Cultural Writing. African American Studies. If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, Carol Gee's hilarious handbook chronicles a galaxy of issues in a tone that is decidedly down to earth. From accessories to the Zen of layaway, Gee's humorous yet poignant musings explore the A to Z of women's lives. "At the beauty shop, we learned many things. We learned that the little old ladies with blue hair were not born that way, and that the lady whose hair always looked perfect wore a wig. My sister and I also learned the importance of uplifting one another as women, with the dignity found in decent, honest work. We learned that being a woman was not always easy"-from THE VENUS CHRONICLES.