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Overview

Prepare to be transported to corporate boardrooms, television studios, prisons, concert halls, classrooms, and an amazing array of households across our country—all described in the words of the women who were actually there.
Drawn from an extraordinary project in which more than five hundred women from all walks of life kept diaries on a single day, the collective voices reach across experiential, cultural, geographical, and socioeconomic boundaries. While the deliciously intimate details satisfy even the most shameless curiosity, most importantly, this book reveals the extraordinary in the ordinary—those moments that occur throughout any given day and illuminate who we really are as individuals, as women, and as Americans.
This book has entries culled from this extraordinary project, including Kim Gandy, president of NOW; Erika Harold, Miss American 2003; Judi Ehrlich, an L.A. private eye; and Janet Olson, an inmate in Minnesota. It is a vibrant collection that celebrates the diversity of women in America and their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Intensely entertaining — I highly recommend this book." — Ben Pappas, Us Weekly magazine.

"Filled with funny, fresh, vital voices. So much fun to read! I saw a little of myself on every page, in every woman's story." — Lian Dolan, co-host, Satellite Sisters; columnist, O, The Oprah Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582701028
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Mommy Martyr 1
Shipping and Receiving Manager, with Background in Military Intelligence 10
Like Father, Like Daughter; World-Renowned Sitar Player 16
Retired Church Secretary Who Spoils Her Grandkids and Dog 22
Life in the Blackboard Jungle 30
Miss America 2003 39
Caregiver to Husband with Lou Gehrig's Disease 44
President of the National Organization for Women 55
A Mennonite Way of Life 62
Living with Parents while Applying to Culinary School 70
Not a Vampire, but Plays One on TV 78
Married a Long Time...but Not Long Enough 88
WNBA Forward 95
Double Amputee Who Considers Attitude to Be the Greatest Disability 101
Thirty-Five Years a Teacher and Still Looking for Classrooms 109
Shy Kid Who Went Haywire 117
CEO and Presidents, Frederick's of Hollywood 126
Aloha with a Southern Accent 133
Satellite Sister 142
Author/Celebrity Interviewer 148
Detective Investigating Juvenile Sex Crimes 161
Earning Her GED after Forty-Five Long Years 170
Law Student Focused on Social Justice Rather than a Six-Figure Salary 175
Executive Mom 182
Human Resources Professional with a Knack for Mediation 194
New York Times Reporter, Metro Desk, Night Shift 202
Afghan American Comfortable in Both Cultures 211
Inmate #193053 220
Lawyer for MTV Networks Latin America 224
Actress-Comedian, Currently Multiphyphenating into Comedian-Actress-Singer-Writer-Producer 234
Professor of Gross Anatomy 240
Asdzaan, Asdzani, Ama (Woman, Wife, Mother in the Navajo Way) 245
From Three Generations of Master Luthiers 256
Documentary Filmmaker 266
One of America's Leading Spiritual Teachers 273
Acknowledgments 279
List of Participants 281
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2003

    Well worth reading and giving as a gift

    The women whose dairies are included in this book speak their minds with amazing honesty. In their own voices, mothers, grandmothers, wives and widows all demonstrate that women care about what they do with their lives. They are happy, sad, frustrated, busy and above all brave. I plan to give this book to my female friends this holiday season.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2003

    An easy, enjoyable read

    Mostly, I laughed. A few times I cried. But I enjoyed all the diary entries. Reading this book made it a little easier to get through my daily juggling act - knowing that I shared some of the same problems/challenges (and joys) with such a diverse cross-section of women. I smiled each time I put the book down, and tried to find a few minutes to read 'just one more entry.' I highly recommend This Day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2003

    A must read for every woman!

    Featuring every woman!...from CEO's to inmates! It is so wonderful to find a book that allows you to feel each other's joys & heartaches...a perfect book to make you laugh, cry and ponder. You'll see yourself many times and realize you are not crazy! Heck, that's what we need most, right?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2003

    Wow! I never new!

    I decided to read this book because I wanted to know if other moms, daughters, wives felt the same as I do (stressed, over-worked, loved, etc.) It took only one story to get me hooked. I couldn't put it down! I had to finish AND everyone's story I could relate to. Even women who I thought I would have nothing in common with, I felt for, could empathize with, almost commune with. This book should be a part of every book club. Read it. Share your feelings and experiences. You will get more out of it than you could ever realize!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2003

    Sneaking a Peek at Others' Diaries

    This is not a book you race through to learn the identity of the murderer or find out if the girl gets the guy. This is a book to be savored and thought about in comparison with your own life as you read it. These are women who would probably not qualify for a biography or a movie of the week, but whose lives are enough like and enough different from mine that they held my interest.

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