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Posted July 16, 2008
I think this would be a great book to share with readers in a Mother Daughter Book Club. The women profiled in Firestarters have dynamic jobs, and many have changed direction sometime during the course of their careers. They give candid assessments about what a day on the job is like, and they also talk about challenges they face. If your book club takes it on as a selection, each girl could choose three or four of the jobs profiled and talk about what interests her about the work. The book would also be a great entrée for moms to talk about their career pathways. Parents often don¿t share details about the beginning of their careers or the process they went through in deciding what to do after high school graduation. Firestarters is very accessible too. Each profile is organized the same, making it easy to pick up and read one or two profiles at a time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2007
I checked this book out at the library, but decided to come to B&N to buy it for my niece, and I have to disagree with the VOYA review. One of the things that the authors mention up front is that this book is a result of networking, and WOW they were able to nab some pretty interesting folks as a result ¿ a world-renowned opera singer, a costume designer from Sex in the City, a South-African blueberry farmer, a ballet choreologist (hadn¿t heard of this job before reading the book) based in London. I could go on and on with ¿exotic¿ jobs like these, but what makes the book great is the down-to-earth presentation of the women¿s stories. I feel like they¿re talking to the reader in a no-nonsense way, and as a parent I can say that young people appreciate that. They don¿t want to be told what¿s a ¿good¿ job versus a ¿bad¿ job. They want to figure it out for themselves, and this book is a great tool to help them do just that.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.