In Praise of Difficult Women


By Karen Karbo

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From Amelia Earhart to Carrie Fisher, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths. Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, this elegantly illustrated book is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Best-selling author Karen Karbo (The Gospel According to Coco Chanel) spotlights the
spirited rule breakers who charted their way with little regard for expectations: Frida Kahlo, Nora Ephron, Hillary Clinton, Amy Poehler, Shonda Rhimes, Elizabeth Taylor, and Helen Gurley Brown, among others. Their lives—imperfect, elegant, messy, glorious—provide inspiration and instruction for the new age of feminism we have entered. Karbo distills these lessons with wit and humor, examining the universal themes that connect us to each of these mesmerizing personalities today: success and style, love and authenticity, daring and courage.
* PROVEN CATEGORY: The success of best-selling women's inspiration/pop culture books like Shelly Branch's What Would Jackie Do? and Karen Karbo's own The Gospel According to Coco Chanel (150,000+ copies sold in hardcover) demonstrates a widespread public thirst for tales of glamorous, inspiring women.
* HIGHBROW CONTENT, LOWBROW APPEAL: Smart, entertaining, and filled with elegant line drawings, this book presents an alluring mix of feminist issues and gossipy intrigue that will keep readers amused and inspired.
* ON BRAND: A leader in the pop culture history category (Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder, Bad Days in History) and women's inspiration (Daily Joy), National Geographic will add weight and substance to this new take on our past.
* SPECIAL SALES APPEAL: With its glamorous subject and stylish package, this book is a natural for outlets like Urban Outfitters, Restoration Hardware, Anthropologie, and museum bookshops.
* FIRST SERIAL POTENTIAL: In Praise of Difficult Women would be a perfect fit for women's lifestyle magazines including Vogue, Elle, Town & Country, and many more.
In Praise of Difficult Women