Unearthing Venus: My Search for the Woman Within

Unearthing Venus: My Search for the Woman Within

by Cate Montana
     
 

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In the tradition of Eat, Pray, Love and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild comes a fresh voice in women’s non-fiction. Join Cate Montana on an amazing journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle, up staggering peaks in the Andes, and halfway across the globe to the consecration of a temple to the Great Goddess in southern India as she searches for the

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In the tradition of Eat, Pray, Love and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild comes a fresh voice in women’s non-fiction. Join Cate Montana on an amazing journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle, up staggering peaks in the Andes, and halfway across the globe to the consecration of a temple to the Great Goddess in southern India as she searches for the missing Feminine within herself and Western Culture. 

Raised in a man's world to be "just one of the guys," Cate was a highly successful network TV editor and journalist, self-admittedly "brash, driven and highly competitive." While on assignment a chance encounter with a shaman sets her on the path of unearthing the illusive power of the feminine. In a raw and wrenching recapitulation of her life Cate discovers the devastating absence of feminine qualities within herself and the withering personal and global consequences of having only one paradigm available for her to express through: the masculine "P" values of Power, Possessions, Profit, and Progress. An intelligent, compellingly honest and frequently funny memoir of a modern woman's search for her own unrecognized feminine spirit, Unearthing Venus is both a visionary and everywoman story that brilliantly captures what it is to be a woman today and everyday.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/23/2013
Montana never intended to write an intimate memoir about a lifetime of exploring the uncharted territories of the feminine soul—of her soul. But when interviewing the Indian yogi Sadhguru, he unexpectedly asked her the question: "What do you know about woman?" Montana's life story unfolds in response and it's a gripping tale—a gradual spiritual reckoning rooted in childhood, but notably beginning in adulthood once she had become a successful woman. Like so many people, she longed for deeper meaning in her life, but unlike many, her determination to pursue self-discovery took her on remarkable inner and outer journeys across continents and into profound solitude. Written with candor, this insightful story touches the pain and humor of being a woman in the world. Ultimately, Montana realizes what it means to be a success as a woman, and with that, the bliss of being alive. Her story and lessons learned are personal and yet universal; she asks hard questions about the social consequences of long-denied feminine values, while passionately advocating for a higher vision of what humanity can become. Agent: Susan Mears, Susan Mears Agency. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"Raw and real, yet also heartwarming and at turns hilarious, Cate Montana writes like the sister you wish you had. She is the wise voice of experience and insight that will push you to examine and explore while wrapping you in the warmth of the divine feminine."
- Kathleen McGowan, The New York Times bestselling author of The Expected One

"Empowering and a total page-turner. I wish to God I'd read this book in my 20s ... or my 30s."
- Betsy Chasse, filmmaker, What the Bleep Do We Know!?

"Every woman will be inspired and empowered by reading this book."
- Stephanie Gunning, editor and author of The Writer's Book of Inspiration

"A stunningly adventurous inner journey and a fresh new perspective on the question of femininity, this book will keep you riveted all the way."
- Arielle Ford, book publicist and author of The Soul Mate Secret

"Orginal and captvating! Unearthing Venus is both visionary and an everywoman story that painfully, brilliantly and eloqiently captures what it is to be a woman today and every day."
- Peggy Holman, author of The Change Handbook

"i loved this book! I laughed out loud so many times. Cate Montana's unabashed self-honesty makes you realize you're not alone on this path of seeking answers, even while still having all the usual womanly doubts and fears."
- Kathy Campbell, marketing consultant

"A rare and naked exploration into the illusive power of the feminine. If you enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love, you will absolutely consume this book. A Major new voice of our time!"
- Pavel Mikoloski, publicist

"A glorious and compelling view of a woman coming into her power, Unearthing Venus not only has me rethinking my relationships with the women in my life, it's inspired compassion for women and given me a clearer view of how easy I've had it as a man in a man's world."
- Bruce Smith, editor at The Mountain News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780286303
Publisher:
Watkins Media
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
532 KB

Meet the Author

Cate Montana was born during the post-war baby boom. Daughter and granddaughter of college-educated women, she was steeped in the conservative values of 1950s upper-middle class America. Graduating from boarding school she was part of the equestrian and socialite scene in Washington D.C. until she left Virginia to take a job as a videotape operator at WIS-TV in Columbia, SC. In 1976 she became a director at WCBD-TV in Charleston. Her career took off when she accepted a freelance job for NBC’s Monday Night Football. For a decade she traveled the nation working for national and international networks, including ESPN, CNN and the BBC. Since leaving television Montana has worked as a newspaper journalist, copywriter, and screenwriter, founded the internet newspaper www.theglobalintelligencer.com and promoted the indie hit film, What the Bleep Do We Know!? She is co-author of The Heart of the MatterA Simple Guide to Discovering Gifts in Strange Wrapping Paper with Dr. Darren Weissman. She lives in Washington State.

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