Double Bind: Women on Ambition

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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author
Robin Romm is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection, The Mother Garden, which was a finalist for the 2008 PEN USA Fiction Award. Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, she currently lives in Berkeley, California, and New Mexico, where she is assistant professor of creative writing and literature at the College of Santa Fe.
I read this book from cover to cover on two plane flights, and I instantly felt welcomed into my tribe of women struggling with ambition. Some of these women want ambition; some do not. Some are polite and demur in their expressions of ambition; others are ballsy (!) and forward. Some of the women feel supported in their pursuit of ambition; others struggle alone. Listening to the voices of all these women, I felt embraced and understood.--Kara Cooney, author of The Woman Who Would Be King
This vital book is full of the true, brave voices of women who've accomplished great things despite living in a culture that pays lip service to the notion of women's full humanity but still does so much to hold us back--including, not incidentally, teaching us to hate and doubt ourselves. Now more than ever, these stories need to be read.--Emily Gould, author of Friendship
Illuminating . . . . While not an advice book in the traditional form, the experiences recounted and lessons learned seep as if by osmosis, and Romm's thoughtful aggregation has provided a diversity of voices.
A welcome addition to the discourse on a topic that rarely receives the kind of honest and wide-ranging consideration these essays offer. A thoughtfully provocative anthology.
Women today have been told that they can 'have it all, ' but novelist and essayist Romm presents a collection of essays that reveals that the reality is much more complex. . . . Raw, frank, and utterly relatable, this collection is a must-read.--Kristine Huntley
On one hand, women are told to claim their seat at the table and run the world. On the other, society still synonymizes female ambition with bitchiness. Essays by nimble thinkers from Roxane Gay to Molly Ringwald explore and dismantle this maddening paradox.