The Writing on the Wall

The Writing on the Wall

by Marilyn Howard


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The Writing on the Wall 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I enjoyed this book. I really enjoyed hearing an accurate account of what life for women with drive was like in the 1960s thru 1980s. I feel like a lot of the books about this time period dramatize what it was like to be an actual women during this period.  Marilyn didn't set out to change the world but it was obvious from reading it she wasn't satisfied with how it was either. She took what she was given and turned it into something worth writing about. I often take for granted as a women in her 40s that I have had mentors and lessons in business.  I give Marilyn a lot of credit for navigating it without any real guidance and picking up from her mistakes along the way. My favorite parts of the book included her describing how college was viewed for a young women seeking adventure and saying no to the traditional conventions of what a women was suppose to be or want. Marilyn's book really does a good job of describing how women are strong and complex when it comes to decision making. In a nutshell, a real perspective of a women who challenged cultural norms of her time and became successful even when facing adversity.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I loved reading this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in reading about one woman's journey towards a successful career. Her writing style is engaging and one could not help but admire her courage though her many struggles. Excellent book. Congratulations Marilyn. You are an inspiration! Sandy S.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Marilyn, you have enlightened my heart through your memories and journeys. Your book has encouraged me to never give up! You have had an amazing life and your challenges are invigorating! Love that you are enjoying dancing and I’m sure new happy adventures will follow you always. Thank you, Marilyn, for your inspiring book! Just what I needed!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Marilyn's detailed, precise and meticulous memory drew me into her story. I irresistibly wanted to keep on reading and discover more about her fascinating life.
ReadersFavorite 10 months ago
Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite The Writing on the Wall by Marilyn Howard is a non-fiction autobiography of the author and her ability to break the professional glass ceiling and live a full, adventurous life during a time in American history that predated what most would recognize as feminism today. Howard's memoir covers a span of decades, through her early life, friendships, and exciting stories as she traversed the globe, on through to relationships, legal woes and government foes, and motherhood—the latter being juggled with the dexterity of an octopus as her shooting star continued to rise and illuminate the Manhattan skyline she so dearly loves. [“...I walked them a mile to school in the morning with Ken in a stroller, and then continued about another mile on to work near Sixth Avenue.”] Marilyn Howard delivers a strong and timely autobiography with The Writing on the Wall, and it's no wonder she was able to fill a whole book with her stories, which we're fortunate to have her share. Despite an avalanche of issues that would hold most people back, Howard pushed forward with her work and her investment endeavors. I love that in 1981 she bought the Apple IPO for $7 per share even if her broker wasn't as savvy on the sale as she'd hoped, and that she invested in a home in Greenwich as a newly single woman and mother. Often, while reading this well-written, witty, and engrossing memoir, I read bits of advice out loud to my teenage daughter who enjoyed them as much as I did. And honestly, if you can get a teenage girl to smile you're still knocking it out of the park. Very highly recommended.
Gioia 10 months ago
In The Writing on the Wall, Marilyn Howard invites the reader into the life and business experiences of a woman who became an entrepreneur in New York in the ‘70s’. She writes of the importance, in life and career, of recognizing and dealing with challenge, finding –or creating—opportunities and making the most of the cards in your hand. The style is engaging. She recounts early adventures, planning and strategizing, ups and downs, and the serendipitous events in her life and the development of her business. Women with related experiences will find validation. Younger women can find encouragement and guidance.
Colee More than 1 year ago
Being a female entrepreneur in the 70s was not easy and women like Marilyn Howard have paved the way. In her memoir, the author shares her journey as to how she managed to balance career with motherhood and marriage while still maintaining her sense of who she is all along the way. I thought this was so incredibly interesting and engaging. It's a memoir I will want to re-read later on. The insights shared here are incredibly valuable and I'm glad to have read this book. If you are a woman looking to be inspired and want to break through your own glass ceiling (or whatever your limits may be), this is the book for you.