Synopses & Reviews
THE RUNAWAY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasnand#8217;tand#160;fashionand#151;it was a stolen book. She spent her teensand#160;hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpsterand#160;diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself toand#160;employment, but was still broke, directionless, andand#160;working a mediocre day job sheand#8217;d taken for theand#160;health insurance.
It was there that Sophia decided to start sellingand#160;vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is theand#160;founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal,and#160;a $100 million plus online fashion retailer withand#160;more than 350 employees. Sophiaand#8217;s never been aand#160;typical CEO, or a typical anything, and sheand#8217;s writtenand#160;#GIRLBOSS for outsiders (and insiders) seekingand#160;a unique path to success, even when that path isand#160;winding as all hell and lined with naysayers.
#GIRLBOSS includes Sophiaand#8217;s story, yet isand#160;infinitely bigger than Sophia. Itand#8217;s deeply personaland#160;yet universal. Filled with brazen wake-up callsand#160;(and#147;You are not a special snowflakeand#8221;), cunning andand#160;frank observations (and#147;Failure is your inventionand#8221;),and#160;and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Galand#8217;sand#160;meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground.and#160;It proves that being successful isnand#8217;t about how popularand#160;you were in high school or where you went toand#160;college (if you went to college). Rather, success isand#160;about trusting your instincts and following your gut,and#160;knowing which rules to follow and which to break.
A #GIRLBOSS takes her life seriously without taking herself too seriously. She takes chances and takes responsibility on her own terms. . She knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them. When to button up and when to let her freak flag fly.and#160;
As Sophia writes, and#147;I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Donand#8217;t ever grow up. Donand#8217;t become a bore. Donand#8217;t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool.and#160; Then letand#8217;s do this.and#8221;
PRAISE FOR SOPHIA AMORUSO
and#8220;The Cinderella of tech.and#8221;
--New York Times
and#8220;Fashionand#8217;s new phenom.and#8221;
and#8220;[Sophia Amoruso] remains true to her vision to inspire and be inspired by cool girls.and#8221;
--Elleand#8217;s and#8220;One to Watch: 11 Women Who Just Might Change the Worldand#8221;
and#8220;Nasty Gal clothing companyand#8212;as red hot as its founderand#8217;s lipstick...even though owner Sophia Amoruso never set a spike-heeled boot in business schooland#8230;[Itand#8217;s growth] would be hugely impressive for any 6-year-old start-up. But Amoruso isnand#8217;t your typical entrepreneurand#8230;Amoruso is, employees say, the ultimate nasty galand#8230;In a predominantly male tech industry, Amoruso is gaining notice for being a young female CEO who is doing things her way.and#8221;
--The LA Times
and#8220;There are some CEOs that can make running a company look ridiculously easy. Then there are some who can do it with, well, a certain je ne sais quoi. Sexiness is a subjective measure and its not just about looks. Itand#8217;s also about success, power, ambition, charisma, altruism, fashion sense, and style.and#8221;
--Business Insider on Naming Sophia Amoruso and#8220;The Sexiest CEO Aliveand#8221;
and#8220;Sophia Amoruso is building a fashion empire.and#8221;
--New Yorkand#8217;s The Cut
and#8220;It is her fundamental vision and commitment to an authentic sense of style that has resonated so strongly.and#8221;
--elitedaily.com on and#8220;Why Sophia Amoruso is the Sexiest and Smartest CEO.and#8221;
and#8220;The Female Tech Superstarand#8221;
and#8220;[Sophia Amoruso] began as a humble Ebay Store and turned her brand into one of the most coveted eCommerce destinations on the planetand#8230;Sophiaand#8217;s brand sticks up its middle finger at the corporate world and NastyGaland#8217;s loyal followers canand#8217;t get enough of it.and#8221;
and#8220;She doesnand#8217;t just offer [millenials] clothesand#8212;she offers them the whole and#8216;rebeland#8217; lifestyle.and#8221;
--Sarah Owen, WGSN
and#8220;Sophia Amoruso is pretty awesome.and#8221;
and#8220;[Sophia Amoruso] is every bit as uncommon as [Nasty Galand#8217;s]and#160;track record. Never mind the Valleyand#8217;s history of fundingand#160;misfits like stinky fruitarian Steve Jobs, junk food smackingand#160;Marc Andreesen, or socially awkward Mark Zuckerberg.and#160;Those misfits all fit in a similar box. Amoruso did not. . . .[Nasty Gal] is that gap between total dork and together, richand#160;cheerleader where the bulk of girls who want to think for themselvesand#160;but also be cool and accepted live.and#8221;
PRAISE FOR SOPHIA AMORUSO
and#8220;#GIRLBOSS is more than a book and Sophia Amoruso is more than a purveyor of (fine and fly) garments. #GIRLBOSS is a movementand#8212;a philosophy for making your work life as fun, fresh and raunchy as your personal adventures. Sophia encourages us to own the qualities we've previously been ashamed of (bossiness, crudeness, petty thievery) in order to become the masters of our own destiny, financially independent and radically ourselves. I'm so in.and#8221;
and#8220;[An] appealing business memoir . . . Amorusoand#8217;s authenticity comes through here and is, no doubt, one of the many reasons for her remarkable success.and#8221;
and#8220;Get motivated by Sophia Amorusoand#8217;s story . . . Her honest advice is useful for women in any industry.and#8221;
and#8220;among the glut of leadership books featuring paunchy old men in power suits, at leastand#160;#Girlbossand#160;has a shot at standing out . . . itand#8217;s clear why young women admire her . . . #Girlbossand#160;is targeting the same readers as Sheryl Sandbergand#8217;s updatedand#160;Lean In for Graduates . . . So buyand#160;#Girlbossand#160;for your daughterand#8230;and#8221;
and#8220;Itand#8217;s easy to get the sense, reading Lean In, that Sandberg is writing for women whoand#8217;ve already made it. #GIRLBOSS is for those who havenand#8217;t, which means it is aimed at people who have nothing to lose, which makes it a much riskier and more enjoyable manifesto.and#8221;
and#8211;New York Magazine / The Cut
and#8220;she addresses the highs and lows of her journey with an honesty that's refreshing in a management memoir . . . Amoruso's swagger inand#160;#Girlbossand#160;is contagious. The book is a decent model for all the girls -- nay, people -- who don't want to climb the traditional career ladder. Her path, though unconventional, might even inspire a couple of readers to try to heed her lessons and follow in her footsteps. But if there's one real takeaway from reading Amoruso, is that a pre-packaged rulebook for business success no longer exists.and#8221;
and#8220;And while we love a feel-good story, we're even more inspired by Amoruso's drive and success . . . The easy-breezy blend of anecdotal tales and entrepreneurial advice makes for a fast, easy read . . . with lots of brash but actionable takeaways . . . Bottom line? That's some serious #GirlPower. Buy the book today, thank us the second you're done reading.and#8221;
and#8220;Young women could do worse than learn from her no-bullshit style and tireless work ethic.and#8221;
and#8220;Sophia Amoruso, founder and C.E.O.and#160;of Nasty Gal, shares her irreverent andand#160;invaluable lessons in what can easilyand#160;be described as a power manifesto forand#160;strong, ambitious young women . . . #GIRLBOSS leads readers to water butand#160;doesnand#8217;t force them to drink; rather thanand#160;present a get-rich-quick manual or a listand#160;of business tips, Amoruso teaches theand#160;innovative and entrepreneurial amongand#160;us to play to our strengths, learn fromand#160;our mistakes, and know when to breakand#160;a few of the traditional rules.and#8221;
and#8220;The book is full of so many great insights even though she insists it isnand#8217;t a how-to guide. You should absolutely read the entire book, but I think Amoruso should be commended for her management tips. They are what make her a #GIRLBOSS.and#8221;
and#8220;This sassy memoir inspires while also doling out career advice and entrepreneurial tips.and#8221;
and#8220;#GIRLBOSS is a must have for any young female entrepreneurs.and#8221;
and#8212;The Turn Magazine
and#8220;Amorusoand#8217;s voice is accessible and charmingly self-deprecating without losing the effortless cool that characterizes her clothes . . . Amorusoand#8217;s scrappy capitalist narrative makes an admirable attempt to prove that navigating the system isnand#8217;t the same as endorsing it. Being anti-and#173;establishment is the old cool. The new cool is playing by your own rules and still winning by their standards.and#8221;
and#8212;New York Times Sunday Book Review
and#8220;[GIRLBOSS] is part memoir, part management guide and part girl-power manifesto. A sort of aand#160;Lean Inand#160;for misfits, it offers young women a candid guide to starting a business and going after what they want.and#8221;
and#8220;If you read one book with a hashtag for a title this year, make it #GIRLBOSSand#8221;
and#8220;[Sophia Amoruso is] a real-deal, born disruptor. In less than 10 years, she's turned that very same eBay vintage shop into a bona fide, $100 million global brand, through pure sweat; social-media savvy; and an eye for the fashion-forward, subversively sexy clothing women want to wear. And, yeah, great customer service. Now, sitting atop a mini-retail empire of over 350 employees, Sophia has become that rarest of things: a CEO who truly inspires and a patron saint of badass #girlbosses everywhere. Ahead, her thoroughly inspiring take on the unlikely rise of her scrappy brand, and why she'll always be an upstart at heart.and#8221;
and#8220;Sophia Amoruso spares no detail inand#160;#GIRLBOSS,and#160;the story of how she went from dumpster diving teen to founder and CEO of $100 million online retailerand#160;Nasty Gal.and#8221;
and#8220;[Sophia Amoruso] takes the wisdom of CEOs before her (including Sandberg) and wraps it up with her biography, personal philosophy, and practical advice (e.g., donand#8217;t slander former employees on social media), all delivered with the same voice and attitude that has made her site so successful.and#8221;
and#8211;New York Magazine / The Cut
and#8220;Sophia sprinkles to-the-point wisdom into the story of her life so far (sheand#8217;s not afraid of a little tough love), and this book is a must read for women of all ages.and#160; Who doesnand#8217;t love inspiration with a little kick in the butt?and#8221;
and#8211;Real Simple / Lifestylers
and#8220;Everything Sophia touches has an air of cool, including her new book, #GIRLBOSS, which recounts the story of her first sale and her rise to retail stardom . . . The writing is witty and affable, like listening to a good friend tell you a story. And the advice runs the gamut, from writing a good cover letter, to owning your own style, to getting fired gracefully. #GIRLBOSS is an essential read for everyone who has realized that the path to happiness isnand#8217;t always a straight line.and#8221;
and#8211;The Standard / Culture Blog
and#8220;While Amoruso's backstory is one we're pretty much all well-versed in by now (we mean, what else are Google deep-dives for?), it's still one that we just can't seem to get enough of.and#8221;
and#8220;With a new bookand#160;#GIRLBOSSand#160;sweeping bookshelves everywhere, we're not the only ones taking notice . . . Amoruso muses on the sheer marketing power ofand#160;#GIRLBOSSand#8212;as a book, as a movementand#8212;while highlighting the history of her company.and#8221;
and#8220;a witty and cleverly told account . . . It's this kind of honest advice, plus the humorous ups and downs of her rise in online retail, that make the book so appealing . . . Amoruso's unconventional approach to business and her experiences as a rebellious teen and creative outcast would also appeal to anyone's entrepreneurial side.and#8221;
and#8211;Los Angeles Times
Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, known around the world for their individual, unique style have emerged as two of our shared cultures most influential women. In the pages of Influence
, Ashley and Mary-Kate take readers on a journey through their celebrated young lives, pausing to reflect on what has helped shape them into who they are today.
Influence will be filled with never-before-seen photographs from Ashley and Mary-Kates private collections, pages of original material by Ashley and Mary-Kate, and interviews with some of the most influential tastemakers in the world. Internationally famous photographer Rankin shot the cover image and many interior shots. The book is designed by renowned book-designer Rodrigo Corral and edited by fashion and arts writer Derek Blasberg.
Influence has 4 major sections: Fashion, Environment, Art and Giving Back, as well as an introduction and conclusion. This category-breaking book will show that with an open mind and a little bit of curiosity, everyone can have INFLUENCE.
The Olsen sisters take readers on a journey through their celebrated young lives, pausing to reflect on what has helped shape them into who they are today. "Influence" covers Mary-Kate and Ashley's interest in fashion, environment, art, and giving back. Photos throughout.
INFLUENCE includes interviews with:
Alexandre de Betak
Diane von Furstenberg
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez
Robert Lee Morris
ASHLEY OLSEN, designer, entrepreneur, actress, and style icon, is one of the most influential young women in the fashion and entertainment industries. Ashley founded her luxury brand, The Row, in 2006, and co-designs Elizabeth and James with Mary-Kate. Marie Claire magazine called Ashley "a remarkably clear and focused executive doing brilliant work."
MARY-KATE OLSEN, actress, designer, and entrepreneur, currently co-designs Elizabeth and James with her sister and business partner, Ashley. The Hollywood Reporter named Mary-Kate one of the "most powerful women in Hollywood," and the New York Times called her role in The Wackness the "breakout performance of the year."
About the Author
Revered for her eclectic style and old Hollywood soul, Mary-Kate Olsen is an actress, designer, style icon and entrepreneur. Her influence in fashion has been recognized around the world and she currently co-designs The Row and Elizabeth and James with her sister and business partner, Ashley. Most recently, she has completed a recurring role on the hit TV show Weeds and wrapped the film The Wackness with Sir Ben Kingsley. The Hollywood Reporter named Mary-Kate one of the Most Powerful Women in Hollywood.”
Admired for founding the luxury brand The Row, Ashley Olsen is a designer, entrepreneur, actress, and style icon not to mention, one of the most influential young women in the fashion and entertainment industries. The Row, launched in 2006, was quickly picked up by high end retailers globally. Following on the heels of The Row, Ashley ventured with her sister Mary-Kate into the contemporary market with the Elizabeth and James brand. Recently Harpers Bazaar named Ashley Fashions New It Girl.”