Work of Her Own: A Woman's Guide to Success off the Career Track

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unlike the usual guide to corporate success, this engrossing, probing study by Albert, a former English professor and now a writer of children's books, recounts how she and 80 other women holding top positions experienced a career crisis, lost their jobs or quit on their own and became disillusioned with the success they achieved. The author contends that for women the cost of careerism often includes workaholism and a repudiation of feminine values in favor of male, corporate ideals. She also describes the often psychologically traumatic stages of career-flight--such as weighing work options and living adjustments. Albert notes, however, that in this survey almost all the women experienced an energizing sense of self-liberation despite loss of pay and prestige in often home-based enterprises ranging from freelance writing to goat-breeding, which afforded time for ``the art of composing life.'' Final chapters offer advice, including visualizing techniques, for those who wish to undertake career changes. (Sept.)
WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women
This guide isn't about career options or nontraditional employment; it's about leaving your "career." People in general, not only women, tend to get sucked into their job and before they realize it, they've evolved into their career; the self is no longer present.This inspiring and astonishing book speaks to all women who have discovered they no longer want the career they have–they want more, they want their selves back again. Susan Wittig Albert speaks from her own personal experience and brings to light the intense and exciting stories of many other women like herself&#8211women who have forfeited "promising" careers and walked away from circumstances they could no longer work under. These forfeits opened up passageways to unique occupations (or no occupations at all).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874777673
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/18/1994
  • Edition description: 1st trade paperback ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Wittig Albert

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow's Tears, Cat's Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow’s Tears, Cat’s Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.

Biography

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she now lives with her husband, Bill, in the country outside of Austin, Texas. In addition to the China Bayles mysteries, she writes the Victorian Mysteries series, along with her husband, under the pseudonym of Robin Paige.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books, LTD.

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview with Albert, she revealed some fun facts about herself:

"My first job was selling ladies' undies at Woolworth's for 35 cents an hour in Danville, Illinois."

I learned to garden from my mother, who thought that the most important thing you did every spring was to plant the potatoes. I learned to read from my father, who never planted a potato in his life. Somehow, I managed to create a life and make a living between these two extremes. Happily, I haven't had to go back to selling undies. Not yet, anyway."

"I love living in the country with Bill, two black Labs, and a black cat. I'd rather read a book or write one than do just about anything else in the world, except maybe for gardening and sitting in a bathtub full of hot, hot water and bubbles. Or knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing -- I'm a fiber-arts fanatic."

"You can find out what I'm doing today (or what I did yesterday) by checking out my web log, at susanalbert.typepad.com/lifescapes (but there's no web cam, so don't look for me in the bathtub)."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robin Paige
    1. Date of Birth:
      1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      Danville, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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