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ISBN13: 9780374114893
ISBN10: 0374114897
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CAN A WOMAN BE SMART, EMPOWERED, AND HAPPY ?

Happiness has become a serious business. Where twentiethcentury psychology focused on depression and illness, in the new millennium scientists have begun focusing on “positive psychology”—the study of happiness. Ariel Gore first became intrigued by this subject when she discovered that Positive Psychology was the most popular course on the Harvard campus. As she read deeper into the topic, she noticed something disturbing: everyone in this happy land was a man. Worse still, some of these new “experts” seemed hell-bent on proving that women with traditional values and breadwinning husbands—those who had made “an effort to expect less,” according to one sociologist—were more content than women with feminist values. The more she read the more she wondered: Can a woman be smart, empowered, and happy? Determined to find out, Gore began her own “study in living”— a journey into the feminine history, science, and experience of happiness. Her results, chronicled with humor and curiosity in Bluebird, are by turns fascinating and enriching. A womans happiness may not come easy, and it may not take the forms prescribed by popular culture. But, as Gore discovers, it is not only possible but necessary. Bluebird is a smart, no-nonsense, uplifting study of the real secret of joy, and whether its truly at odds with the goals of modern women.

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"Gore interweaves musings on psychology and happiness with her story of sending one child off to college while pregnant with a second. Female readers of positive psychology books will like this one." Library Journal

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"Thoughtful, funny, and inspiring, Gore is a down-to-earth guide to the elusive human quest for happiness." Booklist

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"Ideal for Eat, Pray, Love fans in search of positive psychological theory." Kirkus Reviews

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A woman's happiness may not come easy, and it may not take the forms prescribed by popular culture. But, as Gore chronicles, it is necessary. This uplifting study identifies the real secret of joy and reveals whether it's truly at odds with the goals of modern women.

About the Author

Ariel Gore is the author of numerous books on parenting, the novel The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show, the memoir Atlas of the Human Heart, and the guidebook How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead.

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Lunadiva, January 26, 2010 (view all comments by Lunadiva)
I am unable to put this book down, and I'm not much of a reader. I have learned so much about the various studies of women and happiness. I have laughed out loud, wanted to stomp my feet, have sulked, have felt joy, and have shared various studies with other people who will listen to me rant about the findings and rave about Bluebird. I have a feeling this book will change the world one reader at a time, hopefully everyone who reads it will tell 3 people!!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374114893
Author:
Gore, Ariel
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Happiness
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Personal Growth - Happiness
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Sources
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.6 x 1 in

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Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Womens Psychology
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » Female Specific
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History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » General
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Product details 208 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374114893 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Gore interweaves musings on psychology and happiness with her story of sending one child off to college while pregnant with a second. Female readers of positive psychology books will like this one."
"Review" by , "Thoughtful, funny, and inspiring, Gore is a down-to-earth guide to the elusive human quest for happiness."
"Review" by , "Ideal for Eat, Pray, Love fans in search of positive psychological theory."
"Synopsis" by , A woman's happiness may not come easy, and it may not take the forms prescribed by popular culture. But, as Gore chronicles, it is necessary. This uplifting study identifies the real secret of joy and reveals whether it's truly at odds with the goals of modern women.
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