The Diva Doctrine: 16 Universal Principles Every Woman Needs to Know [NOOK Book]

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Patricia V. Davis may be the first to tell you she's an expert in failed relationships. But ask any of the readers who helped a post on her advice blog go viral, and they'll say that whether you're wide-eyed twenty-something dreamer, the world's grooviest grandma, or something in between, there's no one better able to help you on your way to becoming a True Diva!
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The Diva Doctrine: 16 Universal Principles Every Woman Needs to Know

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Overview

Patricia V. Davis may be the first to tell you she's an expert in failed relationships. But ask any of the readers who helped a post on her advice blog go viral, and they'll say that whether you're wide-eyed twenty-something dreamer, the world's grooviest grandma, or something in between, there's no one better able to help you on your way to becoming a True Diva!
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Davis (Harlot's Sauce, 2008) gives cheerful advice for young women.

Confidence is the only thing a diva should ever fake, writes the author, who certainly isn't lacking in confidence of her own. Her latest book lists 16 life principles for women. Much of that advice is milder than one would expect from a book with the word "Diva" in the title, and some of it is thoroughly predictable. Built around a blog post Davis wrote to a younger friend who was experiencing self-esteem problems, entitled "From An Older Woman To A Younger One," the books reads much like an extended blog post with personal ramblings and a bit of ranting. The author writes that her advice issuitable for all ages, but the style is aimed at a younger audience—e.g., her joke that middle-aged parents really do have sex. Davis also offers advice on friendship, but make of it what you will. She allowed a 20-year friendship to end when her friend "morphed into an alien," but suggests that they were friends for the wrong reasons from the start. Davis is at her best when providing adultexamples that can empower women, such as her own story of embracing risk to begin a business in Greece. She also advises women to take charge of their own finances.

Well-intentioned, but nowhere near the deepest read on the shelf.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462100644
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
  • Publication date: 5/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    Fun and Helpful!

    I find it a little hard to review a book that is "self-help." I will say that I enjoyed this book a lot! It is a fun, fast read. I agreed with so many points Patricia Davis makes, and I think many others will too. The book is based on a blog post that went viral, and it's easy to see why it became so popular.

    First of all, some time is spent on the true definition of "diva." We're not talking about someone who is selfish and demanding, ready for their close-ups on any number of reality shows. No, we're talking about confident, self-assured, smart, sexy, and powerful women. In this case, diva is something positive. A diva is never demeaning or rude to others, but they do know how to stand up for themselves when needed. A great deal of time in the book is spent on the issue of self esteem in women. It's a topic that comes up a lot, but then I think it's because a lot of the issues we have as women can be directly related to feelings of self-worth. Or lack there of. Other things that are touched on are being healthy, being financially secure, and being happy in your personal life.

    The writing is whimsical and fun. I found myself nodding my head in agreement on many things. One of my favorite pieces of advice was to always listen to and learn about many points of view, especially in politics. I think this book has so many good things for women of all ages and in all stages of life. In fact, if you are a more mature woman, the entire last chapter is dedicated to you! I encourage every woman to read this book and find their inner diva.

    Galley provided by publisher for review.

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