thoughts and opinions by three women who share their myriad experiences to bear on topics such as marriage, infidelity, motherhood, sex, fashion, friendship, work, and self-discovery. Besides their own thoughts the authors share insights from famous and some infamous folks: Oscar Wilde, Coco Chanel, Mae West, Anais Nin and Shakespeare to name a few. Entries are alphabetical and cross-referenced by topic. I didn't agree with everything the ladies had to say, but some of it made me laugh out loud, some was thought provoking and it would definitely start lots of conversations especially among a group of female friends or at a book club.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    Divertido, irreverente, verdadeiro, sem papas na língua, as autoras dizem o que têm a dizer com frontalidade e com perspicácia. Um óptimo guião para as mulheres que desejam ultrapassar em segurança "a selva" que o nosso século representa. Lê-se rapidamente e a linguagem é muito simples, com maravilhosas citações. Recomendo ;)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristenyque

    The formatting of the book initially made me want to put it down but I moved forward and I'm glad I did. This is written by three British women and I enjoyed the "direct" and witty viewpoints on the various subjects. I really appreciated the affirming thoughts and ideas within and now I'm craving a good cup of tea....

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mariana

    Um livro que, à partida parecia consistir numa série de piadas sobre coisas do dia-a-dia mas que, na verdade, consiste num conjunto de conselhos sérios sobre coisas que interessam à maioria das pessoas, polvilhados com algumas frases célebres. Um livro interessante mas longe de genial.

  13. 5 out of 5

    FLAMES (Mariana Oliveira & Roberta Frontini)

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Ditched this book at a rental cottage. What a waste of time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cláudia

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rowan

  19. 5 out of 5

    Martha Lluch

  20. 4 out of 5

    Larissa Monteiro

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amber Marie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Reta Hampton

  23. 4 out of 5

    Missy

  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

    EAN

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Lautenschlager

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Grace

  29. 4 out of 5

    CL

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christine Grant

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