Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World

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In Think, Lisa Bloom examines the stark paradoxes that American girls and women live today, including excelling in education but obsessing over celebrities and tabloid media, in outperforming male counterparts in employment yet spending more time and money on appearances.

Bloom wonders: How did we get from the Equal Pay Act and Title IX to celebutainment and Botox, and what can we do about it?

Bloom proffers ...

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Overview

In Think, Lisa Bloom examines the stark paradoxes that American girls and women live today, including excelling in education but obsessing over celebrities and tabloid media, in outperforming male counterparts in employment yet spending more time and money on appearances.

Bloom wonders: How did we get from the Equal Pay Act and Title IX to celebutainment and Botox, and what can we do about it?

Bloom proffers the solution: one simple word, Think.

In this provocative, entertaining, and thoroughly researched book, Bloom illuminates specific steps for women to take to reclaim their brains, regain their focus, and take charge of their lives. Think is delivered in a no-nonsense, straight-talk manner that will make you laugh, question yourself, and start thinking again.

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"A wake-up call for women who have succumbed to a culture of mediocrity." —-Kirkus
Kirkus Reviews

TV host, commentator and lawyer Bloom felt compelled to write her debut after becoming disgruntled with society's intellectual decline.

Appalled by the fact that 23 percent of American women would rather lose their ability to read than their figures, the author writes with frantic urgency about the ignorance that is infecting the country and how this epidemic affects American women. A journalist whose career highlights include covering the Saddam Hussein trail, Bloom is dismayed that women are most interested in celebrity scandals, which make up more than 95 percent of the cases she is currently assigned to cover. The author urges women to reassess their priorities, put down the tabloid magazines and become more aware of world issues, many of which she indulges in detailing. Acknowledging that she would be taking cheap shots if she didn't offer solutions, the second half ofthebooksuggests ways women can make a positive impact in their communities—e.g., volunteering and donating to worthy causes. The author also includes a list recommended reading and recipes that save time in the kitchen. While clearly written out of genuine concern, readers who are sensitive to criticism of American culture may take offense to the use of terms such as "Dumb American Syndrome."

A wake-up call for women who have succumbed to a culture of mediocrity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593157098
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 234,246
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Bloom

Lisa Bloom is an award-winning journalist, legal analyst, trial attorney, and the daughter of renowned women's rights attorney Gloria Allred. Lisa is currently the CBS News and the CNN Legal Analyst, appearing frequently on The Early Show, and on CNN and HLN prime-time shows. She is a regular legal expert on The Dr. Phil Show and has guest-hosted Larry King Live, The Early Show, and Showbiz Tonight. Lisa has published numerous popular and scholarly articles in The Los Angeles Times, Family Circle, the National Law Journal, and many more. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

1 I Came by It Honestly 7

The Problem

2 What a Waste It's Been to Lose Our Minds 25

3 The Fallout 81

Solutions

4 Reclaiming the Brains God Gave Ya 133

Recommended Reading 225

Un-Recipes 237

Notes 243

Acknowledgments 259

Index 263

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    Not just for women! A great read for guys too! Great Book!

    So, this book has been in my wife's hands every night for the past week. It has trumped our usual nightly shows. She left it sit'n on the nightstand yesterday morning, I happen to have the day off. I picked it up, read the back cover, cracked it open for a glance....and...didn't put it down till last night! I literally could not set it down! GREAT BOOK! So well written, easy to read, smart, funny, and lives up to the title. I think I have a new secret set of tools that are gonna come in handy while raising our daughter. Now I just need to tell my wife I finished her book before she did...Ha!

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

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    Truly a wonderful gift idea!

    Lisa Bloom is one to emulate. She is witty, funny and knows how to inspire. I love books that inspire me to search out the true joy in life and serve as a reminder to me to USE my own, individual power, desires and ideas to keep me peeked at all times. There is so much more to life than worrying how you "look" to other people, when they most likely don't really care how you look. What a relief just to rid ourselves of that minor detail so we can spend our time thinking about important matters. This is a great message to pass on to those you care about.Truly a wonderful gift idea!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    Inspirational!

    This book is not only empowering but entertaining as well. I never realized how stagnant my mind has become until I got slapped upside the head by Lisa Blooms' thought-provoking words. Thanks for the wake-up call Lisa!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Highly Recommended, a must read for every woman!

    What an eye opener. Grandmother's, Mothers, buy this book for your daughters. I'll change their lives. An excellent book that will make you THINK!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    A must-read for women of all ages!

    I LOVED this book. Lisa's writing style is captivating, clever, and easy to read. A great book for moms, daughters, or women of any age. Brilliant tips for time management, happiness, and staying smart. This book will be my new go-to gift for all my girlfriends!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    Buy it! It's a no brainer.

    Lisa Bloom has accomplished what so many authors before her have failed to do - write a provocative, intelligent book that ANYONE can read. I feel like so many books these days are written by people who just reworded their book from a thesaurus...but Think reminds us all of the importance of not letting our minds become bogged down by culture in a creative, easy to read tone. I highly recommend this book for anyone, from people looking to reevaluate their life to people just looking to get a good book.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    Hilarious and thought-provoking!

    I can't wait for my friends to read Think so that we can talk about it -- Bloom has a way of presenting challenging and oh-so-important issues in a way that is actually fun to read! This book is especially important to me because I have daughters. When pop culture is telling them to worry about how shiny their hair is or how their butts look in their jeans, this book makes it okay -- even cool -- to think about issues like education, justice and poverty, and to question, question, question what messages they're fed by the culture at large. A clever call to engagement that should be a must-read for everyone.....

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    Great!

    This is the book for women who appreciate the Feminine Mystique but who yearn for more practical advice and less antiquated jargon.

    I think all young women should read as they find their own voices and individuality in this "dumbed down" world.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    Best book I've read in a long time

    I couldn't put Think down. It was one of those books that I stayed up until 3am to read as long as my eyes would stay open. I loved the combination of being intelligent, sassy, smart, funny and inspirational. I will gift this book to every girlfriend of mine. We all become stronger as individuals and in communities with raising our levels of awareness in how we can harness the power of our own minds.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    Inspiring

    As a lover of books, this was one of the best reads I've had in some time. I couldn't put it down and read it in two days. It inspired me to "do something." After reading, I reached out to several charitable organizations with which I wanted to work. I'm now so happy to be helping others in ways I couldn't imagine. I owe it all to Lisa!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    I LOVED this book!

    This book really had an effect on me; it changed how I think, act, speak, and carry myself. It was also really fun, fast, and easy to read, which is impressive considering how interesting and informative it was, too. But none of this is a surprise coming from the incredibly smart and talented Lisa Bloom. I can't wait to read whatever she comes up with next.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    I'd never thought of it that way before...

    As a woman, I was obviously intrigued by the concepts presented in this book. Once I began digging in, however, my mind began a journey of provocation and education, taking me to new heights of intrigue and inspiration. Lisa Bloom was born to inspire, motivate, and change minds. Her writing style makes you instantly feel like her best friend, there to support you and help you learn and grow. Everyone who wants to have their comfort zone tickled or intellect expanded should read this book. It is impossible to come away from it unchanged.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2011

    VERY FUNNY - I COULDN'T STOP READING

    Lisa is a brilliant television host, commentator, and a talented author. This book is just like she is: interesting and smart.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2011

    A must-read for anyone who cares about where we're going as a society

    At first I thought that this book might be just of interest to women, but after I started reading it, I realized that she perfectly describes the increasingly celebrity obsessed and anti-intellectual strain that's causing America to fall into decline. Unlike most authors who just point out problems, she also tells how to *fix* what we're doing wrong. Five stars

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    A book I will read with my daughters

    Lisa Bloom is something rare in this world, a straight-talking media personality whose mission is to improve the world, not "dumb it down." She uses her high-profile status and her law degree to stand up for children and families. Ms. Bloom is already a super-heroine on issues like discrimination, bullying and women's rights. I often quote her, and now I'll have her wisdom always at hand with "Think." I know this book will inspire conversations between mothers and daughters, and women everywhere.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    OMG! Read this book!

    You must read this book if you are a woman - or have a daughter, a mother, a sister... If you know any women, buy them this book. This WILL be the conversation once this book is release. I was fortunate enough to read a review copy and I can't stress enough how important this topic is. It took the brilliance of Lisa Bloom to get people taking about this. You need to be part of this conversation.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2011

    A must read!

    I have followed Lisa Bloom for years, and expected something hard hitting and thought provoking. Well that is exactly what I got out of it. The book forces you to challenge your knowledge in a very male driven world, and at the same time will give men a very accurate glimpse into what drives women, or rather should drive women.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    a lot of awfully positive reviews before the book has even come out..

    Seems a little fishy, no? At least that's what I THINK.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2014

    An absolute must-read for women. Such an inspiration. So smart,

    An absolute must-read for women. Such an inspiration. So smart, so uplifting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    I+feel+dumbed+down+just+reading+this...

    An+insulting+attempt

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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